Picture of Building Quadcopters, Drones and Uav's- A explanation and easy build of a basic Quad.
So you are interested in Quadcopters, Quadrotors, Uavs, Drones and whatever else they call them.
But what are they made up of, and why? Could i build one or are they for more advanced electronic type individuals.
Well never fear. I present to you a basic overview and build of a basic quadcopter in full.
(around $220 plus shipping not including transmitter,receiver or lipo battery charger)
If your more advanced and tech savvy you may choose to design your own setups but for the rest of you i would advise to stick to the components listed if possible to ensure all of it functions well. That said the frame and batteries can be different. I would advise the batteries be a similar size or you will get less flight time. I brush over a lot of the components to give a basic understanding of what they are for. If anything is unclear feel free to ask questions or even hit some forums or google it yourself as that is how i learned all of this.I will not cover fpv, groundstations or autonomous drones in this as if can easily confuse people so i may do another instructable for them another time perhaps.Hopefully you enjoy my first instructable.
If i get a good response i may do another.

Step 1: Basic Quads Systems & My Easy Quad Build

BASIC QUAD SYSTEM COMPONENTS EXPLANATION.I have created some basic explanations of the components and what they do. (I wish someone did this for me)
Page 4-10 Contains a list of materials and steps to build a great quality quad. (Strong and great fun for learning)
Cost around $220 Aud in materials

(not inc. Lipo Battery Charger, Transmitter, receiver + Your freight costs will be different)
(Obviously you only need to buy the Lipo Charger and Transmitter once.)Drones and quadcopters can quickly become and obsession, but before investing in some serious equipment, learning to fly a quad is the key to minimizing costly crashes and damages. But they practically fly themselves right? Well, yes and no.
This is all dependent on the equipment you select for your build. That’s easy right, you just want the best, but it all can add up pretty quickly when planning out your system. But before you start spending you hard earned dollars on components LET IT BE KNOWN THAT RESEARCH IS VITAL. An understanding will help minimize the headaches of your build and identifying problems. Once that package of goodies arrives after 2 weeks of waiting you rush to the garage to assemble your beast only to realize you forgot something or ordered the wrong thing. You then will spend the next ten minutes swearing your head off and ordering the other stuff only to a wait another two weeks for it to come. Within this waiting time you will find better components you wish you had of ordered instead. This is the how it all goes. So it pays to buy extra components and spares just incase something isn’t what you thought. You can always upgrade later down the track.
Hopefully this will help you to nail it all first shot.


If designing your own setup you will have to put the time in finding out good combinations of motor, battery and prop size/pitch etc.
This is not unachievable but perhaps to start with may be difficult for some of you newbies. If you are designing your own quad from scratch you should know that it is not quite as simple as buying components and assembling them.
Many factors must be considered including motor size and weight as well as battery C/burst ratings and MaH’s of batteries and more. How much weight do you want to lift if any? Such as cameras and fpv gear etc (=payloads) All of these factors must be considered when designing.
A handy helpful tool I used to calculate my quad stats was the free online xcopter ecalc. It can be found here:



If your using my setup i have done all the work for you!

****WARNING Be responsible with your Quadcopter as 4 spinning props can chop your beautifully manicured fingers to shreds!!!!!
I also will not be held responsible for any damage inflicted to yourself and or others including property and equipment etc.

Please take precautions to effectively test your equipment and Pre check before each flight. This is your responsibility and safety is your priority.
If something seems dodgey it probly isn’t worth the risk.

Trust me I have had some close shaves literally!!!!!!!!!!!!
It can all go from wooooo to ahhhhhhhhh pretty quickly.
So keep a distance and take precautions to maintain your safety and the safety of others. Always assume something is going to go wrong so you are prepared!!!!!!

Now with all of this being said we can begin.
Many hobby shops exist but some can be quite expensive because obviously they need to make a living. These days online seems to be the best way to source your gear. That being said you may have better hobby shops than where I am so do your research and if your lucky it may work out cheaper and faster to source some if not all from your local hobby shop when you factor in freight etc.

The two main places I use to source my gear are:

Hobbyking (large company based in Hong Kong/Usa but ship worldwide)

Foxtech (similar but based solely in China with slightly less user friendly site still good though)

There are loads of others.

Dealing with both of these guys personally I am happy with there products but there are plenty of places you can get your gear from.
The Hobbyking item comments are a great place to learn about products before purchasing them they are listed below the actual products when you click on them. It will teach you a lot and other people will let you know if it’s crappy.
Also Rc forums are a great resource and there are plenty of them.
Youtube has plenty of videos also explaining a lot material if you are having problems. Look for solutions before asking questions.
Chances are someone has asked the same question before you.

I will be listing what I used for components as well as brushing over what they do to try provide information for people with different levels of understanding.
I will try to keep it as clear and brief as possible but it is a huge amount of info to attempt to consolidate.

This also is my first Instructable so if it helps please like/vote etc.
I had to learn this all on my own over time because nothing like this was available.
So I hope this all helps. If i get lots of likes i may do another on fpv and building your own fpv groundstation.

Step 2: Frames, Motors and Props

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Frames vary so you will want to make sure your motor mount holes will match your frame so the motors don’t fly off in a mental destructive tornado of death.
I have tried a few other frames but I like this one the best. Plus it’s cheap.Q450 quad frame
It is about $12 for the integrated pcb version
(solder to the frame as its a built in power distribution board)Or around $8 for the regular version
(You will need a Power Distribution Board or splitter cable to your motors)
( I will only be discussing the integrated one like I have.)


Motors & Esc and Props
Motors all vary in stats if you are not using the same motors as I have it may pay to do some calculations on the xcopter ecalc online to make sure you get desirable results.
Rule of thumb by most is to try get motors around or below 1000KV to minimize vibration visible on onboard cameras etc. It’s something to think about, whether its true or not I don’t know.
It is important to remember to select the right ESC for a motor.
Most motor stats will indicate the size of ESC (electronic speed controller) that is recommended. It does not have to be of the same brand as the motor although some people prefer.
Too high an ESC and you can cook your motor.
I have used Turnigy Plush 25 amp ESC’s.
Most motors and ESC’s require soldering so make sure the connections are compatible. The other end of the ESC requires another connection. This will vary depending on your setup if it is different in any way to what I have listed.
Props for our quadcopter need to be 10×4.5. This means a 10 inch prop with a pitch curve or 4.5.
We need 2 clockwise and 2 anti clockwise.(Also known as Standard and RH rotation)
These are different. You will be able to tell when they are infront of you.

Step 3: Connections, Lipo Batteries and Flight control boards

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These little buggers are easily overlooked. Draw how everything is going to connect on paper. Match all the connections either soldering or buying adapters.
If you are not sure of the size you have go back and look at the details online.
Know what your connections are called!!!!
Some include XT60,deans,JR, Bullets and HXT.Lipo Batteries
Burst c rating is important on your lipos. It tells you how much power your lipo can put out in short bursts when required. This is important as we have 4 motors drawing power at the same time.This is the battery I have.
The larger your battery mAh the longer flight time but the more weight and less maneuverable it will be. The Flight time you can expect from a good quad is around 10-12 mins per battery depending on how aggressive you fly it.
mAh means milli amp hours basically.
The Cells of a lipo battery indicate the voltage.
For this build we will be using a 3s 5000mAh lipo battery = 11.1 v or around 12v at full charge.
Do not run lipo batteries too low or you will damage your batteries and they can potentially explode and combust. If it starts puffing up in size its not a good thing and it could be damaged.
Connections from battery to motors must be compatible, or a suitable connector should be purchased. The small white plug with small wires going into the battery are for charging and balancing each cell. They are what your lipo Alarm plugs into to monitor your voltages. Remember the black wire on the plug must go to the negative side of the lipo alarm.
Save up and get a spare battery so you can fly another 10 mins after swapping to another freshly charged battery!!!

Flight Control Board and power distribution board.
The flight control board is the core of the quadrotor itself. It tells the motors when to power faster or slower to maintain level (if programed and switched on)
When you first fly your quad it will not correct itself level. Please do not expect this to happen straight away as calibration is necessary and must be then programed on your transmitter and sometimes also on your board.
This all sounds hard and complicated but its really not.

I will be using a Kk2.0 board- great little board for the price around $25-30
(with self level function) although you may want to purchase the USBasp programmer avr connector to update to the latest firmware for better self level function. Read the KK2.0 User Manual.
It will tell you everything you need to do.

Others boards include
Apm 2.5 and many more,
I recommend a cheaper board to begin with before moving up to a more feature rich board such as the APM2.5

Step 4: Rc Remote transmitters(AND Modes), Receivers, Low Voltage Lipo Alarms.

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RC Remote and receiverA remote transmits the signal to your quadcopter to a compatible receiver.
Futaba, Spectrum and Turnigy are some popular brands.
Each brand of transmitter requires a receiver of the same brand to work.
When you buy new receivers you must bind them with your transmitter.
How to do this is varies depending on the brand you have.Transmitters also come in various Frequencies.
The most common is 2.4Ghz these days unless you are after another for a specific reason.
Stick to 2.4Ghz as for most it is all you will need.

Please note there are different MODES transmitters come set in.
Most common are MODE 1 and MODE 2.
These basically relate to the two sticks and what they control.
One side springs back to center and the other (throttle) stays where its put.

It is up to you decide which suits you best and you can change if you don’t like it if you open your remote and move the spring to the other stick AND CHANGE THE MODE SETTING IN YOUR REMOTE!!!! Please make sure you do BOTH if you change yours!!!!!!

There are many youtube tutorials on how to change the mode of your remote.

Again always take it slow on take off and be ready to kill the throttle!!!!

I use MODE 1.

Your Transmitter = Tx (remote control)
Your Receiver = Rx

(They are listed as VTX and VRX = fpv video systems)

I personally use the Turnigy 9X remote/transmitter as it’s cheap and does the job. My 9x however doesn’t use a Turnigy module and receiver.
I modded mine to use a FRsky Module.
If you want to do this there are many tutorials online.
(Turnigy 9x with FRsky module = use a FRsky receiver)

The 9x cost me around $50-60 plus freight obviously.
Make sure if you order a transmitter/remote it comes with a module.
You may also want to purchase a receiver if your transmitter doesn’t come with one as well.

Lipo Battery Charger
To charge your lipo batteries (no juice = no take off)
This pretty much sums them up.
Lipo battery chargers charge lipo batteries.

Low Voltage Onboard Lipo Alarm
For $2-3 these little babies are pure gold.
Know when to stop flying by checking your cell status and the alarm will let you know when you battery is getting low so you don’t ruin your battery and risk fire and or explosion.

What happens if you run all 3 cells down? Well its bad. It most likely means you need a new battery because your charger will not be able to effectively recharge the battery without risk of fire. It also will make the lipo unstable and cause it to puff up and potentially explode. So look after them as they are different from the batteries you use in a lot of other equipment. If your battery alarm indicates 3 cells red store it somewhere safe, so if at the worst it did explode or combust it will not damage or burn anything. You can buy lipo battery bags for this or search online for solutions.

Don’t let this scare you just don’t let it get below 2 red cells out of 3 that is why we use the onboard lipo alarm. This is mine.

The far left pin is negative so plug it in so the black wire goes to this left negative pin. On the left side it has the negative – symbol so you can tell its plugged in correctly. It will make a lot of noise while it determines the cell states.
Charged cells are green at the top and discharged ones are red in the lower row.
When we plug in the alarm there is a spare pin on the far right because we are using a 3s(3 cell) battery and the alarm supports up to 4s (4 cell). So connect from the left – negative to the right positive and next to that will be our spare.

Step 5: Quad components list

My Components ListA Quadcopter has 4 legs so you must have 4 motors and esc’s etc.
If you have more limbs on your frame obvious you need more motors and ESC’s
I will explain what these are later.TOOLS
Soldering iron/solder
Hex keys/Allen keys

Transmitter/Remote control and receiver (I have turnigy 9x = $55+)
I will discuss transmitters later but assume you have these already.
Frame – $8-12 (if you use the one I did)
KK2.0 (flight control board) $25-30
Download the KK2.0 Manual from Hobbyking as well.
5000mAh 3S Lipo Battery 3s= 3cell=11.1v (45-90c burst is what I have)

4 x Turnigy 2217 20turn 860kv 22A Brushless Outrunner Motors – $15ea. = $60
4 x 25 Amp ESC’s (I used Turnigy Plush 25 Amp) – $12 ea. = $48

Lipo Onboard Alarm – $3
3cm Male to Male Servo connections – $4-5 for 10 ( you will only need 5)
Spare gold bullet connections (think they are 3.5mm some motors vary)
– 10 pairs for under $2 but if your motor doesn’t come with them you will need 12 pairs so get 2 packs.

10x4.5 SF Props 2pc Standard Rotation/2 pc RH Rotation Props- $2.65 a pack
Some come with both rotations in one pack. Yessssss fist pump!!!
You need 2 standard rotation and 2 right hand rotation props
(flipping the prop over will not work they are exact opposites)
They must all be 10 inch with a 4.5 pitch.

HXT 4mm with Silicon wire (Must be ESC SIDE not battery side) – $5 (comes with a few)
You can get an adapter and cut off the other end for $1

Total cost without transmitter and receiver
Around $215 plus shipping


……OPTIONAL but really essential…..(not included in budget price)

Lipo Charger

Spare battery

Step 6: Build Steps 1-3

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Quad Build StepsI assembled mine ages ago so the pictures are from the final quad and not along the way.
Sorry I will do my best to explain what to do.Step 1. – Get your motors out and start soldering on bullet connectors.
I like to put the male ends on the motor wires but it doesn’t matter.
Each of the 3 motor wires require a connector.
I used colour heat shrink to identify which wire is what.
Middle = signal and on one side is positive and the other side is negative.
We can figure this out later when we connect and power the motors.
It will just make the motors rotate the opposite way which wont damage them so its ok.

Step 2. – Solder the opposite connectors to the motor ones onto your esc cables.
Make sure you do this on the 3 wire side of your ESC only the other side gets soldered to the frames integrated pcb!!!!

Step 3. – Plug them in to make sure they all are soldered the correct way.

Step 7: Build steps 4-5

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Step 4. Get the base of your frame (if it is the intergrated pcb version like mine)
And solder the appropriate compatible battery connector.
If your battery and frame are the same as mine it’s a 4mm HXT with silicon wire already attached. Solder HXT connector wires to the appropriate terminals of the frame locate on one side of the frame. It is only located on ONE side!!! The others solder points are for the Escs.Step 5. Solder the two remaining wires on the other side of your ESC to the appropriate terminals in each corner of your frame. Make sure the red wires go to + positive and the black to – Negative!!!!
You will be able to see a subtle track on the frame to the exposed solder points and back to the points we soldered the HXT to.
Follow them back to the HXT to make sure they are all still correctly soldered.
I think the outer solder points are negative and the inners are positive but check anyway.Then assemble your frame.

You will now have servo type connection plug remaining from each ESC.

Step 8: Build Steps 6-8

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Step 6. Unplug your motors from your ESC’s and screw the motors to the frame using the hardware provided with your motor.
SOME motors don’t come with hardware and make you buy them.
Our motors do come with them though so RELAX.Step 7. Reconnect your motors to the ESC plugs.
Remember the three connections are Positive, Negative and Signal.
Signal must go to Signal!!! The other two don’t matter until you later and if reversed will just change the direction your motor spins. Signal is the middle wire of ESC to the middle wire of the motor.Step 8. You now can attach your KK2.0 to the frame.
I prefer to fly in an X layout so if you do to point the top of KK2.0 board between the middle of two legs rather that in line with a motor.

I prefer to Velcro or glue gun the foam box the board comes in to the frame rather than screwing the board to the frame itself. It is up to you how you attach yours though.

Step 9: Build Steps 9-11

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Step 9. Set your Layout on the KK2.0 into the X configuration.
Draw down this diagram as these are when these motors must be plugged in.
And the arrow indicates the direction the motor must turn.Step 10. Connect the ESC plugs to the M1,M2,M3,M4 pins.
The Negative wire of each ESC plug faces out with the signal white or orange wire always on the inside and red in the middle.Motor 1 goes to M1 plug on the KK2.0
Motor 2 goes to M2
Motor 3 goes to M3
Motor 4 goes to M4

Step 11. Calibrate your ESC’s as recommended by the Manufacturers instructions. This can also be done with the kk board itself. It is in the KK2.0 manual. There are many ways to do this. Turnigy sells Esc programming cards for easy calibration but they are not essential. You will need to connect the battery to the frames HXT connection we soldered on earlier in order to do this.

Step 10: Build Steps 12-15

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Step 12. Use a level to find a perfectly leveled surface to put your quad on. We then must calibrate the kk2.0 sensors to recognize itself as perfectly level at this point.
This only has to be done once. Or everytime you put it on a new frame.
If you are unsure how to do this this it is on your KK2.0 board in the menu somewhere.After it has finished you are done.Step 13. Connect your receiver in the order specified with servo leads from each channel into the KK board. This will vary depending on what receiver you have. It is also described online and in various manuals.

The Aileron channel of your receiver goes to the aileron channel of the KK2.0
The elevator goes to the elevator on the KK2.0 and so on and so forth with the throttle, rudder, and aux channel.
The aux channel will be your self level channel so you can switch it on and off.

Remember the black negative side of the plug faces outwards on the KK2.0 and the signal (white or orange) are facing the center of the board with positive in between the two.

Bind your receiver with your transmitter now as explained by the manufacturer of your transmitter.

From here you are pretty much ready to test WITHOUT PROPS.
So turn on your remote and slip in the battery and connect it up.
Look at the motor direction diagram down we copied earlier so you don’t have to keep checking it on the kk2.0 screen.
Now test the rotation of your motors. This can be done easily by using tape to make flags on the motor threads. When you power the throttle up they will spin around, so you can now attempt to match the rotations we copied down.
Make sure they rotate in the direction shown on the kk2.0 in the x configuration diagram. This is pretty straight forward so give a small amount of throttle and correct any spinning the wrong way. If they spin the wrong way just swap the outer motor wires like + to – or what ever you need. The middle motor signal wire always stays connected to the middle signal Esc wire.

With that all done, double check your motors are all rotating the correct way and the Esc of each motor is plugged into the correct motor pins.
So the M1 pins are connected to the appropriate motor that is rotated the correct way. Then check the other 3.

Step 15. Disconnect your battery if it is connected!!! Your quad should beOFF!!!!

Time to put the correct props on the correct motors. You can figure this out as the rotation of the motor has to push air downwards. So when it rotates the top blade will slice the air and curve it downward to create lift. Take the time to ensure you attach the correct rotation of prop.
Use the appropriate prop adapter so the prop fits nice.
If the motor spins the other way it will push the air upwards which isn’t what we want. All props must generate lift.
Some people put threadlock on but if you don’t have any make sure you check the lock nuts before each flight as they may loosen from vibrations.
If one comes off mid flight your quad will drop like a stone.

Step 11:

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Always power up your remote first, then plug your battery and voltage alarm in and arm your quad for lift off!!!!


Arm the quad by holding the left stick to one side for 2 -3 secs. I can’t remember whether its left or right on the left stick in mode 1 but you’ll figure it out.

SLOWLY increase the throttle until it looks like it might be about to lift up. Then slightly try hover just above the ground and gently test the sticks and how they react. Keep the front always facing away from you so when you push the stick forward it goes forward and when you lean it right it goes right. Otherwise if you have the front facing towards you when you try to go forward you will appear to be going backwards and left will become right etc.

If your quad flips over instantly you have either incorrect props and or motor directions.

Hopefully you have successfully flown your quad. Now you can practice and try fly higher as you get better. Remember to have your lipo voltage alarm plugged in and it will quite loudly let you know how you cells are down/ flat.
It indicates this by leds. We are using a 3cell lipo which means 3 leds are lit when its plugged into the balance cable of the lipo battery. When one cell is down/discharged it will beep to let you know. When two are down it means time to land and put in a freshly charged spare battery if you have one.

AGAIN What happens if you run all 3 cells down our 3 cell battery? Well its bad. It most likely means you need a new battery because your charger will not be able to effectively recharge the battery. It also will make the lipo unstable and cause it to puff up and potentially explode. So look after them as they are different from the batteries you use in a lot of other equipment. If your battery alarm indicates 3 cells red store it somewhere safe, so if at the worst it did explode or combust it will not damage or burn anything. You can buy lipo battery bags for this or search online for solutions

Now Flyyyyyyyyyyyyy RESPONSIBLY.

R/C Boat Water Cooling

Step 1: Main Water Line

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This is the main water feed line this allows for the water to be set to its next destination. This us made of hollow jump rope wire(orange). And glow sticks.

Step 2: The Water Cooling Over The Motors

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This is the look of the water lines over the motors.

Step 3: Exit Outlets

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This is the exit holes for both left and right motors.
Homemade r/c jet boat, including jet drive
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This is a great project for anyone with a little time to spend. r/c jetboats are quite rare and always turn heads when you go out for a spin,  this one even more so because of the homemade jetdrive. in this instructables ill hopefully explain the full process building the hull and jetdrive and how to install all components.
below are the links to some videos i made.

Step 1: Jetdrive

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The jetdrive is made from a 20mm stock diameter of aluminium because its light, corrosion resistant and easy to machine.
to the main jet housing a stator, impellor, nozzle, water seal, steering nozzle and plastic seat is added.
note: an impellor is a propellor that turns inside a housing.To start with, the 20mm aluminium rod is cut to a 40mm length, this will be the main jet housing. It is then setup in the metal lathe and a 16mm hole is drilled into one side of it, 10mm deep, and then a 2mm hole is drilled all the way through for the prop. shaft. (the size of this hole depends on the size of the shaft and must be tolerant to within 0.10 mm. it is not neccesary to ream this hole).
The prop. shaft is made of 2mm brass rod. brass is used as it is quite soft and will not scratch the inside of the 2mm hole.
The impellor i used was bought from a hobby shop and was larger than 16mm, this is so that i can carefully trim it to fit the inside of the jet housing. The requirements for a waterjet impellor normally include no gaps between the blades, a fine pitch and very close tolerences between the tips of the blades and the inside of the jethousing. The impellor has a 1.8mm inside diameter and is therefore press-fit onto the prop. shaft.

Step 2: Jetdrive

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The stator housing, which can be seen in the exploded view in the previous step, can be made from either aluminium or PVC plastic, I used plastic as this was better for glueing the stator vane onto. The vane was cut from an aluminium drinking can and trimmed to size before being glued into place with epoxy resin.    (A stator is used to stabilise the spinning motion of the water as it leaves the prop and to direct it in a straight line, in this r/c boat it only needs to be a single vane type)
The nozzle is made from the same 20mm aluminium rod as the main jet housing. It is used to speed up the water coming from the back of the boat, like when you put your finger over the end of a garden hose. The rod is first cut to approximately 20mm length and is then placed in the lathe and an 8mm hole is drill all the way through.  one end of the nozzle is turned down to 16mm to fit inside the main jet housing and an inside taper is added using a large 20mm drill. the other end is turned down to 10mm with a taper to make it look nicer, a diagram is shown in the top left of the drawing above to demonstrate this.
To the nozzle, a steering nozzle is also added, this is made from a 12mm round piece of plastic pipe, about 8mm long. it is carried on the end of the jet nozzle by two small pins, so that it can swivel. The steering nozzle also has a servo horn glued to the top of it to which a linkage will be attached later.

Step 3: Jetdrive

To achieve the 45degree hole in the bottom of the jet housing, which allows water to enter the jet from beneath the boat, it is best to make a wooden cradle as shown in the above diagram.
The jet housing is then set in the cradle and a drill press used to make the hole.
Now that the jet housing is finished, it’s plastic seat can be made. I used a piece of acrylic plastic bent into an L shape with a large oval hole in one side and 3 small holes in the other. this plastic seat is used to mount the motor to the jet drive and mount the motor the bottom of the boat.
A good technique for water sealing the jetdrive is to coat the prop. shaft in vaseline (petroleum jelly) and then after inserting the prop. shaft into the jet housing cake the area around the prop. shaft with hot glue. the glue will stick to the jet housing but not to the prop. shaft because of the vaseline, which also acts as a good lubricant.

Step 4: Hull

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The hull is shrink formed with acrylic plastic. The first thing to do, therefore, is make the wooden molds, as you can see in the pictures mine were cut and carved from a soft wood. The design of the hull is up to your imagination however, the bottom of the boat molds must have a flat area (to incorperate the jet drive) and be a planing hull not a rowing hull.
The top piece can be a simple flat cover or you can make a windshield as this looks more realistic.
Once the the shrink formed plastic hull has been made it can be cleaned up and, measurements can be taken to start cutting holes for the jetdrive.
I also added some small trays, made from offcuts of the hull material, to attach the electronic components to.

Step 5: Mountings

The jet drive is now ready to be assembled.
First the nozzle is inserted into the stator housing, which is in turn attached to the mating surface of the main housing with epoxy resin.
The motor, which on this particular boat is a 5800kv brushless motor, is simply hotglued onto mounting plate of the jet housing and a short spring from a brocken pen is slotted over both the motor shaft and the prop. shaft and coated in epoxy resin.
the spring is used like a universal joint so that no stress is put on any of the spinning shafts if they were to move slightely out of alignment.
the completed jet drive can now be installed into the boat. If the holes in the boat hull line up it can simply be sat in place and silicone used to seal all edges, inside the boat, round the nozzle at the back of the boat and around the water inlet on the bottom.
you may notice that the motor is positioned quite far forward in the boat, this is because in a real boat you would normally have the weight of the driver in the front, so an rc boat needs to have some weight positioned in the front to compensate for this missing weight and to help it skim on the surface of the water.

Step 6: R/c gear

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As seen in the previous step, the servo can now also be mounted onto its tray.  A small hole is drilled into the transom of the boat to take a steering linkage made from a paperclip which connects the servo to the steering nozzle, this linkage also has a balloon neck attached to it, this is to stop water from entering through the hole while still allowing the linkage to move freely. here is demonstration video.
http://youtu.be/2HY8zxktuLgAlso the rest of the electronic components can be mounted. I used a 2.4 ghz reciever and transmittor along with a 25 amp esc for the motor and ofcourse the hxt900 servo motor.  All these items were found in an unused r/c car except for the lightweight 2cell lipo battery which is not shown in the pictures.
All parts are mounted on trays as protection against water if i happened to leak in.
Another method (which can be seen in the picture) of protecting the motor is to add tissue paper around the jet drive, this is so that if water makes its way through the prop. shaft hole, the tissue will soak it up before the it reaches the motor.

Step 7: Finishing off

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There are two methods of sealing the top piece on the boat hull. The first and most reliable way is to put the lid on and cut a couple of holes just behaind the windshield for the disconnecting/connecting the battery to the esc. Then a bead of silicone is run all the wa around the edge of the lid and on the battery and esc wires to permenantly seal everything inside. The battery can still be charged and the boat turned on and off easily.The other way is to run a silicone bead around the edge of the lid as before and when its fully cured, to carefully slice the silicone with a good craft knife so as to make the lid  removeable but still have a reasonably good seal when its put back on. No holes in the lid are neccesary with this option, all wires can be kept inside.
I also decided to add an aerial tube for better transmission, it is simply glued into a small hole in the windshield and the aerial from the reciever is slid inside.
How to make A small Sail/Row Boat
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This Instructable will show you how to build your very own waterproof small boat!

Step 1: Tools

Tools Needed:
Skill Saw
Jig Saw
Chop Saw

Step 2: Supplies

2 sheets of 1/8 inch 8×4 plywood (body)
2 2×2’s (rib supports)
8 2×1’s (floor structure)
Caulk liquid nail ( this is used for the floor structure)
2″ PVC 10ft pipe( mast)
1/2′ PVC ( boom)
1″ screws
2″ big screw/bolt (for attaching the wooden sides to the ribs)
4″ long bolt and nut ( attaching the mast and boom)
hose tightner (the boom and mast)
10 right angles with bolts and washers and nuts

Step 3: Beginning

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Cut your plywood in the desired shape of your boat mine was a typical design, a rectangle with a inwards sloping bow that slopes up.
Cut up 3 2×2’s into the length and beam of your boat apply caulk and let it dry for 3 days make sure to clamp it.

Step 4: Cutting the ribs or The Structure of the Boat

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The Ribs are what gives the boat it strength I used a 2×10 because thats what I had laying around.
I made a cardboard template and then traced the design onto the wood. And then cut out 8 identical ribs
its important to leave a space over the 2×2’s so that they can be caulked on make sure the gap fits nice and snug.
You want the ribs to extend all the way up the sides of the walls so I mad mine 10 inches. I had a rib every foot or so.

Step 5: Attaching Sides

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Once all of the ribs have been securely caulked down with 5200 cut out your sides.
This is pretty simple but just make sure its nice and even. As seen below.
Drill pilot holes into the ribs 2 per rib. these are what the bolts are going to be screwed into
After drilling the holes apply 5200 over the ribs and socket wrench the sides on.

Step 6: Bending the Wood

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 This is the trickiest part I found that placing something underneath the bow such as bricks helps hold the shape.
After the sides have been placed on now is the hard part of bending the wood into its bow shape. If you’ve done everything right
then when you bend the sides and bow up words they should line up great and make a bow shape. Take the right angle pieces and drill pilot holes into the base and sides
then caulk and bolt the sides on I’d recommend 5 angles per side. There will be popping noises from the boat these are to be expected but be aware that the sides may crack
at the sloping part, mine did.

Step 7: Center Board Hole

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This step requires precision and being very careful.You are cutting a hole in the center of your boat.
I used the 2×10 again for the centerboard but planed it down to make it fit.
After finding the exact center and making sure the line is centered and straight, cut out the hole and mount your rudder board holder with the 5200 caulk
use more than you would elsewhere because this is a big step and messing up would be a pain at this step.

Step 8: The Floor

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By now your shell should start to look like a boat. But if you noticed the floor board is a little weak, and we wouldnt that to break while standing on it in the water.
So take the 2×1’s and create a “flooring” then caulk it on with the liquid nails caulk. After this cut up plywood pieces so they cover the 2×1’s and create a false floor.

Step 9: Attaching rear piece

Now just cut out a back for your boat and screw it into the ribs ( I had two ribs in the back)

Step 10: Caulking

now go through and caulk the seams and anything else with the 5200 take your time here rushing wont make your boat waterproof, 5200 is sandable
so it can come off.

Step 11: Attaching the “deck”

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So I threw a piece of wood on the top just to make it look cool and also for storage.

Step 12: Rudder

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Make a brace/support for the rudder between the two rear ribs. And then screw the two hinges onto the back side.
attached is also the rudder (with its half of the hinges) and the centerboard

Step 13: Mast time

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this is really easy just take a larger pipe like 2′”1/2 and attach it onto the upper piece and the floor

Step 14: Painting

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NOW YOUR DONE! just apply two coats of waterproof paint and its a finished boat!
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Yesterday I was working in my workshop and noticed how all of my old dead RC planes just sit there. Like they have no purpose. So yesterday, I decided to put them to use. I was going to build an RC boat! So here is what you will need to get started:
hot glue gun
X-acto knife
Vice (To hold the wood when you are cutting it)
1 rechargable 1.5 battery
2 large egg cartons
1 roll of Duct Tape
Hot glue
2 motors
2 propellers
An RC receiver
An RC remote
Balsa wood
2 hours of time

Step 1: Building the body

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Instead of having your typical boat hull, I decided to go with a hovercraft-ish hull. With a flat top, and a open bottom to allow air to move in and out while the boat is moving. But, I realized that that would cause friction and a vacuum in the bottom. So to build the hul, you have to seal the bottom of it, too. To begin, you will have to cut your large egg carton in half. Then, cut of a large middle section off of both of them and Duct tape the two ends together. Then, take the middle section and Duct tape it to the bottom of the craft. IMPORTANT! Make sure that the bottom is sealed!!! Next, put Duct Tape over and foam that is showing.

Step 2: Mounting the motors

To begin this step, choose which end will be the boat’s front. You will ant the front to have no excess Duct Tape on it. Next, take a small extra piece of  foam. Then, cut it down to about 1 inch wide and 3 inches long. Cover it up in 2 layers of Duct Tape then cut of the excess Duct Tape. This will absorb the vibrations. Next, hot glue it to the back of the boat. Next, take some Balsa wood and cut a small 1 inch wide by 4 inches long. This will be the motor mount. Next, glue the wood to the foam piece. Let the wood go over the boat’s end by about 1 inch. Next, take 1 of the motors and glue it to the wood. Then, take a small piece of Duct Tape (about 4 inches) then slice the width of it in half. Use 1 f the half’s and put it across the motor and secure it to the balsa wood. Next, cut out a 1 inch by 1 inch square out of Balsa wood. Glue that to the other end of the motor mount. Take your other motor and glue it onto the balsa wood square with the shaft pointing sideways. This will be the turning motor. Then, put the other piece of Duct Tape and Secure the motor to the mount. Finally, secure the propellers to the motors.

Step 3: Finishing up

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This has to be the hardest part of the entire project. Fist, measure out how big the RC circuit board is, then you have to make a housing for it. Then, glue the housing towards the front, then you have to connect the motor wires to it. Then, add some space to the compartment for the battery. Then, you have to water proof it. Next, take a small piece of foam and cut out two pieces that are 1 and 1/2 inch tall and 1 centimeter wide. Hot glue them together, then put Duct tape around them. Glue this to the back of the boat. If your receiver has an antenna, take the antenna and wrap it around the foam on the back. Then Duct Tape it so that it will stay. Then, you are ready for water! Enjoy!

IR Receiver for remote control


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This project is based on a micro-controller PIC16F84,
I added a relay 5vDC in this receiver  to switch on or to switch off a light from a remote control.
IR Remote Control Jammer
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Get your own IR Jammer Kit here.

Look at the IR Jammer project page here.

The IR Jammer is a fun project that provides a bit of safe, non-destructive fun. The Infrared Remote Control Jammer allows you to render all IR remote controls inoperative! The microcontroller in this design allows for all 6 of the main IR frequencies to be targeted making this unit universal. It works by corrupting the data that is being sent by your normal remote controls.

A single press of the button sends out stream of IR pulses from the two narrow beam and two wide beam IR LEDs for 30 seconds. Each press of the button will add 30 seconds to the running timer. For remote operation you can simply connect a button to the On Sw. pads, shorting this input will turn on the IR output until the contact is opened. This would allow the device to be mounted into an old remote, brim of a hat, etc.

The compact design is the size of a 9 volt battery allowing it to be strapped directly to its power source if desired.

Step 1: IR Jammer Overview

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The heart of the IR Jammer is a PIC 12F675 microcontroller. This microcontroller has been programmed to reproduce the 6 popular IR frequencies, 30kHz, 33kHz, 36kHz, 38kHz, 40kHz and 56kHz. When the button is pressed two transistors are used to pump infrared data out of the 4 IR LEDs. Using two wide beam and two narrow beam IR LEDs allows good distance and a ease of use. The Green LED is used to indicate power up by blinking 3 times and also to indicate when the jammer is running by a quick flash ever few seconds. When building the kit you can select the power selection resistors to adjust the balance between range and power consumption.

Step 2: IR Jammer Code

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After the jammer flashes the green LED to indicate power on the unit goes to sleep and wakes up on a pin change interrupt, this allows it to last a very long time in standby. The PCB mounted push button will wake it up and allow it to operate for 30 seconds for each press and the On Sw. remote switch connection will run the jammer until the switch is turned off. There are 6 assembly language routines that are used for each of the IR jamming frequencies that the device replicates.

You can get the free source code here if you want, or download the HEX file hereto burn directly to a microcontroller.

Step 3: IR Jammer Schematic

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If you would like to make your own board design have a look at the schematic here or purchase a bare IR Jammer board if you want to build your own using your own components.