I’ve just learned that quadcopters / drones are so popular now that there is a massive DiY industry surrounding them. I shouldn’t be surprised…but dang!
anyhow, I’m looking for info on good / solid but affordable options for a beginner and his uncoordinated 7 year old grandson.
there are a bazillion options from China under $50…but I don’t want to spend that kinda change for something that is essentially throw away. I mean…if there is a $50 option from an established brand that you can buy replaceable parts and extra batteries and such, I’m game…but I haven’t seen anything like that.
don’t need anything fancy like camera (maybe that will come later), just tough / hardy and perhaps recall / one-touch-landing or whatever drones version of SAFE is.
Inexpensive, beginner drone. Probably close to what you want and a good YT channel to get some reviews of smaller cheaper drones.
appears the brand TOMZON is not available in Canada.
Well check out the YT channel, he has a lot of good drones for starting out with. Hopefully at least 1 is available in Canada.
well…upon review of TOMZON, I do not like the fact that everything is proprietary. that’s a definite no / out.
Unless you do a DIY most of the time the propellers are going to be proprietary.
Also for a mini sized drone most of the batteries are made for the model. I recommended a mini since you said it was for a beginner and having a smaller and lighter drone is a good way to learn how to fly it and also to see if you like flying it. Heavier and bigger drones can do damage if they hit people and things.
oh yes…I don’t want a big fancy drone with a camera or anything…at least not yet as I’m more interested in fixed wing RC and reading into Flite Test DiY platform.
there is a Chinese brand called JJRC and I really like the idea of the H36s…it converts the quadcopter into a hovercraft as well as a VTOL glider wing:
I just pinged them with an email asking about extra props and batteries.
That looks really interesting, let me know what you hear from them.