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Final pieces of quadcopter arrive and beginning assembly of Martian II

It is only the fourth blog post, and I can hardly wait! I have finally received all the parts necessary for me to build a quadcopter (I would hope), and I would hope that I do not need any other parts since it would be such a hassle to order them and wait for them to arrive from China, and as time ticks down and my summer days are wasted away, I do not have any more time to waste! The relevant YouTube video is linked below.

Not too much was accomplished today, but I would still like to record what exactly I did, so that's the point of today's blog post. In the picture below, you can see all the parts laid out of the extremely popular frame "Martian II," which is a copy of another popular frame, the "Alien," or something that is of that sort of name. The Martian II is relatively cheap, at only $26, comparable to $100 carbon fiber frames and even includes a PDB, a benefit that allows me to save a few dollars and not spend money on a PDB.

Knolling: all the parts of the Martian II quadcopter frame.

Words are hard, but I'll try my best to summarize what happened in the video/vlog that I uploaded today. I tried to keep it as short as possible, so the video ended up being around 12 minutes long, which is much better than the 20 minutes or longer videos that I have been putting out more recently. The frame came with two sets of screws. The larger bag of screws I emptied into a magnetic screw tray. This ended up being a mistake since the screws themselves are magnetic, causing the screws to simultaneously stick and repel to each other and made it very hard to keep it organized with out screws popping themselves everywhere. It's pictured below.

Additional knolling: the large bag of screws included with the Martian II.

To get started with setting up the frame, I popped four of the longer screws, I believe they're called M3 screws or something of that sort, into the four holes forming a square with one of the base plates which has screw holes in an X pattern in the center. I placed them in the middle screw holes, then flipped it over so the screws were facing up. This is pictured below.

Screws pointing upwards, not downwards, silly.

I did do more after this, however, I did not take any more pictures, so if you want more visuals those can be found in the YouTube video that I uploaded simultaneously along with this post. I then placed each of the four arms which hold the motors onto the screws. The circle with four long holes coming off the end is the motor side, so you place the other end on top of the middle. There are three holes, you place it on top of the center hole, aligned with the screw. They fit together nicely, each facing towards the ends of the base plate. In this way, it really is quite simple to do. I then put the shield on top that is supposed to protect the PDB from being shocked, and that was an extremely snug fit.

However, that is all I did this video. Tune in tomorrow for another video and yet a continuation on the build log! Thanks for reading,

Gideon Tong