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Building Your Own Drones: A Beginner’s Guide to Drones, UAVs, and ROVs by John Baichtal

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2. Showcase of Cool DIY Drones

So you want to build your own drones? Awesome. The best way to start is to admire the work other people have done. The following 12 projects are just a sampling of all the cool DIY (do-it-yourself) work you can find out in the wild!

Bicycle Rim Quadcopter

This project bears out the truism that pretty much anything can be made into a quadcopter’s chassis, so long as it’s reasonably light and strong. Built by Sam Ley, this quadcopter (pictured in Figure 2.1) flies very well and has survived several crashes.

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FIGURE 2.1 Sam Ley made clever use of found material to make his quadcopter’s airframe (credit: Sam Ley [CC-A]). ...

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