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Miniquads are cool. Like, really really cool. Everyone wants a miniquad. Trouble is, miniquad frames usually fall into one of two categories: 1) Ultra AAA Grade Mega-weave Carbon Fiber hardened with the tears of a unicorn under a full moon (great, but really expensive), or 2) Crappo-quads made from low-quality carbon with dull tooling. And, even if one makes the hefty initial investment into an ultra high-performance, unicorn-tear-hardened-quad, most of the hardware is expensive to replace and difficult to customize. Everyone crashes their miniquad sometime; replacing parts shouldn't be the expensive hassle that it is.
Those of us without thousands of dollars of disposable income need a miniquad that's cheap, customizable, and practical to fix. A miniquad for us tinkering high schoolers, broke college students, and dirt-cheap modellers. A miniquad for peasants. And, that's exactly what PeasantCopter is; a cheap, customizable, easy-to-fix quadcopter.
At a price of $38 (including USA shipping!) the PeasantCopter is a great way to get in the air at a fraction of the cost of fiberglass or carbon fiber quads. Additionally, with a wood airframe that can be easily repaired with epoxy, CA, or wood glue (and a full line of cheap replacement parts for the rare cases where glue isn't enough), PeasantCopter is affordable to fly, crash, and keep flying. Additionally, while replacement hardware packs are available, missing or broken fasteners on the PeasantCopter can be easily replaced with a trip to the local hardare store. Local hardware stores in the United States often have a more limited supply of metric fasteners, so the structural mounts (the areas where fasteners are more likely to need replacement, ie. the arm mounts, body plate mounts, and standoffs) on the PeasantCopter come pre-cut for imperial hardware (4-40 machine screws). Holes can easily be widened with a metric drill bit to accomodate metric structural mounting hardware (M3 machine screws) if you prefer. Of course, since most motors and flight controllers are manufactured abroad, PeasantCopter supports metric fastener patterns for mounting flight electronics.
PeasantCopter has undergone multiple design overhauls based on lessons learned from extensive crash--erm..."flight" testing (PeasantCopter is currently in its third frame revision), and is continually being improved with frame upgrades and updates. Structural weak points not accounted for in older design revisions have been redesigned and reinforced, and additional features like the bulbous motor mounts have been included to protect critical hardware during an "unexpected low pass" or "hard landing."
Constructed of high-quality Birch Plywood, PeasantCopter can easily be drilled, cut, glued, and reshaped to your personal needs. Wood is easy and safe to work with, allowing you to easily personalize your PeasantCopter into your favorite FPV platform. While judicious frame cutouts have been made to reduce the frame's overall weight, the bottom electronics plate has no weight reduction holes, leaving it a "clean slate" upon which you can mount flight controllers, video transmitters, OSD boards, power distro boards, and whatever else you please, wherever you please.
The PeasantCopter is more affordable than many other miniquads on the market, but it also brings some important design innovations that are rarely, if ever, seen in other frames. One of the most common issues with current miniquad designs is an off-balance center of gravity. As a result of cramming the flight battery behind the flight controller (which needs to be centered on the frame to prevent it from moving translationally during pitch, roll, or yaw), many miniquads are left significantly tail-heavy with larger batteries. This forces pilots to use small batteries to avoid flying an aircraft that is badly off-balance, reducing flight times and maximum power output. Some fliers have gotten around this issue by strapping their batteries to the uppermost plates of their quads. Unfortunately, this configuration with a large mass a long distance from the roll axis of the miniquad causes the quad's moment of angular inertia to increase dramatically, reducing controllability in roll. By adding a space for flight electronics underneath the battery plate, the PeasantCopter allows batteries to be placed further forward and closer to the roll axis of the quad, PeasantCopter solves both these issues, improving flight performance and extending your time in the air. The PeasantCopter is also compatible with your favorite onboard video recording equipment; its front camera cage is capable of completely enclosing a GoPro, and space has been provided for a Mobius ActionCam to be mounted on top of the front camera cage.