Make an Open Source Drone and

List of parts

The following lists contain the parts and tools necessary to complete the course Make an Open Source Drone and Make an Open Source Drone: More Fun.

Many of the items below are reusable and they will last for many years if you look after them.

The items in these lists are provided in an effort to make it easier for our students to find the parts and tools they need. While we take care to find reliable Amazon sellers, we cannot be responsible for problems in their supply chain or fulfilment. Sellers may run out of stock at any time, or shipments may be lost in transit. For issues like these, or for warranty claims, please contact the seller or Amazon directly.

If you do not live in the US, UK or Germany, or the Amazon stores that we provide links to below do not deliver to your location, consider using a freight forwarding service like Shipito. You can ship your shopping to them, and they will forward to you, anywhere in the world. This is useful in case, for at least some of the items in your shopping list, Amazon will not ship to addresses outside the US.

Make an Open Source Drone, list of parts:

  1. One Quadcopter frame, F450 HJ450 DJI | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE |
  2. Four sets of Motors, propellers and ESC, A2212 1000KV (brushless motor), 30A ESC, pair of 1045 propellers | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE |
  3. At least one LiPo battery, such as a 2-cell 7.4V, 2200mAh | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE |
  4. Flight controller option #1: Crius AIO Pro V2 - ** NOT AVAILABLE AT THE MOMENT ** | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE |
  5. Flight controller option #2 (preferred): Pixhawk 2.4.8 32bit ARM RC, kit contains at least the flight controller, GPS, power module, safety button, buzzer| Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE |
  6. GPS module (for the Crius FC), Crius U-blox NEO-6M V3.1 GPS Module | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE |
  7. RC receiver-transmitter set, FlySky FS-i6 2.4G 6CH AFHDS RC Transmitter With FS-iA6B Receiver | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE |
  8. ESC-battery bullet connector | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE |
  9. Landing gear (optional), 4pcs Tall Landing Skid Gear Quadcopter legs Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE |
  10. Battery meter (optional) | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE |


You will also need some tools. Here's a list:

  1. LiPo battery balance charger, iMAX B6 AC Lipo NiMh Li-ion Ni-Cd RC or similar | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE |
  2. Precision screwdrivers | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE |
  3. Precision antistatic tweezers | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE |
  4. Wire cutter | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE |
  5. Wire stripper | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE |
  6. Multimeter | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE |
  7. Electrical tape | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE |
  8. Soldering iron and solder (check mains power requirements for your location) | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE |
  9. PCB holder (to make soldering easier) | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE |
  10. Solder pump (to help in fixing soldering errors) | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE|
  11. Thin single core wire | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE |
  12. Heat shrink tubing | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE |
  13. Cable ties | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE |
  14. Double-sided tape or velcro | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE |
  15. Scissors | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE |
  16. Appropriate battery connector, especially XT60 | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE |
  17. 10 or 12 AWG wires for the battery | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE |
  18. Teflon tape | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE |
  19. Insulating electrical tape | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE |

Make an Open Source Drone: More Fun, List of additional parts

To complete this course, you will need several parts and tools from Make an Open Source Drone, as well as a few additional parts.

From Make an Open Source Drone you will need parts: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 and 9.

You will also need most of the tools, and especially items 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12, 13.

The following list contains the additional parts:

  1. FlySky Data Cable USB | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE
  2. Choose a kit at the frequency allowed in your location:
    1. 3DR Radio Wireless Telemetry Kit 433Mhz Module (AU, NZ, SA, UK, EU) | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE
    2. 3DR Radio Wireless Telemetry Kit 915Mhz Module (US, CA, AU, NZ, BR, AR) | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE
  3. Hawkeye Firefly Q6 HD camera | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE
  4. S2 5.8G 800TVL micro CMOS FPV camera | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE
  5. Frame to attach the FPV monitor to the remote control | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE | eBay AU
  6. VR-5802S 5802 40 channel raceband 5.8G 7 inch monitor | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE
  7. 220μF capacitor | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE
  8. 1N53398 zener diode | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon DE | eBay AU