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Can "toy" drone FC firmware be tweaked?

TL;DR: Probably, but you'd likely be spending a lot of time locating a programming interface on the flight controller board and custom-compiling or custom-writing firmware to work on the special board ...
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Binding DX5e (or any other hobby controller) to generic "toy" drone - protocol compatability

There are many different communication protocols used for radio controlled models and even for the same vendor the parts/versions are not always compatible. While most use the same chips to build ...
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Can "toy" drone FC firmware be tweaked?

Reprogramming toy-drone flight controllers which are based on readily recognizable microcontrollers is definitely "a thing", heavily benefiting from a few open source projects, one of the ...
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Need tips on getting this to fly properly

That sounds like you don't have a flight controller. You won't be able to fly a quadcopter without electronic stabilisation of some sort. The basic configuration is not naturally stable. An analogy is ...
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Home made simple drone- need some directions

You need a flight controller to stabilize this machine. As you've found, motors are not exactly identical (nor is the air they are pushing, plus many other external factors). The flight controller ...
Brydon Gibson's user avatar
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Are all drone motors equal

As you guess, motors are approximately equal but are never balanced exactly enough to fly without active stabilising. The receiver just sends the model the position of the sticks on the transmitter, ...
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Which Arduino Nano should I use to make a nano-scale drone

Assuming that your goal here is to make this a hobby project and are not expecting it to be a plug-and-play toy, totally! Like is demonstrated in the tutorial you link to, it is entirely possible to ...
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Will wiring two batteries in parallel fry my drone?

TLDR; The drone will work the same Given that weight is not an issue here (which might be the biggest concern in the real world), the only things we need to take into account are voltage and current. ...
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Which Arduino Nano should I use to make a nano-scale drone

I think you'd want the "Nano 33 BLE" - not that you need Bluetooth Low Energy, but because it has gyro/accelerometers built in. Otherwise you'd need to add them as a separate board, like the ...
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Drone back propellers not lifting it up

The most likely cause is that the propellers have been swapped. Drones have two types of propellers, for clockwise and anti-clockwise rotation. These must be fitted in diagonally-opposite pairs. If ...
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Which DC motors (or others) are good enough for my multi-function drone?

It is just about possible to make a quadcopter fly with brushed DC motors, but almost no one uses them. They are heavy and need to be run pretty hard, which wears out the brushes in a few hours. ...
Robin Bennett's user avatar
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Need tips on getting this to fly properly

Found that there is a tilt because of the hanging wire connecting to the motors. Will remove the wire and replace with lighter smaller wire connecting battery to motors. Maybe flip over will be gone ...
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Lift off without receiver

Do you mean "Lift off without a flight controller"? Quadcopters are inherently very unstable. A motor + propeller doesn't create an even amount of lift. For example, a tiny gust of wind hits ...
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Lift off without receiver

What you are asking is not an easy task if you want to design everything on your own. I bet you can try to do it. First of all there is no way to get a drone airborne without some sort of stabilising ...
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