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If you have the technical know how, I would suggest you remove the shell from the drone and spray paint that separately to avoid contamination any of the electronics or mechanical components. If you aren’t able to do that, then apply masking tape and/or plastic or any other protective layer over any exposed electronics, cameras, ports, motors etc. Basically ...


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I am not a legal expert by any means, so I just want to say that disclaimer. As far as I am aware, you can check in the drone itself, but due to their volatile nature, most airlines will require you to carry LiPos in your carry-on luggage so you can react quickly in case the worst happens. As always, check with your specific airline and the laws specific ...


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So long as your additions are very lightweight compared to the drone - like stickers or paint - this should not have a significant effect the balance of your drone. However, you want to make sure that you do not cover any ventilation holes or heat transfer surfaces as this might affect the lifespan of those parts. In the case of metallic additions (shiny ...


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In case you would prefer an answer with citations (as different regulators have different views on this), at the following link is CASA web page regarding "Recreational unmanned aircraft (including models)". There is a link on this page to the "... rules for flying model aircraft and drones." - this phrasing demonstrates CASA consider ...


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Strictly speaking, "Drone" refers to any unmanned aircraft that can fly autonomously. Usually, however, a drone is classified as any unmanned aircraft even if it requires a remote pilot's control. By this definition, yes, a fixed wing would be classified as a drone because it is an unmanned aircraft.


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Throttle scaling is not training wheels so don't feel back about using it. It's never fun to fly a quad with a throttle that is too touchy. Another option is throttle expo which you can turn on in the rates area of Betaflight. Find the hover point for the quad and set that to be the center of your throttle curve. Then add some expo to soften the rate ...


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You mention that this will be in the future. While the other answer covers the current situation well, you should note that the rules are due to be harmonised across Europe and this might introduce some changes. https://dronerules.eu/en/recreational/eu_regulations_updates The following image summarises the requirements for the new regulations: This table ...


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This depends - do you want to fly FPV or LOS, angle or acro? For the LOS angle, I absolutely love the Hubsan X4 H107C. It’s relatively cheap, flies smoothly and is really robust. There is also a version without a camera called the H107L. If you want to fly FPV acro (or angle), the Tinyhawk, Mobula 6 and Meteor 65 (though you may need a throttle cap) are ...


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Previous answers have covered commercial ones. I believe the smallest self-powered drone is the piccolissimo. It is 2.5g and passively stable. Here is the Wikipedia article on it: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piccolissimo


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How much mass will this coat of paint add, and can your drone cope with that additional weight ? This could result in a decrease in flighttime-per-charge, a drop in maximum climb rate, and a lower top speed due to a rougher outer surface. Paint can be surprisingly heavy (a 747 uses around 90 gallons of paint weighing in the vicinity of 550 pounds) and the ...


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Depending on your budget I would look at these two options: Diatone Taycan: this is a cinewhoop style quad that is more than powerful enough to fly outside as well. It will not be as nimble as your typical freestyle quad but if that is not what you are looking for you can't go wrong with this one. HGLRC Sector 132: This option will be cheaper as the Taycan ...


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C rating is very much a non-science. There’s no real way to compare between brands, so just go off the idea that the higher the C value, the better. If you want to do it a little more mathematically (though it still won’t be completely accurate), find out the maximum current draw of each of your motors and other electronics, add them up and then add a bit (...


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It is also worth mentioning that the smaller the motor is the less convenient it is to change propellers. If the motors are so tiny that threaded holes won't fit the only option is to press fit the props. Due to the construction of brushless motors it can be challenging to make a shaft that is both light and can withstand the force of push. If you can't fit ...


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For toy drones, almost the entire thing is the power system. So a smaller drone needs less battery, smaller speed controllers and a smaller frame. The only part that doesn't change is the receiver and flight controller, which are already tiny - so the drone can be shrunk until you reach the limits of motor miniaturisation or the Rx/FC become a significant ...


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Theoretically, I don’t see why we couldn’t make current motors even smaller than they are today - we already have brushless motors with stators less than 10mm across (for example these 0802 motors), and we could change the format by using inrunner motors instead. However there are certain factors that we need to consider. The first of these is that we can’t ...


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At the top of this page (sorry no direct link to the product) they have a 0.15g brushless motor. Unfortunately it only produces 0.4g of thrust, so it can barely lift itself. To maintain a thrust to weight ratio of 1.5:1 you would need to find propellers, battery, flight controller, and radio electronics that weigh 0.4666g. There may be more tiny brushless ...


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The French GOV website provides this information (translated into English): Are there any special licenses/permits that have to be obtained? Aircraft weighing less than 800g Training is not compulsory, but remains highly recommended. What are the laws on this? These guidelines must be followed: Protection of other airspace users To limit ...


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The trouble with making a nano drone is that for it to be what is commonly considered a ‘drone’, it needs to be able to be controlled via radio waves and/or be programmed to complete specific tasks. The trouble this introduces is that to receive radio waves effectively, the receiver antenna needs to be around one-half wavelength (AFAIK), so nano-scale ...


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In addition to what Kralc has mentioned, you also want to make sure that your decorations don’t vastly impact the aerodynamics of your aircraft. Drones are flying bricks at the best of times - they don’t have the best aerodynamics, however you should try to be wary of the impact of large sheets. Anything that increases the cross sectional area will impact ...


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C ratings vary between brands, so it's hard to use it to compare batteries. While it defines the current the battery can provide, there's no standard for whether it means you can regularly fly at this level, use it for a 'short' burst (whatever that means) or whether the battery can manage that current briefly but will over-heat and never do it again. If ...


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