Build the Raven V2

This guide provides instruction for assembly of the Raven Quadracopter. Full assembly is required. This kit includes a carbon fiber frame, motor controllers, motor wiring, EPP foam guard and brushless motors. It also uses a MultiWii flight controller.


1. QXM360 V2- Overview

Welcome to the Raven Quadracopter kit! In this Guide you will learn how to fully assemble and configure this MultiWii Controlled Quadrocopter. To complete this Guide you will need to have the Raven Kit, all components are ordered from SI Drones or come from Hobby King and you will need to gather the necessary tools as described below the kit components list. This quadracopter is capable of all basic tasks including photography, however it does not have a GPS unit. This Guide will teach you how to set up the quadracopter in its basic form and in an X-copter configuration, which we have deemed provides the best performance.

3. QXM360 V2- Frame Assembly

This lesson shows how to assemble the carbon fiber frame. This carbon fiber frame is 360mm across the diagonal. With the EPP foam ring installed the diagonal measures 635 mm. In this lesson you will be using a lot of different parts, and many of them are small and easy to lose or drop. Be sure to keep yourself organized, using an organizer storage bin or something similar.

6. QXM360 V2- Mounting Receiver

This lesson shows how to mount the radio controlled (R/C) receiver to the Quadracopter frame. Communication between the operator and the drone uses a DSM2 2.4 GHz six channel receiver. This kit will be using an orange RX R615x receiver which is compatible with Spektrum DSM2 & DSMx transmitters. If you plan to use a different brand transmitter you will need a compatible receiver for that transmitter. SIDrones kits require transmitters and receivers with at least 5 channels to be able to configure various flight modes.

7. QXM360 V2- Transmitter Setup

There are 2 modes for transmitters. Much like how different countries drive on different sides of the road, different countries use different configurations of the same 4 main controls for the flying quadracopters. This lesson introduces you to the Spektrum DXeTransmitter using mode 2. In this mode, the throttle is on the left.

8. QXM360 V2- Calibrating Motor Contorllers

This lesson shows how to calibrate the motor controllers. This is the most complex, but most important of all the calibrations. If at anytime during your quad ownership you experience poor flights, re-calibrating the motor controllers should be your first troubleshooting step. Some advanced users may prefer to use a 4 in one hub.

9. QXM360 V2- Flight Controller Wiring

This lesson describes the steps for connecting the receiver that has already been attached to the frame. In this step you will be using signal wires, that consist of a positive, ground and data wire. Power is typically red, ground is typically a darker color like brown or black and data is typically a lighter color like yellow or white.

10. QXM360 V2- Loading Firmware

This lesson shows how to load the firmware to the flight controller. This firmware is the operating system for your quadracopter. There are many images that you can click on to follow along the process of finding each folder. If you are using a non-PC, follow along the folder titles to find each folder but the directions to find each folder may vary slightly.

11. QXM360 V2- Flight Controller Configuration

At this point you have a fully assembled quadracopter with the firmware installed. In this step you will upload the settings for the firmware. One of these uploads will include PID files, which controls the flight and stability of your quadracopter.

12. QXM360 V2- Attaching Propellers

This lesson shows how to attach each of the quadracopter’s 4 propellers. Quadracopters provide stability by having 2 propellers spinning clockwise and 2 counterclockwise. The motors do the work of spinning different directions, however the propellers must match, note that each propeller is labeled 7x3.8 or 7x3.8R. the 7 stands for 8 inch diameter, and 3.8 denotes the pitch. The R, or lack thereof is the part you care about, R spin clockwise and ones with no R (or L) spin counterclockwise.