Quadcopters and the revival of the RC Enthusiast 

Quadcopters are the latest craze in RC technology. One day, these machines may take the place of cargo planes and delivery trucks, eventually flying over your doorstep to drop off DIY patches. The technology is already there, and companies like Amazon, UPS and FedEx are exploring their own autonomous delivery systems. FCC rules and red tape notwithstanding, kids that are adept at flying RC quadcopters today may be the ones designing these delivery systems tomorrow.

There’s been a revival of RC hobbies as the cost of building RC devices has plummeted and the curiosity for quadcopters has surged.  This is one of the many reasons why RCer is the latest skill on DIY.  Aside from the fact that attaching a camera and flying a thing around is really cool, building your own RC focuses on a broad range of skills – from mechanics, to technology, and even artistry.

Although these are rich subjects on their own, when combined, they complement each other superbly. Building an RC car, boat or quadcopter allows you to experiment with complex systems on a small scale, which is a great jumping off point before scaling up to actual cars and helicopters.

The process of building your first remote controlled anything - figuring out it’s mechanics, gears, sanding it down, and the comradery experienced in a flying range are some of the most awesome memories a lot of us cherished as a kid. Now, it’s possible to take that same experience and also take a video 200 feet in the air.

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