- Page 1:A Time to Make Something Awesome
- Page 2:A Little Bit of Background
- Page 3:The Birth of an Idea
- Page 4:Taking the Plunge: Buying Some Parts
- Page 5:Building the First Prototype
- Page 6:Overhaul: Taking the Prototype to a New Level
- Page 7:A Few Polishing Touches and a Mini Conversion
- Page 8:Future Developments and More Information
Overhaul: Taking the Prototype to a New Level
In addition to an interest in flight, William also has a knack for 3D animation and computer-aided design, which he used to redesign and create a brand-new chassis for his Shrediquette. He used carbon fiber-coated plywood and tubing to save weight, which also made the design look a lot better overall. By reducing the overall weight, he increased its responsiveness, and therefore, its stability, but that was just the start of the overhaul.
William still felt that his design could be more stable. He replaced his cheap motors with more expensive and significantly more powerful motors, which greatly improved responsiveness. He also upgraded his gyros by adding more accurate models and modified the throttle response.
All together, the upgrades made the Shrediquette extremely stable. It was so stable in fact, that William decided to add profile settings to his control loop. The first mode, which he calls "hover mode," is intended for enhanced stability and is ideal for carrying heavy or unstable payloads. "Acro mode" switches the controller from keeping the craft level to instead keeping angular velocities smooth and constant, allowing for aerial acrobatics like loops and rolls.