I think this will make a fantastic camera platform- maybe even FPV someday. The motor struts are 1/2" OD aluminum tubes purchased from Lowe's. They appear to be a fairly soft alloy- it'll be interesting how well they stand up. They were quite cheap, though. $4 for a 36" length. My initial build is using 18" long struts.
The two body sections are 1/8" liteply cut to the plans on RCExplorer's website. I'll probably cut lightening holes in the plywood body to save a few grams. RCExplorer uses fiberglass printed circuit board material for his components, but since I don't have easy access to that material I'm just using 1/8" plywood.
Eventually if this system flies well and proves fun, I'll upgrade the structural components to carbon shafts and a lighter weight body.
The motor mounts are my own design, machined from delrin scraps. The rotating tail motor mount uses the 1/2" aluminum tube as the bearing surface. It seems to work pretty well, with minimal slop.
|Unfolded, flight configuration (DX6i for reference)|
|Folded, Storage configuration|
Exciting stuff.... Perhaps it'll be flying in a week or two!