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    Advanced Beginner Oliver Miami's Avatar
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    TBS Discovery Pro - Extensive Build Video

    Step by step build manual of the TBS Discovery Pro Long Range Set:

    Full playlist at

    HARDWARE (let's begin)
    1. Soldering:
    2. Arms & Motors:
    3. Gimbal Assembly:
    4. Difference between Naza V2 and Naza Lite:
    5. Naza and the Gimbal Installation:
    6. Pilot Camera & Spacers:
    7. Closing the Top Plate:
    8. GPS Mount (Naza & Foldable):
    9. Vtx & EzUHF Installation:
    10. Smoke Test (first power on test):

    SOFTWARE (the boring part)
    Here is a link to load the model directly in your Taranis X9D radio based on my settings:
    11. EzUHF Firmware Update:
    12. EzUHF Activation & Bind:
    13. Naza Software & Taranis X9D: Programing the Control Channels, Calibration & Channel Reverse:
    14. Setting the 3 positions switch & Naza V2 Hack (No PMU):
    15. Naza Settings, GPS Offsets, Gains:
    16. Manual & Auto Failsafe/RTH with Naza & EzUHF:

    FPV & FINAL (almost there)
    17. Motors Rotation, Strap the Battery & GoPro:
    18. FPV System (2.4 & 5.8: TBS Ground Station & TBS Boss):
    19. Camera Switch & TBS Core Menu, OSD:
    20. Props On:
    21. Naza Compass Calibration (MUST BE DONE OUTSIDE, away from magnetic sources => cars, buildings etc)

    FLIGHT SCHOOL (reward)
    22. Preflight Checklist : coming soon
    23. First Flight & Flight Lesson (Flight modes, OSD, EzUHF, Power management): coming soon
    24. Failsafe / RTH Test: coming soon

    TUNING THE GIMBAL (boring again)
    25. Gimbal Calibration & Simple BCG Software:

    - TBS Charger: coming soon
    - Understanding LiPo Batteries:
    - Some useful little Gears & Accessories: coming soon

    OFFICIAL MANUALS (must read)
    TBS Discovery Pro:
    TBS Discovery Pro info and troubleshooting:
    TBS Ground Station:
    Naza Lite:
    Naza V2:
    Fat Shark Dominator:

    WARNING & DISCLAIMER: This is my build, a personal build and not an official build manual. Only for illustration purposes. There are many ways to build and tune a multirotor. Be sure to understand all the procedures and risks associated with building and flying a multirotor. I cannot be held responsible for your actions.

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    Tools used in this video:

    - Solder Iron: It must be a powerful one, otherwise you will just transfer heat to the board and damage it without any results. More Watts the better, you need at least 70W. I set 360 C for all the Disco work.
    I got this one
    - Solder with rosin core: I used the best, Kester brand. Get the 60/40 or 63/37 if you can. Not cheap but it is easier to deal with and melt at lower temperature. It will payback for sure, especially if you are not too good at soldering.
    - Flux pen: apply on surface before soldering. Will make the work easier and improve the quality of the solder joint
    - Protective glasses: I strongly recommend this for soldering work. I acidently mishandled my tip and got all the molted solder came into my face one day. Glad I had this $5 glasses to protect my eyes. Can be used on top of regular glasses.
    - Hex Drivers: 1.5 mm, 2mm, and 2.5 mm are required. I got the EDS, the best one.
    - 8 mm wrench for the props and the EzUHF antenna:
    - Zip ties: get small and medium size to attache the ESC and some tiny wires.
    - Tweezer: not mandatory but it really help for soldering and to reach stuff inside the disco. Got a set of regular one and a long one.
    - Liquid Tape: apply this oily type of substance to insulate and protect electrical splices, connections and electronic against corrosion and possible shorts.
    - Thread lock: thread lock is used to "glue" metallic stuff together and prevent screws to become loose because of vibrations. Unlike glue, thread lock is weak enough to let you remove what has been locked.
    Thread lock comes in different strength: purple is low, blue is medium. Use blue for the screw and purple for the gimbal grub screws (blue is too strong for these tiny grub screws). Do not use red thread lock.
    I usually do my first build without threadlock and apply it after I perform all my testing flights and make sure everything is ok.
    - Super glue to glue the GPS mount:

    Optional accessories:

    - GPS/Compass foldable mount: there are many different one. I use this one:
    - Nyloc M5: these nuts provide a better grip than the standard M5 nuts to mount the props on the motors
    - Lipo voltage Checker: Can be found anywhere on internet. Plug is to the balance lead of your lipo to read the voltage per cell and total voltage. Super cheap and very usefull
    A variant with LED is also very good:
    - AB clip for balance plug: it can be a pain sometime to plug or unplug the JST-XH balance port. These little AB clip come in many difference sizes (2S to 8S) and it will make your life easier.
    Last edited by Oliver Miami; 9th March 2015 at 11:05 AM.

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    Last edited by Oliver Miami; 23rd October 2014 at 06:25 PM.

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    Nice one Oliver, looks like it is going to be the "go to" for Discovery Pro builders

    Your stuff is always greatly detailed
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    Will be just in time ... Thanks mate looking forward to it

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    I think that is great adding the rigging programing is just as important as the buid and I find it the hardest as you have so many different products that soppose to work together. I have been working on my discovery for weeks trying to figuard out how to start the motors.

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    Hey, do you use the Naza flight controler ? The key here is to assign a switch on your radio to toggle between the flight modes of the naza (manual, Atti, GPS). Then you connect the naza to your computer and use the naza software to adjust the end points of your radio.
    Check my previous manual:

    I did it with the Graupner MX 12 radio but the principle is the same.

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    Oh man, Oliver is back . Regards.
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    My gear: TBS Discovery - TBS Discovery Pro - DRQ250 - AXN - Easystar 2

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    can't wait. nice setup btw.

    are you using a hakko fx-951? if so which tips do you have?

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