RD-3 - Codename: Rusty - Status: Active

Estimated cost to build this model today.
$344 USD


Current service:
  • RD3 is a testing platform.
  • It is used to test new flight controllers or new software versions.
  • if it cant fly on RD3 then we probably dont want it or wont use it.



  • RD3 started out as a UAVX Octo. During a test flight in a gymnasium a physical failure of a motor connection casued a crash from 30 feet that broke 3 props and two arms.

  • RD3 was rebuilt as a Quadcopter and pieces of broken carbon fiber were used to construct the custom airframe of RD5.

  • It was then rebuilt as a Pirate ship, running  pirate (As in Ardupirates) code - its not quite stable

  • : This bird is now a quad, powered by the OpenPilot CC. It is named in honor of Russell "Rusty" Duffy aka 13brv3c I would post a picture in his honor but Rusty is very good at not leaving net footprints, I was only able to find a single photo with his face from back in the 80s (Next to his then new 85 RX-7), so we will forgo the photo. Rusty is the North American distributor for the OpenPilot products, and has been instrumental in guiding me to Important projects that matter. You can visit his store from the Links of Honor section.

  • Now it flies with many differnt FCs.


Customized Rustys Revision 7 Airframe with CM1


DYS/Hobbywing 30A ESC


KA20-22L 924KV Hacker Style Outrunner

Lab Rating:



  • Modular, will work with any flight controller
  • very light and strong
  • predictable


  • tube construction
  • discontinued frame

Visitor Rating:

Average: 2.5 (2 votes)
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Rusty Builds - RD3

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(RD-3) RD-3 Renamed as "Rusty" Our OpenPilot Quad

Saturday, April 14, 2012 - 12:17

(RD-3) RD-3 Redesign now runs OpenPilot

Saturday, April 14, 2012 - 12:17

(RD-3) OpenPilot CopterControl Arrives

Saturday, April 14, 2012 - 12:17

(RD-3) RD-3 The Modularization of Rusty

Saturday, April 14, 2012 - 12:17

(RD-3) RD3 + AQ50 Pro = AWESOME

Saturday, April 14, 2012 - 12:17

(RD-3) RD3 - Rusty tests a new brain The Quadrino Zoom

Saturday, April 14, 2012 - 12:17

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RD3 - UAVX Ocotocopter doing a first flight test

Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 08:22

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RD3 - Test Hover and Hops - UAVX Octocopter

DO NOT TRY THIS IN YOUR LIVING ROOM. This is very dangerous. This video was taken with everyone else safely out of reach of the aircraft. This flight was recorded after many weeks of testing and debugging.

Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 09:16

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RD3 test flight with TMF AQ50 Pro FC on defaults, no config

Out of the box, onto the frame, pluggd it in, and spent 30 secs on tx calibrationn, and then flew on a dead 3s turnigy-nano 2200 mAh pack. It even passed my gyro confusing stationary lean test. this is going to be one fun FC.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 11:12