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Supermodder Ben Heck builds a quadcopter

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King of the modders Ben Heck is building a quadcopter from scratch for his YouTube show, which you can enter a competition to win.

At the behest of his fans, super-modder Ben Heck is building a quadcopter from scratch for his Ben Heck Show on YouTube channel element14. Heck — Benjamin Heckendorn — is famous for his game console mods, including an Xbox 360 converted into a gaming laptop and a one-handed Xbox controller that's suitable for disabled gamers.

In part one of the two-part video, Heck started building the quadcopter from scratch — the first time he has attempted building one — using model aeroplanes cannibalised for their propellers, controllers, motors and wires. Part of what he wanted to do was cut down on the wire tangle that's usually found in home-made quadcopters.

The second episode — where the copter will take to the air — will go live on 30 August.

If you don't want to follow along and try to make your own, you can also enter a competition to win the copter Heck built on the element14 website. Entries close on 14 September, and all you have to do is register or log in with element14 and click a button.

Pretty easy, eh? Somehow, though, we think Heck had a bit more fun. Check out part one of the quadcopter build in the video below.

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