I just finished the build on my SL 4'. Was my first so no real feedback on difficulty. Like the looks of your electronics though, my VTX and receiver feel a bit jammed in. Had seen some of your prior builds and they were a bit of an inspiration towards my choice of Catalyst. Well happy building.
hey congrats! Glad to see you are enjoying the frame!
Buy a more mah battery, like 1300mah or 1500.
1300mah for a 130 frame?
Yep, that's too much, I think 850 is the sweetspot .
I saw you built a somewhat similar 3 incher, how does it fly?
I didn't build it, it's just a planned build
The GEP-TX5 Chimp is a really nice frame. They really go all out with all the extras. Even the battery strap is quality, but why pink?! You'll have a lot of fun with this, looking forward to seeing some build pics!
Yeah the pink battery strap will be the first thing replaced together with the standard kit PDB. Both your build (http://rotorbuilds.com/build/1511) and this one (http://imgur.com/a/A79YB) I stumbled upon on Reddit have been an inspiration. Your description of the build has been very informative and I've used some of your tips (replace stock PDB, use 4-in-1 ESC). I'm still not sure if I should get a 20A or 30A AIO ESC? What are your thoughts if I'll be using the Racerstar Racing Edition 2205S BR2205S 2600KV motors? For me this motors are a stepping stone to better motors. Hope the Racerstars will teach me how to fly and let me have some fun for a couple of months. Only thing I don't like about this motors is the color. Do you have any other suggestions for black (maybe with gold'ish like your F60's) colored motors in the $10 a piece price range?
Just a heads up, the frame you linked includes a Matek PDB. You don't need to purchase one separately.
Edit: it also includes the carbon battery protection plate.
Thanks for the info! In the mean time I decided to switch frames. Instead of the Realacc X210 Pro I will be building the GEPRC GEP-TX5 Chimp. Carbon edges supposed to be cleaner, motor holes are positioned right instead in comparison to the X210 Pro. I removed the extra battery straps from my parts list. Even though a PDB comes with the Chimp frame, I've read several times it's quality isn't really up to par. Therefor I will be ordering a Matek PDB with it just to be sure!
Hey...very nice build. How do you like the motors? Do you think they'd handle 6" props?
What's the max battery for those motors while keeping it fun and last a few mins?
How do you like those Skitzo Motors? I have heard they are smooth. Do they have enough punch?
Super smooth yes, definitely lack power on the low end. Take a noticeable moment to spin up when compared to other 2205 motors. Easy to get used to. Don't fly fast like Steele and they are fine ;p
Just finished this up? Might want to update your description. How does it perform?
Yes, just received the last parts.
I don't know how it performs yet, I'm facing arming difficulties :)
What's the issue? Does it arm on your modes tab?
It's strange. If it's connected to the KISS GUI via USB and the battery is connected, it will arm.
If I disconnect USB, it will still arm.
but as soon as I've disconnected the lipo, if I replug it in, then no arming...
Hmm, not sure what to suggest. Check your solders? Sorry, but I don't have any experience with KISS.
I've sent the FC back, hopefully the next one will be fine ☺
Maidened it today, it flies great (as far as hovering for a few seconds in concerned :) )
Hahaha. That top image is masterful clickbait! :)
Haha, yeah when you haven't built the quad yet what are you supposed to put!
How do you like those motors? Are they worth it?
I just installed them together with the new ESC last week and I'm currently having rolls of death, so I can't tell you anything yet.
Hey, nice idea! I think it might work, but the problem might be supplying power to FC and FPV system (as I don't think it will be possible to power the camera/Vtx from the FC). So, you might need a separate battery for the FPV system which will increase weight and might be a problem. However, the build is cheap (if you already have the FC and the motors) so try it :)
Where's the top plate?
Do you have any idea what she weighs without a battery?
I love my simplex. Hope this build goes well. Can't wait to see more pictures
i'm attempting a similar sort of build! BUT i'm a real newb. i have a question regarding connecting esc to my fc if you can help?
i've gone for dji snail propulsion with a streakf4 FC from unmannedtechshop.co.uk
I'm struggling to decide what to do with my signal cable. do i just tie off the ground and solder the white signal cable direct to my FC? it looks that way with this board but i'm just a little unsure because the esc signal cable has the connector on the end
If Im looking at the right board, it has a PDB built in so you will have to solder all 3 esc wires to it. Here is a diagram that I found which should help you https://cdn6.bigcommerce.com/s-xkoep7/products/1215/images/6436/F4_V3-connection__30792.1485536947.1280.1280.jpg?c=2
cool. The only issue i'm having right now is probably another newbie mistake! my fc has a white arrow on it...is this 'forward' ?
I'm asking so i connect the esc signal cable to the correct port. That diagram has the little white arrow pointing upwards and ESC3 is my front right motor? and therefore motor 1 is 'front left'?
thank you so much for the help, it's pretty hard getting started but i can't wait to get up in the air!
That is the intended forward for the FC but if it makes the layout easier for you, you can position it any way you want and just set the forward position in betaflight.
No the back right motor is #1. Here is a diagram showing their positions and rotation. https://images.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=http%3A%2F%2Fpropwashed.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2016%2F03%2F11-MotorsDirectionAndNumbers.png&f=1
aw man! thank you so much! there are a million youtube guides and step by step how-to videos, but to actually ask someone has been the most help i've had!
No problem. Good luck and happy flying!!
How much does this bad boy weigh?
Thanks for the question.
Completely built, it weighs around 370g (minus props and battery). The frame weighs in at just over 130g (including all the prosight mounting hardware).
How do those motors handle the triblade 6 inch?
I'll let you know, the weather hasn't been good for flying. I haven't taken either of my 6's out, hopefully tomorrow is the day!
Tell me how smooth those motors are. Ordered a set and wondering if they were the right choice
I took it out yesterday, only had time for like 2 packs, the motors are smooth and feel super good. That being said, they're still not as smooth as my luminier motors
Of course, nothing beats those damn Luminiers.
My build will have Dshot and a LUXv2, plus these. Super stoked!
Yeah, those luminiers and dshot is what my 5" is running, and that could be part of it with this. It's a 6" and it isn't gashed with dshot yet
Nice quad, how do you like the BF FC?
Very happy with it. Makes for a nice clean build. I did have to adjust my build order to accomdate the double sided nature of the board and think ahead, but it's worth it for a clean build. I have 2 more on the way.
This isn't too intimidating to fly indoors?
It's pretty fast, but you can definitely fly it indoors! A bigger house helps, it's not as much fun in my 2 bedroom condo.
So a tad more power than a whoop, but not as intimidating as a 3".
"A tad" doesn't cover it. It's enormously faster than a whoop.
This is my first outdoor flight, taking it very easy, with a mostly dead battery as I didn't have a charger yet. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eI85qxhPWM&t=6s
Hello, question: why are there two ESC's in your build? Have never seen that before
There are two ESC "plates" with two escs on each plate
Sorry, forgive me but I don't understand. Does that mean you run this with two batteries?
nope! two of the escs are built together into one and there are two of those combinations. like two different plate stacked and each plate has two escs. so one battery all wired to the escs
so, why would it be done that way? what is the benefit or cool thing it does by having two? (i'm new to quad building so am curious...doing my 2nd one now, which happens to be the Pico Owl). I found this build and really liked the quality of the pictures for illustration...then noticed the 2 ESC's and was/am confused.
I believe it was sold as a package and thats what the customer wanted. Also I dont there there was a selection of 4n1 at this size at the time.