So, will this thing work as my first quad?
I'd get the 2300kv motors rather than the 2600kv. Definitely don't run 5051 props on those motors. They're too aggressive. I'd probably stay somewhere below or around 5045 like the DAL T5045 V2. You don't need the Aomway antennas. The VTX03 already comes with a perfectly adequate dipole. Don't use those batteries. I'd at least get the Infinity 4S 1500mah or 1300mah packs. You also don't need the PDB as you're already using a 4-in-1. The main issue you'll have is supplying power to the camera and VTX. I'd get this 4-in-1 ESC which has a 5v regulator. The 4-in-1 you've got does not have a regulator, so you'd need an external reg to power your camera and VTX.
I don't recommend that transmitter. The RX is huge and you will not have room for it on this frame. I'd pony up a bit more for a Taranis Q X7 and use an XM+ receiver. It's far more flexible and will grow with you as you progress in the hobby. You'd just end up replacing the FlySky FS-i6 at some point anyway.
If you plan on staying with the 3s batteries those motors and props will work just fine. If you plan to step up to 4s you WILL run into issues.
Also as far as the transmitter goes, I started with that exact transmitter and reciever... the transmitter is fine if you update it to the 10 channel firmware and use an fs-ia6b reciever with the plastic case removed. Skip the fs-ia6 reciever for sure though. PWM is a pain to wire and only gives you 5 or 6 channels. I personally don't think that a Taranis is worth it if you don't use it to fly other aerial rc toys such as gliders or planes on the side. It's a bulky transmitter and overpriced, plus who really needs 18 channels. For "quadcopter-only" pilots the Turnigy evolution has everything you need in a much more comfortable package, especially if you are a console gamer!
I don't have anything against the FrSky products or the Taranis, they seem to work fine for everyone that i fly with (I'm the only one not using FrSky in my local group) but my stuff (Flysky) flies right with them and I know i spent a third as much money to do the EXACT same stuff. I guess if you wreck your quad a bunch and don't have spare RXs it would be nice to have buddies that could loan you one until you get a replacement.
That's what I was thinking about the transmitter. Glad you agree. Could you give me any other information about the 10 channel firmware and fs-ia6b receiver? (how to upgrade etc.) This really helps me out. Thanks!
As to Whiffels' response, without upgrading to a 4s battery, will I still run into any power issues? Why a lower kv motor, is what CaptainFalcon said true? Also, Would the battery be top or bottom mounted? I'm really glad you can help me out. Your information is really helpful.
That's the link for the upgraded firmware. I just looked it up on YouTube for the how to. You will need the usb adapter also. I got it off banggood for $3.xx.
The ia6b just has a few screws holding the case on so once they are removed you can use whatever you want to isolate/mount it. I have been using 2 sided mounting tape.
Another nice thing is you can use serial Rx and run ibus or sbus.
Actually, Flysky makes a 10 channel transmitter/receiver combo an X6B i-BUS Receiver. Will that work?http://www.banggood.com/Flysky-FS-i6X-2_4GHz-10CH-AFHDS-2A-RC-Transmitter-With-X6B-i-BUS-Receiver-p-1090406.html?p=3F201911077692015010&utm_campaign=rb&utm_content=zhangruihua
That would be a much better option. No need to flash the transmitter or decase the receiver that way. Plus it's super cheap!
You may want to consider a circular polarized antenna for the vtx03 too
Thanks, boy are you a life saver. So this is everything I need to just start flying? Absolutely everything?
It looks like it but if there is anything I've learned in this hobby it's that things break and spare parts take a loooong boat ride before they show up. An extra motor and ESC can save you a lot of headache! After the first couple broken-part crashes i started ordering twice the replacement parts that i needed and that has kept me in the air plenty of times.
I think the general school of thought is to start on 4S then you won't end up with 3S batteries that you'll never use later. The lower kv motors on 4S will give you more prop options and pull fewer amps. The higher the kv the more amps you'll draw with aggressive props, so that limits your options. Plus a higher kv motor will burn through your packs quicker giving you less flight time. Now if you run 4" props or 3S batteries on a higher kv motor you'll be fine, but you won't have as much overall power as a more aggressive prop on 2300kv.
This particular frame is designed for a bottom mounted battery.
Sweet! Again, thanks for helping a beginner get into this hobby.
My pleasure! Keep us updated on your build progress.