Shiny Whoop

By lazd on Aug 28, 2016

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The first Inductrix to have the camera, VTX, and antenna completely integrated into the stock frame.

I never liked the way the Tiny Whoop builds all had a VTX haphazardly slapped on the top of the build with a rubber band and double-sided tape or a 3D printed mount. I wished there was a clean way to protect everything, so I set about investigating how the existing VTX could be installed cleanly and used with a different camera. The result is the Shiny Whoop, a stock-looking Inductrix that protects all of its parts, flies great, and ends up just as light as other Tiny Whoops.

The Eachine props and the hydrodip by SFPV Designs really bring the build together!

Build Instructions

Preparing the video transmitter

  1. Take your FX-798 and clip the pins going between the two boards
  2. Discard the camera portion of the FX-798
  3. Heat up the pins and remove them from the video transmitter portion of the FX-798
  4. Heat up and remove the antenna from the FX-798

Preparing the frame

  1. Unplug all the motors
  2. Remove the canopy and flight controller from the frame
  3. Snip off the top and sides of the small plastic tab in the dead center on the frame (refer to build photos)

Preparing the flight controller

  1. If you're using the BeeBrain FC, you'll need to desolder the bind button to get the VTX to fit

Wiring and installing the VTX

  1. Solder your antenna of choice to the VTX, measuring to make sure the coax can clear the frame when the VTX is positioned in the frame
  2. Place the VTX on the bottom of the FC, with the LEDs pointing away from the board and the switch pointing towards the front of the board
  3. Measure, cut, and wire the VTX power to the battery pads
  4. Place a piece of packing tape between the JST motor connectors on the flight controller, covering any exposed pads
  5. Re-install the flight controller with the VTX attached, orienting the VTX so it fits. If you forgot to snip off the plastic tab, it won't fit
  6. Add a couple tiny dabs of hot glue around the sides of the VTX to hold it securely

Wiring and installing the camera

  1. Remove the microphone from the camera as it's useless
  2. Hot glue the camera in place at your desired angle (refer to build photos)
  3. Wire the signal, power, and ground accordingly. On the VTX, signal is closest to the switch, power is closest to the inductor, and ground is in the middle. (refer to build photos)

Photos

Discussion

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Whiffles   Sep 30, 2016  

Did you remove the mic from the camera?

lazd   Jan 25, 2017 

Yeah, sure did, those AIO VTXs don't have the ability to transmit audio.

Whiffles   Aug 31, 2016  

Now that's a clean build! How much does it weigh? Also, where did you get the antenna?

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Whiffles   Aug 31, 2016 

So not much weight loss replacing the stock camera in the AIO?

lazd   Sep 01, 2016 

Nah, it's about the same weight, really.

Whiffles   Sep 01, 2016 

Well it definitely looks a lot better! I saw a similar build except they put the VTX flat on top of the FC. They spray painted the hood and frame black so it looked quite sleek.

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