The Cragon Chameleon

By flyingsquirrel on Oct 30, 2018

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This was my first home build. I own a TBS Vendetta, and I wanted to build something around the same size, yet more dynamic and responsive to fly freestyle. And of course ... with good looks! It weighs (excluding props & batteries, GPS) 347 grams. Installing the GPS adds another 22 grams to bring it to 369 grams.

I chose a Armattan Chameleon Ti 5" frame and combined it with a Matek F405-CTR flight controller. I intended to use the Lumenier BLHeli_32 35A ESCs, but alas they were out of stock. I settled on the KISS 32A ESCs and they perform fine in flight, but I wouldn't buy them again - they were pricey, don't have a built in buzzer, are hard to flash and the voice-over-motor gimicky. I added a Holybro GPS/compass to the build, as I find it super useful in locating downed drones in fields. The Holybro GPS/Compass is a bit big in size - I'd get a smaller one next time, especially as flight controllers like the Matek F405-CTR have a built in compass.

In the end the build cost a bit more than I anticipated, as I underestimated the fragility of the F405-CTR when soldering, burning out the gyro. I also started with a RunCam Swift 2, but despite it having a better latency, the HDR is not there - flying in low-sun conditions was too hard for my skillset - I switched to the Foxeer Falkor. Finally, n00b error - check the reverse/normal SMA polarity when buying the transmitter components ... that will save a few dollars.

When it comes to flying the drone, it's great - really responsive and the Matek flight controller works well. I fly it with a GoPro Session and a 1500mAh battery. Flying with a larger battery is possible but not so good - it hangs over the tail and causes imbalance. Unlike the TBS Vendetta, the Chameleon frame isn't designed for big batteries.



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