Catalyst Machineworks Merica 5"

By wrong17 on Nov 21, 2018

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Once again, I am not surprising to see the quality of the frames designed by Catalyst Machineworks. They really think outside the box. As I was putting the frame together I kept thinking to myself “hey that is something different and what a great idea.” I have built a lot of different frames and this one I need a reference picture for me to assembly. I guess you can look at it as a good or bad thing because that means there are lots of different parts. Yet at the same time, these strange parts serve a purpose.

As you build this quad you have to plan a little differently. It is kind of has a modular setup because how the TPU pod houses everything except the ESC. It would be ideal if you used a 4in1 ESC and Flight Controller that uses the cable that you can unplug and not solder. I also stuffed the TBS Unify VTX in the pod, so hope there is enough air going inside it to keep it cool. After going through 3 packs back to back I did not have any issue with the VTX so I think I am in the clear.
For the first few flights I did not like how the Gemfan 5152 felt, nor did like the Dal Cyclone Cyclone 5046. But for some odd reason, I really like the Emax Avan – R 5x3. One thing I really like is how it has almost not prop wash. I guess the offset arms really do make a difference.

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Part List

Frame

Merica 5 Inch - no canopy (23 builds)
Catalystmachineworks.com
$55.99

Frame

Merica HD Canopy (Adjustable 30 - 50 Degrees) (10 builds)
Catalystmachineworks.com
$19.99

Frame

Merica Session Mount Top - Adjustable (4 builds)
Catalystmachineworks.com
$13.99

Flight Controller

HelioRC SPRING IMU-F Flight Controller (45 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$37.55

ESCs

DALRC Rocket 45A 3-6s BLHeli_32 4-in-1 ESC (9 builds)
Getfpv.com
$64.99

Motors

4 x T-Motor F40 III 2306 2600KV Motor
Store.rotorriot.com
$96.00

Propellers

EMAX AVAN-R 5x3 Propeller (Set of 10CW, 10CCW - Red) (8 builds)
Getfpv.com
$9.99

FPV Camera

Foxeer Products (25 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$39.90

FPV Transmitter

TBS Unify Pro 5G8 V3 (SMA) (169 builds)
Getfpv.com
$39.99

Antenna

Realacc UXII 5.8G 1.6dBi RHCP/LHCP TX/RX FPV Antenna SMA/RP-SMA Male (19 builds)
Banggood.com
$6.99

Receiver

TBS Crossfire Nano RX Special Edition (335 builds)
Pirofliprc.com
$34.95

Batteries

Tattu 850mAh 14.8V 75C 4S1P Lipo Battery Pack with XT30 plug (67 builds)
Flexrc.com
$18.86

Radio

Team BlackSheep TBS TANGO 2 PRO RC RADIO (19 builds)
Heli-nation.com
$199.99

Goggles

DJI Digital HD FPV Goggles (87 builds)
Getfpv.com
$529.00

HD Camera

GoPro HERO8 Black - Waterproof Action Camera with Touch Screen 4K Ultra HD Video 12MP Photos 1080p Live Streaming Stabilization (13 builds)
Amazon.com
$349.00

HD Camera

Insta360 GO Stabilized Camera FlowState Stabilization Mount Anywhere Hands Free Auto Edit Water Resistant Slow-mo Sport Action V (3 builds)
Amazon.com
$186.99

Video Receiver

ImmersionRC rapidFIRE w/ Analog PLUS Goggle Receiver Module (145 builds)
Getfpv.com
$149.99

Battery Charger

HOTA D6 PRO Charger AC200W DC650W 15A (6 builds)
Pyrodrone.com
$119.00

Soldering Iron

TS100 Portable Programmable Smart Soldering Iron (170 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$51.29

Backpack

Lowepro QuadGuard BP X3 - Drone Backpack for 4 FPV Quad Racing Drones and 15" Laptop w/Exterior Mounts (Black)
Amazon.com
$286.00

Accessories

BoYz analog bay v2 for DJI FPV goggles
Themakerboyz.com
$23.98

Accessories

Analog FPV FatShark Module Adapter V2 for DJI Digital FPV Goggles
Pyrodrone.com
$11.99

Accessories

FuriousFPV Smart Power Case V2
Helidirect.com
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drumdude0   Nov 21, 2018  
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that punchout...wow

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