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.


Part List


Merica 5 Inch - no canopy (23 builds)


Merica HD Canopy (Adjustable 30 - 50 Degrees) (10 builds)


Merica Session Mount Top - Adjustable (4 builds)

Flight Controller

HelioRC SPRING IMU-F Flight Controller (45 builds)


DALRC Rocket 45A 3-6s BLHeli_32 4-in-1 ESC (9 builds)


4 x T-Motor F40 III 2306 2600KV Motor


EMAX AVAN-R 5x3 Propeller (Set of 10CW, 10CCW - Red) (8 builds)

FPV Camera

Foxeer Products (25 builds)

FPV Transmitter

TBS Unify Pro 5G8 V3 (SMA) (169 builds)


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


TBS Crossfire Nano RX Special Edition (335 builds)


Tattu 850mAh 14.8V 75C 4S1P Lipo Battery Pack with XT30 plug (67 builds)


Team BlackSheep TBS TANGO 2 PRO RC RADIO (19 builds)


DJI Digital HD FPV Goggles (87 builds)

HD Camera

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

HD Camera

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

Video Receiver

ImmersionRC rapidFIRE w/ Analog PLUS Goggle Receiver Module (145 builds)

Battery Charger

HOTA D6 PRO Charger AC200W DC650W 15A (6 builds)

Soldering Iron

TS100 Portable Programmable Smart Soldering Iron (170 builds)


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


BoYz analog bay v2 for DJI FPV goggles


Analog FPV FatShark Module Adapter V2 for DJI Digital FPV Goggles


FuriousFPV Smart Power Case V2
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drumdude0   Nov 21, 2018  


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