7" Raven

By The Van on Nov 02, 2018

34  1,186  8

Thanks to using individual ESC, this is my most spacious Raven build yet!

The SpeedyBee F4 sits on nylon nuts & O-rings, making it sit about 3mm off the bottom plate. This FC seems to be discontinued which I find to be a real shame. Speedybee's bluetooth app works really well & the board layout is actually one of my favorites, in a form factor that's easy to work with.

Surely, the ESC could use a higher amp rating. In particular I think I've seen a few slim 40a BLHeli_32 things floating around lately; but, the bullets have always treated me well & with this being more of a long range/cruiser craft, the relatively low 35a rating hasn't been a problem.

I've been trying to get these Racekraft motors to shine for a while now. They started out on a 6" craft - on which I was slowly replacing old parts, but for various reasons I was never able to get a consistent tune out of that quad. Refusing to accept that the motors were to blame (they feel really nice and spin up extremely smooth!), I set them up on what you see here & finally, it feels like they're showing a bit of their merit.

Dry weight is 363g

Maiden flight:

Photos

Part List

Frame

The Raven (5 builds)
Nomaduav.com
$58.00

Flight Controller

SpeedyBee F4 V2 AIO Flight Controller (2 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$37.99

ESCs

4 x EMAX EMX-SC-1775 Bullet Series 35A ESC(BLHELI_S) (6 builds)
Getfpv.com
$59.96

Motors

4 x RaceKraft 2307/2000KV Premium Brushless Motor
Racekraft.com
$107.96

Propellers

HQ Long Range 7x3.5x3 V1S PC Prop (18 builds)
Pirofliprc.com
$3.99

FPV Camera

Foxeer Monster Micro Pro WDR 16:9 1200TVL FPV Camera (18 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$32.99

FPV Transmitter

Mach 2 Video Transmitter - Audio Control with 0/25/200/500/800mw U.FL or MMCX (501 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$22.99

Receiver

TBS Crossfire Micro Receiver V2 (236 builds)
Getfpv.com
$34.95

Misc Parts

ND Filter Case for GoPro Session by EvanTheVan
Thingiverse.com
See Site
Show stores (6)

Discussion

Sign in to comment

turbovarg   6 days ago  
1

This is an awesome looking build. Quite the short stack height with that frame though.

q-ratz   Nov 10, 2018  

This looks awesome. What kind of gopro case / ND filter holder is that?

The Van   Nov 11, 2018 

Thanks! The filter holder is available on thingiverse - will also be purchasable & downloadable (for free) from the Nomad site shortly. Here's the thingiverse link:

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3192143/

Helmetface   Nov 03, 2018  
1

any videos of this monster in flight?

The Van   Nov 03, 2018 

Sure is! I'll upload the maiden footage as soon as I can. Out this weekend stacking some more clips as well 🤙

The Van   Nov 07, 2018 
1

Alllright sorry that took so long, was out in the desert for a bit.

^^^ 7" Maiden on a calm day, stock BF 3.2 tune with my normal freestyle rates.

Sometime about halfway through the flight I settle into a hover so I can get some mosquitos off my face.. but other than that, pretty fun flight! Very impressed with performance.

ledimestari   Nov 03, 2018  

Please post pictures how it looks like under the pod? how you fit everything in there

The Van   Nov 03, 2018 

This is the only one for which i don't have any under the hood shots right now (kind of was up against the clock on this one). I'll take some this coming week when I'm back at the shop!

Guides & Reviews

22 1,467  13
6 days ago

The iFlight XL5 V3 is a fantastic freestyle frame for the price. It features chamfered edges on some very nice quality carbon fiber. My goal for this build was to use high quality components at a relatively low price. Not only that, but I managed to reduce the number of solder points to the bare minimum. I've never built such a plug-in-play quad! The flight controller has an integrated VTX and doesn't..

Read more
12 2,293 
Nov 16, 2018

Update! Happymodel has released a new V2 Frame which uses a more durable plastic. The Happymodel Mobula7 is one of those rare treats to hit the micro scene. Countless models hit the market every month, but this one just happens to check all the boxes. It's a 2S brushless micro with a 75mm motor stance. It's slightly larger than the more traditional 65mm brushed micros, but it's still quite small...

Read more