LonG+ Boii

By FrenchB on Feb 05, 2019

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I've flown my fair share of whoops, 2", 3", and 5". But when I saw Jordan's Super G+ 7", I was anxious to try it out. Now that the frames are back in stock, I set out to dive into the world of 7" cruising.

I've flirted with "long range" in the past. My 3" RotorX Switchback, which was later converted to a Ptero Split frame, was a successful experiment in micro LR and split FPV/HD recording solutions. That rig is perfect for micro and descrete locations, but chasing the jello ghosts looking for the perfect footage can be exhausting.

I'm planning for this beast to be a GoPro haulin' endurance cruise monster. I want the ability to cover long distances in a short amount of time and to have more time than ever in the air to explore.

I understand 7" tunes can be tricky at times, but I'm helpful the Helio helps. Its sad to say, but this is my first BLHeli 32 build, so I'm excited to see any potential benefits in the smoothness or response of these huge motors. I'm just excited to get this in the air.

I've got to thank Benson (the long range master), Wrckt (my favorite Canadian), and Jet (Project 399) for thier patience, guidance, and suggestions on this project. Even if I didn't listen to all of them. Thanks guys.

I did end up doing some things different with this build. I wanted the option to either top or bottom mount my battery depending on the flying style. So I mounted the lower, bottom plate towards the rear, instead of toward the front as designed. That position allows a bottom mounted battery against the whole bottom plate. However, I also noticed the small 20mm standoffs in the front drastically limited the camera angle of my micro eagle. Therefore, I decided to keep the plate orientation, mount the larger 28mm standoffs in the front, and purchase 35mm matching standoffs (36mm with a washer) for the rear. In my opinion, this may also provide greater yaw authority as a top mounted battery will be further out of the plane of the props and the air will be able to moee freely move through the open frame. Maybe it helps. We'll see.

The build came out to 430g dry and 750g with a 5S 2200mah.

UPDATE SPRING 2019
This quad started its life with a Helio Spring v2 and Mach 3 VTX. This spring, I added the TBS Unify Pro32 HV and a CL Racing F7 FC. I threw a 22x22x10mm heatsink on the Pro32 to make sure it stays cool at 1.6W (its not mounted on against the carbon as recommended).

UPDATE JULY 2019
I've updated the FC to a BrainFPV Radix. I'm really enjoying the Brain OSD and extra crsf data elements. The Radix only takes 5V, so I installed a 2A vreg on the underside of the FC. I also added an AirbladeUAV/TrueRC Tuffpole antenna a bit further back and higher up to maximize the control link.

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Part List

Frame

Super G Plus (25 builds)
Project399.com
$100.00

Flight Controller

BrainFPV RADIX 30x30 Flight Controller (Custom Graphical OSD, Baro, Stackable, Betaflight) (119 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$54.99

ESCs

RDQ Bardwell 32Bit 30A 3-6S 30x30 4in1 ESC (45 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$49.99

Motors

4 x BrotherHobby Avenger V2 2507 1850KvDefault Title (17 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$99.96

Propellers

Lumenier 6.7x3x3 Folding Propeller (Set of 4) (3 builds)
Getfpv.com
$9.99

Propellers

HQ Prop 7x3.5x3 V1S Tri-Blade 7" Prop 4 Pack - Choose Your Color (26 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$3.99

Propellers

Azure Power 6145 BSP - Big Smooth Props (Set of 4 - Greenery)
Getfpv.com
$3.49

FPV Camera

RunCam Micro Eagle 800TVL 16:9/4:3 NTSC/PAL CMOS FPV Camera - Red (315 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$44.99

FPV Transmitter

TBS Unify Pro32 HV 5.8GHz Video Transmitter (MMCX) (122 builds)
Getfpv.com
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Antenna

TrueRC Singularity Long 5.8GHz (SMA) (RHCP) (9 builds)
Hobbyrc.co.uk
$17.78

Receiver

Team BlackSheep TBS Crossfire Nano RX - Heli-Nation (1331 builds)
Heli-nation.com
$24.99

Batteries

2 x RDQ Series 18.5V 5S 2200mAh 80C Long Range LiPo Battery - XT60 (27 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$76.98

Radio

FrSky Taranis QX7 ACCESS 2.4GHz RC Transmitter - Choose Your Color (253 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$129.99

Goggles

FatShark Dominator HDO FPV GogglesRechargeable 1800mah Pack (137 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$424.99

HD Camera

Insta360 ONE X Action Camera 360 Degree 5.7K 18MP Stabilization Real Time WiFi Transfer Sports Video Construction Documentation (2 builds)
Amazon.com
$665.00

HD Camera

GoPro HERO 7 Black
Amazon.com
$309.93

HD Camera

GoPro Hero5 Session Waterproof 4K Video Camera (300 builds)
Phaserfpv.com.au
$214.00

Hardware

TrueRC AirBlade Tuffpole 900 MHz (2 builds)
Airbladeuav.com
$12.99

Misc Parts

WaFL’s Cap Cap 5 Pack - Choose Your Color (6 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$4.99

Misc Parts

Black Hex Standoffs 35mm (4 pcs)
Getfpv.com
$3.74

Misc Parts

RDQ Micro M8N GLONASS GPS Module (70 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$15.99

Radio Module

TBS Crossfire Micro TX V2 (143 builds)
Team-blacksheep.com
$69.95
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Discussion

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Nabla   Feb 06, 2019  

Those are awesome little reciever/vtx mounts. Its a really neat idea how you integrated the Immortal-T mount in to it as well.

FrenchB   Feb 06, 2019 
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The RX mount was designed by NX Graphics - https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3238638

The GPS mount can be found here, but I modified it to remove the screw holes - https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3334939

I designed the VTX "shelf." I can upload it to thingiverse soon.

shaz   Sep 01, 2020 

Brother, I love the shelf, can you please throw that on thingiverse

blade1496   May 23, 2020  

Great looking build! How's the performance on 5s with the 2507 1850kv motors? I have those same motors on my 7" quad and I am thinking about moving up to 5s from 4s.

lorenzo220580   Aug 05, 2019  

dear friend,one question:what is it the blu effect photo of your esc ?
thanks in advance

FrenchB   Aug 05, 2019 

The electronics are confirmal coated to protect against water. The blue glow is what you see when you shine UV light on conformal coating.

roboluc   Jun 22, 2019  

That isn't a TBS Unify Pro32 HV on the photos...

FrenchB   Jun 22, 2019 
1

Good eye, sir. I just installed the Pro32 HV this week and have not updated the photos. It was initially built a few months ago with the RDQ Mach 3.

roboluc   Jun 22, 2019 

Thanks 😎, Is the Unify Pro32 HV a good vtx? Do you like it more than the RDQ Mach 3?

littlebird_fpv   Mar 02, 2019  

hey, looks amazing...I´m just figuring out, if I do a 5S or 6S build for the G+. Whats your flightime with 2200mah 5S on the 1850kv?

FrenchB   Mar 02, 2019 

So far, I've mainly been cruising and doing sharp moves for PID tuning. I've been getting 7:40 - 8:50 minutes while only taking out 1250-1500 mah and coming down at 3.8/cell. I haven't pushed the batteries yet, but I'm guessing 10+ minutes will be easy.

littlebird_fpv   Mar 03, 2019 

ok, thats exactly what I´m looking for. cruisen-LR. Do you tried on 4s? I think about use the 2507 2100kv, so I can fly 4S and 5S... what do you think?

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