RotorX - Switchback (Helmet and Sling Print)

By Wholelottanope on Jan 02, 2019

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Add this to the backlog of build pictures that I've had for a while now but only just put up.

This is almost the same build as the external HD one with the GoPro print. That build can be found here:

Fair Warning. No one likes building this frame.
This is a structural stack frame meaning the electronics stack is sandwhiched between the top frame and bottom frame portions. This makes the build a little awkward. This also means that replacing or working on any of the internal components in the stack usually requires taking it completely apart.

Tired of complaining yet? Ok, Good.

This little quad will run 3" and 4" props. Most people are running 1404 3600kv motors although some have gone up to a 1407 with some frame mods.
On RX1404 3600kv motors on 3" props it's exceptionally quiet as well as being under 250g which lifts alot of the restrictions on where you can and can't fly.
*with the Runcam Split Mini v1 it tops out at 274g with an 850mAh 3s

The AIO flight controller/4in1 ESC helps with the weight savings although some people have shown them to have short lifespan. (they do not like 4s and 6500kv motors - true story).

This build also shows it built up with two different canopy prints. One is the Helmet which is the best so far for jello-free footage and the other was the low-sling type that the Switchback was originally shipped with. The low-sling carries a bit of vibration so if this is for a Split Mini type build be sure to do the Helmet type.

Hopefully the pictures help with anothers build process.



Part List


RotorX Switchback Frame Kit (8 builds)

Flight Controller

HGLRC F4 ZEUS (5 builds)


4 x ROTORX RX1404V2 - 3600KV (3 builds)


RotorX Triblade RX 3044TX Props (3CW, 3CCW) (27 builds)

FPV Camera

RunCam Split Mini 20x20 (14 builds)

FPV Transmitter

TBS UNIFY PRO 5G8 HV (SMA) (486 builds)


TBS UNIFY PRO 5G8 Linear Antenna (69 builds)


TBS Crossfire Nano RX (SE) (210 builds)


AirBlade Basic 850mAh 3S 11.1V 75C XT30 by Tattu (4 builds)


TBS Tango (11 builds)

HD Camera

GoPro HERO5 Session (204 builds)
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StickyRice   Jan 06, 2019  

its a hard frame to build but i see it so commonly here in rotorbuilds. Maybe its a favorite? im working on my 3" too and its less than 110g atm without a battery. I am going to switch out the motors to emax 1306b since its kinda the hype rn for lightweight 3" and i used the Amax gravestone 135mm frame. Its such a great frame for me since battery is top mounted and it really looks like a mini 5" freestyle quad! maybe check it out~ i got tons of space with mine that i even got to slam the top plate lower.

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