Superior Vendetta II with GPS

By Mahagoni on Jan 12, 2019

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For me the TBS Vendetta is one of the best looking quads out there. So I build one but with some custom electronics superior to the stock ones. Initially I thought this would be also cheaper, but that turned out not to be true. Contained are all original Vendetta II carbon and plastic parts except for the front cover. It features a micro eagle camera with build in control adapter in order to control it with the flight controller from the radio. It sits inside the runcam adapter frame for micro cameras. I had to modify it because otherwise the camera would be to deep sunken in the front cover. It still sits quite deep inside. Therfore the front cover is custom printed with a wider opening. I found it on thingiverse but still had to sand off the inner edges to get a free camera view. The smart audio of the TBS Unify Pro HV is directly connected to the TBS crossfire micro receiver. This way I can setup band, channel, power and pit mode directly from my Taranis. This is better than via flight controller UART when you change the band/channel. And it frees a UART for the GPS unit. The X-Rotor 45A 4-in-1 ESC had to be build in at an angle as it is to wide for the carbon chassis. But because of this the bind button of the TBS crossfire micro receiver underneath it is accessible. On the other side a Vifly Finder 2 fits in nicely. The USB port of the X-Rotor G2 flight controller is accessible. AUW is 437g with AMAXinno 2305 2350KV motors which are super-soft mounted. Each motor sits inside a motor protection which sits on a silicone mat. Each screw is damped on the other side with a silicone ring. As this beauty was quite expensive and a lot of work, I wanted to minimize the risk of loosing it. Therfore the Vifly Finder and a GPS unit. The GPS unit is mounted on top of the chassis. Lucily there is an opening in the chassis for the wire to the flight controller just in the right place.
The quad hovers very smoothly. Due to the rainy weather I had no change yet to fly it ouside. I will report when I did.
I am happy that everything turned out as I wished. Everything can be controlled without the need of taking the tray out of the chassis and it looks - not surprisingly - like a Vendetta.

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Part List

Frame

TBS Vendetta II Body BLOWOUT
Team-blacksheep.com
$9.95

Flight Controller

XRotor Micro Flight Controller F4 G2_Drone Systems_HOBBYWING TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. -
Hobbywing.com
See Site

ESCs

XRotor Micro 45A 4in1 BLHeli32 6S_Drone Systems_HOBBYWING TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. -
Hobbywing.com
See Site

Motors

4 x Motor 2305-2350KV (2-6S) AMAXinno
Eu.amaxshop.com
See Site

Propellers

Azure 5 Zoll Propeller 5140 5.1x4.0x3 3-Blatt-Props
Copterfarm.de
$3.33

FPV Camera

RunCam Micro Eagle (236 builds)
Shop.runcam.com
$44.99

FPV Transmitter

TBS Unify Pro 5G8 HV (SMA) (549 builds)
Team-blacksheep.com
$49.95

Antenna

Realacc UXII 5.8G 1.6dBi RHCP/LHCP TX/RX FPV Antenna SMA/RP-SMA Male (17 builds)
Banggood.com
$8.99

Receiver

TBS Crossfire Micro Receiver V2 (266 builds)
Team-blacksheep.com
$34.95

Misc Parts

TBS Vendetta V1/V2 Spare LED Board (2 builds)
Team-blacksheep.com
$9.95

Misc Parts

TBS Vendetta II Electronics Tray Set
Team-blacksheep.com
$6.95

Misc Parts

TBS Vendetta V1/V2 Bottom skid set
Team-blacksheep.com
$6.95

Misc Parts

TBS Vendetta V1/V2 Front Bumper Set
Team-blacksheep.com
$6.95

Misc Parts

2 x Micro-to-full-size Mounting Bracket for RunCam Micro Cameras (2 builds)
Shop.runcam.com
$4.99

Misc Parts

TBS Vendetta II XT60 pigtail
Team-blacksheep.com
$4.95

Misc Parts

KINGKONG/LDARC Universal Motor Cover Protection for 23 24 Series Motors M3*8 for RC Drone FPV Racing
Banggood.com
$2.55

Misc Parts

4 x Amass MT30 Connector Plugs Male Female Banana Plug Designed From XT60 (2 builds)
Banggood.com
$9.96

Misc Parts

2 x TBS Vendetta V1/V2 Arm Without Motor 1pc
Team-blacksheep.com
$29.90

Misc Parts

New Vifly Finder 2 5V Super Loud Buzzer Tracker Over 100dB w/ Battery & LED Self-power for RC Drone (6 builds)
Banggood.com
$12.59

Misc Parts

Dual BN-220 GPS GLONASS Antenna Module TTL Level RC Drone Airplane (11 builds)
Banggood.com
$11.99

Misc Parts

TBS Vendetta Front Bumper Wide by ivc
Thingiverse.com
See Site

Misc Parts

Motor Soft Mount 23xx Silicone Pad (8 Stk.) AMAXinno
Eu.amaxshop.com
See Site
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