BanniHeavy 6 Minimal

By jdmkramer on Jan 15, 2019

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My third time building up the Falcon Multirotors BanniHeavy prototype frame with 6" arms thanks to LAZD and CNC Madness. This time as a minimal freestyle/midranger specifically for 4S Li-Ion. This is my build with a full size AIO FC, so I thought I'd try to keep everything else compact as well. The pod design was just something quick and simple to hold this exact stuff. It actually works great for ziptie mounting both antennas. I might work on a more universal version, but the cam mount holds anything including a GPS. The Turtlet was an afterthough (obviously) that I might also design some TPU around for this mini pod...thing.

Test hover felt great and the next morning I was amazed at the handling on default tune of BF 3.5.4. It's sipping juice on triblades and really wants to climb when carrying a 4S1P. I'm going to have to get accustomed to such low throttle while flying freestyle. The 4S2P TitanPower pack might even give this quad more range than any of my other builds. We shall see.


Part List


Bannilite (8 builds)

Flight Controller

Asgard32 w/ F7 MCU


4 x EMAX Drone Motors for - RaceDayQuads (53 builds)


HQ Prop 6x3.5x3 POPO Tri-Blade 6" Prop 4 Pack - Choose Your Color (3 builds)

FPV Camera

Caddx Turtle V2 Micro FPV Camera / 20x20 1080P 60 FPS HD DVR - Black (54 builds)

FPV Transmitter

TBS Unify Pro 5G8 V2 (SMA) (154 builds)


Lumenier Micro AXII 5.8GHz U.FL FPV Antenna - Choose Your PolarizationLHCP (59 builds)


FrSky R9MM OTA 900MHz Micro Receiver - ACCESS (87 builds)


4 x LG HG2 18650 3000mAh 20A Battery (2 builds)

Power Distribution

Race Wire - PCB Motor Wires (Full Size & Mini) (11 builds)

Power Distribution

RDQ 250mm Kevlar Battery Strap w/Metal Buckle (5 builds)

Power Distribution

XT60 Pigtail 14AWG 4" - Choose Your Version and ColorBlack / XT60 (19 builds)


M3 x 7mm Anti-Vibration Flight Controller Soft Mount Standoff 4 Pack (32 builds)

Misc Parts

RDQ 225mm Kevlar Battery Strap w/ Kevlar Stitching, Rubber Grip & Metal Buckle

Misc Parts

Ummagawd UMMAGRIP Universal Super Sticky Battery Pad (175 builds)

Misc Parts

SainSmart TPU Flexible 1.75mm Filament 0.8kg Spool - Choose Your ColorWhite (10 builds)

Misc Parts

RDQ Micro M8N GLONASS GPS Module (72 builds)

Misc Parts

RDQ 30x30 Flight Controller Mount and Protector - FC Mount Cover (17 builds)

Misc Parts

12 x M3 x 8mm Titanium Bolt (1PC) (2 builds)
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Jodie Froster   Jan 15, 2019  

I can see a few things going on here. One: whoa dang, you went ALL OUT with the hardware!! Two: you love this. Three: your OCD has gone a little overboard here and you NEED TO ADD A CARBON TOP PLATE friend. I really love what you have done here, and I know that if you REALLY biff this bad boi you will lose more than a hundred bucks worth of circut boards. I can tell that you have some moneys, so maybe you dont gave any fracks and i'm outta line here. Lastly: how about some dvr!!!?!

jdmkramer   Jan 15, 2019 

No, you're right. This is very thrown together for testing right now. If all goes well I will either add a top plate or much more robust printed pod. I'm having a few wonky issues with gps and video noise, but should have flight video soon. This one flies very nicely. I think it might be the soft mounts. Never done a full soft mount FC. I really want sound from the HD so I'll be changing to Turtlet V2 or Foxeer Mix soon. Not sure yet. Thanks for the feedback :)

jdmkramer   Jan 17, 2019 

Here's my first full pack flight with DVR

sharkbyte   Jan 15, 2019  

I love your build!
Really makes me build a 18650 setup myself. Do you have pictures of how you soldered the cells? Did you condsider going 5S or

jdmkramer   Jan 15, 2019 

Thanks! I followed Philipp Seidel's awesome blog post. I have a 5s as well, done as long flat pack held together with printed rings. Ugly as hell but functional for testing.

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