Catalyst Machine Works Smooth Operator 6 Inch 6S

By nelsont5 on Feb 02, 2019

18  774  11

So having crashed and repaired quite a few RTF quads from the Emax Babyhawk R to the Emax Hawk 5 I decided it was finally time to build my own quad. So after much deliberation, I decided upon the Catalyst Machineworks Smooth Operator; and given that I already had 3 inch and 5 inch quads and 3S and 4S quads, I figured I'd build something completely different and went for the 6inch, 6S capable build. All in all it probably isn't the wisest choice for a first build, but with a bit of attention to detail and forward planning, it is fairly straight forward. I must admit, it is one of the sturdiest frames I have come across and really does live up to its name. It is now the smoothest flying quadcopter I own! Anyway, here's my build!

Photos

Discussion

Sign in to comment

KoWaBuNga   Jun 17, 2019  
1

Looks amazing! Just got a SO myself and i'm definitely going to copy some of the things you did! :)

nelsont5   Jul 06, 2019 
1

Thanks man! I'm planning my next build... spray paint is involved hahaha!

KoWaBuNga   Jul 06, 2019 

Can't wait to see it!

Yellowsol122   Feb 09, 2019  

See what really pisses in my cornflakes is you post this photoshopped quad up hoping to get lots of praise for it, AND you tell us its your first build. COME ON MAN, we all know you stole this picture off of google. Ha! Seriously hands down best ive seen yet. I'm a huge fan of the frame, and exactly what you did with it. Awesome job man, if this is the first, what the heck does it look like at quad 6-7 ?! Keep it up, your definitely in the right hobby lol

nelsont5   Feb 09, 2019 

Hahahaha.... Brilliant! I would take full ownership of the photoshop claim.... except for one thing.... ive been staring at my copy of Photoshop for Dummies since 1999 and still havent got a single clue how to use it! But thanks dude. If it makes you feel any better it took me about three days compared to the two hours it seems to take everyone else to build a quad, but I think thats more a symptom of my perfectionism than anything else. I still wanna take it all apart and tidy up some of my solder joints, except the damn thing just flies so well, im leaving it alone! Thanks a lot for your kind words and I'll send CMW a copy and see what they think! PS... Quad two is underway, frame and motors selected... stay tuned!

Yellowsol122   Feb 09, 2019  

Ohh and if you havent already, send the very last picture to Catalyst. I'm sure they would love to see this!

StickyRice   Feb 05, 2019  
1

DUDE HOW DID YOU...WHERE DID YOU...OMG IT LOOKS SO NICE!! if i had a quad like that, id literally just put in on a wall and just admire it.!!!!

nelsont5   Feb 05, 2019 
1

🙈🙈🙈hahaha thanks a lot dude. i literally kid you not have just sat and admired it a few times 🤣🤣🤣. thanks for your kind words and checking out my build. Hyperlow Vert freestyle v2 next. stay tuned. :-)

StickyRice   Feb 06, 2019 
1

you must show us the way of the artistic flow hahahah idk man it just looks so nice hahaha. I will be waiting!

QU|(K_F0X   Feb 02, 2019  

One of the best builds I've seen!

nelsont5   Feb 03, 2019 

Oh wow Thanks! High Praise given it was my first build! Appreciated dude.

Guides & Reviews

29 2,577  33
30 days ago

This guide will walk you through the process of building your first FPV quad. The goal with this design was to build a low-cost, lightweight quad, yet powerful enough to safely carry a GoPro in close proximity areas. I chose these parts to minimize the amount of soldering at no cost to the quality. A typical build requires around 30 solders while this only needs 25. It's not a huge difference, but..

Read more
26 6,988  24
Nov 30, 2019

In late 2019 DJI made inroads into the FPV scene with their remarkable low-latency digital system. It gave us a 720p video feed with latency on-par with the status quo, analog video. Traditionally we've used analog video systems for low-latency video, but the video quality is far from ideal. It's a trade-off we've been willing to accept for the control. Now we've got the best of both worlds and what..

Read more