Shendrones Gordo - Fruity Oh LaLa

By Clintnation on Feb 09, 2019

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When starting a new build, usually I start with the propeller size first. . Shendrones Gordo 220mm Frame however.. is like the super slim jack of all trades kind of frame. This baby is a stretch X and can fit 5" 5.5" or 6" props. Want to race, use 5" props.. Want to cruise.. drop a battery cell, add some mah, and go with a 6" propeller for longer range.

Andy also has a true X version available but it only fits 5" props.

This particular build was designed to run with 5.5" propellers and 1800kv motors as a freestyle cruiser, building / mountain diver, and occasional racer. Using 6S 1300 mah or 1500mah packs, it has tons of power for the weight, but excellent efficiency if you nurse the throttle.

Color is fun! My last Gordo I built as a racer, and it was all black, no beeper, and it's impossible to see in bad spots.. I also used 15mm standoffs in that build and a Unify Nano, so it was super compact in there. The Gordo does not have a ton of room in the stack with 20mm standoffs coming standard. Since this was intended to be capable of longer range I needed higher VTX output, and decided to keep the standard 20mm standoffs for extra cooling room. I got a little crazy with color on my motor wires, and the Pyro Race Light Racewires glow purple. Love em!

I've lately been using a lot of HelioSpring boards, but this build is so tight there wouldn't be room for 3 boards (ESC, VTX/RX, FC). So, i decided to try the new Synergy F4 by Kelvin Lee at Whitenoise FPV. Which has a spot for Rx and Unify VTX, with a built in VTX power switch. All I can say is wow, such a cool product.. Man! So clean.. super functional. Really love it.

Antennas.. on my last Gordo I used a stubby Axii because i was just racing. On a recent trip to Colorado I flew a 4" Shendrones Tweaker I did awhile back and had horrible RSSI drops accross a baseball field, and realized my antenna was just mounted terribly. So I came up with a vertical antenna mount to solve that build, and needed something similar for Gordo.

So I used parts from Andy's designs on thingiverse and several different immortal T mounts I modified, including an SMA mount I clipped from SmittyFPV's StudsPod (Thanks! :D ) Had to iterate a couple versions to find appropriate angles on each part to clear the props, hold the Immortal T high enough to not be squished by the battery, provide adequate spacing from the carbon, and angled enough as to not touch each other. Printed in Semiflex green to absorb impacts. Time will tell if it holds up as well as I hope it does.

Hero mount is a combination of materials Yellow is Ninjaflex, all other colors except Yellow are a more rigid TPU/SemiFlex.
25 degree mount, but I am printing a smiliar color patterned 37 degree mount as I type this.

Long range Axii tops it off. Excited to send it!

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Part List

Frame

Gordo (2 builds)
Shendrones.myshopify.com
$65.00

Flight Controller

SYNERGYF4 AIO FLIGHT CONTROLLER (3 builds)
Pyrodrone.com
$37.95

ESCs

Aikon AK32 4-in-1 35A 6S BLHeli32 ESC *Backorder (2 builds)
Droneracingparts.com
$64.99

Motors

4 x DRP Special Edition "I Kwad NY" Motors by Brother Hobby (2 builds)
Droneracingparts.com
$91.96

Propellers

DAL T5544C Cyclone Propellers - Crystal Purple (2 builds)
Hobbyrc.co.uk
See Site

FPV Camera

Foxeer Predator Micro - 1000TVL Super WDR FPV Camera - Black (10 builds)
Getfpv.com
$36.99

FPV Transmitter

TBS Unify Pro 5G8 V3 (SMA) (76 builds)
Getfpv.com
$39.99

Antenna

Lumenier AXII Long Range 5.8GHz Antenna (RHCP) (3 builds)
Getfpv.com
$17.99

Receiver

TBS Crossfire Nano Rx (Special Edition)
Droneracingparts.com
$34.99

Misc Parts

Pyro Race LEDs 35mm (4 Pcs.)
Pyrodrone.com
$6.99
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Whiffles   10 days ago  

Looks great! Do you have any footage with the Hero7?

Clintnation   9 days ago 

Not yet with this build. 37 degree mount will not show props in the view though.

Oracle   11 days ago  
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legiiit

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