Tehllama 7" Racing/HD Sharkitecture

By tehllama on Mar 01, 2019

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This is actually 'just' the result of holding one of the PHX-3D canopies with a shark fin in my hand while watching my one-year-old daughter having a really good time playing with her Finding Nemo toys. I realized that I wanted to create a 'Bruce the Shark' quadcopter, and realized that I could take my already proven 7" racing/freestyle architecture, and make it into an absolutely beastly monster.

The overall concept is maximum performance with HD capability, for endurance racing as well as long range cinematic flying.

The heart of the concept is taking a lightweight and aerodynamic 7" racing setup, stuffing a Caddx Turtle camera into the canopy, and adding the most powerful motors I can find. AUW target was originally set at 575g, although the 2508 motors are really quite massive. Similarly, the Turtle added a bit of unexpected weight, and I initially wasn't planning on adding a menagerie of LEDs. If you see all my other builds, you know what a bad assumption that is.

The DCL-Inspired aesthetics include a suite of blue LEDs, offset by blue Cyclone or Gemfan BiBlade props.

This runs four CL Racing Racewire panels (Blue), and a Tiny'sLED Blue LED panel to backlight the canopy, in addition to a CJMCU 8-LED panel on the back. The Caddx Turtle and the TinysLED are both ran off a dedicated 12V setup with a supplemental capacitor, otherwise this is a pretty standard build.

In order to meet the desired form factor and include SD blackbox recording (<20mm stack height under canopy with Turtle board), I did resort to using an RCharlance F4 Pro2 FC/VTX setup. This does have thermal issues if sitting idle - so I do recommend configuring Betaflight to power down to an idle setting when disarmed - unless you're planning on perching this at long range.
If this fails, the only other option would be a Whitenoise Synergy setup - arguably more attractive, but gets a bit pricy running the V3 Unify that is also capable of 800mW nominal VTX output. The ESC is my favorite Sunrise Cicada 6S 30A ESC - I have five of these now, and despite my best attempts to become an amateur arborist, excavator, and fencing integrity tester, they're all still flying perfectly.


Part List


Hyperlite 3mm Bottom Plate For Floss 2.1 (3 builds)


2 x Replacement 7 inch 5mm Arm For Floss 2.1


TrueRC / Lumenier u.fl AXII "MayDay FPV" Floss V2 Canopy | phoenix3dsolutions (3 builds)
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Flight Controller

Rcharlance F4 Pro V2 30.5x30.5mm Omnibus F4 Flight Controller OSD BEC AIO 40CH 25/200/600/800mW VTX (3 builds)


Sunrise Cicada 6S 30A 4-in-1 ESC (5 builds)


5 PCS Garila 2508 G2508 1550KV Brushless Motor 3-6S For RC Drone FPV Racing Multi Rotor (2 builds)


2 Pairs 3-blade DALPROP CYCLONE T7056C Props for FPV Racing (9 builds)

FPV Camera

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


Realacc RHCP Super mini UXII Stubby 5.8GHz 1.6dBi FPV Antenna For TX RX Fatshark Goggles RC Drone (41 builds)


FrSky XM+ SBUS Mini Receiver (1149 builds)
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CNHL 22.2V 6S 1500mAh 100C LiPo Battery - XT60 (14 builds)


FrSky Taranis QX7 ACCESS 2.4GHz RC Transmitter - Choose Your Color (263 builds)


Flysight FPV Goggles 5.8Ghz Diverity Video Goggles SPX02 40CH Wireless RC Drone Racing Goggles with HDMI in and PIP Function DJI

Misc Parts

CLRACING RACE LED 40mm (4 PCS) (6 builds)

Misc Parts

Ummagawd UMMAGRIP Universal Super Sticky Battery Pad (175 builds)

Misc Parts

3-6s Tiny LEDs (14 builds)

Video Receiver

ClearView 5.8 Ghz Pro Receiver - ClearView Factory Direct

Radio Module

iRangeX IRX4 Plus 2.4G CC2500 NRF24L01 A7105 CYRF6936 4 IN 1 Multiprotocol STM32 TX Module With Case (5 builds)

Battery Charger

ISDT SC-608 150W 8A MINI Smart LCD Battery Balance Charger AU Warehouse (14 builds)

Soldering Iron

TS100 Portable Programmable Smart Soldering Iron (265 builds)


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