Source One 5"

By Ryz on Feb 23, 2019

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Well, hello there

So, I posted about this monster a while back and I just wanted to show you guys how I've turned it into a proper Freestyle build that's enjoyable to fly (Spoiler: I've done that by replacing every last bit).

FC

First of all I used a different Flight controller (the SPRacing F3 Neo), which is a lot easier to build with its integrated PDB and neat layout.
It's utterly useless without soft mounting as I found out later, didn't know it was 100% mandatory, but not a big deal after I found that out.
I can tell you it does perform really well, even though it doesn't seem to be a popular choice and has 'only' an F3 processor. Also the SD Blackbox is just amazing for tuning and stick overlay and figuring out current draw... very useful!

Motors

Then I got me some good motors.
Okay, not high end, but for this price I'm very satisfied since none arrived damaged or unbalanced and they do have quite some punch (kinda limited by my 20A ESCs).
I chose 2207, because I heard from Kabab FPV (Bob) and Joshua Bardwell they both prefer 2207 over 2306 and since those guys' opinion means quite a lot to me I chose that.
Then 2600kv, because my first quad is a Vortex 230 with way slower motors and I really hate flying low pitch props on that one. In the sim I figured out the setup I like best is (pretty standard) about 550-650g, 2500+kv (also Bob's recommendation), 4S, 5" on 5x4.3x3 HQ Props.

ESCs

One of my ESCs died, aw. After some research (I admit it, I asked on reddit) I figured I could just replace it with one of those. Works fine.
After seeing some thrust tests, 20A is a bit low, I recommend something more like 30A, but it didn't explode yet.

Cam

I've got myself a Foxeer Predator Micro V3, because 1000TVL seemed pretty good, and it had an integrated OSD (the FC doesn't, so this is what I use for now), low latency, couple of settings and most importantly the blue fits the motor color. (Also micro size = low weight = good)

VTX

Bob recommended a VTX03.
It works just fine, I'm getting pretty good reception, 200mW is nice and it's light and small.
Note to self: Don't ever again get anything with a UFL.

wanna see it fly?

Photos

Part List

Frame

TBS Source One 5" Frame V0.2 (5 builds)
Rctech.de
$43.11

Flight Controller

SP Racing F3 NEO
Shop.seriouslypro.com
$25.00

ESCs

Racerstar RS20A Lites 20A Blheli_S 16.5 BB2 2-4S Brushless ESC Support Dshot600 for RC FPV Racing Drone (4 builds)
Banggood.com
$10.19

ESCs

Amazon.de
Amazon.de
See Site

Motors

4 x DYS Samguk Series Wei 2207 2300KV 2600KV 3-4S Brushless Motor for RC Drone FPV Racing (66 builds)
Banggood.com
$35.56

Propellers

HQProp Durable V1S 5043 Dreiblatt Lila DP5X4.3X3V1SLU-PC (4 Stk.)
Rctech.de
$3.31

FPV Camera

Banggood.com (107 builds)
Banggood.com
See Site

FPV Transmitter

Eachine VTX03 Super Mini 5.8G 72CH 0/25mW/50mw/200mW Switchable FPV Transmitter (425 builds)
Banggood.com
$11.99

Antenna

Lumenier Micro AXII U.FL 5.8GHz Antenne
Rctech.de
$22.05

Receiver

FrSky XM+ Plus 16 Kanal Empfänger EU LBT (2 builds)
Rctech.de
$22.05

Batteries

Tattu LiPo Akku 4S 1550 mAh 75C (2 builds)
Rctech.de
$24.37

Radio

FrSky ACCST Taranis Q X7 2.4GHz 16CH Mode 2 Transmitter Blue Orange for RC FPV Racing Drone (176 builds)
Banggood.com
$115.00

HD Camera

GoPro Session (55 builds)
Getfpv.com
$149.99

HD Camera

GoPro HERO Session in E-Commerce Packaging (7 builds)
Amazon.com
$149.00

HD Camera

Amazon.de
Amazon.de
See Site

Misc Parts

Mini M8 1/3'' 2.1mm FOV 160 Degree Wide Angle HD FPV Camera Lens (2 builds)
Banggood.com
$5.66

Misc Parts

127Pcs Halogen-Free 2:1 Heat Shrink Tubing Wire Cable Sleeving Wrap Wire Kit
Banggood.com
$3.57

Misc Parts

2 x Lipo Straps - Klett Befestigung RCTech.de (1 Stück)
Rctech.de
$2.86
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Discussion

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NotFastEnuf   13 days ago  

Any chance you could tell me exactly which blheli_s firmware target is on the lites model of esc? Raceflight wiped out the stock flash and I have no idea what to reflash them with. Thanks

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