S.O.A.R 6 (5/5/19) Rebuilding

By Zakre256 on Mar 07, 2019

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5/5/19 so after suffering a fried esc from a crash I am rebuilding again!!! woooo

3/15- all finished redoing build. went together much better, no where near as tight putting everything back under the deck. Now AUW is 742g.
I redid all the wiring, shortened wires, removed the 2 capacitors on the side of the frame and decided to just go with the pigtail capacitor setup due to the build not being that electrically noisy anyways. removed the 2 antenna tubes that were in the tpu front piece and went with 2 immortal t style dipoles mounted in the front and rear. removed all motor wires and redid them with red and black wire instead of sleeves, this made everything go together much better. dont get me wrong the wire sleeves look nice but they make space a little too tight for this build. overall this is one of the coolest and most challenging frames I've built and I'm impressed by catalyst machine works. the frame goes together very tight with no wiggle In any of the pieces, very balanced frame. it is also very obvious from flying and crashing the frame that it is extremely durable and welll though out in terms of impact areas. I would say if you have experience building quads to try this frame, PLAN OUT YOUR BUILD BEFORE YOU BUY COMPONENTS AND START ASSEMBLING.

**3/13- I decided I didnt like how I had the components layed out, so i am currently redoing the build, will update with pictures**

This is a smooth operator 6in. frame. I wanted to try my hand at building a super tight build. This frame is extremely well made and thought out. the build wasn't necessarily difficult but it was different compared to the usual way I've built multirotors...which is a good thing. Getting all the components to fit was a good challenge. I'm very happy with how it turned out, frame seems very tough and sturdy. Hopefully I will get to maiden it soon. I will post updates then....as welll as better pictures of it, the current ones are literally taken in the area I build them and as you can see has lots of parts laying around.
3/3/19- And so it begins...
3/4/19- all motors are wired to the esc via clracing red led racewire
3/4/19- test fitted all the rest of the pieces of the frame. just need to wire FC, RX, GPS, Camera, and buzzer.
3/6/2019- after figuring the best way to run all the wires, the only thing left is GPS and buzzer. then it's time to screw it all together!
3/7/2019- all finished. power up successful! AUW= 750g
motors are soft mounted using o-rings under the bolt heads and the motors are on red silicone pads cut to motor mount pattern. All screws are secured using loctite. Used this same process with my 10in. build and I have had phenomenal results. If you decide to soft mount the motors like this locktite is crucial.

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Part List

Frame

Arm Bumper - Merica, Smooth Operator, Raging Droner (SET OF 4) (4 builds)
Catalystmachineworks.com
$6.99

Frame

Electronics Bay Depth Increasing Upgrade (Smooth Operator 5 Inch) (2 builds)
Catalystmachineworks.com
$3.99

Frame

Smooth Operator 6 Inch - (CAMERA MOUNT SOLD SEPARATE) (4 builds)
Catalystmachineworks.com
$109.99

Flight Controller

radix fc - brainfpv (57 builds)
Brainfpv.com
$54.99

ESCs

T-Motor F55A Pro II 32Bit 55A 3-6S 30x30 4in1 ESC w/ BEC
Rotorriot.com
$74.99

Motors

4 x T-Motor F80 PRO - 1900KV Motor (9 builds)
Getfpv.com
$107.96

Propellers

8 x Gemfan Hulkie 5055S V2 Tri-Blade 5" Prop 4 Pack - Choose Your Color (2 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$23.92

FPV Camera

Foxeer Falkor Micro FPV Camera 1200TVL 16:9/4:3 PAL/NTSC G-WDR - Choose Your Color (39 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$36.90

FPV Transmitter

RDQ Mach 3 Video Transmitter 25-1000mW VTX 2-6S - U.FL or MMCX (58 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$24.99

Antenna

TBS Triumph 5.8GHz RHCP FPV Antenna Set (SMA) (503 builds)
Getfpv.com
$39.99

Receiver

TBS Immortal T Antenna Mount - Type 1 (Smooth Operator)
Catalystmachineworks.com
$5.99

Receiver

FrSky R9 Slim+ 915MHz Long Range Receiver w/ 2pcs Dipole T Antennas (15 builds)
Getfpv.com
$28.99

Batteries

Battery Pad - Smooth Operator (4 builds)
Catalystmachineworks.com
$5.99

Batteries

2 x Sony VTC4 2100mAh 18650 Battery for X-Lite, Goggles and Vaping
Racedayquads.com
$11.98

Batteries

3 x RDQ Series 22.2V 6S 1300mAh 100C LiPo Battery - XT60 (3 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$104.97

Batteries

FrSky 18650 Battery Caps for X-Lite
Racedayquads.com
$16.99

Radio

FrSky X-Lite 2.4GHz RC Transmitter w/ 18650 Battery Caps (56 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$121.99

Goggles

FatShark Attitude V3 Headset (5 builds)
Shop.makerfire.com
$289.99

HD Camera

GoPro HERO3: Black Edition (3 builds)
Amazon.com
$447.95

Hardware

M3 Nylon Hex Male-Female Spacer Standoffs Screw Nut Assortment Kit - Black (2 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$9.99

Misc Parts

2 x CL Racing RaceLED 25mm (SET OF 4) (3 builds)
Catalystmachineworks.com
$15.98

Misc Parts

Matek M8Q-5883 GPS Module w/ Compass (9 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$29.99

Misc Parts

HellGate FPV Buzzer w/ Built-in Lipo
Catalystmachineworks.com
$24.99

Video Receiver

TBS Triumph 5.8GHz CP FPV Antenna Set (RP-SMA) (59 builds)
Getfpv.com
$39.99

Video Receiver

TrueRC MX-Air 5.8GHz SMA Receiver Antenna - RCHP or LHCP (2 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$34.99

Video Receiver

ImmersionRC rapidFIRE w/ Analog PLUS Goggle Receiver Module (44 builds)
Getfpv.com
$159.99

Radio Module

Frsky R9M Lite - Radio Transmitter Module (Black) (6 builds)
Getfpv.com
$44.99

Battery Charger

Tenergy TT6080AC 80W AC/DC Balance Charger with Touch Screen LCD for NiMH/NiCd/LiPo/Li-ion/LiFePO4
Tenergy.com
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Soldering Iron

Weller 9400PKS 120V Dual Heat 140/100W Universal Soldering Gun Kit with 6 Second Heat Up Time and LED Lighting (2 builds)
Amazon.com
$39.16

Soldering Iron

Weller WLC100 40-Watt Soldering Station (4 builds)
Amazon.com
$33.96
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RZFPV   Mar 10, 2019  

where did u mount the mach 3??

Zakre256   Mar 10, 2019 

in the vtx bay under the fc. it fits long ways just fine. the I used a 90 degree mmcx to sma pigtail to connect to the tpu sma mount. it was an interesting

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