DIY phantom

By ledimestari on May 03, 2019

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Attemt at making some sort of decent aerial photography quad as cheap as possible.
At some level it was a success, on some parts it was total failure.

It works decently, but as I guessed, the arms are waaay too flimsy. FPV feed from upped fixed camera is total jellotown. I will replace the arms with carbon fiber arms when materials arrive.

Instagram post with some video and more pictures.


  • 20min+ fligght time
  • Gimbal + gopro makes very smooth video
  • GPS flight position hold works well
  • Dual cameras are good
  • Lost model beeper, just in case
  • Somewhat quiet
  • Cheap


  • Wobbly
  • Jello video
  • Gimbal has glitch which makes is tilt in some direction when copter yaws
  • Alt hold drifts a little
  • Had to rise motors higher to make room for the battery
  • Very annoying to open and very little room to work on.

Frame required some light fine tuning with basic tools.

End goal for this was to build some sort of copter that works and then change out what is needed to make it work even better, and I think I achieved this goal.

To do is a comparison between this and actual Phantom 4.

Enjoy a lot of pictures. :)


Part List


ST360 360mm Wheelbase 8 Inch Frame Kit with 8045 Propeller 2 CW & 2 CCW for RC Multirotor

Flight Controller

Matek F722-SE F7 Flight Controller F722-SE (77 builds)
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4 x Spedix GS30 32Bit DShot1200 30A ESC (30 builds)


4X Racerstar Racing Edition 2312 BR2312 960KV 2-4S Brushless Motor For 350 380 400 RC Drone (4 builds)


2 x Gemfan 9443 Carbon Nylon CW/CCW Propeller For DJI RC Multirotor

FPV Camera

2 x Caddx Turbo Micro F2 1/3" CMOS 2.1mm 1200TVL 16:9/4:3 NTSC/PAL Low Latency FPV Camera W/ Microphone (41 builds)

FPV Transmitter

DYS MI200MW 25/200mW Switchable 5.8G 40CH FPV Transmitter (10 builds)


Foxeer 5.8G 3dBi TX/RX RHCP Omni FPV Antenna RP-SMA/SMA (56 builds)


AGFRC MRFS01 2.4G FASST Mini Receiver Compatible SBUS RSSI Output for Mini RC Drone FPV Racing


Turnigy High Capacity 5200mAh 4S 12C Lipo Pack w/XT60 (3 builds)


Flysky FS-NV14 2.4G 14CH Nirvana Transmitter with iA8X Receiver 3.5 Inch Display Open Source (4 builds)


Fatshark Dominator V2 FPV Goggles Video Glasses 600x480 VGA (2 builds)

HD Camera


HD Camera

GoPro HERO7 Black Action Camera (102 builds)


Black Hex Standoffs 20mm (4 pcs) (3 builds)

Misc Parts

GoPro Hero 7 (Black) Action Camera w/ Extra Battery and Floating Grip Bundle

Misc Parts

FPV 2 Axis Brushless Gimbal With Controller For DJI Phantom GoPro 3 for RC Drone FPV Racing (5 builds)

Misc Parts

Folding GPS Mount Support Holder For DJI ZERO QAV250 RC Multicopters

Misc Parts

Beitian BN-880 Flight Control GPS Module Dual Module Compass With Cable for RC Drone FPV Racing (23 builds)

Misc Parts

4 x Panasonic 1000uF 35V (FC-Series) Low-ESR Capacitor for ESC Noise Reduction (120 builds)

Video Receiver

Realacc RX5808-PRO-PLUS-OSD 5.8G 48CH FPV Receiver Achilles Open Source W/Cover For Fatshark Goggles

Radio Module

Team BlackSheep TBS Crossfire TX LITE (4 builds)

Battery Charger

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

Battery Charger

ISDT D2 200W 24A AC Dual Channel Output Smart Battery Balance Charger (18 builds)

Soldering Iron

MINI TS100 Digital OLED Programmable Interface DC5525 Soldering Iron Station Built-in STM32 Chip (265 builds)


Lowepro QuadGuard BP X3 - Drone Backpack for 4 FPV Quad Racing Drones and 15" Laptop w/Exterior Mounts (Black)
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SpikeDiesel   Sep 25, 2019  

wow this hurts me too look at and imagine the hours spent on it lol

Whiffles   May 08, 2019  

This brings me back.. I remember spending months trying to get decent footage out of my F450 and various gimbal iterations. I eventually gave up and moved on to mini quads. Those were good times though and I still think about building a larger quad someday.

benjo   May 08, 2019  

I'm in the middle of a design similar to this. Great tip about the arms, I didn't realise they were that bad.
Nice build all in all.

TeamWolfFPV   May 04, 2019  

Cool build. I like the FPV cam on the gimbal, clever idea.

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