SKEW_R Mk2 "Glory"

By CarbonRain on Jul 08, 2019

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After a camera swap and a hefty throttle curve, the SKEW_R instantly became my fave race quad. So much in fact, that I decided to build a backup for a race the following Sunday - this was on Monday night.

So, orders all placed, just needed to cut a frame, print a pod, and hope everything showed up on time. Ended up being a busy week, so I had to do the whole build on the Friday night. Duplicate of the first so it went smoothly, whole thing done in about 4 hours. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to test hover it. In fact, I didn't even try arming it. It was a backup anyway, plan was to fly the first, fix it if I broke anything, and not fly the pretty new quad unless absolutely 100% necessary. I like to kid myself like that.

Fast forward to Sunday, racing is going well, SKEW_R number 1 is holding up great. Penultimate qualifying round, I'm sitting just inside the top 5 and scraping into the A final, I clip a gate and shatter my front prop. Camera is jello city, so I opt to land after 2 laps rather than risk the quad shaking itself to pieces or worse. This puts me in last place for that heat, and a back of the grid start for the last round of qualifying. I swap props, and check the livetime results.

Turns out a couple of the other pilots put in blistering heats, and I'm now down in the B final unless I pull off a bonkers quick last run. Walk out, put my quad on the block, and test arm as always, and it immediately spins up and flips. Put a wrong hand prop on, upside down. Run back to the pits - no time to dig through the big bag of props, I grab the rainbow backup quad and sprint back to the track.

This quad has never flown, never test hovered, never even been armed. And now I need to fly faster than I've flown all day, cutting my average laps from about 33 seconds to 30, from the back of the grid, the most glorious maiden flight I've ever done. Game on.

Well...B final isn't too bad a result at the end of the day.



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1Smug_Bastard   9 days ago  

Whats the advantage to this frame configuration?

CarbonRain   9 days ago 

I like how they fly, been flying stretch plus race quads for almost the whole time I've been racing - I imagine a superstretch X feels similar, all 4 props are in clean air almost all the time. Really though almost all flight characteristics can be emulated through flight controller settings if you put in the time - I mostly design and fly weird stuff just because I can, it's fun trying things different to everyone else, even better when it works!

1Smug_Bastard   9 days ago 

Is it possible to run different sized motors / props? Was thinking larger motors / props Front & Back, with smaller Left and Right. The basic idea being to tailor the motors and props specific to each axis to maximize performance. Being that the torque differance is no longer diagonal, this shouldn't be an issue.

Anyways this is just a crasy idea, not ikely that it would work as i imagine it.

CarbonRain   8 days ago 

Should work fine, if I remember correctly Andy Shen built up a stretch plus a while back with 2300kv and 5" props front and back, and 2600kv and 4" props left and right and it flew great. Could be something to try in the future!

Jodie Froster   12 days ago  

What about putting the yellow at the bottom of the pod, instead of the blue? It would line up with the yellow props, might look sick. I can tell you're into that kind of thing ;)

CarbonRain   12 days ago 

Not a bad idea! I was in a bit of a hurry, printed both the pod and shelf at the same time which is why they're both blue. Also just got my order of packs of yellow and pink Gemfan MCK 51466 props today, might throw a mixed set on and redo pics at some point before the quad gets full of grass!

Pit   12 days ago  


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