RETIRED - Falcon Mk1.6

By mayan_hawk on Aug 03, 2019

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UPDATE 1/4/2020
After landing from waist height and breaking ANOTHER arm TOTAL OF FIVE BROKEN ARMS SINCE I BUILT THIS QUAD , I have decided to retire this frame and move the electronics to a new frame. The CMW SlamNasty frame has great potential, but its durability leaves A LOT to be desired. Fortunately this quad never hit a race gate, I fear if it did the motors might finish the race; the ESC and FC might wind up scattered across the field; the frame might end up in orbit; and the poor battery would likely have exploded in a magnificent (but tragic) puff of smoke.

Sorry CMW, but I cannot recommend the SlamNasty frame to anyone in good faith.

CMW package showed up. To remove the stripped screw I had to remove the entire front of the frame and spin the camera mounting plate (annoying but I got the job done). The new arm and screw went right in with no issues. I redid my front motor mounting (reran the wires). Tossed a new set of props on it and... OFF TO THE RACES! This is a force to be reckoned with - racing, or freestyle (in a pinch)

CMW Support is has responded and is helping me with the issue. They believe it is possible that it was just a bad arm (it happens to everyone!) and they're helping me out with that. Although no matter what I do the screw that stripped out is not coming out... I may need to order a new baseplate in order to fix this - for a $50 frame from a reputable company, this is giving me a massive headache.

The maiden flight went well, this thing screams.


I landed in a pile of grass clippings and the front right arm snapped. I intentionally touched down in a soft spot to protect my battery and I heard a snap. This was a low speed landing - nothing like crashing into a gate. When I started to remove the screws holding the arm, one stripped out. I was not hulking out on this thing - it just stripped out like nobody's business. I am EXTREMELY disappointed in the strength of this frame given these events. I contacted CMW support and have yet to hear back. Stay tuned...

I got the Synergy Whitenoise FC in the July Drone Drop... I also had my eye on the CMW Slam Nasty frame. I wanted to see if I would be able to build my second dedicated racer using both. I was going to keep with tradition and go with BrotherHobby Speedshields, but the day I was ordering the Vanover motors were released - I changed things up a bit.

Here's what I settled on:

  1. CMW Super SlamNasty Frame (w/ Flipstick and front arm brace)
  2. Vanover Motors (w/ racewire LEDs)
  3. Runcam Racer 2
  4. Synergy Whitenoise FC
  5. Spedix GS45 4in1
  6. TBS Unifiy nano (w/ Lumenier Axii 2)
  7. FrSky r9mm

A few notes I think are most relevant to this build:

  • This frame is INSANELY tight (not sure what I expected from the Super Slam Nasty)
  • Screws have a tendency to strip... just putting it in the first time was touchy. I don't know that it will be easy to remove.
    NaNundefinedTo set up the r9mm with f.port firmware: Bridge the pads on the underside of the FC to select no inversion. Solder the Inv s.Port pad to the TX1 pad. Follow Oscar Liang's tutorial to setup uninverted f.port receivers.
    NaNundefinedThere is almost no room to fit the LED racewire... It's possible in the rear, but not in the front.

Finally, I put this on the scales to get an idea how heavy this build is. It comes in at 267.8g without props. I almost built a racer at (dry) toy weight!


Part List


SlamNasty 5" Race Frame (14 builds)

Flight Controller

Synergy F4 Flight Controller (5 builds)


Spedix GS45 32Bit 45A 3-6S 30x30 4in1 ESC w/ BEC (3 builds)


4 x Drone Motors for -Racing and Freestyle - RaceDayQuads (19 builds)


Azure Power 5150 Tri-Blade 5'' Prop 4 Pack - Choose Your Color (31 builds)

FPV Camera

RunCam Racer 3 1000TVL 4:3 NTSC/PAL CMOS Micro FPV Camera (1.8 or 2.1mm) - Black (10 builds)

FPV Transmitter

TBS Unify Pro Nano 5G8 (93 builds)


Lumenier AXII 2 5.8GHz U.FL Antenna - RHCP or LHCPRHCP (7 builds)


FrSky R9MM OTA SBUS Long Range 900MHz Micro Receiver (ACCESS) (51 builds)


FrSky 2.4G ACCST System Taranis Q X7 16 Channels Transmitter Remote Controller White Battery and Battery Trays Not Include (220 builds)


RDQ Series 7.6V 2S 3500mAh QX7 Compatible HV LiPo Battery - XT30 (3 builds)


2 x FrSky 2000mAh 7.2V NiMH Battery for Taranis Q X7


Fat Shark Dominator V3 FPV Goggles (57 builds)

HD Camera

GoPro HERO7 Black Action Camera (86 builds)

HD Camera

GoPro Session (60 builds)

Misc Parts

CLRacing Race LED/PCB Wire 4 Pack - Choose Your Color and Size (36 builds)

Misc Parts

Flip Stick Upgrade - Slam Nasty 5", 4" and 3" (2 builds)

Misc Parts

RDQ 250mm Kevlar Battery Strap w/Kevlar Stitching, Rubber Grip & Metal Buckle (3 builds)

Misc Parts

Front Arm Brace Upgrade - SlamNasty 5" (2 builds)

Misc Parts

Ummagawd UMMAGRIP LITE Universal Super Sticky Battery PadDefault Title (19 builds)

Video Receiver

Foxeer Pagoda Pro 5.8GHz 15cm SMA Long Range Antenna - RHCP - Choose Your Color (3 builds)

Video Receiver

ImmersionRC rapidFIRE w/ Analog PLUS Goggle Receiver Module (146 builds)

Video Receiver

TBS 5G8 RHCP Patch Antenna (RP-SMA)

Radio Module

FrSky R9M Transmitter Module (67 builds)

Battery Charger

1-8S LiPo Battery Checker Voltage Tester w/ Low Voltage Alarm (4 builds)

Battery Charger

ISDT D2 Charger - Smart Charger for FPV Racing 6S/12a/200w (2 builds)

Soldering Iron

Carrying Case for TS100 Portable Soldering Iron

Soldering Iron

Soldering Iron Tip CleanerBlack (2 builds)

Soldering Iron

TS100 Portable Programmable Smart Soldering Iron (178 builds)

Soldering Iron

S-180A1 Large Heat Resistant Silicone Soldering Work Mat w/ MagnetsDefault Title (2 builds)

Soldering Iron

TS100 XT60 to DC Cable

Soldering Iron

SE 3.5" Stainless Steel Alligator Forceps - SPAF-3.5


2 x Micro Cutter (2 builds)


MINI Needle File Set (Carbon Steel 6 Piece-Set) Hardened Alloy Strength Steel - Set Includes Flat, Flat Warding, Square, Triangu


GEARWRENCH 8mm 12 Point Ratcheting Combination Wrench - 9108D


RDQ All-In-One Driver Tool


PEAKMETER PM8233A Handheld Digital Multimeter


MG Chemicals 422B Silicone Modified Conformal Coating, 55mL Glass Bottle with Brushes, Clear (21 builds)


StrivedayFlexible Silicone Wire 24awg Electric wire 24 gauge Coper Hook Up Wire 300V Cables electronic stranded wire cable elect


Scotch Indoor Mounting Tape, 0.75-inch x 350-inches, White, Holds up to 2 pounds, 1-Roll (110-Long)


Bundle: Cross Lock Fiber Grip Soldering Tweezers Set - 6.5" Solder Tweezers (Approx. 45-Degree Angle), 6" Solder Tweez (3 builds)


Lowepro Quad Guard BP X2 Drone Backpack, Black/Grey (14 builds)
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FrSky 900MHz Super 8 Antenna for R9M and R9M Lite Module (6 builds)


2 x FrSky M7 Hall Sensor Gimbal for Taranis Q X7 (6 builds)
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Stoneman   Jan 28, 2020  

awesome build. did yoy get camera control to work with the runcam racer and the synergy f4 ?

mayan_hawk   Jan 29, 2020 

Yes i was, in order to get the cam working i had to short the Tx and Rx pins on the cam when i powered the quad. doing this switches it over from joystick control to uart control. if you look up the Nurk build vodeo he shows it better than i describe it.

SilverFPV   Sep 10, 2019  

Hwell does that flip-stick work?

mayan_hawk   Sep 10, 2019 

Suprisingly well!

I haven't had the chance to race it yet (the MultiGP chapter near my college is dead), but just tearing through spontaneous courses it does its job. It caught on a tree branch and messed with my line - but even though I was at full speed, the flip-stick was unharmed.

My only complaint is that the frame doesnt fit inside my bag/on my bag well with it on (i just remove a couple screws when needed).

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