Cinerous Vulture (Aegypius Hexachus)

By HK-AERIAL VTOL on Aug 31, 2019

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This large raptorial bird comes from the grace and brilliance of the legendary Andy Shen. As a lover of Rotorbuilds I have seen flayzeraynx's "666 - The Number of the Beast" and I totally dig that 'copter; the theme is undeniably perfectly executed; as such I couldn't exactly follow his lead and expect to post it here... like I did with DustinTheWind's 7" Ti BigBlock Mountain Destroyer. What I felt comfortable doing was asking Andy to likewise produce me a custom length Kriegerpus frame (obviously bigger), I thought that would be a good winter project for me... unfortunately I now want to fly it soon because I feel my build is gonna kick the tail off anything these parts north of five motors. When we initially started talking about this frame Andy mentioned it would need to be a little thicker and something - something about it being rigid while being so large. I am so glad he knows about that stuff because this thing is ~18" in wheelbase and it is SOLID! Not only are the six-axis offerings from Shendrones the only real commercially available CF freestyle drone besides the single plate Evo-H 2 and 2.5" micro hex (like a regular freestyle drone... not those floppy plastic erector set things), but it is very smartly designed. There is a ring inside the 2 main plates that butt against the arms ends creating a stiff 60 degree angle between appendages. I want to note my addition of the Kriegerpus below as a frame reference is completely wrong. This frame is not available unless you can also convince him to make you one (probably super easy... pay what he would agree to). The price depicted reflects the frame he does sell on his site (so, again... not this one).

This rig is my return to PyroDrone stock. It is so so massive that I immediately knew the 1322 KV 2408.5's were the perfect match for the Vulture. Six motors means the stand-by Matek F722-STD\F-CHUB 6S combo is the logical choice so I can easily double up on the power pads for two of the sets of iFlight 50A Sticks. 'Pyro says to use these because they have an insane reliability rate. I take their advice more than any other source. This time I also go with their batteries. The 2200 MAH 6S has eluded me a few times (Banggood\Hobbyking), and now I know of a stateside connection. The maiden will be on 7" HQ's; I expect to later use APC 7" pitch monsters. I did ask Andy to ensure I could get at least a 4 high 30MM stack in here just in case I do decide to try out the FatShark HD with this one, but for now we start with a demonstrably adequate Foxeer Falkor Mini and TBS VTX video system. This is the first time I have paired the XM+ and R-XSR for redundancy, but I figured that this is a very special (read: expensive) build, and so why not spend $20 more to complete the affect.

The 60 degree symmetrical six axis frame is what initially drew me to Shendrones hex's. A lot of folks don't like a noisy drone... me? I think they sound awesome. With the six 2408's spinning the massive HQ's this Krieger-Something definitely turns heads. I probably shoulda noted that what they say about hex's is true: they are expensive to build. Just the ESCs and motors for this build could easily pay for most other quads in their entirety. Add ($90 for analog!) video and redundant RC\FC\PDB to the bill and it gets high w/o any fancier HD than a Session 4.



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