Making the SWITCH BACK to racing

By ScooterFPV on Mar 23, 2020

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This is my first 5'' racing quad. I started flying quads first racing on sims but when it came time to build I decided my first quad was going to be a freestyle build. My rooster has done me good and will continue to be my go to quad for freestyle, but I've been wanting to get into racing and the beefy boy wasn't gonna cut it. So I decided to make the SWITCH BACK to racing with none other than Five33's Switchback frame.

My initial inspiration came from this wonderful build video by TheRCAddict:

I later opted for a 30x30 form simply because I could find better parts for cheaper online. I plan on making the switch to 20x20 in the future, as this was a very tight build and wouldn't of turned out as nice as it did without some custom parts. I had Mark McCollum print me out some fantastic TPU parts of this "Five33 Switchback micro cam mount" by SandroFTW on Thingiverse. https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4093431. I actually used this mount both as my camera mount and as a solution to fitting in both my rear standoffs and the battery leads from the Hobbywing 60A ESC. This esc was a little bulky for this build but with the help of this print I was able to make it fit. We'll see how strong the m3 bolts hang on to the TPU in a crash though.

I really enjoyed making this build and hope you all enjoy it!

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Part List

Frame

Switchback Frame Kit (8 builds)
Flyfive33.com
$49.00

Flight Controller

RDQ Bardwell F4 3-6S 30x30 Flight Controller V2 - JBF4 AIO FC w/OSD (151 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$34.99

ESCs

Hobbywing XRotor Micro 60A 6S 4-in-1 BLHeli_32 ESC (19 builds)
Airbladeuav.com
$49.99

Motors

4 x EMAX RSII 2306 1600KV 1700KV 1900KV 2400KV 2600KV Race Spec 3-6S FPV Racing Brushless Motor (16 builds)
Banggood.com
$85.96

Propellers

Gemfan 51466x3 Hurricane Durable (4pcs) MCK (31 builds)
Pyrodrone.com
$3.29

FPV Camera

Foxeer Predator Micro V4 1000TVL 16:9/4:3 NTSC/PAL CMOS FPV Camera w/ OSD PLUG VERSION - Choose Your Color & LensBlack / Plug / (122 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$32.99

FPV Transmitter

TBS UNIFY PRO 5G8 V3 (SMA) (14 builds)
Pyrodrone.com
$39.95

Antenna

EMAX Pagoda 3B 5.8GHz 30mm Stubby SMA Antenna - RHCP (5 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$5.99

Receiver

FrSky R-XSR SBUS 2.4GHz Micro Receiver (807 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$19.50

Batteries

CNHL 14.8V 4S 1300mAh 100C G+ Plus LiPo Battery - XT60 (138 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$17.99

Radio

FrSky Taranis QX7 2.4GHz RC Transmitter - Black or WhiteBlack / No (198 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$105.30

Goggles

Dominator HDO FPV Goggles (104 builds)
Rotorriot.com
$499.99

3D Printed

Five33 Switchback micro cam mount by SandroFTW
Thingiverse.com
See Site

HD Camera

GoPro Hero5 Session Waterproof 4K Video Camera
$173.65

Misc Parts

2 x RGB RaceLiteWire Mini LEDs (2-Pack)
Getfpv.com
$9.98

Video Receiver

5G8 32ch Race Band Video Rx Module with OLED Display (FSV2446)
Horizonhobby.com
$40.00

Battery Charger

iSDT Q6 Lite Smart Charger (19 builds)
Getfpv.com
$49.99

Soldering Iron

X-Tronic Model #3020-XTS Digital LED Display Soldering Station - Newegg.com
Newegg.com
See Site

Backpack

Betaflight Hive Backpack (4 builds)
Getfpv.com
$199.99
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