Ethix CineRat 3" 6S DJI + GoPro

By revnelson on Mar 24, 2020

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This is my first drone build. I ordered a GepRC Rocket Lite to start with after a learning the bare minimum in Liftoff. A friend shipped this frame to me from the States (I live in Shanghai, China) and due to Covid-related factory slowdowns it arrived not long after the Rocket Lite actually arrived. Because of this, I haven't had much actual flying time, so the flight footage is nothing remotely impressive.

With my wobbly, just-trying-to-stay-in-the-sky flying, I get about 7+ minutes without a GoPro and 5+ with the GoPro on a Tattu 6S 1050mAh 95C battery.

I have the TBS USB-C power cable to power the GoPro from a 5V output on the flight controller but didn't actually get it working yet. Haven't figured out why... So that should shave some weight from not needing the GoPro battery. Hopefully that can keep the flight time around 5 minutes as my flying progresses.

With the printed guards on, the propellers were scraping a bit against the guards. I did a couple flights to see if it would chip enough away from the guards, but the motors were getting hot. I'm waiting on some different props to try, but in the mean time I have taken the guards off and it flies great with lots of power. Again, I only have the GepRC Rocket Lite to compare it to.

Below is some flight footage from a GoPro run in my neighborhood. Turn on CC to see the DJI OSD info. I haven't changed any PIDs from default Betaflight 4.1 yet, but I did turn on Bidirectional D-Shot and the new dynamic filtering. I'm sure there are plenty of improvements that can be had by tuning the PIDs, but I'm just so new to flying that I wouldn't even know yet what is my fault and what can be tuned out. Regardless, I'm having so much fun...

Weights (without prop guards):

  • Base - 250g
  • With Battery - 422g
  • With Battery & GoPro - 561g (Includes GoPro battery, mounting screw, and ND Filter plus lens clip for GoPro 8)

Photos

Part List

Frame

Ethix CineRat (Carbon and Hardware Parts)
Team-blacksheep.com
$34.95

Flight Controller

SucceX-D Mini F7 TwinG 2-8S TwinG Flight Controller (ICM20689) (4 builds)
Iflight-rc.com
$49.99

ESCs

SucceX Mini 40A 2-6S 4-in-1 ESC Dshot1200 (3 builds)
Iflight-rc.com
$42.99

Motors

4 x XING X1507 FPV NextGen Motor (black) (2 builds)
Iflight-rc.com
$63.96

Propellers

HQ Prop Duct-3 CineWhoop Prop - Get Yours Today! - RMRC
Readymaderc.com
$2.79

FPV Camera

Caddx Vista Digital HD System for DJI HD FPV
Caddxfpv.com
$149.00

Receiver

TBS Crossfire Nano RX (SE) - FPV Long Range Drone Receiver (286 builds)
Team-blacksheep.com
$34.95

Batteries

TATTU R-Line 1050mAh 6s 95C Lipo Battery (35 builds)
Getfpv.com
$35.99

Radio

TBS Tango 2 Pro - FPV RC Radio Drone Controller (5 builds)
Team-blacksheep.com
$199.95

Goggles

DJI Digital HD FPV Goggles (32 builds)
Getfpv.com
$489.99

3D Printed

Ethix CineRat (3DP Parts)
Team-blacksheep.com
$54.95

Misc Parts

ETHIX Battery Straps V2 (4pcs)
Team-blacksheep.com
$5.99

Battery Charger

HOTA H6 Pro 26A/200W AC/DC Charger with balance board and charging cable
Smc-racing.net
$89.95

Accessories

Ethix Goggle Strap V2
Team-blacksheep.com
$15.95
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