BigFoot 9.4" R2 (phantom edition)

By L3M4R on May 20, 2020

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Huge, 9.4" quadcopter frame based on TBS SourceOne ements and typical racer parts.
It uses DJI Phantom II motors/propellers because of it popularity and price. I have never expected DJI 2312 motor designed fo 4s will handle 5s or even more voltage. Tune PIDs, make sure motors will not become hot becouse of vibrations or bad FC tuning and it will work fine with a heavy load.

Quadcopter created to fly long and far on LION batteries, my slightly lighter setup (same electronics) last year was able to hover 55 minutes using 5s3p battery (12Ah+). Typical flight time on 5s1p is 25 minutes, 5s2p gives 35 minutes. Older arms have been made of woods (dry oak ;-)). Current RTF weight is more than 600g, 5s2s LION adds another half of kilogram, so make sure you will fly securely for other people (far from them). This will harm others just like X-class when have the speed. But the sound of heavy loaded ~10" props ... is amazing, believe me.

Pictures taken for prototype arms, current design has been improved and optimized for non-support 3D printing.
Arms has a space, a tunnel for motor and LED cables inside aluminum pipes, also central arm mount has holes to lead this cables to the ESC.

I expect I will improve it in the future

  • ESC cover and mount
  • arms to handle regular 10" props or other motor
  • ... you tell me

Build a bit 'under construction', but ready to share and comments ...


  1. Recommended iNAV
  2. BetaFlight will work also
    • but why to use it ?

II. FRAME and PRINTED PARTS (thingiverse) (wait a day or two, if not available yet)

  1. Bottom, center and top plates taken from TBS SourceOne v0.3
    • in my case plates are not 3mm thick, but CAD design assumes carbon is 3mm
    • the assembling is not as designers expected (bottom plate is at the center)
    • it should be possible to assemble the arms below the cage
  2. 3D PET-G printed arms with aluminum pipe reinforcement inside
    • quadcopter will work fine even without aluminum pipe, but it is better to have it inside PETG arm
    • it is possible to increase thickness or put carbon reinforcement of different shape inside
    • motor and LED cables goes inside reinforcement pipe in the middle of arm to center of frame
    • aluminum pipe diameter is 10mm (1mm thickness)
  3. Custom designed 3d printed mounts
    • pigtail VTX & RX antenna mounted to top plate
    • pigtail VTX & RX FrSky r9mm antenna
    • rear midplate for RX or other parts
    • side GPS mount and BN-880 GPS/Compas case
    • HD camera 'coach type' mount
      As usual assembling requires M2 and M2 screws, nuts and washers.

III. ELECTRONICS (no matter what is inside if you know how to assemble the racer)

  1. Matek F405-CTR
  2. DJI Phantom 2 motors
  3. DJI Phantom II 9.4" propellers
  4. HAKRC BlHeli_32 35A ESC 5s with LEDs
  5. Eachine TX805
  6. BEITIAN BN-880 GPS & Compass
  7. FrSky R9mm receiver
  8. Runcam Micro Swift 3
  9. Buzzer with LiPO battery



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