DJI Smoov 6s Marmotte

By Hardboiled on Jun 08, 2020

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Hi folks,

I would like to thank everyone that built a quad before me and took the time to post your build or share your experience on Youtube. This can be a daunting hobby to enter and everyone's contributions helped immensely.

I started with the DJI FPV system as the base of this build. I wanted the better image quality provided and onboard video recorder to remove the need for a GoPro. This seemed to offer the best of both worlds as I can also attach the URUAV analog adapter to my DJI goggles and this is allowing me to train a bit more on a Tinyhawk 2. The analog signal looks great in the goggles. Currently I am using an AKK Diversity RX 5.8G receiver with Menace linear patch and Menace periscope.

I went with the Marmotte frame as I wanted something sturdy to learn (crash) on. I also think it happens to look really good. I decided on a 6s build simply because online evaluations suggested 6s provides less sag at the tail end of the flight, even though the time in the air is about the same as 4s.

NewBeeDrone offers a bundle that includes the DJI Fly More combo + the NBD Infinity305 Stack. The stack covered all of my needs, so this was the best option for my needs.

I added the Vifly buzzer to make rescue missions easier. It just barely squeezes in between sides of the camera cage at the front of the quad.

I went ahead and added the 35v 470uf cap to the power pads as their was room in the center of the quad. NewBeeDrone suggests that this is not necessary for a 6s build with the FC+ESC stack, but no harm if unused.

The motor wires are wrapped in paracord and shrink wrapped on the ends. Remember to do all of this before rushing to solder. I replaced the motor screws with button head screws and used a touch of blue locktite on each screw. For the motors themselves, I went with the NBD Smoov 1750KV motors again because racing won't be my focus and I read some good things about their feel. I have also received great customer service and delivery speeds from NDB (and RDQ for that matter) and wanted to throw a bit more business their way. I soldered the motor wires in the vertical position on the ESC vs flat on the surface. This provided the best angle for the look I was going for.

For soldering, I used a Hakko FX-888D. I used Kester 63/37 solder as it sets up quicker as it cools. I never did require the solder wick, but used the solder puller twice when applying too much solder on a few of my ESC pads. I did practice soldering a bit more on a small training kit from Amazon. I linked an example below. I used the Hakko FA-400 Smoke Absorber during soldering.

While I initially purchased a smoke stopper from RDQ, I ended up building 2 of my own. I wanted to make them from 12 Ga wire to match the wires on my Tattu RLine Batteries and the pigtail I was building for the quad. I built 2 smoke stoppers since I am using 6s batteries. Using 2 smoke stoppers inline increases resistance and better protects the quad when using 6s. As a bonus, you get more soldering practice building smoke stoppers and pigtails before working on the expensive stuff.

The only aspect of the build that remains awkward are the DJI antennas. The lip on the top back of the air unit wants to push the connectors out. Further, the Marmotte provide antenna holes in the top plate which is great, but the angle doesn't do anything to hold the connectors in place. I added a bit of foam padding between the back pillars of the frame and the antenna connectors that effectively keeps pressure on them so they don't come out as easily, we'll see how that works in practice.

The only changes I plan to make so far is to add Kwad Skidz on the arms in place of the foam pads that seem like they may fail rather soon. Then replace the stock battery pad with Umaggrip sticky pad. I also plan to add a second battery strap.

I have linked the tools and accessories I used to make this build below. The one item I occasionally wish I had also purchases was a helping hands device of some type for the soldering work. I was doing some risky balancing work trying to hold the solder, iron and quad all at particular angles.

Overall, I am really happy with the finished product and enjoyed the building process. Total weight is 404g.

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Part List

Frame

Armattan Marmotte DJI Edition 5" Freestyle Frame for DJI
Racedayquads.com
$108.99

Flight Controller

NewBeeDrone Infinity305 Stack (ESC+FC) (2 builds)
Newbeedrone.com
$99.99

Motors

4 x NewBeeDrone 2306 Smoov Cinematic Ring Magnet FPV Motor V1.1
Newbeedrone.com
$79.96

Propellers

HQProp 5X4.3X3 V2S Tri-Blade Prop
Newbeedrone.com
$2.99

FPV Camera

DJI FPV Air Unit - Ultra Low Latency 720p 120FPS Digital HD
Newbeedrone.com
$179.00

Batteries

Tattu R-Line Version 3.0 22.2V 6S 1400mAh LiPo Battery- XT60 (2 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$38.99

Radio

DJI FPV Remote Controller Mode2 (20 builds)
Newbeedrone.com
$299.00

Goggles

DJI FPV Goggles - Ultra Low Latency 720p 120FPS Digital HD (75 builds)
Newbeedrone.com
$529.00

Hardware

Vifly Finder 2 Buzzer - Lost Drone Finder/Locater/Alarm (65 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$12.99

Hardware

Analog FPV FatShark Module Adapter V2 for DJI Digital FPV Goggles
Racedayquads.com
$11.99

Misc Parts

M3 Black Steel 280 Piece Nut & Bolt Kit (2 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$9.99

Misc Parts

2 x SanDisk Extreme 32GB MicroSDHC UHS-3 Card - SDSQXAF-032G-GN6MA
Amazon.com
$18.94

Misc Parts

SummitLink 415 Pcs Black Assorted Heat Shrink Tube 10 Sizes Tubing Wrap Sleeve Set Combo (6 builds)
Amazon.com
$7.99

Misc Parts

BNTECHGO 12 Gauge Silicone Wire 3 ft red and 3 ft Black Flexible 12 AWG Stranded Copper Wire
Amazon.com
$6.98

Misc Parts

SYLVANIA - 3157 Long Life Miniature - Bulb, Ideal for Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and Back-Up/Reverse Lights (Contains 2 Bulbs)
Amazon.com
$5.25

Misc Parts

Ummagawd UMMAGRIP Universal Super Sticky Battery Pad (127 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$4.99

Misc Parts

Parachute Cord - Black 1/4in Para-Max
Paracordplanet.com
$4.99

Misc Parts

DJI FPV Goggles Foam Padding
Newbeedrone.com
$15.00

Misc Parts

XT60 Connector Male/Female Set - Choose Your ColorYellow (4 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$0.89

Misc Parts

M3 Stepped Washer (1PC) - Choose Your ColorPurple (6 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$0.19

Battery Charger

HOTA D6 Pro Dual Channel 325W 15A AC/DC Battery Charger w/ Wireless Cellphone Charging
Newbeedrone.com
$118.99

Soldering Iron

Hakkousa.com
Hakkousa.com
See Site

Tools

RDQ 9 Piece Drone Racing Tool Kit (8 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$19.99

Accessories

MG Chemicals 4140A-P Flux Remover Pen, 11.5mL,Clear
Amazon.com
$9.45

Accessories

Light Bulb Smoke Stopper - XT60
Racedayquads.com
$6.99

Accessories

Donegan DA-4 OptiVISOR Headband Magnifier, 2X Magnification Glass Lens Plate, 10" Focal Length
Amazon.com
$38.33

Accessories

Kaisi Heat Insulation Silicone Repair Mat with Scale Ruler and Screw Position for Soldering Iron, Phone and Computer Repair Size
Amazon.com
$26.99

Accessories

EDSYN The Original Deluxe SOLDAPULLT
Amazon.com
$19.99

Accessories

Kester 83-1000-0186 Mildly Activated Rosin Liquid Flux Pen for Lead-Bearing and Lead Free Alloy, 0.33 fl. oz.
Amazon.com
$10.00

Accessories

Hakkousa.com
Hakkousa.com
See Site

Misc Supplies

Gikfun C51 4 Bits Digital LED Electronic Soldering Clock Kits Electronic Practice Learning Board DIY Kit for Arduino EK1939
Amazon.com
$8.98

Misc Supplies

MG Chemicals #3 No Clean Super Wick Desoldering Braid, 0.075" Width x 5' Length, Green
Amazon.com
$6.89

Misc Supplies

TR Industrial Multi-Purpose UV Resistant Black Cable Ties, 4 inches, 100 Pack (3 builds)
Amazon.com
$4.99

Misc Supplies

Kester 24-6337-8800 50 Activated Rosin Cored Wire Solder Roll, 245 No-Clean, 63/37 Alloy, 0.031" Diameter
Amazon.com
$26.58
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wmjray   21 days ago  

Very nice. Question: are the props in view in the DJI at, say about 30 degrees?

alfred0809   23 days ago  

thats really good

Weenis   24 days ago  
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love the way the build came out! i have the same components sitting on the bench!! im just pending on a couple more pieces then building can begin. this build got me pumped!

TeamWolfFPV   24 days ago  

love my marmoutte. good luck if you can actually break it. quick note: you may want to zip tie your dji antennas to your arms ... they'll get mashed up otherwise.

GruvFPV   25 days ago  

great info. I am also building a simalar first build, this has been the best information ito compare. thank you.

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