Armattan Gecko 3 Shark Byte

By optikool on Aug 31, 2021

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My next Armattan Gecko 3 Shark Byte build. I was lucky enough to fix the HolyBro Kakute F7 Mini FC/ESC I had originally planned to put in my 4 inch Gecko. Turned out to be bent pins on the FC causing the ESC to not power the FC when the battery is connected. I designed a new TX5S.1 holder for this build, but it's a 20x20 stack mount, so should fit anywhere you can mount 20x20. I went with the T-Motor 2203.5 motors, because I have become a fan of them on my 4 inch Gecko, and wanted to see what power they could bring to a 3 inch Gecko. I redesigned the original Gecko 3 antenna holder to be similar, but lighter then the 4 inch version. I still need to replace the original cable that came with the camera, and I'm hoping the HDZero MIPI Cable 40mm will be compatible. I'm also debating if I want to put ducts on the props, just for fun. It took me a week, but I was able to designed some 76mm ducts, which I'm testing on my other 3 inch Gecko, probably design some 90mm ducts for the 4 inch later. All in all I'm happy with this build and I'm hoping to take it out for it's maiden flight this weekend.

1/4/2022 - Upgraded Camera and VTX and designed an HDZero Race v2 mount to get rid of the noise coming from the front motor wires into the video feed. Still haven't had a chance to take it out yet because of weather. But if anybody is looking to see how the T-Motor 2203.5 motors handle on this quad, pretty amazing by the way, I upgraded my other Gecko 3 build with the same motors and you can see that video here... https://rotorbuilds.com/build/25974.

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Part List

Frame

Armattan Gecko 3" Frame (2 builds)
Pyrodrone.com
$71.50

Flight Controller

HolyBro Kakute F7 Mini V3 Tekko32 F3 45A 20*20 Stack (2 builds)
Pyrodrone.com
$85.00

Motors

4 x T-Motor F2203.5 - 2850KV Motor (9 builds)
Pyrodrone.com
$79.60

Propellers

GemFan Flash 3052-3 (2CCW-2CCW) Choose Color (13 builds)
Pyrodrone.com
$2.99

FPV Camera

Foxeer Digisight V3 720p 60fps Sharkbyte and HDZero FPV Camera (No MIPI Cable) (2 builds)
Newbeedrone.com
$52.99

FPV Camera

Foxeer Digisight 2 Nano 720P Digital/Analog 4ms Latency Super WDR FPV Camera (9 builds)
Pyrodrone.com
$49.90

FPV Transmitter

HDZero Race V2 HD Video Transmitter By Divimath (8 builds)
Pyrodrone.com
$69.99

FPV Transmitter

Fatshark SharkByte TX5S.1 Video Transmitter (8 builds)
Pyrodrone.com
$50.00

Antenna

TBS CROSSFIRE IMMORTAL T V2 ANTENNA (126 builds)
Pyrodrone.com
$5.95

Antenna

Lumenier AXII 2 Stubby 5.8GHz Antenna (RHCP) (8 builds)
Pyrodrone.com
$19.99

Receiver

TBS Crossfire Nano RX FPV LONG RANGE DRONE RECEIVER (1334 builds)
Pyrodrone.com
$24.95

Batteries

Tattu R-Line 850mAh 14.8V 95C 4S1P Lipo Battery Pack with XT60 Plug (11 builds)
Pyrodrone.com
$19.99

Radio

RadioMaster TX16S MKII MAX Joshua Bardwell Edition EdgeTX RC Transmitter w/ V4.0 Hall Gimbals - ELRS
Pyrodrone.com
$249.00

Goggles

Fatshark Dominator HDO 2 OLED FPV Goggles (63 builds)
Pyrodrone.com
$499.00

3D Printed

Armattan Gecko SMA with Immortal T V2 by optikool (2 builds)
Thingiverse.com
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3D Printed

Armattan Gecko Arm Guard by optikool
Thingiverse.com
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3D Printed

Armattan Gecko 3 Foot by optikool
Thingiverse.com
See Site

3D Printed

Armattan Gecko 3 Prop Strike Guard by optikool
Thingiverse.com
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3D Printed

Armattan Gecko GoPro session 5 with ND filter by Rfikus (4 builds)
Thingiverse.com
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3D Printed

Armattan Gecko 3" - Front Protector by Sike1992 (6 builds)
Thingiverse.com
See Site

3D Printed

Shark Byte TX5S1 Holder 20x20 by optikool
Thingiverse.com
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3D Printed

HDZero TX5R1 Holder 20x20 by optikool
Thingiverse.com
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HD Camera

GoPro HERO8 Black - Waterproof Action Camera with Touch Screen 4K Ultra HD Video 12MP Photos 1080p Live Streaming Stabilization (30 builds)
Amazon.com
$299.96

HD Camera

GoPro HERO5 Session (300 builds)
Getfpv.com
$199.99

Hardware

2PCS RF U.FL(IPEX/IPX) Mini PCI to SMA Female Connector Pigtail Antenna Wi-Fi Coaxial Cable RG178 10cm (SMA Female(No pin))
Amazon.com
$6.99

Hardware

WaFL’s XT60 Cap Cap (Set of 3) (5 builds)
Pyrodrone.com
$4.99

Misc Parts

Panasonic FM 1000uF 35v Low-ESR Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitors - Leaded, 20% Tolerance, 7000 Hours @ 105C, 12.50mm X 20.00mm ( (3 builds)
Amazon.com
$6.58

Video Receiver

Fat Shark Shark Byte RX5.1 Receiver Module (2 builds)
Getfpv.com
$149.99

Radio Module

NAMIMNO ELRS 2.4GHz Flash Micro TX Module
Pyrodrone.com
$49.99

Radio Module

TBS Crossfire TX LITE - Long Range R/C Transmitter (33 builds)
Team-blacksheep.com
$149.95

Accessories

TBS Diamond Antenna (37 builds)
Getfpv.com
$24.95

Misc Supplies

MG Chemicals 422B Silicone Modified Conformal Coating, 55mL Glass Bottle with Brushes, Clear (22 builds)
Amazon.com
$19.42

Misc Supplies

HOTA D6 PRO Dual Charger AC200W/DC650W 15A w/ Wireless Cellphone Charging (9 builds)
Pyrodrone.com
$118.00
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Discussion

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Isomorphic   Sep 06, 2021  

The motors look crazy big on this build. Whats your AUW w/o session and mount? Flight times and how does she fly? Cool looking build, I like it!.

optikool   Sep 08, 2021 

It's about 220g without the mount. I meant to take it out today for a maiden flight but didn't have the time. I'll be testing out my other Gecko 3 as well as one of my Gecko 4 builds with newly designed ducts to see how they fair as cinewhoops. I'll most likely take her out then and post some videos.

feej   Nov 24, 2021 
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Did you get to maiden her? I'm also curious about the AUW/lipos/flight times.

I'd like to try shark byte on my Apex 4 but it's pushing 350g with 2004 motors and an SMO 4K (30g), and feels a little sluggish. Not sure another 10-15g ish is a good idea :-D

Beautiful looking build in any case, love it!

optikool   Nov 26, 2021 

No, I still haven't had a chance to take it out. I had some video issues with the video feed a while back and pretty much put it on the shelf till I could get a new camera. Waiting on either my Digisight 3 or HDZero cameras to come in. But once I do, I'll post video. :D

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