Tadpole HD 3

By Flip_FPV on Jun 21, 2022

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This is my current go-to micro ripper. It flies great and is very quiet and also very durable. I was concerned that the bottom plate is only 2.5mm instead of 3mm but so far it's been holding up to a lot of abuse and crashing, even on pavement. It has enough room to fit everything comfortably so building is a lot easier than with some micros. I had to rotate the FC so the power leads come out the front because there wasn't enough room between the FC and Vista with it in standard orientation but that wasn't a problem.

The antenna mount that comes in the kit is pretty much useless, at least for the Vista antenna, so I designed a 3D printed holder that fits between the aluminum supports in the rear and it works great. Also made a holder for the capacitor and beeper that weighs basically nothing. I'll be posting. The 3D prints are linked below.

The weight is crucial on these micro builds if you want it to fly well and not be a nightmare to tune or fly like a brick. This one comes in at about 120g dry weight. The tattu 550mah 95c has been great for this build and is fairly light but packs a good punch.

I went with the newer Xing2 1404 4600kv motors on this and they're very good and very pretty too, like shiny jewelry or something haha, BUT they're flat on the top and wide so they won't fit one of my favorite props, the Emax Avan 3x2.4x3. I've already killed one of these motors and replaced it with a Xing camo 1404 4600kv, which is what I've used on several other micros and love those motors, and they fit the Avan props, so I'll probably just stick with those going forward. The HQ props are not bad and are way more durable, there's just something special about the Avans.

Here's a flight video

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