Thrive Supernova - Strange light UFO ImpulseRC Micro APEX 3" sub-250

By MamaJOE on Jan 17, 2023

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The story behind the build

This is the evolution of my Flugturm S2 Build.
The originally goal was to put all the 5" features in a 3" build...but I realized that I missed one important point: crash-resistance
So it was bound to happen and I destroyed the Flugturm S2.
First I build it 4S, then I modified it to 6S and at the end I made it 4S again, taking in account the experiences I made meanwhile.

For the impatient among you...I think it's a great flying quad and take a look on it's special feature (tech-nerds my read the rest below):

Choice of components

I took the chance and tried to make it better this time to achieve I chose the Micro APEX frame.
The took the other components mainly from the Flugturm S2 but I prepared it for 6S and added some racewires LEDs.
For the camera I changed to a Nebula Pro Nano, what turned out to be a step backwards, later.
Version 1: 4S with Nebula Pro Nano and racewires LEDs
Version 2: 6S with Nebula Pro Nano and "Polar" LED-setup (LEDs on top)
Version 3: 4S with Polar starlight and "Supernova" LED-Setup (LEDs on top and bottom)
(Photos are sorted in order V1 to V3)

Why from 4S to 6S and back to 4S?
First I tought it would be fine to be sub-250, then I thought 6S would be fine...and it was. But the flight time was to short and for me a 3" build should just be sub-250. So I switched back to 4S but changed the Camera to a micro size to fullfill my specification to have all the 5" tech in this build -> a real Thrive inch
To make it a bit special I added this insane bright TBS LEDs on top and bottom of the arms and I love the result!
But you can turn them off with a push-button for "normal" flying.

Building

The build was straightforward, but the modifications took their time.
The biggest challenge was to get the weight under 250 g.
In fact I feeled like a drugdealer, hunting every tenth of a gram on the scale...

Flight quality

The flight quality after tuning is great. It feels very direct and truly some kind of "digital", but I like this.
The 6S build was crazy fast, but for freestyle I prefer the 4S setup.

Data

4S "Supernova" Setup

Weight with props: 169 g
AUW with 4S 650 mAh: 247 g
Flight time (650 mAh): approx. 3:30 to 5:00
v_max: 140km/h (straight flight, with constant altitude, 3025-3 props)

6S "Polar" Setup

Weight with props: 188 g
AUW with 6S 650 mAh: 301 g
Flight time (650 mAh): approx. 2:30 to 4:00
v_max: 180km/h (straight flight, with constant altitude, 3030-3 props)

Photos

Part List

Frame

ImpulseRC Micro Apex 3" Frame Kit (8 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$53.99

Flight Controller

iFlight SucceX-D Mini F7 TwinG Stack - Mini F7 + 45A ESC
Copterfarm.de
See Site

Motors

4 x iFlight Xing2 1404 4600Kv Micro Motor (8 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$63.96

Motors

4 x T-Motor F1408 - 2800KV
Drone-fpv-racer.com
See Site

Propellers

HQ Prop T3x3x3 PC Durable Tri-Blade 3" Prop 4 Pack (3 Hole) - Choose Your Color (20 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$2.29

Propellers

HQProp Durable Prop T3X2.5X3 Grau T3X2.5X3GR-PC (4 Stk.) (2 builds)
Rctech.de
See Site

FPV Camera

Caddx Nebula Pro Polar Nano Vista, Kit d'unité aérienne HD FPV, système CaddxFPV pour lunettes DJI V2 (7 builds)
Fr.aliexpress.com
$160.61

FPV Camera

Caddx Polar Vista Kit Starlight - DJI Digital HD FPV System (6 builds)
Newbeedrone.com
$139.99

FPV Camera

CaddxFPV Camera Accessories OSD menu board(2pcs)
Caddxfpv.com
See Site

Antenna

TBS Triumph Pro (LHCP SMA) Long Range (5 builds)
Team-blacksheep.com
$19.95

Antenna

Polar Antenna for Vista (22 builds)
Caddxfpv.com
See Site

Receiver

MiniMortal T V2 for Crossfire - manufactured by TBS (28 builds)
Fpvcycle.com
$3.99

Receiver

TBS Crossfire Nano Rx - FPV LONG RANGE DRONE RECEIVER (1372 builds)
Team-blacksheep.com
$24.95

Batteries

Tattu R-Line 650mAh 4S 95C Lipo XT30 (3 builds)
Rotorvillage.ca
$22.99

Batteries

Tattu R-Line 650mAh 22.2V 95C 6S1P Lipo Battery Pack with XT30 Plug (7 builds)
Pyrodrone.com
$22.29

Power Distribution

Fettec Spike Absorber - Unmanned Tech UK FPV Shop (10 builds)
Unmannedtechshop.co.uk
See Site

Power Distribution

Replacement for 6 pcs Panasonic FR Series Capacitor 25V 1000uf Ultra Low ESR (5 builds)
Amazon.com
$10.99

Power Distribution

Microschalter (einrastend) an/aus Clicky Button 112D Arduino DIY Elektronik
Ebay.com
See Site

Radio

RadioMaster TX16S Multi-Protocol RF Module OpenTX 2.4GHz RC Transmitter w/ V3 Hall Gimbals (86 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$199.99

Radio

21700 5000mAh Battery for TX16S
Radiomasterrc.com
See Site

Goggles

URUAV V2 3 in 1 Dust-proof Shading Sheet Protective Lens Cover for DJI Digital FPV Googles
Uruav.com
$7.55

Goggles

DJI Digital HD FPV Goggles (128 builds)
Getfpv.com
$529.00

Goggles

iFlight Crystal HD Patch 5.8GHz RP-SMA Antenna for DJI - LHCP - Choose Your Design (4 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$44.99

Goggles

2 x Double Quad RX Black Edition LHCP RP-SMA male speziell fr DJI HD FPV System (2 builds)
Antennenfreund.de
See Site

Goggles

CNHL 18650 DLG 4S1P 3200mAh 14.8V 3C Li-ion Long Range Pack XT60 Plug
Chinahobbyline.com
$22.99

Goggles

Replacement DJI FPV Goggles Sponge Foam Padding
Shop.iflight-rc.com
$11.99

Hardware

DIN 912 M3 Titan schraube M3x3 M3x4 M3x5 M3x6 M3x10 M3x12 M3x14 M3x16 M3x20 M3x25 M3x30 M3x30 Buchse kopf Hex 2,5 fahrer Ti GR2
De.aliexpress.com
$2.68

Hardware

Taste Kopf M2 Titan schrauben M2x3 M2x4 M2x5 M2x6 M2x7 M2x8 M2x10 M2x12 M2x14 M2x16 M2x18 M2x20 Hex Fahrer Ti GR2 QCTI Schraube (5 builds)
De.aliexpress.com
$2.64

Misc Parts

TinysLEDs RGB RaceLiteWire Mini LED (4pcs)
Team-blacksheep.com
$7.16

Misc Parts

CopterFarm Super Sticky Cow Tongue Pad Batterie LiPo (7 builds)
Copterfarm.de
See Site

Misc Parts

Matek Lost Model Beeper & FPV FC 5V Loud Buzzer (34 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$5.49

Misc Parts

Plasti Dip Liquid Electrical Tape schwarz 118ml 4oz black (9 builds)
Plastidip-sale.com
$13.95

Misc Parts

TinysLEDs 3-6s (5pcs) - WHITE
Team-blacksheep.com
$10.00

Radio Module

TBS Crossfire Micro TX V2 (43 builds)
Getfpv.com
See Site

Battery Charger

2 x Power Genius SAFE Parallel board XT30 and XT60 2S to 6S with Fuse Protection (3 builds)
Pyrodrone.com
$19.98

Battery Charger

3 x BAT-Safe LiPo Tresor sicheres Laden und Aufbewahren der Akkus
Amazon.de
See Site

Battery Charger

ISDT PC-4860 Lipo Ladegerät Parallel Ladestation Unterstützung 4 Packs von 1-8S XT60 RC LiPo Akku
Amazon.de
See Site

Battery Charger

HGLRC Thor Lipo Battery Balance Charger Board Pro 40A XT60 XT30 Plug 2-6S Integrated with Lipo Discharger for IMAX B6 ISDT Q6 Na
Hglrc.com
$29.99

Battery Charger

2 x Amacoam 2 Stück Lipo Batterie Sicherer Beutel Feuerfeste Explosionsschutz Lipo Battery Guard Tasche Sack Gebühren Schutz Tasch
Amazon.de
See Site

Soldering Iron

Tilswall Soldering Station, 65W Solder Station Welding Iron with Smart Temperature Control (392°F-896°F), Extra 5pcs Sol (2 builds)
Amazon.de
See Site

Soldering Iron

K2 Air - ISDT
Isdt.co
See Site

Backpack

Skyreat Hard Carrying Case for DJI FPV V2 Goggles
Getfpv.com
$19.99

Backpack

Tarion Pro PB-01 Professional Camera Backpack
Tarion.eu
$149.99

Accessories

ETHIX Heated Deluxe Lipo Bag V2
Team-blacksheep.com
$64.95

Accessories

Kesser® Campingstuhl faltbar klappbar tragbar Angel Stuhl Camping Stuhl Faltstuhl bis 120 kg Strandstuhl Angelstuhl Klapphocker
Amazon.de
See Site

Misc Supplies

Bier – Wikipedia
De.wikipedia.org
See Site
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