My 2023 freestyle frame - Firefly

By SlightlyScratchedCorolla on Jan 20, 2023

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Specs:
-236mm wheelbase True X
-127g
-5.5mm arm
-fit 5.5 prop
-20x20/30x30 stack mounting options, 20x20/25.5x25.5 vtx mounting options
-up to 20mm camera
-unique stack plate design
-titanium reinforcement

It’s been a while since I came up with another frame. My last freestyle frame Hex was good to me, but I’ve been dabbing with struts too much, and wanted something more traditional, a design that focus on refinement rather than anything groundbreaking (in all honesty there isn’t anything groundbreaking worthy design in the realm of 5-inch freestyle frames these days).

Entering Firefly. The main objective for this frame is the balance of: simplicity, prop compatibility, ease of maintenance, efficient use of space, and DIY fun.

With the minimum four-standoff configuration, Firefly maintains rigidity with a strong core: a bottom plate, wide spine, 2.5mm mid plate with minimum cutouts, and a stack plate that provides an extra layer of torsional rigidity. The front camera cage also provides lightweight stiffness to the overall structure (nothing new here.)

I’ve always considered props being the most fun part of a freestyle quad. Whether it’s the nimbleness of 4.8, balance of 5.1, cruising speed of 5.2/5.5, Firefly can do them all, in a 127g package.

I took a page from HaloRC Archon’s GoPro mount, remove four screws, the top plate can be lifted like a car hood. The stack plate allows pilots to swap out a mid plate without tearing the stack apart, or swap out a stack without lifting the top plate.

Some may dislike the comparatively small space for electronics, but I don’t see a point for a lot of shenanigan parts in a freestyle rig, and made the space just enough for all the common stacks and a vtx. The shortened body really helps the overall durability and centralize the mass.

Finally, the frame comes with a titanium chin plate and boasts a titanium bottom plate upgrade option, all can be anodized colors and no two firefly can be the same.

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Eill   4 days ago  

Goodjob! I like True X!

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