By Rotorenpilot on Nov 22, 2023

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Love this frame. Every time I see one I just think of it as the "perfect canvas". Also, the compact almost sandwich style profile makes me assume it has some pretty good flying characteristics.

Another thing about this build is that it's my first attempt to break into 6S... mainly just to see what everyone is talking about. I came up on some 6S batteries, fixing broken wires and balance leads for some friends, so why not do a quick build to fly them..?

I also made myself a model on the DRL simulator that closely models this setup and flying it in the simulator has been pretty fun

For some reason the parts took forever to get here, longer than usual, which is why I didn't build it faster, but the wait helped to make some decisions I noticed, as it gave me more time to think.

Just finished this baby today...but now it's raining, so I hovered it indoors... not optimal, but it'll do for now. Can't wait to take this out for a test flight.

One thing I noticed that's a bit strange...and perhaps also a reason why the cage design has changed and this older style is not that popular...the camera cage is very much "in-view".

So after flying the 4th pack on this rig I have some observations --> super nice and snappy rig, handles really well, nice hang time, very responsive, not really too "floaty", more of a "locked in" feel, but one thing that is lacking...I don't really get the whole 6S hype feel... feels very similar to 4S to me, maybe I just have to fly more to feel the difference.

Quick update on the 6S experience with this frame:
today I ripped a brand new 6S tatuu pack and it was just pure joy. Great power on the throttle punches, super nice hang time and over 8 minutes of flight time...the pack wasn't even empty yet, cells were at around 3.6 to 3.7... coulda probably went for another minute or two.

I did like the feel of 6S...not too sure I'll be switching my other rigs just yet, but I understand some of the appeal now.



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Jodie Froster   13 days ago  

What kv are your motors? Your build doesn't look heavy. The things that can make your quad not REALLY perform: bad batteries, low kv, or too much weight. If your packs are old, or they are frankenpacks, that's prolly what's up (just try a new pack, 1 flight will tell you, just borrow one). Otherwise, if it's NOT motor kv, you might have set your motor output too low?

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Jodie Froster   10 days ago 

Is it doing anything "funky" in the air? I find the current betaflight is amazing for 5" on the stock tune (typically). I came up in the early days of betaflight, so I understand tuning, if you post a clip, or a good description I can probably help?
I remember ~5 years ago watching LeDrib "moonwalk" HUGE areas in one pulse of the throttle, and seeing that I could be getting MUCH more thrust/acceleration. I went on a quest through motors, frames, props, and batteries to get to that level. It took a well built 6s rig for me to get there, but MOSTLY good batteries. I have gotten that same zip from 4s on 3" and 4", but for a 5" rig you have to buy expensive batteries to get that same zip (like, $40+ per battery) and 6s will do the same on a $20-$25 battery.

Rotorenpilot   10 days ago 

It's not really acting "funky", now that I tried the R-line pack it actually flies really thing that surprised me a lil is the 74 amps it supposedly pulled on a max, with an ESC rated for 60A, but considering that just to be on punches I guess it's fine. Motors were not hot, it flew responsive and since I'm still such an inexperienced pilot I pretty much just fly betaflight presets.
I also watch the LeDrib videos and loooove the hangtime he gets.
This quad has some pretty decent hangtime given my pretty limited skill.

I'll share a DVR video, just let me try to get something watchable this weekend...I just watched my recording from yesterday and it is kinda boring...and it underlines that I'm just a very inexperienced pilot.

Jodie Froster   3 days ago 

The amp rating is per corner, so your 60A is really rated to burst to 240amps total. I have a a few 5" rigs that hit 120-135amps at peak, and they will do that every flight for years, so hundreds of times

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