Firefly

By UnderDawg on Apr 09, 2017

29  1,867  14

I was looking for a 3'' frame the I could try a few new thing with. The only requirements being, lightweight, fit a 20mm X 20mm board and use a full size cam. This frame had more than enough room and still allowed me to drop the top 5mm.

Photos

Part List

Frame

iFlight iX3 V2 140mm FPV Frame 4mm Main Plate Racing Quadcopter Kit Carbon Fiber Suit for 1306-1606 Brushless Motor HS1177 RunCa (6 builds)
Amazon.com
$23.99

Flight Controller

6.5g 20x20mm XJB V1 6DOF Micro F3 EVO Flight Control AIO 5V BEC PDB with XR25A 25A F396 2-6S 4 In 1 ESC (2 builds)
Banggood.com
$45.99

Motors

2 x DYS BX1306 1306 4000KV CW/CCW Brushless Motor for Multicopter (21 builds)
Banggood.com
$43.78

Propellers

1 Pair DYS 3045 3 Inch 3 Blade Propeller Triblade Bullnose Prop Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Purple (34 builds)
Banggood.com
$1.39

FPV Camera

RunCam Swift Mini FPV Camera 2.3mm Lens FOV 150 600TVL OSD DC 5-36V CCD NTSC IR Blocked with Mount for Racing Drone Quadcopter (
Amazon.com
$34.99

FPV Transmitter

Eachine VTX03 Super Mini 5.8G 72CH 0/25mW/50mw/200mW Switchable FPV Transmitter (426 builds)
Banggood.com
$12.22

Antenna

7cm 2.5dBi-3dBi 5.8G 4-Leaf RHCP Micro Clover Antenna IPX UFL For Mini FPV VTX
Ebay.com
$8.99

Receiver

2.4G 8CH Compatible Receiver for Futaba T6J T8J T10J T14SG S-FHSS S-SBUS (14 builds)
Banggood.com
$23.43

Batteries

Turnigy nano-tech 850mAh 4S 45~90C Lipo Pack
Hobbyking.com
$14.88

Radio

FrSky ACCST Taranis Q X7 2.4GHz 16CH Mode 2 Transmitter Blue Orange for RC FPV Racing Drone (200 builds)
Banggood.com
$116.15

HD Camera

Caddx Turtle V2 Mini/Micro FPV Camera / HD DVR 1080P 60 FPS Recorder - Choose Your Color (51 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$64.99

HD Camera

Adorama
Adorama.com
$54.99

HD Camera

GoPro Hero5 Session (197 builds)
Amazon.com
$305.57

HD Camera

GoPro HERO5 Session (197 builds)
Getfpv.com
$199.99

HD Camera

Quelima SQ12 Mini 1080P FHD DVR Camera 155 Degree FOV Loop-cycle Recording Night Vision (8 builds)
Banggood.com
$16.47

Misc Parts

550 Paracord Mil Spec Type III 7 strand parachute cord 10,25,50,100 ft (2 builds)
Ebay.com
$5.16

Misc Parts

Suleve™ M3AS7 10Pcs M3x30mm Knurled Standoff Bolt Aluminum Alloy 6061 Multicolours (4 builds)
Banggood.com
$3.89

Misc Parts

WraptorSkinz Vinyl Craft Cutter Designer 12x12 Sheets Open Fire - 2 Pack
Amazon.com
$11.95
Show stores (7)

Discussion

Sign in to comment

Philo777   Sep 03, 2018  

Can you build one for me with one of these little bad boys on it- HGLRC UBLOX M8N GPS ?

UnderDawg   Sep 03, 2018 

I'm sure I could as long as you're not in a hurry... This is a bussy time of the year of me.

UnderDawg   Oct 22, 2017  

With a little down time between builds I decided to upgrade a few of my quads. I started with putting the little IX3 on a diet.
The first thing was get rid of the larger and heavier Futaba receiver. The XM+ saves about 3 grams and makes a much cleaner build. I then dropped the top even more to 28mm and added a Storm Moby 3 inch TPU camera mount ( fit like a glove ) is not only looks better, but saves a few G's and allows more camera tilt. Forever Tubes were then added to the back to finish off the changes.
All in all I was able to shave off another 10 grams ( AUW 233g 's ) and clean up this little gem of a quad .

sp00f FPV   Aug 17, 2017  

Does this frame fit 30mm fc? Like the dys f4

UnderDawg   Aug 17, 2017 

Yes it does. It fits both 20x20mm and 30x30mm boards.

Charles Hidalgo   Apr 13, 2017  
1

Beautiful!

Bama3Dr   Jun 28, 2017 

Agreed. The snake skin (I'm guessing) theme is awesome!

BenVorFun   Apr 12, 2017  

Can fit in this build a TBS powercube ?

UnderDawg   Apr 12, 2017 

I don't see why not. you have 35mm between bottom and top plate and the mounting for the board is 20x20 or for the standard 30x30.

CesiumSalami   Apr 12, 2017  

Is the runcam taped in there? I have this frame and am planning to put the runcam mini on there but can't tell of the pre-drilled holes will work :/

UnderDawg   Apr 12, 2017 

Yes, I taped it in using 30lb double sided tape as the pre-drilled holes didn't line up.

triki   Apr 11, 2017  

Great job !
What flight times are you looking at with that baby ?

UnderDawg   Apr 11, 2017 

Thanks! I haven't had a chance to get out with my box of props and batteries yet, but I'm looking to be in the 6 minute range with 850 mAh 3 and 4s batteries.

Whiffles   Apr 09, 2017  
1

Nice job! The color coordination is great and it came in at a pretty reasonable price.

Guides & Reviews

22 5,301  24
Nov 30, 2019

In late 2019 DJI made inroads into the FPV scene with their remarkable low-latency digital system. It gave us a 720p video feed with latency on-par with the status quo, analog video. Traditionally we've used analog video systems for low-latency video, but the video quality is far from ideal. It's a trade-off we've been willing to accept for the control. Now we've got the best of both worlds and what..

Read more
3 4,776  13
Sep 18, 2019

When the FatShark HDOs hit the market in 2018 the FPV community rejoiced for the new Sony OLED displays. While they lacked further upgrades like an updated DVR and power button they were still a market success. With the 2019 announcement of the Orqa FPV.One the community finally had a potential HDO killer on the horizon. With only weeks before the release of the Orqa FPV.One Skyzone came out of left..

Read more