Big blue chameleon

By jas101 on May 11, 2017

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This is a picture heavy build. I thought I'd show people how much work I put into all of my builds.

OH YEA, IF YOU'RE IN CANADA AND WANT ARMATTAN PARTS CHECK OUT SODSWITHQUADS. It's a Canadian armattan reseller, even when armattan is out of stock sods still has everything. PLUS 2 DAY SHIPPING IS ONLY 8 BUCKS CANADIAN if you live in Canada you know how big of a steal this is.

  1. The carbon itself is awesome armattan and shriek frames are know to have good carbon. However, unpacking the frame and running my finger across the edges I noticed carbon dust as well as rough edges. 40 minutes later all pieces were as smooth as a babies bottom. Every hole, or edge was sanded down. My philosophy behind a build is it should look good but still be practical and a quad should be something that feels good in the hand nothing should feel rough or sharp. Maintaining the quad should be easy all cables should be easily accessible and wires should be silicone.

  2. Soldering pdb. Simple and not complicated apply solder to board. Make sure to solder and put your nylon stand offs down before you peel the backing off the soft mount pdb foam. Trust me it's hard to peel off.

  3. Soldering esc's get a nice fat chisel tip and crank the heat up make sure to tin all wires. Also soaked the esc's in conformal coating. As I soldered I'd put them on the window sill and have a fan blowing at them. Hey can you really blame me it rains in vancouver all day. Even the esc's enjoy some sun.

  4. With the fc and esc's soldered up did a quick continuity check. Plugged in hoping I didn't mess up. Tun tun tun taaahhh success.

  5. With the hard part done mounting the receiver and cable management was next. At this point the build still looked a bit messy but after playing with the parts for a bit and deciding I wouldn't use the armattan method of mounting my vtx antenna I flipped the end piece around. Later on in the build I end up changing this as their method does work better.

  6. Cable management=success. At least I think so.

  7. Putting the frame together. If you've been paying attention so far you'll notice that as the build progresses my desk gets dirtier. Lucky me forgot to order the vtx and runcam and now have to wait for everything to arrive. This then makes it easy for me to lose stuff. So I decided finding m2 bolts in Canada is hard to do. Put the frame together and tried something new with the antennas. Now just waiting on vtx and can which should be here in 1-3 days.

  8. Mounting the vtx, I love the tramp hv and now that v2 is 6s capable I doubt there are many vtx's that can do everything this thing can and maintain that small form factor. Originally I planned to place the vtx and antenna and use a zip tie to keep the vtx down. I tried many different ways but unfortunately the deck on the chameleon is far to low to use zip ties and mount it. But a small tip for anyone mounting antennas using the tramp. If you're mounting the antenna use the included rubber rings when tightened enough it stop the vtx sma proven from loosening overtime or even from loosening if you really crank down on the nut.


Part List


5 Inch Chameleon Frame with PDB and XT60 (163 builds)

Flight Controller

KISS FC - 32bit Flight Controller V1.03 (179 builds)


KISS ESC 2-5S 24A race edition - 32bit brushless motor ctrl (122 builds)


4 x BrotherHobby Tornado T2 2206 2300KV Racing Edition Motor (5 builds)

FPV Camera

RunCam Swift 2 (200 builds)

FPV Transmitter

Immersion Tramp HV Video transmitter V2 (141 builds)


Pagoda-2 Omni Antenna LHCP Kit (6 builds)


FrSKY Naked X4R-SB Receiver (19 builds)

Power Distribution

Mini PDB V3
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enrbgill   Oct 24, 2017  

How's the Tramp treating you? Can't decide between that or the Unify Pro!

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