Falcon 160 4"

By lazd on Mar 01, 2016

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Falcon 185's little sister is thinner, lighter, and seriously nimble. At 242g dry (no GoPro mount), 362g all up (4S 1000mAh), and 452g HD ready (4S 1000mAh and GoPro), she's light and built to race tight indoor courses.

I built this Falcon with a 25mm camera, and because I only had a TS5823 lying around, I opted to mount the antenna on the left side. Because I'm using a Dodo and don't need regulators on the PDB, the X4R has been hidden between the PDB and the FC, fitting just perfectly within the 5mm spacers. I used VHB on the top of the X4R to attach it to the Dodo, and a thin piece of tape on the bottom to prevent the components from shorting out against the PDB.

Because the camera had a top mount connector and my X4R was nestled below, I was able to use 30mm spacers instead of the usual 37mm and can still adjust the camera for different angles. I did also file down the bottom of the camera case a bit to help here.

For the HD camera mount, I used 5mm standoffs, 18mm screws, and a locknut in the rear, and 25m standoffs in the front. This yields a tilt of 45°. The FPV camera can be tilted closer to 50°, but I have it set at 45° to match the HD camera.

Falcon is available now at Multirotor Superstore and other preferred retailers!

Visit falconmultirotors.com for details, photos, build guides, and more!

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Part List

Frame

Falcon 160 (9 builds)
Fpvheadquarters.com
$69.99

Flight Controller

30 AMP Simonk 30A Brushless ESC firmware w / 5V 3A UBEC Quad Multirotor APM2 1G7 4894462326060 (68 builds)
Ebay.com
$3.62

ESCs

4 x 20A LittleBee ESC (24 builds)
Readytoflyquads.com
$44.00

Motors

4 x RCX H2205 (V3) 2950KV Multirotor Outrunner Brushless Motor (2 builds)
Myrcmart.com
$51.96

Propellers

2 Pairs Tri-blade DALprop T4045BN Bullnose Propellers for FPV Racing (5 builds)
Surveilzone.com
$1.50

FPV Camera

Foxeer HS1177 XAT600M DC5V-22V 600tvl Sony Super HAD CCD FPV Camera (71 builds)
Surveilzone.com
$14.99

FPV Transmitter

FPVHQ | Your FPV Headquarters (5 builds)
Fpvheadquarters.com
$14.99

Receiver

FrSky X4R-SB Receiver (19 builds)
Fpvheadquarters.com
$26.99

Power Distribution

CloverLeaf PDB Pro V5
Theflynoshop.com
$8.00

Radio

FrSky Taranis QX7S 2.4GHz RC Transmitter - Carbon or Blue (50 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$184.99

Goggles

Fat Shark Dominator HD3 Core FPV Goggles (70 builds)
Getfpv.com
$399.99

HD Camera

GoPro HERO6 Black (9 builds)
Getfpv.com
$399.99

HD Camera

GoPro HERO5 Session (196 builds)
Getfpv.com
$199.99

Video Receiver

ImmersionRC rapidFIRE w/ Analog PLUS Goggle Receiver Module (144 builds)
Getfpv.com
$149.99

Battery Charger

ISDT SC-608 150W 8A MINI Smart LCD Battery Balance Charger AU Warehouse (9 builds)
Banggood.com
$54.27

Soldering Iron

Weller WESD51 Digital Soldering Station
Amazon.com
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xekutr   Jul 06, 2016  

About to venture down the rabbit hole on one of these builds as well. What were your impressions of the 2205's? Still on the fence of 1806 2800kv's or something similar to what you've got picked out up there. Seems like the weight difference would be relatively minimal.

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xekutr   Jul 06, 2016 

I really appreciate the input and for keeping me level with the 1806's. It's hard to not want to go bigger, but with no benefits over the smaller motor, I see now there's no point on this frame. I had some Cobras on order for innov8, but fortunately there was a mistake and it was cancelled. I guess I'm eyeing up those paragons, or possibly even those dys 1806/3000kv's on those dal tri's. Other than dealing with reverse nyloks, I think these may be my best bet moving forward. What are your thoughts on fitting an rrosd where the included pdb is, as that was my plan, but I've yet to see how well it will/won't work! Thanks so much, I can't wait to have one of these frames in my possession!

lazd   Jul 06, 2016 
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Glad to help! RROSD will work, but nothing is cleaner than the included Cloverleaf PDB. However, the RROSD is going to give you current, readings which is sweet. You may need to use the included nylon nuts as spacers between the PDB and main plate since the RROSD has components on the bottom, but it should fit just fine.

xekutr   Jul 06, 2016 

Thank you sir, your feedback has been invaluable, I'm really glad I asked. And that Cloverleaf looks awesome, but like you said, the current readings was one of the main pulls towards the RROSD for me. I still plan on picking up some Pololu's just in case I change my mind and want to go for the cleaner route!

Whiffles   Mar 02, 2016  

So many variations of this frame. What are the advantages to each one?

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Whiffles   Mar 02, 2016 

How about this camera? It seems fairly small.

Whiffles   Mar 02, 2016 

Nope, looks like it won't fit, but somebody just posted a Goby and they used the Foxeer HS1177. He said it was a tight fit but he made it work.

lazd   Mar 03, 2016 

I'm sure the HS1177M would fit, but I wonder how you would mount it... Kind of a bummer they designed it around that expensive/mediocre Fatshark camera, it's a cool frame!

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