Falcon 160 // Street Edition

By Clutzz on Mar 10, 2016

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This is the 4" Falcon 160mm, an X-frame collab by Michael Morin and LAZD, meant to be a Shrike-killer.

Phenomenal frame and a fun build, I used vinyl auto wrap to give the pattern, and oil-based paint pen for the carbon fiber edges.

FULL BUILD VIDEO:

Photos

Part List

Flight Controller

MINI NAZE32 ACRO Flight Controller 32bit STM32 Processor PWM PPM RC Input for FPV Multicopter
Banggood.com
$19.89

ESCs

4 x 20A NakedBee ESC (4 builds)
Readytoflyquads.com
$36.00

Motors

4 x Cobra CM-2204/28 Multirotor Motor, Kv=2300
Twistedquads.com
$95.96

FPV Camera

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

FPV Transmitter

SkyZone TS5823 5.8GHz 32CH A/V 200mW Mini FPV Transmitter (v2) (13 builds)
Hobbyking.com
$19.68

Power Distribution

CloverLeaf PDB Pro V5
Theflynoshop.com
$8.00

Power Distribution

Pololu 12V, 600mA Step-Down Voltage Regulator D24V6F12 (3 builds)
Pololu.com
$5.95

Power Distribution

Pololu 5V, 600mA Step-Down Voltage Regulator D24V6F5 (4 builds)
Pololu.com
$5.95

HD Camera

RunCam 2 (7 builds)
Shop.runcam.com
$99.00
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aliimam   Mar 12, 2016  
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Would you suggest this or the tweaker frame as a second build? I read a lot of complaints about chopping power wires and antennae on this style frame

Clutzz   Mar 12, 2016 

You'll only be choppin wires if you build it that way :p

The Tweaker is going to be an easier build than an X since you have more room for components but the Falcon was quite simple for an X. You can probably judge your build skill best, if you're comfortable shortening wires then the Falcon should be simple.

I posted a build video for the 160, check it out. The 185 is only easier.

lazd   Mar 15, 2016 

The way I have my antennas configured on my builds, you'd have to chop my GoPro also :)

As far as power wire, the included PDB includes zip tie slots so you can tie your XT60 pigtail down, and if you keep the pigtail very short (1 inch or so), you won't fine yourself chopping battery wires either. You can always give the battery wire a couple twists before you plug it in if it's one of those packs that has super long leads, that'll keep it away from the props.

aliimam   Mar 12, 2016  

Great build. Is this the same Style/kit as the upcoming falcon 185? I'm already plotting my next build and this might be it

Clutzz   Mar 12, 2016 

Thanks!
Yes! This is the 160mm, 4" version of the upcoming Falcon frame, and it's awesome. It's a breeze to build and maintain, and the PDB was really well thought-out.

Crazy fast with the DAL tri-blade V2.

lazd   Mar 15, 2016 

The hardware for the 160 and the 185 are the same, and you can build them 3 different ways. This is the 17mm camera build style with the fixed HD and FPV camera angle. You can also build it in the 25mm camera style with adjustable FPV camera angle, like I built my 160: http://rotorbuilds.com/build/392

Clutzz   Mar 11, 2016  

FULL BUILD VIDEO:

Whiffles   Mar 11, 2016  

Great build video! How long did it take you to put together?

Clutzz   Mar 11, 2016 

Just about 5 hours total, probably a little more for setup.

Thanks! I'll post the full video

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