The Croaker (Another Frog Lite)

By KWADS_FTW on Aug 01, 2017

3  662  8

My first build!! It went surprisingly well and has survived its maiden. It flies great and is a large step up from my eachine wizard. As this was my first build, I probably should have gone with a frame that had more space in it but when I saw this frame, I just fell in love with it, and the removable arms make it even better.

Advice

Advice for others who want to build using these parts would be: If you want a stack of more than two boards, use shorter standoffs than the anti-vibration ones I used otherwise you will run out of space. Don't buy wire braiding if you have separate esc's and mounted them like I did, there is no room for it to make a difference(however it would certainly protect the wires of a 4in1). The motors don't come with motor screws and the frame doesn't come with any form of nylon standoff.

Weight

498g with lipo(a tattu 1300mah, the graphene weighs more) and props
334g without

Quick review of the parts

Frame:

It seems strong and I like how I can top mount the lipo. But it's really weird how the front and back arms are different, they don't fit against each other for extra strength and how the aluminium plates are the same on both sides(Edit: This is a fault and I have contacted banggood to see if they can send me new plates)

FC:

Fine

Motors:

OEM emax rs2205

ESC's:

Surprised that these aren't being used by more people since they are great value

Camera:

Just a simple hs1177

Props:

I love the cyclones

Photos

Part List

Frame

TransTEC Frog Lite 218mm Carbon Fiber 4mm Arm X Frame DIY Frame Kit RC Drone FPV Racing Multi Rotor (36 builds)
Banggood.com
$25.99

Flight Controller

Betaflight Raceflight 6DOF F4 STM32F405 1.2 Version Flight Controller
Banggood.com
$17.95

ESCs

4X DYS DS30A 30amp BLHeli_S 3-5S ESC BB2 Supports Dshot600 Dshot300 Dshot150 Oneshot42 for RC Drone FPV Racing (15 builds)
Banggood.com
$43.85

Motors

4X Emax RS2205-2300 2205 2300KV Racing Edition CW/CCW Motor For RC FPV Racing Drone (82 builds)
Banggood.com
$49.99

Propellers

CA$9.99 10% 10 Pairs Kingkong / LDARC 5040 5x4x3 3-Blade Single Color CW CCW Propellers for Racing Drone RC Parts from Toys (79 builds)
Banggood.com
$7.30

Propellers

KINGKONG/LDARC 5040 Propeller 10 Pairs For 220 QAV250 RC Drone FPV Racing Multi Rotor (10 builds)
Banggood.com
$4.45

Propellers

CA$4.17 2 Pairs Dalprop Cyclone T5046C 5046 5x4.6 CW CCW Propeller for RC Drone RC Parts from Toys Hobbies and Robot on ban (395 builds)
Banggood.com
$3.05

FPV Camera

600TVL 2.8mm Lens 1/3" 16:9 Super Had II CCD Camera IR Sensitive for FPV Racing Drone PAL/NTSC (30 builds)
Banggood.com
$16.47

FPV Transmitter

Eachine VTX03 Super Mini 5.8G 72CH 0/25mW/50mw/200mW Switchable FPV Transmitter (425 builds)
Banggood.com
$8.99

Receiver

Turnigy iA6C PPM/SBUS 8CH 2.4G AFHDS 2A Telemetry Receiver (60 builds)
Hobbyking.com
$10.84

Batteries

Turnigy Graphene 1300mAh 4S 65C Lipo Pack w/XT60 (112 builds)
Hobbyking.com
$20.99

Power Distribution

Matek Systems PDB-XT60 W/ BEC 5V & 12V 2oz Copper for RC Drone FPV Racing Multi Rotor (138 builds)
Banggood.com
$4.69

Misc Parts

6mm Snakeskin Net Braided Protection Rope for Brushless ESC 5M (3 builds)
Banggood.com
$4.07

Misc Parts

4 PCS Realacc M3*7+4.5 Flight Controller Anti-Vibration Fixed Screws for RC Drone FPV Racing (50 builds)
Banggood.com
$3.82

Misc Parts

4 PCS ESC Protective Case for DYS LittleBee 20A 30A ESC (11 builds)
Banggood.com
$2.50

Misc Parts

5PCS Banggood 220mm Battery Tie Down Strap for RC Drone (17 builds)
Banggood.com
$2.12

Misc Parts

4 PCS 3D Printed TPU Anti-vibration Pad in for 22xx Series Motor Black Purple Red (9 builds)
Banggood.com
$2.00
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The Quadfather   Feb 20, 2018  

How much did it weigh with everything on it?

beeb   Aug 01, 2017  
1

Interesting that you managed to mount the battery on top. I wanted to put the FPV and RX antennas on top so I can't do that, but it's a pain to put the strap at the bottom because, either it passes below my first board in the stack (the 4-in-1 ESC in my case), or I pass it through the external side of the slots but then I need a longer strap and it tugs on a thinner carbon section. Where did you put the FPV and RX antennas? I assume you kept the linear polarized one from the VTX03?

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KWADS_FTW   Aug 01, 2017 

I'll test and see if I like bottom mount more. I was lucky because graphenes have extra padding for protection. I haven't had any failsafes yet but if I do, I can change the mount.

beeb   Aug 01, 2017 
1

Be sure to protect the battery with the CF plate they gave you with the frame if you mount it at the bottom. Hard landings could also damage the battery. I put some anti-slip (rubber) sticker on the CF plate to have the battery not move. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/3cm-50cm-Anti-slip-silicone-rubber-plastic-bumper-damper-shock-absorber-3M-self-adhesive-non-slip/32627524691.html

KWADS_FTW   Aug 01, 2017 

Great idea, thanks!!

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