Attitude Adjuster

By Burning North on Jul 30, 2017

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I thought I was done building micros after Momentary Lapse of Sanity proved so frustrating, but the Neato Pipsqueak that arrived in my mailbox this week was just too pretty to sit on a shelf.

Although this frame can support up to 1407 motors on 4S, that seems like too much weight to hang on such a lean, aggressive shape. There are some great 1106 options out there now, but most of them are meant for lightweight props and would probably overheat trying to spin these DYS XT3045S triblades. I think the RCX H1304 5000Kv motors on 3S are right in the sweet spot, plus the long version of the Tattu 450mAh 3S fits perfectly on the top plate.

The XJB-F425 stack was a breeze to install, and I was shocked at the available space inside the frame despite its organic shape. The Micro Swift mounting holes in the 3D-printed skirt are quite far back, so the frame is visible in FPV even with the 2.3mm lens. The camera's well-protected though, so it's not a bad tradeoff. I cut small notches in the bottom of the skirt to make room for the zipties securing the RX antennas, and replaced the VTX03 antenna with a slightly longer one that actually reaches outside the frame.

I really like this motor/prop combo on 3S. I'm sure it's not the fastest, but it has a lot of low-end punch, which is more important to me anyway. Did a quick hover test last night and nearly hit the ceiling. Only downside to the RCX motors is that they have the mounting holes of an 11xx but the C-clip of a 13xx, so I haven't found a soft mount yet that fits them without rubbing against the C-clip. If you know where I can find some, please let me know!

Did I mention that this frame is pretty as hell?

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perkeo   Aug 24, 2017  

Great build and detailed pictures! I like your choice of motors and propellers. I would be interested to know your average flight time with the Tattu 450mAh 3S. Thank you.

metropolis   Aug 04, 2017  

Damn nice build! Also, holy crap 3" builds are cheap compared to 5" hahaha. I wonder how much weight you could save by redoing the power leads? They look suuuuper long!

Currently   Jul 30, 2017  

That's some really cool body paneling.

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