Featherlight 4" 4mm

By lazd on Aug 24, 2017

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Preorders are now open for Featherlight at PitchRollYaw! Buy the bundle and get the frame AT COST, or get the frame by itself at full price. All kits ship with 5 arms, and note that the final version has pressnuts instead of locknuts for easier arm changes!

4" is here to stay.

This build is literally insane. It's easily the fastest and most nimble quad I've flown, even with a GoPro on top of it. With 4mm arms and 2mm plates and a hilariously light all up weight under 250g with a 850mAh battery, or just under 280g with a 1000mAh battery, it takes a beating without breaking and handles like a rocket on rails. It's lighter than most 3" quads yet packs the punch of the fastest 4" motors and props on the market.

The combination of the BH 1407 motors and the V1S props makes it nimble, yet efficient, and the RunCam Micro Swift keeps the build light and the video quality high. I was able to put down a pretty intense 3 minute freestyle session with a GoPro on top on a 1000mAh pack. No sacrifices have to be made on this build to be light.

The XJB stack made this one of the easiest builds I've ever done. I hung it from the top plate instead of having it touch the arm screws, which means you need to unscrew 8 screws to get the top plate off, but also means it's very simple to change arms without disturbing the stack.

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Part List

Frame

Featherlight 4 Race Frame
Pitchrollyaw.net
$44.99

Flight Controller

FLIP 32 - F3 - OMNIBUS NANO v2 (27 builds)
Readytoflyquads.com
$25.99

ESCs

4 x EMAX D-SHOT Bullet Series 20A ESC (BLHELI_S) (16 builds)
Pitchrollyaw.net
$49.96

Motors

4 x Tornado T1 1407 3600kV (113 builds)
Pitchrollyaw.net
$63.96

Propellers

HQ 4x4.3x3 V1S (2CW+2CCW) PC **Choose Color** (18 builds)
Pirofliprc.com
$2.99

FPV Camera

RunCam Micro Swift (157 builds)
Pitchrollyaw.net
$29.99

FPV Transmitter

Eachine VTX03 Super Mini 5.8G 72CH 0/25mW/50mw/200mW Switchable FPV Transmitter (224 builds)
Banggood.com
$11.99

Receiver

FrSky Ultralight XM Receiver Up To 16CH (36 builds)
Banggood.com
$9.99

Batteries

Lumenier Graphene 1000mAh 4s 80c Lipo Battery (3 builds)
Getfpv.com
$22.99
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Minichado   8 days ago  

No photo of the gopro mount?

Frame look sick. I sold my 3" and only have some 2.5" and 5", but you might convince me to give 4" a try...

lazd   3 days ago 
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The GoPro Mount is up on Thingiverse: https://www.thingiverse.com/falconmultirotors/collections/featherlight

I'll get some pics posted of the mount on the frame soon!

Gee4zFPV   3 days ago  

This is awesome! I'm waiting for a CK-Lite-SR frame from Twin Quad Frames and can't wait for 4" freestyle adventures.

lazd   3 days ago 

Yeah! 4" freestyle is fun, it's less floaty, more nimble, and faster. It opens a lot of proximity options!

ukalele94   11 days ago  

Totally thinking of building this! Just wondering if a smaller angle for the FPV camera will make it almost impossible to fly due to props being in the middle of the view? Looks like if the angle is half of what it is it'll be looking straight into the props

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ukalele94   11 days ago 

Sick well if I can convince my wife to let me build a big quad I'm going with the featherlight 4! I love the style and how it can fly with that session on it. It's no 5" but it rips

ukalele94   9 days ago 

Just a question, is the 3600kv better than 3000kv on this build? On PYR they say use 3000kv for 4 inch

lazd   9 days ago 

I've been running 3600kV and it has tons of power for freestyle, but the best racers that fly 4" swear by 3000kV as 1000mAh batteries just can't keep up with long punchouts on 3600kV. So I'd go with 3000kV if you're racing or want more flight time, and 3600kV if you want an insanely powerful rig with lower flight times (2-2.5 minutes).

Jakezilla   11 days ago  

Any idea on when preorders will ship?

lazd   11 days ago 
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It's looking like the week of October 16th!

Jakezilla   18 days ago  

Thing is sick!! I wanted to order a bundle from PitchRollYaw, but I couldn't find any pictures of a completed build, so thanks for posting this one!

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Jakezilla   18 days ago 

I love the fact that you are doing that. Sorry for my ignorance, are you PRY? or are you Falcon Multirotors? Or are they one in the same?

lazd   18 days ago 

I am Falcon Multirotors, and we've partnered with PRY to sell Featherlight exclusively through them. We managed to make the numbers work and I'm stoked that we can offer it so cheap!

Jakezilla   18 days ago 
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Man, this is great! Thank you for contributing to the hobby and making things affordable. It really means a lot. I've been trying to plan out a build over the last couple of months, but between the costs and the rapid evolution, I couldn't bring myself to actually commit to anything. A coworker told me about the Featherlight today and I knew when I found the PRY bundle that it was a stellar performance/cost ratio. AND you have free 3D files up on Thingiverse! Text book case of 'doing it right' :)

OPIA   20 days ago  

That looks sick. The stack seems to be pretty tight though. Would an 4in1 esc fit with everthing else.

lazd   18 days ago 

You may be a little close on the battery strap, but yup, it'll fit! The bundle has an option to select the Ori or Cicada 25A 20x20mm.

Canarka   Sep 09, 2017  
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Im sacrificing 1 unborn child for every day I have to wait for the release of this frame. The blood is on your hands.

Canarka   Sep 20, 2017 

Do you realize how many days it's been? How do you not feel guilty!

Matttheblindbat   Sep 03, 2017  
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Absolutely love your build! I'm new to FPV Drone Racing, and Im planning for this to be my first build. What frames did you use exactly?

Thanks in advance!

lazd   Sep 07, 2017 
1

Hey Matt, I am FalconMultirotors.com, and this is a prototype of our latest frame, Featherlight. It's not available yet, but it will be soon!

Sickbirdz FPV   Aug 29, 2017  

I bet you can get it lighter(heck much lighter) with a HLRGC FC+4 in 1 esc.

lazd   Aug 29, 2017 

So I did the 5" with an AIO FC+4in1, and it is definitely light, but not a huge amount lighter. I could go either way, and the kits will ship with the hardware to build it either way as well.

moteasa   Aug 24, 2017  

so take this over the 5" version?

lazd   Aug 24, 2017 
1

They're definitely two totally different beasts and it all depends on the track and your flying style. I'd say take both and then decide ;)

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