Ugly Duckling

By Carbon_Rob on Sep 07, 2017

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It's not pretty, or light, but it's fast. Not just full throttle punch-out fast, but fast around the track. Yes the motors are way too heavy for the skinny floss arms, but I've got spares. Yes the motors pull 160 amps at full throttle, but if you can manage the throttle, the efficiency isn't bad. On the bench they make 700g of thrust while only pulling 13.3 amps with cyclone 5046, which is pretty amazing actually.

Betaflight 3.2's dynamic filter is amazing. If you haven't tried it, you should. I am able to remove all the notch filters on most of my quads when I update to 3.2 rc4. The feel in air is great, and paired with the top mount battery, this is quickly becoming my favorite race quad.


Part List


HyperLite Floss "2" (Choose Arm Length ) (46 builds)

Flight Controller

BetaflightF3 Flight Controller (134 builds)


DYS F30A 4in1 ESC (74 builds)


4 x DYS Thor 2500KV Brushless motor (CW)


DAL 5x4.6 - 3 Blade, Orange Cyclone Propeller - T5046C (Set of 4) (396 builds)

FPV Camera

Foxeer Arrow Mini HS1200 FPV Camera - Blue

FPV Transmitter

TBS UNIFY PRO 5G8 HV - RACE (SMA) (542 builds)


TBS TRIUMPH (2PCS) RP-SMA Version (58 builds)


FrSky XM+ SBUS Mini Receiver (1368 builds)

Misc Parts

10CM SMA Pigtail W/UFL Connector (15 builds)
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@variantworkshop   Sep 08, 2017  

I'm into the colors.

Carbon_Rob   Sep 08, 2017 


UnderDawg   Sep 07, 2017  

Ugly duckling? I'd date her..

Carbon_Rob   Sep 07, 2017 

She's growing on me.

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