Alien 5"

By lblb on Jun 17, 2016

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My Lumenier QAV-R kept cracking its bottom plate, so I now moved all the components to the original one, the 5" Alien frame. I'm very excited with this one.

Weight: 422 g (everything except LiPo)
AUW with LiPo: 587 g

Special considerations:
– There is a Panasonic 1000 µF 25 V low ESW filter capacitor in the quad for filtering.
– I applied a bit of super glue around the sides to strengthen the carbon fibers and sanded afterwards
– The buzzer's ground is connected to the FC, the positive side is conected to the LiPo voltage. That way, the buzzer is much louder. This works because the FC only switches the ground side and would pass through 5V to the buzzer + pad.


Part List


Alien 5" Top Slot Plate CF1.5mm - REV 3


Alien FPV Frame
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Flight Controller

KISS FC - 32bit Flight Controller V1.03 (179 builds)


4 x KISS 24A ESC Race Edition - 32bit Brushless Motor Ctrl (122 builds)


4 x Lumenier RB2204-13 2500Kv SKITZO Special Edition Motor (10 builds)


2 x 2x HQProp Tri-Blade Propeller - Mr. Steele Red (5x4x3)

FPV Camera

Foxeer HS1177 XAT600M DC5V-22V 600tvl Sony Super HAD CCD FPV Camera (71 builds)

FPV Transmitter

TBS Unify Pro 5G8 V3 (RP-SMA) (103 builds)


TBS Triumph RP-SMA (RHCP 2pcs) (58 builds)


FrSKY X4RSB 3/16 Channel Receiver (13 builds)


SLS XTRON 1300mAh 4S1P 14,8V 40C/80C (7 builds)

Power Distribution

Pololu 5v, 1a Step-Down Voltage Regulator D24V10F5 (4 builds)

Power Distribution

Electrolytic Capacitor, 1000 µF, 25 V, FM Series, ± 20%, Radial Leaded, 12.5 mm (7 builds)

HD Camera

GoPro Karma Grip for HERO5 Black

HD Camera

LayerLens for GoPro 3 & 4

HD Camera

GoPro HERO5 Session (275 builds)

HD Camera

GoPro Session (62 builds)

Misc Parts

GoPro Session Plate - 4mm (2 builds)

Misc Parts

Loc8tor Spare Tags (4 builds)

Misc Parts

Aluminum M3 locknuts (6 builds)

Misc Parts

5V Magnetic Buzzer for Naze (5 builds)

Misc Parts

3 x ImpulseRC LiPo Strap - Small (3 builds)

Misc Parts

12mm Hook and Loop Strap

Misc Parts

Turnigy High Quality 18AWG Silicone Wire 1m (Black) (2 builds)

Misc Parts

5 x Turnigy High Quality 24AWG Silicone Wire 1m (Black) (5 builds)
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flym4n   Jun 02, 2017  

Awesome photos, thank you for sharing!

krachall   Dec 09, 2016  

Great photos. I appreciate that you took photos of the Alien in partially disassembled states. Really helps plan out a build.

OpusDrone   Sep 28, 2016  

I picked up this in place of the capacitor you used. Will it suffice?

What significant difference is there by using the cap?

lblb   Oct 19, 2016 

No, it should be "Low ESR".

GSouth   Jul 14, 2016  

Is that a custom 3d printed mount for your GoPro Session?

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GSouth   Jul 14, 2016 

Wow, awesome idea man, its simple and foolproof solutions like these that make me wonder whether these technological advancements haven't made us less creative in a way.
It looks like you have wrapped the foam in some kind of material or tape? Or am I wrong again?

lblb   Jul 14, 2016 

Yes I wrapped it in good quality Gaffer's tape so it holds the shape better. The foam I use is sturdy on its own but this way it will also resist the pressure from the straps better. The whole foam angle will be pressed in after some weeks, I gotta make sure there is still material left to dampen the camera, otherwise the camera would press against the frame after some time.

GSouth   Jul 14, 2016 

Great, Thanx for the info man.

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