Heartbreaker

By Carbon_Rob on Oct 27, 2017

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I've flown enough different race quads now to be able to appreciate the handling characteristics of the split-level, or "Z" frame. A true-x feels like a drift car in the corners, while a stretch-x feels more "locked", but you sacrifice pitch axis agility. The advantage of the Zephyr is you get the agility on the pitch axis of a true-x without sacrificing corner grip. The handling advantages become especially apparent on a track with a lot of elevation changes. Of all the quads I've built and flown, I'm consistently fastest with the TBS Storm Hawk https://rotorbuilds.com/build/4639, but the Bangood frame is only 3mm, and I've broken two of them.

The Zephyr, on the other hand, is 5mm!! I think I'll be breaking gates, not the frame. I'm pretty stoked about this build because it feels great in the air. This is because of the split level design, and the fact that it weighs in at a respectable 294g with 2206 motors (my other split level is 330g). It just seems to do exactly what I want it to do with no surprises.

The frame was a no-brainier, I knew I had to build it as soon as I saw it. I have been wanting to give the cheap AIO F3 a shot and so far it seems fine. The motors I got from a friend who won them and didn't really like them. I found this awesome .stl on thingiverse that mounts a FrSky xm+ and a Eachine VTX03 in your 30x30 stack, which really makes for a clean build. The R-XSR fit the in the part just fine. Thanks a lot to FPV Pilot Sky for designing this frame and sending me the .stl for the camera mount so I could print it to match in blue.

Thanks for looking!!

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Part List

Frame

Zypher (5 builds)
Boxoprops.com
$60.00

Flight Controller

FLIP32-F3-OMNIBUS AIO ASGARD (F3+ESC+OSD+CS) (11 builds)
Readytoflyquads.com
$54.99

Motors

4 x HyperLite V4 Team Edition 2206-2722 CCW Prop Nut Thread
Pirofliprc.com
$99.96

Propellers

DAL T5045C Cyclone Crystal Tri-Blade (189 builds)
Droneracingsupply.com
$1.99

FPV Camera

RunCam Micro Swift (199 builds)
Pirofliprc.com
$29.99

FPV Transmitter

Eachine VTX 03 Video Transmitter - 25/50/200mw (7 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$13.49

Receiver

FrSky R-XSR SBUS 2.4GHz Micro ReceiverDefault Title (823 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$19.50

Batteries

Pyro-Drone Graphene 1300mAh 4S 14.8V 75C By Who Cares! (11 builds)
Pirofliprc.com
$19.99
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bingerz   Jan 26, 2018  

Sweet craft!! Looks awesome! I just built my first...I've got the VTX 03 and the the R-XSR too. I know what you mean, when I first saw the split-level design frame too. I was hooked and I just had to build it. I wasn't sure I could, since I had never built a quad before, so i went with an LS-210.

Sky   Nov 29, 2017  

How's the frame worked out for ya? I'd love to hear any critiques you've got for future revisions :)

Carbon_Rob   Nov 29, 2017 

So far so good. It's become my favorite quad. The original AIO was garbage so I replaced it with a Spedix GS35a blheli_32 4in1 and a CLF4S. The frame has survived some good hits without any significant damage. I love how open the design is allowing air to flow through the top. I think that may contribute to the excellent handling. Can't really complain about it yet but I'll keep bashing it into stuff!

Sky   Nov 30, 2017 

Good to hear she's still kicking! Hope it stays that way

Carbon_Rob   Nov 30, 2017 

I was just flying and thoughta little TPU pod for the micro swift that mounted on the front standoffs would help protect the camera.

theGreenOrange   Oct 27, 2017  

Great build man! Colors came out nice as well.

Carbon_Rob   Oct 27, 2017 

Thanks! It's nice to get some glamour shots before it takes too much of a beating.

Sky   Oct 27, 2017  

Oh man.... So clean!!! 👌

Carbon_Rob   Oct 27, 2017 

Thanks! Loving the frame!

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