Crush Light Prototype

By QuadMcFly on Jan 08, 2018

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So I can actually tell about these motors now! I've been testing the Lumenier PoPo quick-swap system on this setup. So far it has worked really well. It's taken a few direct hits and stayed in the air. Works well, makes life easier and hasn't had any problems for me yet. My last few videos have been with this setup. Also this is testing my new frame design, which is a standalone version of the Crush, with 3d printed camera mounts from Brain3D.

It's also worth noting I've had horrible trouble with this flight controller. As far as I can tell, neither SmartPort or VTX control works via the hardware serial ports, though S.Bus works fine both inverted and un-inverted. I spent hours over several days trying to get it to work with no avail. I suspect there is something damaged in the MCU, as I was able to trace the pins correctly to the chip. Either that or it is some software bug. If anyone has gotten smartport or vtx control to work on this board, I'd be curious to hear about it. I'm hoping it's a freak thing, but I probably won't be buying this FC again.

UPDATE: After the issues with the DYS F4Pro v2, I pulled it and replaced it with the Bardwell F4. All the issues are gone, and everything works as intended with no other changes, so it was definitely a bad FC.


Part List


MQTB Crush Light 5” X2 FPV Freestyle Frame - Heli-Nation (2 builds)

Flight Controller

RDQ Bardwell F4 3-6S 30x30 Flight Controller V2 - JBF4 AIO FC w/OSD (159 builds)


4 x Aikon SEFM 20A BLHeli_S ESC (2-4s ) (11 builds)


4 x Lumenier POPO® Quick Swap MX2206-9 2450KV Motor (4 builds)


Lumenier 5x5.3x3 - Gate Breaker Propeller (Set of 4 - Transparent Black) (13 builds)

FPV Camera

Caddx Turbo Micro F2 1200TVL 2.1mm CMOS 4:3 FPV Cam (77 builds)

FPV Transmitter

Matek VTX Video Transmitter With Smart Audio - 25/200/500mw SMA (15 builds)


Wolfwhoop PC11 2pcs 5.8GHz 5dBi RHCP Omnidirectional Pagoda Antenna for FPV Multicopter Set-SMA Male (Black) (5 builds)


FrSky R-XSR SBUS 2.4GHz Micro ReceiverDefault Title (900 builds)


Infinity 4S 1300mAh 95C 14.8V Boost Edition


FrSky Horus X10S 2.4GHz RC Transmitter (US Edition) w/ Case - Carbon, Silver or Amber (5 builds)

HD Camera

GoPro HERO7 Black Action Camera (92 builds)

HD Camera

GoPro HERO Session Waterproof Digital Action Camera (43 builds)

HD Camera

GoPro Hero5 Session Waterproof 4K Video Camera (274 builds)

Video Receiver

Furious True-D Diversity Receiver Module 5.8GHz System V3 Firmware 3.9 (24 builds)
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RZFPV   Jan 10, 2018  

lmk when this frame comes out

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RZFPV   Feb 15, 2018 

really looking forward to the release of the frame lmk when its coming out..

QuadMcFly   Apr 27, 2018 

Should have some news on distribution at the end of next week :D Keep your eyes peeled!

QuadMcFly   May 25, 2018 

Finally got everything together, and the frsme is out now! You cannpick one up here:

Beastie Builds   Feb 15, 2018  

Are those arms 5mm? This is the freestyle I've been waiting to see built!

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Beastie Builds   Feb 15, 2018 

Well when this frame becomes available I am defiantly going to pick one up! Like I said, I truly think this is the perfect frame for me!

QuadMcFly   Apr 27, 2018 

Should have some news on distribution at the end of next week :D Keep your eyes peeled!

QuadMcFly   May 25, 2018 

Its finally up! check it out here:

idiotsniff   Mar 06, 2018  

wondering if you will be selling this frame? also looking at the frame can the arms be mounted on top of the bottom plate to help raise the motors up and keep the CG lower instead of being so top heavy?

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QuadMcFly   Mar 06, 2018 

Yep, if you have a taller camera and still want the CG low it was designed specifically to be able to swap the arms to the top. Got a couple buddies who've built it up that way. The CG is designed for the battery to be mounted about 22mm above the motor base with props around 15mm off the arm. After a ton of testing that CG seems to be dead on for freestyle with this mass distribution. You can maintain that with 30mm standoffs and the arms on top of the bottom plate or with 20mm standoffs and arms below the plate. Works out to about an 8mm difference on this frame, but you can't get standoffs at 28mm :D As far as the battery straps, I got those in with the AMAXInno motors, but there are a similar straps from a bunch of manufacturers. I've seen them from RJX at wholesale pricing if you buy volume.

As far as selling the frame, I've only been making small batches for local pilots so far. It seems there is a good deal of interest though, so I'm exploring reselling options with some US vendors. Still working out the details.

QuadMcFly   Apr 27, 2018 

Should have some news on distribution at the end of next week :D Keep your eyes peeled!

QuadMcFly   May 25, 2018 

Good news! The frame is available now here:

Whiffles   Jan 08, 2018  

You're missing the motors :)

QuadMcFly   Jan 09, 2018 

Oh they're not missing, they're carefully hidden :D I know exactly where they are :D

Whiffles   Feb 09, 2018 

After all the mystery you were just hiding your PoPos!

QuadMcFly   Feb 10, 2018 

Haha, yep! NDAs!

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