While at defcon 24, I saw Viss whooping around a little bit. I didn’t pay it much mind at the time, another fpv drone no big deal. But after defcon he posted this vid and then a few people on twitter asked what was his setup. After looking at his setup I started looking into this tiny whoop thing. It’s actually real cool and very reasonably priced, since you’re essentially beefing up a crappy toy drone into fpv. Between that and the vid had to build one myself.
I have a few quads, parrot ar drone 2 which is kinda boring. A tiny cheerson which has no guards so it likes to break every 5 min, a syma that flies pretty good but isn’t tiny… and a 3d printed tri-copter that I’ve never finished assembling (I don’t appear to have posted any info about this one… I’ll have to post it up).
Anywhoo, so this isn’t my first quad, but the idea of fpv’ing around and being able to take it with me on trips is really cool idea… My only other fpv is that tri-copter and I haven’t even flown it yet, and it’s pretty big so I wouldn’t think of dragging that along, but something this small… So I’m building one.
Started out with the RTF version inductrix blade.
The RTF comes with a pretty decent controller, however it would have been nice to use my much nicer controller the Taranis x9d. But those radios aren’t compatible (for now… lol). We need it to be light, so we’re removing the ‘cover’.
A tiny all-in-1 5 ghz camera
I used the FX798t, but the 797t will work, any of these tiny cameras will work really as long as the voltage is worked out. The idea is to be light as possible so we’re going to strip the case off of this too.
Now I didn’t try to put the camera on the stock frame with the stock motors, but people say the stock motors need to be upgraded to lift the camera well. So you can find upgraded motors. 6×15 I got mine from amazon by 65drones… actually I got most of the build from amazon.
Now I don’t think it’s really a requirement, and honestly this is kind of expensive compared to the rest of the build, but the Rakon CNC frame is recommended as people say the plastic frame cracks after a good number of bashing stuff around the house, I went ahead and bought that too.
And the last part of the puzzle is a FPV head set. I have a Quanum V2 from my tricopter setup from hobbyking. But I decided to go ahead and purchase the new Cyclops. Fatshark’s would probably be better for travel, but a) when I use them I don’t feel I can see as well… and b) they are quite expensive. On the downside the cyclops is pretty big for travel. Maybe I’ll grab a smaller pair for travel. For now I’m rolling cyclops.