It’s been a long time since I posted here, but that’s because it’s been a long time since I built out something end-to-end. Besides getting a little more time flying vs building, I did get distracted by @NotFastEnuf’s Boss frames for a few, though I haven’t been able to keep up with his rocket-fast firmware work (damn!)…
Anyhoo, for documentation purposes, here’s a build journal of Tristan Semmel’s Akos frame project. In case you didn’t hear of Tristan, he designed this last year at the age of 16, and took the frame through a cool design/mfgr process. Check it: http://www.kittyhawkfpv.com/#/kittyhawk-1/
This is mostly inspired by his spirit of adventure, so I call it the Kittyhawk, cuz Wright Brothers, and I’m stickin’ to that story.
This is built from various parts (instead of any component kits), and is powered by a Helio Spring, which will absolutely be using Butterflight and I’m looking forward to checking that all out. Besides playing with this frame, I tried Racewires for the first time (the larger 40mm x 8mm ones), and this is also going to be me trying out Lumenier motors for the first time; traded them for two Tattu R-Line batts that were gifted to me.
After a lot of back-and-forth, I decided to put the Racewires in front of (reversed) prop strikes to the frame – easier to replace a sliver of PCB than the frame; I’ll be mounting them to the frame with (old!) VHB that I hope will hold. I haven’t decided on my cam solution yet, leaning towards a RunCam Swift Micro with TX200 VTX, but I believe the Helio has some decent OSD/cam support that is new to me. I also wired up the S.Port lead from the XSR, but I’ve never used that before either, we’ll see if I really do use it.
After a decent build session tonight, I figured I’d share where I’m at so far.
- Akos Frame
- Helio Spring FC
- Cicada 4in1 30A ESC
- Lumenier 2204 2300KV motors
- FrSky XSR Rx
- Racewires (large)
We’re at about 208g so far.