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Old Aug 31, 2013, 12:56 PM
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Tarot T960 Build

My 960 arrived today from David at Alpha RC (thanks David, great service!). Still waiting on my XAircraft SuperX FC. I'm also still deciding which motors I want, any suggestions would be appreciated! I'm tossing between stock Tarot 320kv, AKE 400kv, or T-Motor MT series 400kv.

I'll update pictures as I go, but so far this looks like a great quality kit... i'll know more as I assemble it.

Updated the specs and listed them below.

Here's a list of components:

Tarot T960 w foldable landing gear
Gimble mount kit/Accessory booms
2 additional under mount battery holders
Hobby Wing FlyFun 40amp OPTO SC
Tarot 4114 320kv motors
15 x5.5 carbonfiber props
JDrones Power Distribution Board
XAircraft Super X Flight Controller
2 Zippy compact 5800mah lipos
Spektrum AR8000 8ch RX
Spektrum TM1000 Telemetry TX (Flight pack voltage and tempature)


FPV Gear

GoPro Hero2 w/case
Immersion 5.8g 600mw VTX w/bluebeam 5.8 cp antenna
Zippy 1000mah 3s lipo

Additional gear (not on Hex)
Spektrum DX8
Fat Shark Dominators w/bluebeam 5.8 cp antenna


The T960 with the landing gear, Gimble mount, dual under battery trays,SC's, Tarot motors, SuperX FC, and all wiring comes in at:
3333G (7.35lbs)

The two 5800 Zippy batteries are:
763g ea. (1.68lbs) for a total of 1526g (3.36lbs)

GoPro with case:
191g (.421lbs)

FPV 1000mah 3s battery:
80g (.176lbs)

ImmersionRC 600mw 5.8g VTX:
40g (.0881lbs)

Total AUW is:
5170g (11.397lbs)

With this set up I've got 20min flight time using 7405ma out of a total 11600ma at a rate of 370ma/min. After 20 min motors and speed controllers were not much more then ambient temp with no sign of excessive temps at all.

I should be looking at 25min using 9280ma while sticking at 80% battery capacity.

Here's a little video I shot of some FPV testing...
Tarot T960 FPV (9 min 43 sec)
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Old Aug 31, 2013, 01:35 PM
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Interesting find right off the bat, it appears one of the booms has a different end then the other 3. Also the pivot hole is machined different (more shallow then the other 3). I don't think this will cause any issues locking in the arms but I am curious why one is different...the directions are quite vague.
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Old Sep 05, 2013, 06:44 PM
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I'm keeping an eye on this thread, as I'm considering the same frame. I, however, am considering Sunny Sky 2216-11 880KV II motors, only because I have 9 of the laying around waiting to go on something. I recently bought 15 of them, and after installing 6 on a F550, I really like them. Not sure how they'll do on a 960 airframe, swinging 15" props, though.
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Old Sep 05, 2013, 08:52 PM
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I ordered those stock Tarot 4114 320kv motors for starters. At first I'm just going to be doing some video and fpv through my gopro... so I'm looking to get longer flight times running two 5800mah 6s lipos
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Old Sep 07, 2013, 08:52 AM
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Ok, some updates. The frame is completely built. I added some standoffs under the bottom to mount the power distribution board. I also another set of stand offs and a small tray on top of the lower plate to raise up the FC enough to place it at the C. O.G. and allow the motor leads from the SC's to pass freely under it.

I'm thinking I may mount the batteries under the bottom plate on the optional accessory booms as opposed to the top plate where the radio and FC gear is. I've traditionally been one to try and keep the higher voltage equipment and wiring separated as far away from the digital gear as possible.
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Ok, some updates. The frame is completely built. I added some standoffs under the bottom to mount the power distribution board. I also another set of stand offs and a small tray on top of the lower plate to raise up the FC enough to place it at the C. O.G. and allow the motor leads from the SC's to pass freely under it.

I'm thinking I may mount the batteries under the bottom plate on the optional accessory booms as opposed to the top plate where the radio and FC gear is. I've traditionally been one to try and keep the higher voltage equipment and wiring separated as far away from the digital gear as possible.
Hey on picture #3 - is that the bottom plate? Mine is missing the wholes...I can't figure out how to screw the arms on the bottom
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Old Sep 09, 2013, 11:23 PM
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Yes, that is the bottom plate. I'm confused how yours could be missing holes. Unless the wrong plate was packaged.
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Old Sep 15, 2013, 06:21 PM
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Got the 960 completed, got it in the air today, flies like a dream with the XAircraft SuperX from Drew at Xaircraftamerica.com . He has great customer service and replies to emails promptly!

The Tarot is extremely stable and has plenty of power with the stock 4114-11 Tarot motors. I've added some additional photos of the build.
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Old Sep 15, 2013, 07:49 PM
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Very nice. I love seeing a bare bones rig, before the "stuff" clutters them up.

What did she end up weighing...with NO batteries?

Flight times?
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Old Sep 15, 2013, 08:28 PM
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Very nice. I love seeing a bare bones rig, before the "stuff" clutters them up.

What did she end up weighing...with NO batteries?

Flight times?
Weighs in at 3333G (7.35lbs) without batteries, 4859g (10.712lbs) with two 5800mah compact batteries. I didn't get a chance to test flight times today since it started to rain. Hoping to test more tomorrow.
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Old Sep 19, 2013, 10:16 PM
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Finally got a nice sunny day to fly and took a 20 min FPV flight. I used 370mah per minute for a total of 7405ma out of 11600ma (two 5800mah running parallel). Using the 80% rule, I should get 25min using 9280ma out of the 11,600 available.

The SuperX FC is a dream to fly, it was a very windy day.... not only was it rock solid, but it RTH and Auto Landed twice within inches of its take off spot. I couldn't be more impressed with this Hex setup!
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Old Sep 19, 2013, 11:24 PM
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Amazing wiring job! The 960 is def. on my wish list for Christmas.
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Old Sep 20, 2013, 07:58 AM
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Amazing wiring job! The 960 is def. on my wish list for Christmas.
Thanks for noticing the wiring, my friends always give me crap about the extra time I spend on it, but for me it makes it easier if ever there's a issue, I don't have to wade through spaghetti to track down what goes to what! Or it may be a little OCD.
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Finally got a nice sunny day to fly and took a 20 min FPV flight. I used 370mah per minute for a total of 7405ma out of 11600ma (two 5800mah running parallel). Using the 80% rule, I should get 25min using 9280ma out of the 11,600 available.

The SuperX FC is a dream to fly, it was a very windy day.... not only was it rock solid, but it RTH and Auto Landed twice within inches of its take off spot. I couldn't be more impressed with this Hex setup!
So, with all the fpv gear, what does she weigh? Is that just a fpv cam or is it a recordable camera, too?

20 min pretty darn good!
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Old Sep 20, 2013, 11:14 AM
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The FPV gear is a Gopro 2, a 1000mah 3s, and a Immersion 600mw 5.8 vtx. The added weight to the numbers in my previous post was only 311g.
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