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Old Nov 17, 2012, 04:23 AM
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When I did the initial weight test, I believe it was just the bare bones frame without all the hardware, and that was just under 300 g. I had fixed the weight back up to 350 g because that is what my scale said for several frames. I am still baffled how yours came to be 396
Well, then you're in for another suprise, just received mine. Needless to say the frame looks great but am very disappointed about the weight increase since the original advert.. Oh well
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 04:39 AM
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Seems there is a big variation in weight. 410g is really getting up there.
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 10:19 AM
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Isnt the extra gasket thing a template? Im not using mine. If it is in fact just a template thats extra weight that doesnt need weighing.
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 11:11 AM
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Well, then you're in for another suprise, just received mine. Needless to say the frame looks great but am very disappointed about the weight increase since the original advert.. Oh well
Why are you weighing the motor mounts as well inside the hull?

Mike
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 11:16 AM
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Why are you weighing the motor mounts as well inside the hull?

Mike
Those aren't mounts, those are the gaskets that come with the frame.

I'm thinking about changing the cover:

All Gaskets : 6gr
Cover : 37gr
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 11:58 AM
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I just reweighed mine with the main gasket, cover and screws - removed the gasket template, plastic bag and motor gaskets - 365g.

Plastic cover alone 35g. 38g with 4 nylon screws and gasket.
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 02:31 PM
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I wasnt too bothered by the weight. I bought the frame becuase i needed something that will protect my electronics if I dunk it in the ocean when trying to film surfing. The main way to lower the weight of this type of frame would be to go carbon fibre but I know thats massively more expensive to do. So kept within the context of price and material used this frame is of a weight I would have expected and much cheaper than the very cool Dexx frames. I can get a 7 minute flight out of my one with the gopro and my fpv gear on a 3000mah battery. Im quite happy with that for what i want to do.
The trade off for less weight is a far more expensive material or thinner plastics and less robustness. Even if we were to get the frame down by 100 grams to 265g how much extra flight time is that? 30 seconds?
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 02:51 PM
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I flew with Shultz today. Our bare frames came out about the same weight ~395g +/- a gram or two. Mine's not built yet, but his is. I could 'see' the weight in flight. That said, he was still doing flips and rolls from ~8' altitude with no problems. He's using 1050kv motors and I'll be using slightly longer stator motors in the 1300kv range. Hopefully the longer stators and higher kv will equate to a little more umph. Really though...this isn't a sports frame...it was made for having some water fun...heck, even flying in the rain is possible now. That's what I got mine for and I'm sure it'll do what I want just fine...
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 02:54 PM
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Ya I wasn't posting the weights to say it was extremely heavy, more just for info. I'm not expecting it to be a sport flyer as it is a purpose built platform that is waterproof as the #1 design goal.

I'm planning to run mine on 4S I think with some new Leopard motors I have on order for testing. Give it a bit more efficiency and power for the size over 3S.
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 09:47 PM
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We need to get a list of successful specs on peoples builds so I can finally put mine together

More build pics!
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Old Nov 18, 2012, 06:55 PM
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Nothing fancy, but I tried it out on water today and it came out dry.

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Old Nov 18, 2012, 07:04 PM
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Nice. How far down in the water was the frame setting, about half or more?

Dog didn't seem impresed :-)
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Old Nov 18, 2012, 07:11 PM
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Nice. How far down in the water was the frame setting, about half or more?

Dog didn't seem impresed :-)
I didn't really measure it, but the motors were closer to the water than I had anticipated and water definitely splashes on them. Also, I landed harder once and a couple of arms went under water. It would be nice to design one where they sit higher.

Yeah, nobody will ever be impressed with my skills, ha. I am surprised she didn't take cover. Probably a wise thing to do when I fire up a quad.
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Old Nov 18, 2012, 07:15 PM
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How far down in the water was the frame setting, about half or more?
I just put it back in the pool and it sits right at the half way mark. Will be interesting to see what it does with a GoPro on it.
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Old Nov 18, 2012, 07:35 PM
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I have just had a short flight over water with mine. Landed a couple of times in the water and did notice that if its a heavy landing the motor goes under. It was a bit breezy so being a small light quad compared to what i usually fly it was a bit bouncy in the air. I have some footage from the gopro that I will upload soon, nothing special just a quick tester. This was a short fpv flight.

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