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Posted by charles hidalgo | Feb 12, 2019 @ 07:47 PM | 7,650 Views
Another first here:

After some long discussions with Stefan over several months and many back and forth revisions, I am proud to introduce the "HildaHex". I want to thank Stefan, and Jubal for the much appreciated help and great ideas which have became the final product you see here. Testing on my part has already began and there will be much more but I must say my first impressions after a conservative maiden today are that this is a very nice flying hexacopter. It is much more conservative on battery usage than I expected and had a 5 1/2 minute maiden on a 3300mah 6s lipo (which is a very used pack not new) and landed with an average cell reading of 3.69v. A price is TBD so please do not ask yet but we will have one very soon.

Component list for this prototype is as follows.
Matek 722 std flight controller
APD PDB500 (with two taps doubled up on for the hex configuration APD confirms no problem). After talks with APD a dedicated hex PDB has been in the works and is almost complete but a release date has been set.
DYS Aria 70a esc's
Brother Hobby 3115-1050kv motors
TBS unify pro vtx
TBS micro V2 rx
Foxeer fpv cam
Graupner 9x5 props
AXII long antenna
Prints from Willy at

We have had so much rain here it's hard to find anywhere that is semi safe because things are so muddy. I do have an undeveloped 10 acres that has grass growing in that is the safest spot for now. Here's a little clip of the maiden. I think once things get tuned up it will be a very nice flyer. Stock PID's other than a little bump in I and D and no filtering yet. I trimmed a bit of the 5 1/2 minute flight as to help with the YT upload and my slow connection. Never went much above half throttle but GPS recored 66mph top speed so I'm curious to see what it will do once I open it up. I need to fix a few things and get the amp draw working correctly but that didn't stop a quick maiden.

HildaHex maiden (4 min 28 sec)

Posted by charles hidalgo | Jan 31, 2019 @ 11:58 PM | 7,837 Views
AstroX 6" on 5s and Gemfan 5552's

AstroX 6” One pack before dark! (3 min 59 sec)

Posted by charles hidalgo | Aug 27, 2018 @ 10:55 AM | 9,334 Views
I've been flying one thing or another since the late 80's but until your holding this, see it in person, or hear it do a 100+ mph overhead flyby). it's very hard to describe it. The Hildabeast is definitely a different creature. Here's a few photos including a 5" size comparison and screenshot with 108mph maiden run.

After all of the positive feedback with the 10" Hildagard since its introduction in March of this year people have expressed interest for something similar and even bigger so I'd like to introduce the Hildabeast. Stefan van der Ende and myself went back to the drawing board and this was the result after hours of computer design (thank you Stefan) cutting and revising frame parts, getting it built, and finally in the air. Until you hold this, see it in person, hear it do a 100+ mph overhead speed run, or have it hanging in the air during a slow flip it's hard to describe what it can do and how well it does it for a frame of this size. The 570mm Hildabeast frame swinging 14" props is definitely a different creature. I'm proud to announce that as of now the Hildabeast is for sale and the first batch of pre orders is almost sold out already but there's still time to get in. You can contact myself or Stefan if needed. Thank you again to Jubal Spano.

My personal example for the prototype and it's parts List:
Frame Stand-in quad design Hildabeast
Flight Controller Matek F405-CTR Flight Controller
ESCs 4 x Lumenier 51A BLHeli_32 32bit 2-6S w/ Telemetry
Motors 4 x BrotherHobby Tornado 4215 T7 680KV Long Shaft 6-8S Brushless Motors
Propellers 4 x E-PROP 14 X 8 Bore 8mm with 6mm adapters
FPV Camera Foxeer Predator V2 Mini Camera 1000TVL Super WDR FPV OSD 1.8mm NTSC
FPV Transmitter TBS UNIFY PRO 5G8 HV
Antenna TrueRC AXII SMA 5.8 Long
Receiver TBS Crossfire Micro Receiver V2
Ready to Sky GPS
Battery ThunderPower 3300mAh 6S 22.2V Elite 55C LiPo Battery

Tuned Hildabeast front yard evening flight (3 min 36 sec)

Posted by charles hidalgo | Aug 02, 2018 @ 03:22 PM | 8,722 Views
10" Hildagard395 in background for reference! The "Hildabeast" cometh! 570mm frame swinging 14" props with BrotherHobby T7 motors
Posted by charles hidalgo | Jul 11, 2018 @ 05:09 PM | 8,940 Views
Posted by charles hidalgo | Jun 04, 2018 @ 02:52 PM | 9,733 Views
I must say a big "thank you" to all who continue to show interest in the Hildagard frame, those who have purchased a frame, those who are possibly considering a purchase, or even those who just have had questions or comments. I'm also happy to see all the new people who are ordering and receiving them daily worldwide. I'm proud to have given it a variation of my last name when it was being conceived. I named it after my youngest daughter who faces a lot of battles growing up with special needs daily and is a strong fighter! I just thought I'd share a little personal information on how it became what it is today. When I reached out to Stefan van der Ende to help me bring my vision to a reality I never imagined it to be more than a personal goal of mine to have a Long range/ Acro platform of my own. Now that it has went worldwide in interest and sales I hope all who own one or may own one in the future are as happy when flying it as I am. This truly is an amazing and one of a kind 10" frame.

Here's the definition and how I blended it with her last name: The female name Hildegard derived from the Old High German words hild (=war or battle) and gard (=protection) and means "battle guard".

Hidalgo = Hildagard

You can see more builds from others around the world here if interested.

You can message me also directly with any question or if you are interested in purchasing a frame kit with...Continue Reading
Posted by charles hidalgo | Feb 12, 2018 @ 04:47 PM | 12,261 Views
This has been a special project in my thoughts for quite some time and after some great design help and advice from my friend Stefan and a great build up from my friend Paul this final setup will get buttoned up this week and a session print made for a possible maiden in the next few days... Thank you Stefan for helping me get a vision to an actual frame. Here's the Hildagard 395. It's setup for either top or bottom battery mount. Pictured with T-Motor MN 3100-17 700kv motors, 10" Lumenier CF 10x4.5 props, HobbyWing Xrotor 40a stack, tbs micro v2 rx, tbs unify pro, and Runcam mini Fpv cam. Hopefully this weekend I'll be able to really fly it and try some different sets of props types and brands and see what happens.

May 8 2018: Added a few more pics of the original build and some from a second different build using BrotherHobby Tornado T5 motors...
Posted by charles hidalgo | Jan 31, 2018 @ 04:44 PM | 10,442 Views
After having this a little over a week now I thought I'd post a few pics. So far this has surpassed most of my expectations I had for it (which were not very high) and it has found a place in my camera bag with my photo gear. Out of the box it flew much farther than I figured it would (1 1/2 miles out with the first charge on the first pack and I had more battery and signal left but didn't want to push it) , the gimbal is rock solid at almost 40mph, the photos are as good as to be expected for the sensor and edit nicely, and the video is really really nice. In the next weeks it will be going with me to the Sierra Nevada's and to Arizona so I'm looking forward to seeing how it will perform. One of the photos included shows the Air in between the Spark and Mavic Pro for comparison.
Posted by charles hidalgo | Oct 16, 2017 @ 06:40 PM | 11,186 Views
Astro x5 frame
Lumenier f4 FC
Astro pdb
Aikon 30a 6s ESCs w/esc protectors
Hyperlite 2307 2522 kv motors
Lumenier 650 tvl camera with wide angle lens
Rotor riot skids
Forever ant holders
Pyro 200mw VTX
Triumph ant
Spek diversity rx
GoPro Session mount
Posted by charles hidalgo | Sep 13, 2017 @ 12:28 PM | 11,560 Views
AstroX Switch Stretch X frame.


Xracer F303 V3.1 #Betaflight 3.2

Speedix GS30a esc's

Lumenier Freybott 2206-2460kv motors

Runcam MicroSwift with TPU pod

TBS Unify Race vtx

Pyrodrone Linear Whip antenna

Gemfan 5152 Flash props
Posted by charles hidalgo | Sep 01, 2017 @ 04:22 PM | 11,334 Views
Wizzle 218 Frame by Jubal Spano
Hyperlite 2206-2300kv
Dys 20a 4-1 esc
Dys F4 fc Betaflight 3.2
Runcam Micro
Eachine VTX03
Spektrum Autobind race rx
DAl Cyclone T5050C props
Printed micro mount and motor guards
Posted by charles hidalgo | Aug 23, 2017 @ 10:52 AM | 11,715 Views
Hyperlite Floss 3"
Racefkight Millivolt FC
Racefkight Spark 4in1 esc
FX806TC Super mini cam and vtx
Xnova rm 1407-3500kv motors
Gemfan 3052 props
Decased spektrum autobind race rx
Posted by charles hidalgo | Aug 17, 2017 @ 02:00 PM | 11,988 Views
Hyperlite floss V2 5" frame
Hyperlite 2307-2722 motors
HobbyWing XROTOR Flight Control System F4
XRotor Micro 40A 4in1 BLHeli-S DShot600
Runcam micro swift
DYS vtx
HQ 5x4.3x3 Props
Spektrum autobind race rx
Posted by charles hidalgo | Aug 14, 2017 @ 03:40 PM | 11,982 Views
"Death Dealer" hyperlite floss build with pod from @pb3dcreations and hydrodipped by Jonny Phoumiphat.
Hyperlite 5" Floss frame
Hyperlite 2205-2522kv Team Edition motors
Emax 30a esc's
Foxeer arrow V3
YBS unify vtx
Frysky XSR rx
Posted by charles hidalgo | Aug 05, 2017 @ 05:55 PM | 11,507 Views
Trypodquadz Trydent 5" frame
PyroDrone 1/3 Sony Super HAD II CCD 650 tvl IR Sensitive Black *** Top Connector*** with 1.8mm 170 Degree Wide Angle Lens
DYS Mi200 25mw-200 switchable VTX SMA Pigtail Version
DYS F4 FC V2 with 3.3V pads
Dys F30A 4in1 esc
Brotherhobby Returner Deadpool motors
Pyro-Drone 5G8 Linear Antenna With SMA Connector
Spektrum DSMX Quad Race Receiver with Diversity
HQ 5x4.3x3 props
Posted by charles hidalgo | Aug 03, 2017 @ 08:38 AM | 12,287 Views
Hyperlite Evo frame
Skitzo raceflight fc
Tbs unify race VTX on smart audio
Pyrodrone fpv cam
Tmotor 30a ESCs
Emax 2306-2400kv motors
Pyrodrone Linear antenna
Printed motor guards and session mount from Bmc3d
Dal Cyclone 5050 props
Posted by charles hidalgo | Jul 23, 2017 @ 01:37 AM | 13,037 Views
Shendrone Big Corgette frame
Maytek AIO Flight controlloer
Aikon 30 6s ESC's
EFAW 2407R 6s Motors
Lumenier Fpv cam
Lumenier vtx
TBS stubby
Spektrum autobind rx
Prints from Chris at Phoenix 3D Solutions
Posted by charles hidalgo | Jun 30, 2017 @ 12:18 PM | 13,664 Views
SiganDrones 140mm X Frame
SP Racing F3 FC
Spedix 20a esc's
Hyperlite 1407-3600kv motors
Lumenier FPV cam
Hawkeye vtx
Omnivision Stubby
Racekraft props
Posted by charles hidalgo | Jun 20, 2017 @ 09:05 PM | 15,188 Views
Xlabs shrike frame
ZMX 2206 2300 v2 motors
Angrybeast 30a escs
Hawkeye VTX 200mw
Lumebuer 650 tvl camera)
Soektrum autobind Race rx
Dal 5046c props
Posted by charles hidalgo | Jun 15, 2017 @ 02:59 PM | 14,892 Views
Armattan Japalura 3" frame
Matek PDB-XT60 W/ BEC 5V & 12V
DYS F20A 4in1 20amp ESC with 5 and 12volt BEC
Hyperlite 1407-3600 Race Series motors
Pyro Drone 1/3 Sony HS1177 CCD 650 tvl IR Block *** Top Connector***
DSMX Quad Race Receiver with Diversity
Foxeer TM600 600mW 5.8G 40CH VTX Race Band Pigtail
Pyro linear antenna