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Sep 04, 2013, 07:12 PM
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Q450 Quadcopter FPV setup

Here is my current Q450 quadcopter setup. Flight time with a 4000mah 3S battery is around 10 minutes at 70 degrees F, 7 minutes at 0 degrees F. I've flown a little over a mile at 400 feet with clear video and solid control. That's about as far as I can fly and return with a 4000 mah battery. First version had a KK2 controller. After replacing it with the Naza, I had to build a second to keep the KK2 employed.

Quadcopter Parts

Q450 Glass Fiber Quadcopter Frame 450mm - Integrated PCB Version $14.11
Width: 450mm
Height: 55mm
Weight: 280g (w/out electronics)
Motor Mount Bolt Holes: 16/19mm

Trex 450 Landing Skids $7.99

DJI Naza M V1 flight controller with GPS $359.10
(This is V1, which I actually bought on sale when V2 came out)

NTM Prop Drive Series 28-26A 1200kv / 250w (short shaft version)
Model: NTM Prop Drive Series 28-26A 1200kv (short shaft version)
Kv: 1200rpm/v
Max current: 18A
Max Power: 200W @ 12v (3S) / 250W @ 15v (4S)
Shaft: 3mm
Weight: 57.6g
ESC: 20A
Cell count: 3s~4s Lipoly
Bolt holes: 16mm & 19mm
Bolt thread: M3
Connection: 3.5mm Bullet-connector

Prop Tests:
7x6E - 11.1v - 90W - 8A
7x6E - 14.8v - 192W - 13A
8x4E - 11.1v - 100W - 9A
8x4E - 14.8v - 222W - 15A
8x6E - 11.1v - 145w - 13A

APC 8x3.8 Slo-Flier Propellers $9.42/6
Pusher $17.04/6

Turnigy Plush 25 amp ESC $20.95
Cont Current: 25A
Burst Current: 35A
BEC Mode: Linear
BEC : 5v / 2A
Lipo Cells: 2-4
NiMH : 5-12
Weight: 22g
Size: 24x45x11mm
Supported motor speed for all TURNIGY ESCs is;
(Maximum): 210000 RPM (2 poles), 70000 RPM (6 poles), 35000 RPM (12 poles)

Turnigy BESC Programming Card $6.95
SONY Super HAD CCD 600TVL D-WDR DNR Board Camera For FPV, 2.8mm lens $45.00
15 gm camera plus lens
NOT sensitive with IR light
Color 600TVL Black & white 650TVL High Picture Quality
Default 3.6mm lens, 2.1 and 2.8mm wide angle lens for optional
Removable high grade OSD menu
DNR (Digital Noise Reduction)
Low Power Consumption
Back light compensation (BLC)
Anti-exposure function (support car license recording)
8 private areas Shading function
Low illumination: 0.01Lux
White dot repair
DC 9V-12V Power input
CVBS (BNC) Video output
Board Camera Case $5.00
Weight 29 gm

Immersion 600mw 5.8 ghz Video Transmitter $69.99
600mW (+28dBm) typical output power
6-25V input voltage, 2S-6S LiPo compatible
Typical power consumption of just 3W at any input voltage
5V power output, ideal for powering cameras
Video, stereo-audio
Composite video input at 1Vpp/75 ohm
7 channels (5740, 5760, 5780, 5800, 5820, 5840, 5860), PLL synthesized
FM Audio/Video Modulation
50 ohm antenna impedance.
Weight: 18-grams.
Size : 50 x 23 x 15 mm.
Requires airflow for cooling, do not mount in an enclosed area
Must be used with an antenna at all times

5.8 GHz SpiroNET Omni RP-SMA Antenna Set (RHCP) $39.99
Set includes 3 lobe and 4 lobe skew planar antennas manufactured by Immersion RC.

Mini OSD System w/GPS Module $22.34
Programmed with CL-OSD
Weight: Main Board - 4.6g / GPS Module - 25g
Dimensions: Main Board - 34x4x20mm / GPS Module - 45x10x42mm
Working Voltage: Main Board - 7.4~12V / GPS Module - 5V
808#16 Keychain Camera, Lens D $50.99
Removed battery and pugged into spare receiver channel for endless power

DORA translates (Spektrum) DSMX receiver output into RSSI signal for OSD/FPV $25.99

Lo-Cut Filter (470 microfarad 25V capacitor)
Ferrite rings in video cable and FPV cam & Vtx power cables
Shielded speaker wire for video connections

Fatshark Dominator Video Glasses $299.99

Fatshark Dominator 5.8 ghz Receiver Module $33.99

5.8 GHz 3 Turn Helical (Can Be Goggles Mounted) (7 dBic) (IBC) $29.99
Frequency range: 5600-5980Mhz

5.8 GHz 5 Turn Helical (Can Be Goggles Mounted) (9.5 dBic) (IBC) $33.99
Beam width: 105 degrees
-3db point: 65 degrees
Frequency range: 5600-5980Mhz
Axial ratio: .82

Spektrum AR6210 6-Channel DSMX Receiver with remote $69.99
Type: Full Range Aircraft Receiver
# of Channels: 6
Modulation: DSM2/DSMX
Band: 2.4GHz
Length: 1.19 in (30.1mm)
Width: 1.03 in (21.6mm)
Height: 0.48 in (12.3mm)
Weight: 0.35 oz (10g)
Voltage Range: 3.59.6V
Antenna Length: Main Rx: 30mm (2); Remote Rx: 30mm (2)

Spektrum Dx6i modified to accept 7dbi patch antenna
Tx mod:
Last edited by mutski; Sep 05, 2013 at 07:55 PM.
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Oct 30, 2013, 04:47 PM
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How do you like the Frame? I was thinking of getting one to use as a beater quad and do flips and stuff. Thanks

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