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Jul 11, 2014, 07:00 AM
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S500 Quadcopter frame review


Hey guys, this is my first post here. I haven't seen any reviews for my new quadcopter frame. So here it goes....
I really like this frame, it is VERY strong! In comparison to the other DJI clone frames, this one is of very high quality, and if you get the integrated version, you get the ability to solder your XT60 or T connectors directly to the bottom plate. You also get carbon rods impregnated into the arms, I have heard that some of the cheaper (glass fibre) versions not having the carbon rods in the arms.

All up it is easy to build, and the legs provided are strong, they are a bit floppy when twisting the frame on a flat surface, but they are easy to land on.

The only complaint I have with the frame is that it doesnt have another mounting tray for FPV/camera gear. There are plenty of holes at the front to mount a plate to the frame, but it seems to be a little floppy when I put my GoPro mount on there.

P.S. *****This is NOT the Hobbyking S500 frame, this one came from Ebay*****
VVV Here are the pics VVV
Last edited by llambkin; Jul 11, 2014 at 08:36 AM. Reason: Added P.S.
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Aug 23, 2014, 05:57 PM
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Hi, what motors are you using on this rig?
Aug 24, 2014, 08:12 AM
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Aug 29, 2014, 06:30 PM
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Nice mate. I have same frame...

How long are you flying with these motors? I have the same motors too. What is you s500 weight?

I am using theses motors in a f450 with 10 inch carbon prop 3s setup. Total weight is 1kg with 2200 battery and i can fly hard for 10 minutes.. This motors is a beast. plenty of power.
Oct 17, 2014, 12:42 PM
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Originally Posted by llambkin
Hey guys, this is my first post here. I haven't seen any reviews for my new quadcopter frame. So here it goes....
I really like this frame, it is VERY strong! In comparison to the other DJI clone frames, this one is of very high quality, and if you get the integrated version, you get the ability to solder your XT60 or T connectors directly to the bottom plate. You also get carbon rods impregnated into the arms, I have heard that some of the cheaper (glass fibre) versions not having the carbon rods in the arms.

All up it is easy to build, and the legs provided are strong, they are a bit floppy when twisting the frame on a flat surface, but they are easy to land on.

The only complaint I have with the frame is that it doesnt have another mounting tray for FPV/camera gear. There are plenty of holes at the front to mount a plate to the frame, but it seems to be a little floppy when I put my GoPro mount on there.

P.S. *****This is NOT the Hobbyking S500 frame, this one came from Ebay*****
VVV Here are the pics VVV

Hi!

Can you please give me the link to the seller on ebay?

Are you still happy with the frame?

Best regards

Andreas
Oct 19, 2014, 12:05 AM
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I am looking for this setup also, but with a reptile layout...
Dec 30, 2014, 03:00 AM
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very nice im actually setting one up soon
Dec 30, 2014, 03:41 PM
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I just ordered one my self, in fact should be here tomorrow,
going to be putting the new MiniX on it
Jan 02, 2015, 11:24 PM
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Something to watch out for...

Although both HobbyKing versions appear to have Carbon Fibre rods in the arms, the ones on eBay and other Chinese sites don't.

For those sites it seems only the PCB versions have the CF rod (See text "There is a carbon fiber stick in the arm of PCB versions"), and the GF version does not.

Quick way to tell is the versions with Carbon Fiber reinforcement have slots in the arms where you can see the CF rod.

HK are pretty clear in their description that their non-PCB version has a CF rod, and I don't see any complaints... so heres hoping..
Jan 04, 2015, 02:40 PM
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Something to watch out for...

Although both HobbyKing versions appear to have Carbon Fibre rods in the arms, the ones on eBay and other Chinese sites don't.

For those sites it seems only the PCB versions have the CF rod (See text "There is a carbon fiber stick in the arm of PCB versions"), and the GF version does not.

Quick way to tell is the versions with Carbon Fiber reinforcement have slots in the arms where you can see the CF rod.

HK are pretty clear in their description that their non-PCB version has a CF rod, and I don't see any complaints... so heres hoping..

Yeah unfortunately for me that something I found out about after I made a purchase on eBay but luckily I ended up getting the right one I wanted with the carbon fiber rod.
The bad thing about getting it from Hobbyking for me anyways it's coming from overseas and it literally seem to take forever to get here, not to mention the shipping is kind of pricey.

This online RC store in my opinion is one of the best they always answer my emails quickly and shipping is extremely quick:
http://www.cnchelicopter.com/

And they do carry the frame with PCB carbon fiber rod for 40 bucks here's a link.
http://www.cnchelicopter.com/qt-s500...e-kit-sk-s500/

I just wish that they sell replacement parts such as arms and landing legs
Jan 04, 2015, 02:59 PM
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Here is my s500 as it sets for the moment. The MiniX is a new flight controllers so Im testing it out before I do my final install to the frame.

I'm going to be adding a tarot gimbal and Crab style landing skid and of course fpv camera and video transmitter.
Not really a big fan of the legs they sure are wobbly, but are easy to land on.

I post pictures of my final build once I have all my parts in and after I do additional testing on the new flight controller
Jan 05, 2015, 05:50 AM
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The bad thing about getting it from Hobbyking for me anyways it's coming from overseas and it literally seem to take forever to get here, not to mention the shipping is kind of pricey.
Tell me about it I'm waiting for 4 orders since late December...waiting...waiting...!

I'll check those other sites out. [Removed comments about HobbyKing/Speedpost - although tracking says its still in Singapore, it arrived the next day. Actually quite fast. HobbyKing redeemed!)

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Here is my s500 as it sets for the moment.
VERY nice setup. It looks well organised compared to most builds I've seen, not messy. Good job, thanks for the pics. . Hopefully I can make mine just as good.
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Jan 05, 2015, 01:57 PM
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can i use 4s right?
Jan 05, 2015, 10:02 PM
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Tell me about it I'm waiting for 4 orders since late December...waiting...waiting...!

I'll check those other sites out. Definitely will be looking elsewhere after this "Speedpost" debacle... very disappointing HK I've logged a job requesting they correct "Australian Express Channel" to say Singapore Super-Slow Post instead.



VERY nice setup. It looks well organised compared to most builds I've seen, not messy. Good job, thanks for the pics. . Hopefully I can make mine just as good.
Hey thanks!!
I just placed order yesterday for a taranis x9d plus so I'll be able to shuck some of that wiring.
I still have to add to gimbal and FPV camera but shouldn't be too much more wiring than what's already there.
I should have everything done in about a week I'll post more pictures then
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Jan 05, 2015, 10:03 PM
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can i use 4s right?
Yes you can!

I'm running 3s because I have a slew of 2200mAH batteries laying around from my 250 quads, I'm running two packs parallel


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