I Purchased this as a first build from scratch for me. I read about the legs being a concern & thought they would be ok, However I have just completed my 5th flight & had a slight bounce on landing, next thing I know is the props hitting the floor ! The legs are in deed very weak.
I cannot stress how much this can put you off this machine, I would love to be able to put a different type of undercarriage on it!
Other than the legs everything else is spot on.I wanted to build a quad from scratch to fly a Gopro 4. Overall I'm happy with the product, but if I would have to do it again I would get a S550 hex and 4S battery because of the extra lift capacity. Without the gimbal I get 14 min of very gentle flying with a 3S 5000mAh nanotech battery and 10x4.5 props. With gimbal ~10 min.
Two things to consider are the screws are of poor quality, after assembling/dissembling the frame a couple of times during building the heads have worn out. Furthermore I have lost a couple of the screws during flight.. Secondly the legs are very poor quality and break very easily! The rest of the frame is very strong, I have a pretty bad crash and only the legs broke!
Multistar 2216-800kv motors
MultiStar 30A BLHeli-S ESC
Gemfan 10x4.5 and 11x4.5 props
5000mAh 3S lipo
DJI Naza-m V2
DJI Zenmuse H3-3D
My gain settings:
[Pitch, roll, yaw, vertical]
Basic: 120, 120, 100, 120
Attitude: 100, 100
Angular rates: 200, 200Very lightweight, easy to assemble. I love it.This frame is sturdy and easy to assemble, the legs are plastic but sturdy, However there is not much room for my Naza m lite flight controller. I mounted it on the bottom plate and the top plate pushes against the flight controller when I mount the top plate. I don't have any room to put my battery strap through the top plate. I wish HK would have put in the item description that this frame best fits slim flight controllers.con este inicie en los quadcopterGreat frame. Very stable and perfect for aerial video. I'm using 2212 motors with 9045 props (switching to 1050) and it runs smooth as silk. If no camera gimbal is used, ensure battery is slid forward to form a good balance. Landing gear are more fragile than toothpicks, but replacements are cheap and plentiful. The plates are rather narrow, pretty much forcing location of the FC to the top, but still well laid out.Excellent frame, well finished, strong arms and the integrated solder point for the XT60 is perfect. I Just finished this frame with Naza Lite upgraded to Naza MV2( thanks Naza Upgrade Project!), Sunny sky 2212/13 980Kv, the new Flycolor 20A Raptors with Bl Heli, and 1045 Gemfan carbon nylon props. However the Naza will NOT fit between plates without touching so I added some spacers between bottom plate and arms. A couple of millimetres is all that's needed. Perfect combo on 3s power, and using the Multistar 5200mah I get approx 15 mins. Next will be adding a dual battery mount and testing some Nano Tech 4s batteries with 9045's. Great frame and for the money a super deal,highly recommended! Look forward to building the S550 for AP and FPV. Thanks HobbyKingI bought this frame as an entry into quad flying. It has survived several hard crashes only requiring a replacement landing skid. The screws going through the skid and into the lower part of the arms are a bit short and can pull out. I would recommend purchasing some screws a few mm longer if the frame is going to have a hard time. Very good frame to start with and probably very good for an experienced flyer as well.I like the way the frame went together. I'm spinning 11x5.5 props using 35 series motors. FC is a pixhawk. It's very fast and stable. However, one of my arms had a manufacturing defect and broke as soon as I gave the motors some throttle. Replacement arms are only $5, so buy spare arms right off the bat.Awesome quality, very strong, arms are very stiff. Bargain price. I also have the S550 which is even better. 5/5.
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