Are you serious about your quad racing? Then here's some exciting news for you. As used by Nytfury from our own Team Multistar crew, the ARC 200 by Darkside Quads has arrived!
For Nytfury the ARC 200 is the "go to" frame. Manufactured from the highest quality CNC machined carbon fiber, these frames are almost indestructible and with a 2mm body and 4mm thick arms. The ARC 200 will withstand just about anything you can throw at it. By using a single bolt through design of the centre stack, four bolts go all the way through the bottom deck to the top deck and separates this frame from anything we have seen for strength. Add to that, slick knurled quality metal fixing spacers and you have yourself a sensational quad racer that goes together easily and has proven itself to be a winner time and time again.
Designed and refined by Stevie1Dur and Nytfury from Team Multistar, the ARC 200's central mini-tower setup makes for a very maneuverable machine that is quick as it is nimble.
The results speak for themselves; since launch the ARC200 has:
- Won the MultiGP Championship
- Set the MultiGP UTT1 World Record time trial
- Set the MultiGP UTT2 World Record time trial
- Top Qualified at the French Drone Nationals
Size: 170 x 170 x 47mm
1 x Naze F3 Flight Controller
4 x Multistar Elite 2204-2300Kv
4 x Multistar 30A ESC BLHeli
4 x DAL 5045 3 Blade Propellers
1 x Power Distribution Board
1 x Quanum Elite VTX
1 x Aomway Antenna
1 x Graphene 1300~1500mAh 4S Lipoly Battery
1 x Multistar battery strap
1 x Quanum Cyclops Headset
1 x FPV Camera
1 x Turnigy Radio TX and RX
Hmotnost ( g )
Comes in a tiny box, parts look nicely made and there are two bolt options for the FC.
It's a bit challenging to fit FPV transmitter and receiver antennas so I made a top plate for it from some thin black anodised aluminium, that takes any heat from the FPV tx and allowed me to mount 5.8 and 2.4GH antennas. Obviously adding more to the frame gets away from it's naked light design but many users could probably sacrifice a few grams for robust and easy build. I like the design for the engineering simplicity but do feel there should be a separate "simple" top plate option that will mount the FPV TX with antenna vertically behind the FC.
Great frame for those who want to go super simple and can work out how to mount stuff.Just finished my build on this yesterday. No fpv gear on it, just the basic flight package.
I used a Matek PDB and a Naze32 rev 5 controller with DYS 20A ESCs and DYS 2205 2300Kv racing motors. The trick with these small frames is to direct solder everything. The frame comes with 4 extra long screws and some fiberglass washers for mounting the PDB on the bottom of the stack (use the washers to make sure the PDB does not contact the carbon fibre frame). Next, use the short spacers to mount the controller and then the taller ones to complete the stack and add the "X" to the top of the frame. I originally used an OrangeRx satellite for my Rx but had a problem with it and swapped it out for a CPPM Rx.
As far as the camera mount goes, there are holes in the frame that line up with my Foxeer mount but the top of the second plate gets in the way. As I'm typing this I've just realized that what I thought was the bottom place is probably the upper plate and switching them will solve that problem (doh!). Anyway, very satisfied with the quality of this frame. It does take a little ingenuity to make everything fit but the results seem worthwhile.
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