Dead Cat Pro Quadcopter Frame Kit with Mobius Gimbal
This kit is the next step into the "Dead Cat" style configuration with or without (your choice) the mess and hassle of mounting your own dead feline to the frame.
In addition to flying your deceased family pet around at home or your favorite local flying site, this configuration is also ideal for aerial video/photography as it comes standard with a Mobius gimbal mount.
The Turnigy Mobius gimbal is a low cost, light weight, quality component 2-Axis gimbal to match the Mobius’s smaller size. It comes with quality Turnigy AX-2206 motors, perfect for their small size and being well known as a great motor. The performance of the 8-Bit Mini Alexmos BGC is robust enough to satisfy the most demanding user and with the Basecam software, it is a powerful tool for setup and tuning.
We pulled out the defibrillator and shocked some serious life in to the Dead Cat conversion! The defibrillator power core effortlessly supplies a regulated, filtered and RF noise shielded 5 volts at a whopping 3 amps for the flight controller and 12 volts at 1 amp for the hungriest of video transmitters. The camera power can be selected to either 5 volts or 12 volts depending on your camera’s requirements. The lower frame has direct solder pads for the motor ESC power lines right at the base of the arms and an XT60 connector for the battery at the rear to minimize cabling. The frame comes with power connectors at the front for your Mobius camera and gimbal, in the middle for your flight controller and at the rear for your video transmitter. The video connectors at the front and rear not only supply the voltage but also carry the audio and video signals from the front mounted camera to the rear mounted video transmitter with extra filters to eliminate any stray noise picked up between camera and the video transmitter.
The arms come from our popular S550 kit and are made of glass fiber with an inserted carbon fiber rod giving great strength. The arms are upswept to give greater stability and provide faster forward flight.
This kit includes everything necessary into to this wicked camera rig.
Clean up your layout and improve reliability by reducing connection failures. I guess this Dead Cat has 9 lives after all!
• Frame kit with 2-axis brushless gimbal and controller for Mobius camera
• AX2206 Gimbal motors
• Aexmos Gimbal controller
• Large 500mm wheelbase
• Integrated power distribution, with camera and video transmitter integrated wiring
• "Defibrillator" power shield
• Power and A/V distribution on lower frame
• Glass fiber arms reinforced with carbon fiber rod for extra strength
Gimbal controller: DYS 8bit mini Alexmos controller
Gimbal motor: Ax-2206 80T Turnigy Motor (with MX 1.5 3-pin connector)
Front arm width: 410mm
Rear arm width: 410mm
Dimensions (assembled): 452x326x183mm
Frame weight (with brushless gimbal and gimbal motors): 550g
Lower main frame plate
Upper main frame plate
All necessary hardware
Redio TX / RX
Handles real well. Roomy build area. Works great with a 300 power system, NAZA M v2 and a FrSky x8r.The overal quality is ok but there are some drawbacks. The solder on the lower board has been done in a hurry which is visible. Some points I needed to redo. Also the red power wire of the gimbal controller was not correctly soldered and broke.
Just a couple of minutes to fix all.
The manual was clear although I'd prefer to first mount the arms and then the landing skid. Otherwise it's hard to reach the arm bolts.
All in all a nice quadcopter frame with lots of space for a very nice price !I didn't have this frame for that long before I had a flyaway and haven't seen it since. I thought it was good value when on special (maybe around $US70 but not really worth considering at full price. Once I get over my flyaway I will probably do a new build using an S500 frame, which is a lot cheaper but seems good.
Instructions and ease of build were good. I didn't get around to installing the gimbal so I can't comment on that. I will probably install it on a future quad.
Good things about the design are:
Plenty of space
Easy to build
Seems solid, although I never crashed it hard.
Good power filtering.
Negative things about the design are:
XT60 plug faces backwards, which makes it hard to have the battery (mine was 450g or so) far enough forward to balance the quad without a counterweight at front. Probably OK with Gimbal and camera installed.
I found it somewhat unstable in pitch, and despite lots of PID pitch adjustments I found it tended to be unstable in pitch in high winds. Maybe could have been resolved with more tuning.
Attachment of the legs to frame is not very rigid - just one small bolt and the legs tend to rotate.
Slot at the front of the top frame plate means that it is hard to mount an FPV camera without putting an extra plate on.
What an immense value!
I paired this frame with a Jiyi P2 flight controller, both of which have little coverage on YouTube or RCG. Another unonown was the power system, from LD-Power. Everything was on sale, the frame for 90, FC for 46, FPV combo cor 29, and l motor/ESC combo for 60. So, for $225 and my own Mobius, I now had a camera ship! With a gimbal, no less!
The frame had one fault, in that the video traces on the PDB/Lower Deck didn't work, a very easy fix, especially as my OSD renders the feature kind of pointless. Otherwise, the upswept arms and BEC, that they called the Defibrillator, are features I wish Hobbyking would include on more full size frames. The instructions, however are probably its best feature, the best I've seen from a Chinese model. The gimbal requires it's own PID tuning, very easy thanks to the Basecam GUI. I thought it was going to be intimidating but YouTube wtf!
Look up the willdoryder channel on YouTube for a review and videos!This thing is actually a great bargain. Especially at this reduced price. Maybe everyone is moving into 250 FPV, I'm actually going to make this one into a 500 FPV! :)good copter-kit with very good gimbal
4 krones, because the arms are not especially strong
and there are no spareparts