The HobbyKing® Alien 560 folding quad copter is a huge shift from the boring, standard, all too-common multi-rotor frame.
The Alien is not only stylish, with its futuristic looks and innovative equipment mounting options, but the overall design helps with directional orientation bringing a new level of excitement to flying. The Alien’s ability to fold its arms makes this a highly portable solution to larger wheelbase quad copters and yet is stronger than most “fixed” frames. It also maintains a square motor wheelbase, where most foldable quads have an asymmetrical motor layout that requires some extra tuning to get them to fly straight.
Don't let the good looks fool you, from an engineering standpoint the Alien 560 is packed with innovation, with its stacked frame construction, crab landing gear with built in ESC mounts and integrated adjustable hook/rail mounting for accessories. The carbon tube arms have aluminum inserts at the end so the motor mounts can be securely clamped without fear of cracking out the carbon tube. The lightweight 3k carbon components coupled with CNC hardware make this a rigid and light platform; perfectly suited for camera gimbals, fpv or sport flying.
• Unique GPS mounting providing directional orientation and style
• Foldable for portability
• 3K carbon and CNC construction
• Hook and Rod adjustable mounting
• Integrated ESC mounting
• Square motor layout for great flight characteristics
Wheelbase: 560mm square
Size folded: 240x340x200mm
Motor: 2820-3110 (recommendation)
ESC: 30A (recommendation)
Prop: 11~12in (recommendation)
Battery: 3000~5000mah 4s 14.4V (recommendation)
It looks a bit overdesigned and on some parts a bit weak but not bad.- the motor mounts do not fit my motors, only with 2 screws
- no spare screws
- no spare parts available on HK
- no quick way to get into the "intestines" without removing the top plate and all of the screws
Overall though the folding capability is awesome, but there's a lot of tinkering to be done. Also motor mounts can rotate around the arms, so levelling has to be done really properly.This is a very good frame . It is very compact when folded. Suitable as FPV platform . Very stable in flight with a 12-inch propellers on motors 650kv 4215 from the company DYS or similar.Great frame,cool look,must have one of these.Any way the landing gear is week but you can add a retractable landing.I have purchased and built this into a powerful aerial video and photography platform for my customers. It is awesome stable and fun to fly. check it out here:
Well done HK - this is your best kit. I have also found a way engineer a soft cushion for the fragile legs and is working on offering a canopy.A bit flimsy (thin sheets of carbon) but very roomy and easy to build frame. Care must be taken when folding to avoid broken arm clips. Would be nice to get some spares for the frame.Awesome Frame! Flying it with DJI Naza v2, 14x4.7 carbon props, Zenmuse H3-3D, Afro 30Amp (Flashed with BLHeli), electric retracts (because the stock ones broke), Multistar 3508 640kv and 2x 4500mah 4s setup. Fyling super stable and all the stuff fits in my bagpack. Even my FPV gear with Fieldview 777. I mounted the GPS stand in the opposite direction.
Flighttimes about 12minutes but i think i could get more. I am careful because i crashed it with 3s setup, but only the props broke. For all the guys out there planning to built an equal setup, go for 4s with 500-600kv motors. 14 Props are fitting perfectly.Very good material and workmanship. Sheet CF parts are twill-pattern carbon fiber with a high gloss finish and the numerous aluminum fittings are nicely polished and anodized. There are a lot of parts including about 150 screws but none were missing. Every screw fit predrilled holes perfectly and engaged a threaded insert or spacer, so there are no nuts to fuss with. I added #4-40 washers under the heads of the 2.5mm deck screws to provide added bearing surface. The screw shoulders fit perfectly through the center hole.
I had some concern about strength because of the thin 1mm deck plates with no supporting frame until realizing that the design uses monocoque construction, meaning that rigidity is maintained by skin (deck plate) tension. Because of that it is important that the screws, especially the ones securing the arms, be kept tight. The arm pivot screws on mine loosened on almost every flight so I replaced them with 2.5mm x 28mm bolts that go all the way through the arms and are secured by locknuts.
Assembly was fairly straightforward but might be a challenge for the novice builder. The downloadable instructions are comprised of photos only, with no explanatory text. I followed it pretty much page by page and had no problems but experience with other kits helped get past some steps that were not well illustrated. See first comment for more
quality : average : very bad screws donot tight it :
dificulty : average and you have to open every bag while installing its components so you you dont mix the screws
manual is useless and got some wrong info about the screws of the arms
no spare parts but it looks nice and space saverGreat kit,easy build,should be strong enough to fly good.
2 of the boom clamps broke trying to get the boom locked,will you have spares?