The HobbyKing® Predator 650 folding quad copter is a huge shift from the boring, standard, all too-common multi-rotor frame.
The Predator is not only stylish, with its futuristic alien looks and innovative undercarriage, but the overall design helps with directional orientation and brings a new level of excitement to flying. The Predator'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 lots of tuning to get them to fly correctly.
Don't let the good looks fool you. From an engineering standpoint the Predator is packed with innovation, from its unibody construction around a center carbon core spine, to its integrated adjustable rail/hook and beam mounts for accessories. The full CNC aluminum motor mounts have an integrated ESC cooling mount machined in, and the lightweight 3k carbon components and CNC hardware make this a rigid and light platform and is perfectly suited for camera gimbals, fpv and sport flying.
The Predator has KILLER looks, functionality, engineering and quality at its futuristic core.
• Unique undercarriage providing directional orientation and style
• CNC all in one motor mounts with integrated ESC coolers
• Foldable for portability
• 3K carbon and CNC construction
• Hook and Rod adjustable mounting
• Integrated GPS mounting
• Light weight
• Square motor layout for great flight characteristics
Wheelbase: 650mm square
Size folded: 260x360x180mm
Motor: 2820-3110 (recommendation)
ESC: 30A (recommendation)
Prop: 11~12in (recommendation)
Battery: 3000~5000mah 4s 14.4V (recommendation)
Very nice and seems quite sturdy but I haven't built it yet.Great frame and looks great. Others have commented on the landing gear though it's not quite high enough for some cameras but for me it's fine. I find the landing gear plenty strong with a bit of a spring to it to soften landings. I think most confuse the springiness to it as being weak but mine has survived a few drops already. The motor mounts that came with this are way to heavy so I made up some new booms and used the mounts off of my spider 470 and saved about 110g. The front bottum boom screws are very though to get to.la qualit? du kit est tr?s satisfesante, tout s'aligne correctement, je n'est pas utilis? de plaque de distribution d'?nergie, il y a la place de mettre tous l'equipement ?l?ctronique, en revanche avec sa garde au sol tr?s faible mieux vaut mieux chang? le train pour pouvoir y installer une gimbal. tr?s bonne qualit?Awesome frame. I plan on slapping some T-Motor U3's on it. Not sure what my plans are fully for it yet though, maybe some customizing, and a NEX-5. Will be a fun graceful flyer, that's for sure.I love this frame. It was one of the first builds I completed that looked "Pro" when I was done. I have many multirotors, but this one is still my "go to" for flying to have fun, or even to get some really good aerial footage. In my opinion, it is a "BEST BUY"Shame on me, i bougth this frame for my first ever quadrocopter...
But now i can report how stable it's when you crash it ;-)
Setting up the frame
The build up is not fast and easy, some parts of the manual aren't good explained and detailed enough. Was arround 2-3 hours.
decent cabling is quit easy due the pips!
The carbon is really good processed and fits perfectly.
BUT the screws are totaly crap! Get some new and better ones if you buy this frame! You need M2,5x6,12,18 and 40 with different heads
I crashed this frame many times due being an complete noob on flying copters.
2 x times the copter fall down from ~6meters like a stone because one esc was setup to stop on low voltage.. NO damage at the frame only one prop..
i had many many hard landings.
The only part that is broken is one leg, i repaired it with glass fiber beacuse there are NO spare parts!
Can't reviewing that because i have no comparison.. imho its good
Stable a every mode and at loiter it hold postion even with hard wind
- Get better screws and take time to build up
- HEAVY but a very stable frame but don't crash parts because there are no spare.
- Compact when you fold it
- max props 12"
While the frame looks cool, there are a few things i really do not like. no good places to mount a Power distribution board, engineer should have made one of the plates a PDB. the clamps for the arms are cheap and I have 4 break already. some of the screws under the frame are very, very hard to get to. even though the center CF tube is rigid, it does allow the forward and rear parts of the frame to twist and get out of sync. If you tighten it too much it will crack the tube (which I did). Really just difficult to assemble. Granted I'm not a seasoned multirotor guru, but I do have a lot of experience putting things together. I will not be flying this one very long... maybe donate to my older son when he is ready to move on.The best looking frame that i have ever seen, the frame is well balanced, i fly it with naza, 390kv multistar motors, and a turnigy hardcase 5000mah battery, get about 24 mins flight time. the screws are little bit hard to access once the frame in assembled. I seem to have little vibrations on the frame. the frame looks gorgeous.Nice quad, fly's great with Naza V2, but what a pain in the A** to put together. I guarantee you will be putting it together and pulling apart just to get it built. Plan on hours of assembly time.The landing gear is to short to allow a gimbal to be hung off the hook and rod setup. Major design screwup as far as I'm concerned.
However, the legs are what gives the Predator its mean and distinctive look. Putting crab legs on this thing totally destroys its unique look.
Solution? I designed and laser cut totally new set of legs - closely patterned after the originals that are 180mm long vs. 129mm of the originals. Gimbal now fits fine, and the quad still retains it's cool look.
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