Golden Armattan Chameleon Ti

By flux_fpv on Mar 30, 2018

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Not long after Armattan released their Rooster, they gave in to Chameleon fans and produced a slight variant of their amazing Chameleon frame, offering it with the Ti camera cage. Lots of builders out there were customizing their cages through an anodizing process. I opted to go with titanium nitride coating using physical vapor deposition. Obviously not something I can do myself, so sent the parts out to Titanium Gun in California. As the name suggests, they primarily coat firearm parts, but they have done non-firearm-related jobs for me in the past, and were happy to coat the two cam braces, a titanium standoff, and a couple of M3 button-head screws to complete the gold look. Turn around was about 7-10 days.

Build was fairly straighforward. The combination of the Matek FCHUB-VTX and F722 board, connected using the little ribbon cable as supplied with the FC, makes it a relatively clean build. I wanted the XT-60 out the back so I cut down the carbon fiber VTX holder supplied by Armattan. To make up for the resulting lost mount for receiver antennae, I used Shapeways to print off an antenna holder designed by Airmaxx23, same idea as the carbon fiber add-on sold by Armattan for the Chameleon.

FC updated to BF3.3, FCHUB-VTX updated with v1.5, and ESCs updated with latest firmware. R-XSR firmware was updated with FPort protocol and, following the directions on the Matek website for CLI syntax, it seems to work well; I have all channels responding in Betaflight, loads of telemetry on my Taranis, and looks like RSSI coming through on Ch. 16. Camera control working with cam OSD connected directly to S6 on FC (no resistor needed, it appears), otherwise followed Bardwell's video to get the resource mapping done.

Still haven't had a chance to maiden this thing (as of 30 March 2018) so maybe put a little asterisk on everything above until it's proven itself airworthy! Hope you enjoy it.

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Eightamrock   Jan 29, 2019  

That gold is fantastic, what voltage did it take to get it that color?

flux_fpv   Apr 17, 2018 
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Haha, would it be too much?! At that price I have to at least give 'em a try.

emorf fpv   Apr 09, 2018  
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really nice!

FrenchB   Apr 03, 2018  
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Geeat job going the extra step with the gold brackets.

Jodie Froster   Mar 30, 2018  
1

My god... it just looks SO GOOD!

flux_fpv   Apr 02, 2018 

Thanks, definitely enjoyed the build. I just hope she flies as good as she looks!

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