easy as Hantu Three inch

By daich on Jul 13, 2018

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One of the the lens elements on my split started vibrating on the H130CF and Runcam stopped selling the narrow 2.5" lens for the original split which is the only lens that would fit on that frame so new frame! (and motors while i'm at it)

After a month of hunting I finally found a suitable frame that ticks all my boxes, I know it's a clone but it is not completely...
Hantu makes clones of the Mode 2 Ghost line and this is their take on a three inch version.....Mode 2 doesn't actually make a three inch so it's not entirely a clone. :) (If they did I'd be all over it!)

The cool thing is the body is the same size as the rest of the line (6,5 and 4 inch) but in this micro version, the bottom plate is one piece (which i prefer on a micro as it's lighter). This means It has mount holes for 20x20 & 30x30 which was crucial for me as the guts i was transferring over are for 30x30mm (airblade's eclair pro has been out of stock and geprc's sparrow wouldn't have worked because of the AIO's power/usb tab doesn't fit between the two aluminium vertical plates...yes i tried)

So Hantu it is!

The frame is very simple...which I love. It's 155mm stretch-X format. Bottom plate is 3mm, top is 1.5mm. The carbon is OK. I would say good chinese quality but not close at all to anything premium. Although not cut correctly so the arms are a bit flexy, the carbon is cleanly cut and looks on point.

The hardware included looks like it was for the 4"-6" kit as it includes long bolts and nuts for removable arms.
The 20mm standoffs are standard issue but have the middle bit indented...like an hourglass style - which doesn't work with the included 3d printed parts (camera mount and SMA connector mount). I used my own 25mm standoffs which was necessary to fit my triple 30mm stack. Actually the middle "stack" is just a carbon 30x30 plate which I mounted my vtx/rx onto so if I really needed to i could elimate that plate and gain a couple more millimetres.

The camera mount works fine with a bit of stretching for the Split camera which is mini swift sized. I didn't use the rear SMA mount but opted for my own 3d printed mounts for the TBS XF-Race antenna and the Lumenier AXii antenna. This really tidied things up and I think the end result looks pretty slick!

If I wasn't recycling parts and building from scratch I would go for 20x20 goodies like the emax mini magnum 2 stack and the caddx turtles camera/HD-DVR then the guts wouldn't be sticking out like a hungry lizard.

Come back to see the results from the maiden!

PS.. all Hantu's stock pictures of the three inch have the top plate on backwards haha

some unedited footage from the maiden session

Photos

Part List

Frame

modeX HANTU 3Inch 160mm 160 carbon fiber frame kit TPU3D printing parts for FPV RC cross racing drone quadcopter
Aliexpress.com
$20.69

Flight Controller

Super_s Micro Flytower 4in1 PDB / Flight Controller F4 / ESC Dshot / OSD Ready (4 builds)
Hobbyking.com
$65.55

Motors

4 PCS Cobra CP 1407 4100KV 2-4S Champion Series Brushless Motor Black for RC Drone FPV Racing (5 builds)
Banggood.com
$98.32

Propellers

3x5.2x3" 3052 3-Blade Performance FPV Racing Propeller (GemFan / 2 Pairs / Yellow) (2 builds)
Myrcmart.com
$2.90

FPV Camera

RunCam Split 2 HD/FPV Camera with Wifi Module and GoPro Quality Lens (80 builds)
Getfpv.com
$79.99

FPV Transmitter

EWRF 5.8G 48CH Raceband 0/25/100/200mW Switchable FPV Transmitter Module Support PWM/OSD Configuring (4 builds)
Banggood.com
$11.90

Antenna

Lumenier AXII U.FL 5.8GHz Antenna (RHCP) (148 builds)
Getfpv.com
$14.99

Receiver

TBS Crossfire Nano Rx - FPV LONG RANGE DRONE RECEIVER (1487 builds)
Team-blacksheep.com
$24.95

Batteries

FlexRC FPV Racing Drones | FPV Multicopter Store | Quadcopter Parts (101 builds)
Flexrc.com
$52.50

Radio

DJI FPV Remote Controller (Mode 2) (60 builds)
Getfpv.com
$299.00

Radio

Jumper T12 PLUS Open Source 16ch Radio with JP4-in-1 Multi-protocol RF Module With HALL Gimbal for RC Drone Car Boat (10 builds)
Xt-xinte.com
$109.00

Goggles

DJI Digital HD FPV Goggles (141 builds)
Airbladeuav.com
$529.00

Goggles

FatShark Dominator V2 Headset System Goggles Video Glasses 600 X 480 VGA
Hobbyking.com
See Site

HD Camera

GoPro Hero5 Black — Waterproof Digital Action Camera for Travel with Touch Screen 4K HD Video 12MP Photos (8 builds)
Amazon.com
$405.99

HD Camera

GoPro HERO7 Black Action Camera (102 builds)
Getfpv.com
$399.99

Misc Parts

3DPOWER Antenna mount for TBS CROSSFIRE XF-Race Antenna MODE 3 GHOST by 3dpowerhk
Thingiverse.com
See Site

Misc Parts

Hantu 5" AXII Antenna Mount by kah00na
Thingiverse.com
See Site

Video Receiver

GTeng T909 5.8G FPV Artifact 32CH Receiver 2 inch LCD Wearable Watch for RC UAV Quadcopter Drone Aircraft - Rcmoment.com
Rcmoment.com
$99.99

Video Receiver

ImmersionRC rapidFIRE w/ Analog PLUS Goggle Receiver Module (180 builds)
Getfpv.com
$159.99

Video Receiver

TBS Fusion (41 builds)
Team-blacksheep.com
$129.95

Radio Module

TBS Crossfire Micro TX V2 (155 builds)
Team-blacksheep.com
$69.95

Battery Charger

iSDT SC-620 Smart Charger (500W)
Hobbyking.com
See Site

Soldering Iron

MINI TS100 Digital OLED Programmable Interface DC5525 Soldering Iron Station Built-in STM32 Chip (264 builds)
Banggood.com
$53.99

Tools

Upgraded MINI ES121 Electric Screwdriver Smart Repairtools Built-in STM32 Chip OLED with Screwbits (2 builds)
Banggood.com
$99.99

Backpack

Turnigy Transmitter Bag / Carrying Case
Hobbyking.com
$7.42

Accessories

SpeedyBee Bluetooth USB Adapter
Hobbyrc.co.uk
See Site

Misc Supplies

VIFLY ShortSaver 2 Smoke Stopper (2 builds)
Hobbyrc.co.uk
See Site

Misc Supplies

FPV antennas for drones - Actuna TBS ImmersionRC - Actuna Sp. z o.o.
Actuna.com
$29.00

Misc Supplies

TrueRC X-AIR 5.8GHz Crosshair Antenna (RHCP) (4 builds)
Hobbyrc.co.uk
See Site

Misc Supplies

Foxeer Lollipop 2 Stubby 5.8G Omni Antenna(2pcs)
Foxeer.com
$19.90

Misc Supplies

ISDT BattGo BG-8S Smart Battery Checker Balancer Receiver Signal Tester Quick Charge Function (4 builds)
Banggood.com
See Site
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Discussion

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Jodie Froster   Jul 13, 2018  

All that is stopping you from doing this with 5" props is longer arms and bigger motors, why 3" instead?

daich   Jul 13, 2018 

Living in a city makes flying 5" prohibitive. I take my 5" out perhaps once a month and love every second of it.
It's just that I can fly 2.5" and 3" at many local parks around me.
And a 2" quad can be flown nearly every where!

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