AirbladeUAV Eclair 2.5"

By Etolier on Jul 03, 2018

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I'm a fan of micro quads, they make small spaces much larger - when I first started out this was the only quad I could fly in my yard without crashing. Airblade has a good thing going with their micros, and the Eclair is super cool for how simple and how light it is.

Originally I had RX1107 7600kv motors on this rig but the 4500kv RS1106 can put up with the 4S power much better. There are surely 4500kv motors out there with better reputations, but I had these on hand and they do work pretty well here.

Runcam's Split Mini is for the most part a good way to record HD on a micro size setup, but I haven't been able to get the UART control functionality working on any of the Split Minis, and they all seem to have a lot of mid to high frequency noise in the audio recording that almost makes it unusable without an extreme amount of EQ. The video does look pretty good regardless. Still, I'm tempted to switch to a Predator V2 and Runcam DVR Mini, because the DVR does a really good job with only one 20x20 board and the FOV on a full-size camera is much nicer to inhabit. Having the extra room wouldn't hurt, it was tough to cram a Stealth 200w VTw behind the camera!

In order to get telemetry on the Micro Lux, I had to use the inversion pad on the R-XSR. Apart from that the 20x20 Lux is a good FC, I've also used one in a flying wing with some success.

Airblade has some new 'Pro' versions of the Eclair now, and I think this is now called the Eclair 'Lite', and it's the version I would still prefer. It's plenty light but still has the capability to carry 4 20x20 boards, which is crazy. It's got relatively dead-cat stability and has serious get-up-and-go on 4S.

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Part List

Frame

Airblade Eclair 3K Carbon Fiber Frame Kit V2, 2.5 inches (5 builds)
Getfpv.com
$28.99

Flight Controller

Lumenier MICRO LUX V2 - F4 Flight Controller + OSD (20 builds)
Getfpv.com
$26.99

ESCs

DYS F18A Mini 4-n-1 20x20 ESC (4 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$34.99

Motors

4 x EMAX RS1106 II 4500Kv Micro Motor (32 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$51.96

Propellers

HQ Prop 2.5x3.5x3 Tri-Blade 2.5" Prop 4 Pack - Choose Your ColorGreen (27 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$1.60

FPV Camera

RunCam Split Mini 2 Micro FPV Camera / HD DVR 1080P 60 FPS Recorder (M8 or M12 Lens) - Orange (89 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$69.99

FPV Transmitter

FuriousFPV Adjustable 25/200mW STEALTH VTX RACE with PIT MODE
Store.flitetest.com
$29.95

Antenna

RDQ 5.8GHz U.FL Dipole FPV Antenna - Linear (67 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$2.99

Receiver

FrSky R-XSR 2.4GHz Micro ReceiverDefault Title (928 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$21.99

Batteries

Tattu 14.8V 4S 450mAh 75C LiPo Micro Battery Battery - XT30 (42 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$14.89

Radio

TBS Tango 2 Pro - FPV RC Radio Drone Controller (78 builds)
Team-blacksheep.com
$199.95

Radio

RadioMaster TX16S Hall Gimbals Built-in USB-C Multi-Protocol Module Radio PRIORITY SHIPPING INCLUDED (82 builds)
Heli-nation.com
$149.99

Radio

FrSky Taranis Q X7 2.4GHz 16CH Transmitter (Black) (254 builds)
Pyrodrone.com
$104.99

Goggles

Fat Shark Attitude V4 FPV Goggles Anniversary Edition (20 builds)
Getfpv.com
$349.99

Goggles

ETHIX V2 GOGGLE STRAP (2 builds)
Pyrodrone.com
$15.95

HD Camera

RunCam 5 Orange
Shop.runcam.com
$109.99

Video Receiver

ImmersionRC PowerPlay - FPV DVR (h264, 60fps)
Pyrodrone.com
$89.00

Video Receiver

SpiroNet 5.8GHz 13dBi LZR Antenna (RHCP)
Pyrodrone.com
$24.99

Video Receiver

TrueRC Singularity 5.8 SMA 90 Degree Long Antenna RHCP
Pyrodrone.com
$19.99

Video Receiver

SINGULARITY 5.8 stubby - TrueRC Canada
Truerc.ca
$19.99

Video Receiver

ImmersionRC rapidFIRE w/ Analog PLUS Goggle Receiver Module (182 builds)
Pyrodrone.com
$149.99

Radio Module

TBS Crossfire Yagi 915mHz
Team-blacksheep.com
$49.95

Radio Module

TBS Crossfire TX - Long Range R/C Transmitter (5 builds)
Team-blacksheep.com
$208.95

Radio Module

True-MoX 915 |
Truerc.ca
$19.99

Battery Charger

iSDT D2 Smart Balance Charger (11 builds)
Getfpv.com
$129.99

Soldering Iron

TS100 PORTABLE SOLDERING IRON W/XT60 Power Cable (17 builds)
Pyrodrone.com
$58.99

Accessories

ETHIX Neck Strap (3 builds)
Team-blacksheep.com
$6.99

Accessories

FrSky Vantac M4 4mm CNC Aluminum GRAND LOTUS Gimbal Stick Ends
Pyrodrone.com
$11.99
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sergetania   Jul 04, 2018  

Nice build!

Unfortunately, you will only get standard video out of the Predator+dvr which is not bad but HD from the Split is much nicer.

I have been able to control the split through a UART but the control is awkward. And all you need with the split is to push a button once in a while. Not worth wasting a whole UART for it. Telemetry and smart audio are much more useful.

Etolier   Jul 04, 2018 

Agreed, I use uart control on my larger builds, but they typically have a free uart anyway and the Split 2 has no problem with that functionality.  The Mini is just weird around the fringes I guess!  I actually like the video coming from the DVR, it's faster to edit.

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