By eMarcel on Aug 15, 2018

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The NANO 130H 130mm frame is a low budget freestyle "DEAD CAT" frame for 3 inch builds. Dead cat style design ensures no props in the view, which is RunCam SPLIT in this case, for HD recordings. It is very flexible frame, it provides 20mm and 30mm mounting in the centre of gravity, some early frames came with mounting holes also in a top plate which is a very nice touch. It enables builders to use 20x20 stack in combination with a split board (30x30), mounted to the top plate - there is enough clearance for 3 20x20 boards and one 30x30 bard. It's very easy to build and work on in a later stage. The parts are mix of low budget and some good quality in order to not let you down when cruising, or when enjoying much more dynamic freestyle mode. It takes 3s or lightweight 4s LiPos. I'm usually using two types of LiPos: Tattu 1050mAh 3s & Nano Tech 850mAh - having the same flight times (~4-5 mins) on both, however Tattus feel a bit heavier. I painted frame's edges myself.


  • Unibody, flexible frame in terms of mounting holes and clearance
  • LiPo can go on top or under the frame
  • 3-inch freestyle quadcopter under 200 grams
  • VTX control via OSD (Tramp protocol)
  • All in one F4 8k/8k FC - keeps the build very clean
  • BLHeli_32 - very smooth feeling (when set each motor PWM to 48khz)
  • Soft mounted FC and motors
  • Camera: 1080P/60fps HD Recording + WDR

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I recommend to use some decent soldering station, 63/37 leaded solder and a heat gun. The rest of the tooling involves regular screw drivers, scissors, heat shrinks and magnification glass! In general, this is very fast build because of AIO FC, all that have to be done is to solder motors, a receiver an LED+Buzzer and FPV system. The VTX is powered directly from a LiPo and then it powers FPV Cam. That FC however, requires some precision and experience when soldering to little tiny solder pads. Be careful with the LED strip and a buzzer - I used a spare ground pad instead of buzz dedicated one which I found very difficult to solder to.

Betaflight Configuration

  1. Standard BF configuration:
    • On UART1 enable Serial RX for your receiver
    • Set the UART6 Peripherals to "IRC Tramp" - this is for VTX configuration via OSD
    • DSHOT600 and 8 kHz / 8 kHz (note the CPU utilization)
  2. I'm also configuring reversed props in BF and setting ESCs accordingly
  3. You'll need to download BLHeliSuite32 [ ] Well known BLHeli Configurator is not compatible with BLHELI_32.
  4. In section Configuration:
    • Board and Sensor Alignment set Yaw Degrees = 270 - this is to address the rotated flight controller.
    • Trim Arming = 180 (that's for the turtle mode)
    • Other Features enable: LED Strip, OSD, Anti Gravity and Dynamic Filter
  5. PID Filters:
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  6. I keep LED configured to Larson scanner :)
  7. The rest of the settings according to your wishes, OSD, PIDs

Don't forget to flash ESCs and FC to the latest firmware release. And check if FAILSAFE works as expected!!

Changes via CLI Console:

Original mapping was as follows:


New mapping:

resource MOTOR 1 A03
resource MOTOR 2 B00
resource MOTOR 3 A02
resource MOTOR 4 B01


Part List


Nano 130H 130mm Wheelbase 2.5mm Arm FPV Racing Drone Frame Kit 32g

Flight Controller

Lumenier ALPHA AIO Flight Controller (F4 FC, 4x 30A BLHeli_32 ESC, OSD, PDB, Curr) (22 builds)


4 X Racerstar Racing Edition 1407 BR1407 3500KV 2-3S Brushless Motor for 150 180 200 RC Multirotor (18 builds)


dys XT30453 3045 Three-blade Propeller 6 Pairs - $4.07 | (2 builds)

FPV Camera (80 builds)
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FPV Transmitter

Matek 5.8G 40CH 25/200/500mW switchable Video Transmitter VTX-HV with 5V/1A BEC Output for RC FPV Racing Drone (17 builds)


Realacc RHCP Super mini UXII Stubby 5.8GHz 1.6dBi FPV Antenna For TX RX Fatshark Goggles RC Drone (41 builds)


FrSky R9 Mini 900MHz Long Range Receiver (57 builds)


Tattu 1050mAh 11.1V 75C 3S1P Lipo Battery Pack
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Misc Parts

Realacc Carbon Fiber Battery Protection Board with Tie Down Strap for X Frame kit for RC Drone FPV Racing (10 builds)

Misc Parts

4 PCS Realacc M3*7+4.5 Flight Controller Anti-Vibration Fixed Screws for RC Drone FPV Racing (49 builds)

Misc Parts

HGLRC Super Mini 1.38g WS2812 Colorful LED w/ 5V Active Alarm Buzzer Support Cleanflight Betaflight (19 builds)

Misc Parts

4PCS Silicone Anti-vibration Motor Pad in for 13XX 14XX Series Motor Black Red RC Drone (3 builds)

Misc Parts

Wire Mesh Guard Black 3mm (1mtr)
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sim_tcr   Sep 15, 2019  

Do you remember the frame weight alone?

DPJ   Aug 16, 2018  

BTW, how are you finding the Split? I'm torn between that and the Caddx version.

eMarcel   Aug 16, 2018 

I really like it. Never had any major issues with it and V2 board is very stable and works flawlessly. What I found important is to ensure that the ribbon is well secured and attached to the board and the camera. I'm also very happy with video quality and 60 fps. Currently I've got two SPLIT quads. I can't comment anything on Caddx, but I comapre it more to split mini rather than split.

DPJ   Aug 16, 2018 

Thanks loads for the info, really appreciate it.

DPJ   Aug 16, 2018  

Great looking Quad, and a superb write up. Awesome job :D

eMarcel   Aug 16, 2018 

Thanks mate!

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