BandoRacers Twiglet

By daich on Feb 13, 2019

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my attempt to build the ultimate city ripper

I find Karl's designs to not only be great lookers but are strong and well thought out.
He stocks some of his frames in the UK and the rest can be found in his Armattan Productions store

The FC was mounted upside down. Mind the USB port and make sure your pod allows access to it.
Extending the motor wires was a pain. I can probably save a gram and not use silicone tape for the wires but that's what I had at the time.
The combination of vtx split out from an eachine HC48D AIO camera and the NBD BeeEye & pod is super light.
This 1.8mm prototype turned out a sprightly 31g!

--14 Jan 2019 maiden flight! 3.5 to 4 minutes on 260mah is incredible


Part List


Twiglet. 65mm Whoop conversion (5 builds)

Flight Controller

Whoop Flight Controllers for - Toothick FC - RaceDayQuads (48 builds)


4 x Happymodel SE0802 1-2S brushless motor 16000KV for Mobula7 (7 builds)


10 Pairs Kingkong 65mm Blade Propeller Prop 20Pcs for 720 8520 Coreless Motor DIY Micro Quadcopter (30 builds)

FPV Camera

NewBeeDrone BeeEye FPV Camera (23 builds)

FPV Transmitter

Eachine AIO FPV 5.8G 25mW 48CH VTX 600TVL CMOS 1/4 inch Camera For Aurora 90 100 RC Drone FPV Racing (2 builds)


260mAh 1S Lipo HV Battery (8PCS) (18 builds)


2pcs GNB 300mAh 2S 80C/160C 7.6V LiPo Battery HV 2S LiHv Battery with XT30 Plug for Micro FPV Racing Drone Brushless Quadcopter (4 builds)


DJI FPV Remote Controller (Mode 2) (60 builds)


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)


DJI Digital HD FPV Goggles (145 builds)


FatShark Dominator V2 Headset System Goggles Video Glasses 600 X 480 VGA
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HD Camera

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

HD Camera

GoPro HERO7 Black Action Camera (102 builds)

Video Receiver

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

Video Receiver

ImmersionRC rapidFIRE w/ Analog PLUS Goggle Receiver Module (178 builds)

Video Receiver

TBS Fusion (44 builds)

Radio Module

TBS Crossfire Micro TX V2 (154 builds)

Battery Charger

iSDT SC-620 Smart Charger (500W)
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Soldering Iron

MINI TS100 Digital OLED Programmable Interface DC5525 Soldering Iron Station Built-in STM32 Chip (265 builds)


Upgraded MINI ES121 Electric Screwdriver Smart Repairtools Built-in STM32 Chip OLED with Screwbits (2 builds)


Turnigy Transmitter Bag / Carrying Case


SpeedyBee Bluetooth USB Adapter
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Misc Supplies

VIFLY ShortSaver 2 Smoke Stopper (2 builds)
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Misc Supplies

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

Misc Supplies

TrueRC X-AIR 5.8GHz Crosshair Antenna (RHCP) (4 builds)
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Misc Supplies

Foxeer Lollipop 2 Stubby 5.8G Omni Antenna(2pcs)

Misc Supplies

ISDT BattGo BG-8S Smart Battery Checker Balancer Receiver Signal Tester Quick Charge Function (4 builds)
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Thomaat   Feb 13, 2019  

That frame is better than the toothpick in my opinion, it can mount every 1103!

daich   Feb 13, 2019 

there wil be a 3mm version of this frame...meaning mounting a 1206 or a 1304 and spin 3" props will actually be viable! With all the HD whoop hype it's only a matter of time for someone to release a decent FC/ESC AIO that will be able to push such a setup

matthew saigon   Feb 24, 2019 

here's an idea. but i need a frame for it, thicker frame. betafpv 3s 15a whoop stack, 3s 1105 motors, gf3025, weight 60-65g dry

BandoRacers   Mar 01, 2019 

you can get this frame in 3mm

matthew saigon   Feb 21, 2019  

if i'm going to use 20x20 stack, can i still use 3" props ? i want to build 20x20 stack 1104 gemfan 3025. will it work ? btw i just ordered this frame.

daich   Feb 22, 2019 

I'm scheming up an ultra lite 3" beast as well, not too far from what you've described :P
I haven't fitted a 20x20 yet but yeah it will be tight depending on how much the overhang is on the stack
I might go 1102 or 1103 though as you can get them close to half the weight of 1104 (~6g)

crisat   Feb 18, 2019  

Hey... I like this frame a lot but the canopy seems very weak. By the way, is the badmington court where you are flying in Old street in London??

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crisat   Feb 18, 2019 

Aha :) I played badmington in this gym at the beginning of Feb. I thought it was a great place to fly, but it was freezing so I just played badmington with a scarf.. :) I live in clapham junction :)

daich   Feb 21, 2019 


crisat   Feb 21, 2019 

:) it would be nice to meet and fly together

KryptoSteel24   Feb 14, 2019  

Change out that connector for xt30 bro, far better performance according to KababFPV

daich   Feb 15, 2019 

Yes, that is a thought. Although Kabab is running 1103 motors. I might do later but I'm enjoying the lightweight setup. Add xt30 will add quite a bit of weight as the packs weigh more. I did this with a mobula7 and didn't see much benefit (I'm running the mobula7 motors here) and actually because of the added weight (including eos2 thoough), lost it's agility. Then eventually the higher gauge pigtail ripped off the positive pad which rendered the FC useless :(

I'll be building another one with bigger motors and that will definitely need xt30 but for this one, I'm really enjoying it at 31g (I have some ideas to get it down to about 27g)

jwangdk   Feb 14, 2019  

God damn its nice!!!

SkyLine FPV   Feb 13, 2019  

I prefer Kabab's setup better. Now that his frame can mount 3 and 4 hole 1103s, it seems like the obvious option.

daich   Feb 13, 2019 

shipping costs to UK are more than the frame itself though!
also note that the 3 hole amax that he recommends is different than the 3 hole 0802/0803/0703 found on mobula/trashcan/happymodel motors

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