Ethix CineRat 3" 6S DJI + GoPro

By revnelson on Mar 24, 2020

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This is my first drone build. I ordered a GepRC Rocket Lite to start with after a learning the bare minimum in Liftoff. A friend shipped this frame to me from the States (I live in Shanghai, China) and due to Covid-related factory slowdowns it arrived not long after the Rocket Lite actually arrived. Because of this, I haven't had much actual flying time, so the flight footage is nothing remotely impressive.

With my wobbly, just-trying-to-stay-in-the-sky flying, I get about 7+ minutes without a GoPro and 5+ with the GoPro on a Tattu 6S 1050mAh 95C battery.

I have the TBS USB-C power cable to power the GoPro from a 5V output on the flight controller but didn't actually get it working yet. Haven't figured out why... So that should shave some weight from not needing the GoPro battery. Hopefully that can keep the flight time around 5 minutes as my flying progresses.

With the printed guards on, the propellers were scraping a bit against the guards. I did a couple flights to see if it would chip enough away from the guards, but the motors were getting hot. I'm waiting on some different props to try, but in the mean time I have taken the guards off and it flies great with lots of power. Again, I only have the GepRC Rocket Lite to compare it to.

Below is some flight footage from a GoPro run in my neighborhood. Turn on CC to see the DJI OSD info. I haven't changed any PIDs from default Betaflight 4.1 yet, but I did turn on Bidirectional D-Shot and the new dynamic filtering. I'm sure there are plenty of improvements that can be had by tuning the PIDs, but I'm just so new to flying that I wouldn't even know yet what is my fault and what can be tuned out. Regardless, I'm having so much fun...

Weights (without prop guards):

  • Base - 250g
  • With Battery - 422g
  • With Battery & GoPro - 561g (Includes GoPro battery, mounting screw, and ND Filter plus lens clip for GoPro 8)


Part List


Ethix CineRat (Carbon and Hardware Parts) (10 builds)

Flight Controller

SucceX-D Mini F7 TwinG 2-8S TwinG Flight Controller (ICM20689) (4 builds)


SucceX Mini 40A 2-6S 4-in-1 ESC Dshot1200 (3 builds)


4 x XING X1507 FPV NextGen Motor (black) (2 builds)


HQ Prop Duct-3 CineWhoop Prop - Get Yours Today! - RMRC (2 builds)

FPV Camera

Caddx Vista Kit\ Air Unit Lite (42 builds)


TBS Crossfire Nano Rx (SE) - FPV LONG RANGE DRONE RECEIVER (412 builds)


TATTU R-Line 1050mAh 6s 95C Lipo Battery (50 builds)


TBS Tango 2 Pro - FPV RC Radio Drone Controller (91 builds)


DJI Digital HD FPV Goggles (128 builds)

3D Printed

Ethix CineRat (3DP Parts) (4 builds)

Misc Parts

ETHIX Battery Straps V2 (4pcs) (2 builds)

Battery Charger

HOTA H6 Pro 26A/200W AC/DC Charger with balance board and charging cable


Ethix Goggle Strap V2
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Mikerossi   Aug 24, 2020  

Hi mate, could I know what are you filtering and pids?
I just finished building it and I just did a test fly for like 20 seconds and the motors are burning hot.
Xing 1507 2800kv
Im using 6s 1300mha( I know its super heavy) but should be fine as would be even heavier with a gopro 8 and 6s 850mha, and I have seen on YouTube people flying 1050 6s with gopro 8.

hvilorio   May 27, 2020  

Hi, I built a similar CineRat, but I'm getting motor desync when I pump throttle to full very quickly, I think it might be a configuration issue, because it does the same with 3 different ESC and 2 FC, I just tried to change on the ESC side the Motor Timing to Auto and the Demag Compensation to High and smoked a motor. Can you share your PIDs and your ESC settings? Thanks in advance!

fr3style   Jun 02, 2020 

Did you use the Flatrat motors? check it the magenst have come loose!

Artyrodrigo   May 18, 2020  

I wish I would have read this before I bought the frame. I had the Cadxx Vista specifically in mind. Sounds like it's gonna be a challenge!!

Skywakka FPV   Apr 03, 2020  

Do you know what size hex the m2 hardware uses? just got mine and it's not a 1.5mm like i thought it would be.

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Skywakka FPV   Apr 15, 2020 

Thanks for the info. I finally got mine finished. I just added washers to the bolts until i get my motor plates. i even ordered a second frame thinking it was just a mistake and the second frame didn't have them either so now tbs has sent me two sets. One retailer told me they come with the 3d print kit which makes zero sense. I ended up using my own hardware as well but need to order more 12mm bolts for when my motor plates arrive... who knows when that will be. coming from china.

revnelson   Apr 20, 2020 

Luckily I'm in China at the moment, so I'm sort of getting these things as the factories open up, but I'm still left feeling less and less enamored with this frame. It's... okay... but I still haven't found a set of props that work with the prop guards without smacking into them. It kinda defeats the purpose. It's nice that it has room to mount a 30x30 stack plus a Caddx Vista, sure. But with that I need a new antenna solution. Plus, there's not a truly reliable way to secure the camera angle with only one screw. Plus I can't even use the prop guards (due to prop size OR the lack of carbon plates for them. I've had screws go through them and don't have washers that work for me...). Plus the GoPro mount is so far back that the DJI antenna is covered by the battery (1050mAh 6S). Maybe it's better for non DJI folks, but it's too many consessions at this point.

Skywakka FPV   Apr 23, 2020 

i know what ya mean! i ended up toilet tanking my battery cause i couldnt fit a 1000mah 4s. been using the gemfan 3052 and only one rubs ever so slightly so i heated it up and stretched it so now it doesnt rub. and its annoying that they shipped these out without motor plates. i bet it would be a lot tougher to fit everything if i was using the dji stuff

swiss_fries   Apr 09, 2020  

Could the Vista fit in the front?
I'd like to use a 30x30 stack

revnelson   Apr 09, 2020 

Yes, it can. I think you would need to use a different antenna, or an extension piece, or get creative with where you mount the antenna if it's in front. I'm planning to build a 30x30 stack with the Vista into my spare frame kit. Hopefully I can get pictures up next week.

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