Ninja

By elliotdickison on Dec 20, 2020

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I christened this the "Ninja" because it uses Flywoo's ninja motors and I intended it to be an agile freestyle build, but I didn't pay enough attention to weight and it started out as a brick at 775g with a Hero 8. It's been through two rebuilds (analog -> DJI air unit and then DJI air unit -> Caddx vista) and is currently closer to 650g with a Runcam 5 Orange. "Frankenstein" would be a more fitting name. It flies excellent though, in no small part thanks to the 5" preset tune from UAV tech.

There's nothing particularly special about the build itself. The Vista (20x20) is awkwardly stacked on top of the ESC (30.5x30.5) because that's where the air unit that it replaced was positioned (the air unit doesn't fit in the rear of the Source One frame because of the standoffs). I used a 3d-printed stack adapter from RDQ and it worked fine. This probably results in better weight distribution anyway. The one bit of bling is some purple LED racewire which looks pretty cool in the dark.

Here's some cinematic flying with the GoPro Hero 8 + ReelsteadyGo:

And here's some freestyle with the Runcam 5 Orange and no stabilization:

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Part List

Frame

RDQ Source One V3 5" Freestyle Frame - 4mm V0.3 Arms (18 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$26.95

Flight Controller

Flywoo Goku F722 Mini 20x20 Flight Controller - Choose Your Version (10 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$34.88

ESCs

Holybro Tekko32 F3 45A 4-in-1 ESC (30 builds)
Getfpv.com
$56.99

Motors

4 x FLYWOO NIN PLUS N2207.5 FPV MOTOR Titanium (Choose KV) (BLACK FRIDAY)
Pyrodrone.com
$39.96

Propellers

HQ Prop ETHIX S5 5x4x3 Tri-Blade 5" Prop 4 Pack - Light Grey (75 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$3.49

FPV Camera

Caddx Vista Digital HD System for DJI HD FPV (98 builds)
Pyrodrone.com
$164.99

Antenna

Rush FPV Cherry 5.8GHz SMA Antenna 2 Pack -RED - (RHCP or LHCP) (16 builds)
Pyrodrone.com
$20.99

Receiver

TBS Crossfire Nano Rx - FPV LONG RANGE DRONE RECEIVER (1291 builds)
Team-blacksheep.com
$24.95

Batteries

RDQ Series 14.8V 4S 1300mAh 100C LiPo Battery - XT60 (88 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$20.49

Radio

FrSky Taranis QX7 ACCESS 2.4GHz RC Transmitter - Choose Your Color (254 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$129.99

Goggles

DJI Digital HD FPV Goggles (125 builds)
Getfpv.com
$529.00

HD Camera

GoPro HERO8 Black - Waterproof Action Camera with Touch Screen 4K Ultra HD Video 12MP Photos 1080p Live Streaming Stabilization (30 builds)
Amazon.com
$299.96

Radio Module

Team BlackSheep TBS Crossfire TX | Heli-Nation.com (11 builds)
Heli-nation.com
$208.95

Battery Charger

HOTA D6 Pro 325W 15A 1-6S Dual Channel AC/DC Smart Charger w/ Wireless Cellphone Charging (44 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$118.00

Backpack

RDQ FPV Backpack w/ Optional Rain Fly (17 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$79.99
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