Airblade Transformer 5" Ultralight Long Range HD

By wrong17 on Jun 13, 2021

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If I had to choose between the BetaFPV Knight and Ummagawd 2Fiddy, the 2Fiddy will be the clear winner for my flying style. That is why I am taking the guts from the XKnight 5" and building an Airblade's Transformer 5" long-range quad. Unfortunatly I am not able to use BetaFPV's AIO FC because it does not have enough UARTs, so I end up going with a Flywoo GOKU GN 745 AIO 40A board instead. Make sure you get the whoop style board and NOT the 20x20 because the seller sent me the wrong one. The 20x20 version is too big and does not fill well. You could turn the board 90 degrees, but the USB placement will be either facing the Caddx vista VTX or the camera.

The first quad I successfully setup a GPS to is an 7" Floss, and I used a TBS M8 v1 module. Since TBS stopped selling the v1 GPS, they replaced it with the M8-2. I was planning to use TBS M8-2 GPS but changed my mind because I found something else that might be better, the Matek M8Q-5883. Physically the only difference is the height (4mm taller), weight (2g more), and price ($22.49 more). Yes, the Matek GPS is over 3 times the price!!! So, I hold it is worth the extra cost.

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When I finially got all the parts in and started to build, I did not notice the position of the USB plug is directly in front of the Caddx Vista. Unfortunately, I noticed the problem after I cut and soldered the motor wires.

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I had to turn the FC 90degrees, so the USB is now pointing away from the Caddx Vista. The motor wires for the front had to be extended because it is too short after rotating the FC. I will need to remap the motors and the boards orientation.

Finishing Touches

After adding a few things things I end up add 4 more grams to the total weight. The first thing are the foam landing pads. Then I added 2 more screws for each motors and loctite all of them. Finially, the iflight BEC for the naked GoPro.

Maiden Flight was a total disaster!

I just killed the Naked GoPro. Crashed the Airblade Transformer on the maiden flight. It was not a big crash... but the grass was wet. So that is why I think it died. Tried to take it apart to clean/dry it but crushed some pins on the board. Even if the water did not kill it, I physically damaged it now. Other than that, it flew well. The amp draw while cruising is very low, so I can expect long flight time. The best part of all, it is very quiet.

It might need add an expo to the throttle or limit the motor output, because it is kind of sensitive, and it seems like I am hovering with less than 15% throttle.

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Part List

Frame

2 x AirBlade Transformer 5 inch Ultralight Long Range - Replacement Part (3 builds)
Airbladeuav.com
$13.98

Frame

AirBlade Transformer 5 inch Ultralight Long Range (4 builds)
Airbladeuav.com
$31.99

Flight Controller

GOKU HDF745 EVO 40A AIO Stack For DJI ( 600mw Vtx )
Helidirect.com
$99.99

Motors

BetaFPV 2004 Brushless Motor - 1700KV - 4PC
Pyrodrone.com
$73.99

FPV Camera

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

Antenna

iFlight Albatross LHCP Antenna ipex 160mm for Chimera4 HD (6 builds)
Pyrodrone.com
$6.99

Radio

Team BlackSheep TBS TANGO 2 V3 PRO RC RADIO (65 builds)
Heli-nation.com
$199.99

Goggles

DJI Digital HD FPV Goggles (96 builds)
Getfpv.com
$529.00

3D Printed

BetaFPV GoPro Lite Holder V1/V2 Naked GoPro for AirBlade Intrepid, AirBlade Eclair, AirBlade Transformer Mini by airbladeuav
Thingiverse.com
See Site

3D Printed

AirBlade Transformer Mini - 4" Long Range Part by jayembee67
Thingiverse.com
See Site

3D Printed

Airblade Transformer 5 - Antenna - GoPro Lite - Matek M8Q-5883 & TBS GPS Mount by wrong17
Thingiverse.com
See Site

HD Camera

GoPro Hero7 Black — Waterproof Action Camera with Touch Screen 4K Ultra HD Video 12MP Photos 720p Live Streaming Stabiliza (14 builds)
Amazon.com
$349.99

HD Camera

GoPro HERO8 Black - Waterproof Action Camera with Touch Screen 4K Ultra HD Video 12MP Photos 1080p Live Streaming Stabilization (19 builds)
Amazon.com
$348.99

HD Camera

BETAFPV Naked GoPro Hero 6 Black for Beta95X Cinewhoop Drone Quadcopter
Ebay.com
$219.99

Misc Parts

Matek M8Q-5883 GPS Module w/ Compass (43 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$32.99

Misc Parts

Ummagrip
Ummagawd.com
$3.99

Battery Charger

HOTA D6 PRO Charger AC200W DC650W 15A (8 builds)
Pyrodrone.com
$119.00

Soldering Iron

TS100 Portable Programmable Smart Soldering Iron (241 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$49.99

Backpack

Lowepro QuadGuard BP X3 - Drone Backpack for 4 FPV Quad Racing Drones and 15" Laptop w/Exterior Mounts (Black)
Amazon.com
$286.00

Accessories

iFlight Crystal HD Patch and Stubby 5.8GHz RP-SMA Antenna Set for DJI - LHCP - Carbon
Racedayquads.com
$56.99

Accessories

FuriousFPV Smart Power Case V2
Helidirect.com
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