Merica V2 HD

By Skyweaver on Jun 06, 2021

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This is my attempt/take on an HD version of the V2 Merica frame by Catalyst Machine Works. It really is an awesome frame , and i have been building a lot of freestyle rigs lately. So, i thought i would give an HD Race rig a go. I have a few different flight controller's that I still may switch out for the one i have in the build now.(new Tmotor F7) but , this thing runs so smooth on stock Betaflight, that it kind of blew my minda little bit.

Note: I pretty much at this point fully reccomend soldering your vista directly to your flight controller as opposed to using the included connectors, the solder joints hold up better , and i feel it is a better connection/way of doing it. Also , it is mandatory if not using a stack to re pin your flight controller, and ESC connection , I would even say it is better to direct solder that too.

This thing....will blow you away. the amount of speed it has , is simply crazy. Power to weight is astonishing. I beat a lot of analogue times with this quad, maybe its because this build is so good, maybe its because i can see better. Cheers!

If you havent put HD in one of your favorite racing frames yet, it adds a bit of weight (you could decase the vista. but, its worth it!!!!


Part List


Merica 5 Inch V2

Flight Controller

MATEK Systems F722-HD F7 Flight Controller OSD 3~8S MPU6000 32M Blackbox 5V/8V BEC comptiable DJI FPV Air Unit 30.5x30.5mm for R (9 builds)


T-Motor Pacer 32Bit 60A 3-6S 30x30 4in1 ESC (3 builds)


4 x TMotor F60 PRO IV Motor (1750kV, 1950kV, 2550kV) - Unmanned Tech UK FPV Shop (9 builds)
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Gemfan 51466x3 Hurricane Durable (4pcs) MCK (71 builds)

FPV Camera

Caddx Vista Digital HD System for DJI HD FPV (98 builds)


Lumenier Micro AXII 5.8GHz U.FL FPV Antenna - Choose Your PolarizationLHCP (59 builds)


Tattu R-Line Version 3.0 1300mAh 22.2V 120C 6S1P Lipo Battery Pack with XT60 Plug (70 builds)


RadioMaster TX16S MAX Edition Multi-Protocol RF 2.4GHz 16CH Radio Transmitter (Hall Gimbal) (4 builds)


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


TBS Ethix Mambo Starter Set (Radio + 3 Tracer RX)
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DJI FPV Goggles V2 (232 builds)
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3D Printed

Caddx Vista HD Merica Canopy System

HD Camera

GoPro HERO8 Black - Waterproof Action Camera with Touch Screen 4K Ultra HD Video 12MP Photos 1080p Live Streaming Stabilization (37 builds)

HD Camera

RunCam 5 Orange 12MP 4:3 145°FOV 56g Ultra-light 4K HD FPV Camera for RC Drone (19 builds)


Lumenier M3 Hardware Pack - 12.9 Grade, 7 Screw Sizes (460 Pcs) (4 builds)

Misc Parts

Ummagawd UMMAGRIP Universal Super Sticky Battery Pad (175 builds)

Video Receiver

TBS Fusion (41 builds)

Radio Module

Happymodel 2.4g ExpressLRS ELRS Micro TX module ES24TX (4 builds)

Radio Module

TBS Crossfire Micro TX V2 (43 builds)
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Battery Charger

ISDT P20 500W 20A 1-8S Dual Channel DC Smart ChargerDefault Title

Battery Charger

HOTA F6 4 Channel DC 250Wx4 15Ax4 Smart Battery Charger for 1-6S Lipo Battery

Soldering Iron

TS100 Portable Programmable Smart Soldering Iron (264 builds)


Ethix Tool Case (11 builds)


Torvol Quad PITSTOP Backpack Pro (21 builds)


VIFLY ShortSaver V2 Smart Smoke Stopper Electronic Fuse to Detect and Prevent Short-Circuit and Overload, Power Switch for Recei (13 builds)
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Jodie Froster   Jun 09, 2021  

I'm not sayin that canopy IS a sex toy... buuuuuut ................

Skyweaver   Jun 22, 2021 

On a thrust stand it is right up there with a magic wand. It goes much faster though...

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