Light Bright (Reptile Cloud 3”)

By Earry509 on Jul 31, 2022

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this is another remix build.

A good friend of mine sent me this cinewhoop. Its a Reptile Cloud 3" frame from Catalyst MachineWorks.

As fir 3d prints, James Buck Sr. is responsible for all, and the custon paint and hydrodipping, you can find him on FB if you want to contact him for fpv stuff! The link below to Dlew81 Thingiverse prints, was not all orinted and used. Only the FPV camera mount, and the SMA mount. The ImmortalT standoff hooks are just generic hooks that were printed!

Fitted with a Mamba F4 Mini Power Tower flight controller with Black Mamba F25 Mini 4in1esc. Diatone is by far my top choice for durability and performance so i left that all alone! Motors are RaceStar 1407 3500kV for just the right amount of juice for a basic 4s cinewhoop to begin with! Not too much power, and by far, not too little!

There was no receiver installed when i received this build, so i chose to slap in an R9 mini so i coukd flash it with ELRS, however, this FC for some reason doesnt allow for passthrough flashing for some reason! I actually wasted a full day of working at it, just trying to flash the receiver. No clue why it doesnt work, but what i ended up doing was removing the receiver, connecting it to a whoop FC(HM Diamond F4) and flashing it, and then reinstalling on the Mamba! Now it works just fine!

In my experience this far (4+ years in FPV) i actually am very impressed with AKK video components, so when i saw the FX3 vtx, I felt it adequate fir what this build woukd be geared for. 600mW is by far enough for the range this guy will be good for!

Credit is also due to James Buck Sr. and David Motto, two great members of our amazing FPV community!


Part List


Reptile CLOUD 3" Whoop Frame

Flight Controller

MAMBA F405 Mini Betaflight Flight Controller & F25 25A 2-4S DSHOT600 FPV Racing Brushless ESC (2 builds)


4 x AKK 1407 3500KV Brushless Motor CW CCW 3-4S lipo for FPV Racing Quadcopter Drone


Gemfan D63 Ducted Durable Tri-Blade 2.5" Cinewhoop Prop 8 Pack (6 builds)

FPV Camera

RunCam Robin (5 builds)

FPV Transmitter

AKK FX3 Ultimate Mini 20x20 25-600mW 5.8GHz VTX - MMCX & U.FLDefault Title (142 builds)


Foxeer Lollipop V4 5.8GHz SMA Antenna 2 Pack - Choose VersionRHCP / Black (20 builds)


FrSky R9MM OTA 900MHz Micro Receiver - ACCESS (87 builds)


Tattu R-Line Version 3.0 22.2V 6S 1300mAh 120C LiPo Battery - XT60 (21 builds)


RadioMaster Zorro OpenTX RC Transmitter - Choose VersionELRS 2.4GHz


AG01 MINI CNC Hall Gimbals for TX12 & Zorro
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Fatshark Dominator HD3 Core 3D FPV Goggles with HDMI DVR Support Head Tracker (87 builds)

3D Printed

Arm Guards | Reptile CLoud 149 HD by die_aeromechanics
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3D Printed

Reptile Cloud 149 Cinewhoop Things by dlew381
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HD Camera

GoPro HERO8 Black - Waterproof Action Camera with Touch Screen 4K Ultra HD Video 12MP Photos 1080p Live Streaming Stabilization (18 builds)

HD Camera

CADDXFPV Peanut Action Camera (3 builds)
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Misc Parts

Panasonic 470uF 35V (FC-Series) Low-ESR Capacitor for ESC Noise Reduction (30 builds)

Misc Parts

iFlight Micro USB 90° USB Adapter - Male to Female
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Video Receiver

VAS 5.8GHz Crosshair XTreme Diversity System for Fatshark (RHCP)

Video Receiver

VAS Ion Pro 5.8GHz Long SMA Antenna - RHCP (3 builds)

Video Receiver

Invader Antenna 5.8Ghz RHCP Polarized Receiver Patch

Video Receiver

TBS Fusion (44 builds)

Radio Module

FrSky R9M 2019 900MHz RC Transmitter Module w/ Super 8 Antenna (ACCST/ACCESS)Default Title (17 builds)

Radio Module

TBS Diamond Antenna for Crossfire Tx or Transmitter

Radio Module

VAS Shapeshifter Selectable Gain Antenna (2 builds)

Radio Module

TBS Crossfire Micro TX V2 (43 builds)
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Battery Charger

Hitec RDX1 AC/DC Battery Charger/Discharger

Battery Charger

ToolkitRC M6D 500W 15A High Power DC Dual Smart Charger Discharger for 1-6S Lipo LiHV Lion NiMh Pb Battery (19 builds)

Soldering Iron

TS100 Digital OLED Programmable Interface Mini Soldering Iron (264 builds)
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RDQ 9 Piece Drone Tool Kit V2 (8 builds)


RDQ FPV Backpack - Choose Your Version (8 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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Earry509   Aug 11, 2022  

If anyone might be able to lend some knowledge, this build flies great, and i have no issues with anything. However, when i connect to do any esc configuring, for some reason esc configurator doesnt recognize esc #2 and #3. The motors spin and i have no errors in Betaflight, but the esc configurator gives no info for them, and wont let me flash those esc either? Anyone seen this before?

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