El Cheapo Martian II Starter Kit

By mikey67156 on Apr 14, 2017

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My goal was to assemble the upgraded list from Stew's now famous $99 FPV Quad build, and add everything I would need to start flying from scratch. I'm sure I've missed things, but this should be a decent start. I also thought I'd do the paracord wire covering. That was a no-go. I went with 3S batteries, because I have zero experience. You should probably go with 4S.

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Part List

Frame

Martian II 220 220mm 4mm Arm Thickness Carbon Fiber Frame Kit w/ PDB For RC Drone (90 builds)
Banggood.com
$31.58

Flight Controller

F3 Flight Controller Acro 6 DOF/Deluxe 10 DOF for RC Multirotor FPV Racing Drone (85 builds)
Banggood.com
$16.05

ESCs

Racerstar RS20Ax4 V2 20A BB2 48MHz Blheli_S 2-4S 4 in 1 Opto ESC Support Oneshot42 Multishot 16.5 Dshot600 (16 builds)
Banggood.com
$37.23

Motors

4X Racerstar Racing Edition 2205 BR2205 2300KV 2-4S Brushless Motor Purple For 210 X220 RC Drone FPV Racing (10 builds)
Banggood.com
$33.71

Propellers

CA$9.99 10% 10 Pairs Kingkong / LDARC 5040 5x4x3 3-Blade Single Color CW CCW Propellers for Racing Drone RC Parts from Toys (79 builds)
Banggood.com
$7.30

FPV Camera

RunCam Swift 2 1/3 CCD 600TVL PAL FOV 130/150/165 Degree 2.5mm/2.3mm/2.1mm Micro FPV Camera OSD MIC (409 builds)
Banggood.com
$30.99

FPV Transmitter

AKK X1P 5.8Ghz 25mW/200mW/600mW Switchable FPV AV Transmitter with Pigtail for FPV Racing Drone (17 builds)
Amazon.com
$14.99

Antenna

Wolfwhoop 5.8GHz 5DBi High Gain Circular Polarized Four Leaf Clover Antenna For Professional Racing Drone Set--1pc SMA Male and
Amazon.com
$8.99

Batteries

ZOP Power 11.1V 1800mAh 3S 45C Lipo Battery XT60 Plug (2 builds)
Banggood.com
$15.12

Power Distribution

HobbyKing Matek PDB-XT60 w/BEC (5V and 12V) (2 builds)
Amazon.com
$6.90

Misc Parts

JJPRO F01 64CH 5.8G Full Band 640X480 WVGA 5 Inch FPV Goggles VR Headset with Battery for RC Drone
Banggood.com
$65.99

Misc Parts

Realacc Fire Retardant Lipo Battery Bag(220x155x115mm)With Handle (4 builds)
Banggood.com
$6.18

Misc Parts

DECORA 3 Inch Large Sized Plastic Wiggle Googly Eyes Self Adhesive Crafts Set of 4
Amazon.com
$5.98

Misc Parts

iMAX B6-AC B6AC Lipo NiMH 3S RC Battery Balance Charger
Banggood.com
$34.99

Misc Parts

4 x AHTECH Infinity 1300mah 14.8V 90C 4S1P Race Spec Lipo Battery for RC Drone (9 builds)
Banggood.com
$106.36

Misc Parts

MartianⅡ 180 220 250 4mm Frame Arm Carbon Fiber 180mm 220mm 250mm
Banggood.com
$2.92

Misc Parts

XT60 Plug Parallel Charging Board Para Board for IMAX B6 Charger (2 builds)
Banggood.com
$17.31

Misc Parts

RunCam 3
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Discussion

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myles   May 21, 2017  

Were you able to use the camera mounting plate with the RunCam Swift 2? Or do the connectors on the back of the camera get in the way?

mikey67156   May 21, 2017 

About half of it does get in the way. I just trimmed the offending portion down to sit flush.

RocketSquidFPV   Apr 14, 2017  

Googly eyes are a requirement now... thanks for posting!

mikey67156   Apr 14, 2017 

Thanks! It had to be done.

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