Butter Kwad Kiss Dshot1200

By leonard4 on Jan 24, 2018

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This is my new 265MM build, I finally stepped up from the previous quad clones I've used and picked up a full retail ImpulseRC Alien kit from RotorRiot, in the form of their 6" Butter Kwad kit. I also wanted to finally try out a full Kiss setup, so this is running a Kiss FC on the latest firmware and a set of Kiss 24A Race Edition ESCs running the 1.10e firmware (latest Dshot).

I have a set of Tmotors newest F40 Pro 2400kv motors as well, with plans on flying some Dalprop 5045C Cyclone 5" props. I have previously run Foxeer cameras but opted for a Runcam Swift 2, which I'll be disabling the OSD on and using the built-in OSD from the Reaktor PDB/OSD. The PDB was a major factor for this build as well, with the wiring harnesses it makes an ultra clean setup.

I had my eye on a TBS Unify Pro VTX, but I've seen lots of folks reporting issues with ripped off UFL pads, or blown transmitters for no reason so I've gone another route. I read some reviews on Droneinsider and settled on an AKK X1 40CH 25mw/200mw/600mw Switchable VTX. It has a push button for changing channels, frequencies, and transmit power, and from the reviews it has an outstanding picture quality. (Note: The VTX is mounted to the frame with some 3M VHB double sided tape, its a near glue-like hold but gives under extreme force so if I crash, the VTX just flexes in place a bit.)

I'll be using an Anbee circular polarized cloverleaf on this guy, its served me well on my previous setups. I have an X4R-SB receiver as well as an X8R receiver, I want full telemetry on this through my Taranis so I'll be using one of these two. Probably the X8R since it has the extra PCB antenna leads for some better range/signal.

Build is completed! I will post some finished pictures soon.

EDIT 11/19/2019
I swapped out the 24A Kiss ESCs for their new 32A versions.
Also pulled the Reaktor PDB since I was having non stop video drop outs, avoid that PDB if you can, it never worked right for me. I have since dropped in a Mr Steel Alien PDB and its been flawless all around.
I plan on upgrading to a Kiss V2 FC sometime in the near future, I just don't fly this guy much as I prefer my BF quads.


Part List


ImpulseRC Alien Butter Kwad (Kit) (8 builds)

Flight Controller

KISS FC - 32bit Flight Controller V1.03 (179 builds)


4 x KISS ESC 2-6S 32A (45A limit) - 32bit brushless Motor Ctrl (17 builds)


4 x Tiger Motor F40 Pro 2400KV FPV Series Motor (1pc) (13 builds)


DAL T5045C Cyclone Tri-Blade (34 builds)

FPV Camera

RunCam Swift 2 FPV Camera Integrated OSD MIC, 600TVL DC 5-36V WDR NTSC Full Size Cam for FPV Drone and RC Hobbies, Black (32 builds)

FPV Transmitter

AKK X1 5.8G 25mW/200mW/600mW Switchable FPV Transmitter with Push Button and Digital Display (10 builds)


Anbee FPV 5.8Ghz Circular Polarized Clover Leaf Antenna High Gain Aerial Set RP-SMA Male Connector (8 builds)


FrSky X8R 16ch Receiver, SBUS, Smart Port - Amplified PCB Antenna (8 builds)
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Tattu R-Line Version 2.0 1550mAh 100C 4S1P High Voltage Lipo Battery Pack with XT60 Plug (8 builds)

Power Distribution

Mr Steele Alien PDB Kit for KISS with OSD and Mic (4 builds)


FrSky 2.4G 16CH Taranis X9D Plus Transmitter SPECIAL EDITION w/ M9 Gimbals (48 builds)
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FatShark Dominator HDO FPV GogglesRechargeable 1800mah Pack (137 builds)

HD Camera

GoPro Hero7 Black Video Camera GPCHDHX-701 (102 builds)

Video Receiver

FuriousFPV True-D V3.8 Diversity Receiver System - Clarity Redefined (17 builds)

Radio Module

FrSky R9M Transmitter Module (69 builds)

Battery Charger

ISDT D2 Mark 2 LiPo Battery Balance Charger Duo Discharger Dual 200W 12A2 AC Dual Channel Output 1-6S Li-ion Life NiCd NiMH LiHV (2 builds)
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leonard4   Jan 26, 2018  

Finally got the quad working how it should. Turns out I had to calibrate the ESCs and bump the PIDs up a little bit. Holy crap is all I can say, this is how it was meant to fly! Also added some updated photos of the completed build. Also ended up moving the antennas to between the arms, much better signal and not as easy to break.

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