Captain America

By UnderDawg on Jul 01, 2017

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Last June I lost my 550 hex to the bottom of a murky lake and I immediately started ordering parts for a new AP rig. The maiden flight for the Tarot was on the 4 of July 2016, but has mostly been gathering dust as well as most of my AP quads when I started building mini's last August. Well it's time to break 'em out dust them down and have some fun at the local lakes, rivers and ATV mud holes at the camp..

BTW... With the help of one of the local divers we found the hex and she is back in action as well.


Part List


Weyland Tarot 650 Sport Carbon Quadcopter Frame PCB Circuit integrated power with Electric Retracble Landing Gear TL65S01

Flight Controller

DJI Naza-M V2 Multi-Rotor Flight Controller GPS Combo


4 x ZTW Spider Series 30A OPTO Brushless Speed Control ESC 2-6S Lipo for Quadcopter 718760195163 (2 builds)


SunnySky V3508-20 KV580 Brushless Motor (3 builds)


Tarot 680 PRO TL2829 T Series 1355 Carbon Fiber CW CCW Propellers (2 builds)

FPV Camera

Spy Tec GIT2 PRO Wifi Sports Action Camera Black (2 builds)

FPV Transmitter

Skyzone T600 600mW 5.8GHz 32CH FPV Video Transmitter with LCD Display (2 builds)


Futaba R2008SB 8-Channel 2.4GHz S-FHSS Receiver (7 builds)


Multistar High Capacity 10000mAh 4S 10C Multi-Rotor Lipo Pack XT90 (5 builds)


FrSky ACCST Taranis Q X7 2.4GHz 16CH Mode 2 Transmitter Blue Orange for RC FPV Racing Drone (254 builds)

HD Camera

GoPro Hero5 Session (300 builds)

HD Camera


HD Camera

Caddx Turtle V2 Micro FPV Camera / 20x20 1080P 60 FPS HD DVR - Black (54 builds)

HD Camera

GoPro HERO5 Session (300 builds)

HD Camera

Quelima SQ12 Mini 1080P FHD DVR Camera 155 Degree FOV Loop-cycle Recording Night Vision (7 builds)

Misc Parts

XT60 2 in 1 Gold Plated Plug Connectors For RC Battery

Misc Parts

Zhiyun ZI-Tiny2 Tiny2 3 Axis Brushless Gimbal Stabilizer For GoPro Xiaomi Yi SJ4000 (4 builds)
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Whiffles   Jul 17, 2017  

That's quite an AP rig there! Do you have any footage up? I built an AP rig a couple years ago with a cheap 3-axis gimbal and had the hardest time tuning it to get decent footage. After crashing a couple times and tediously repairing the gimbal I gave up on it. It wasn't fun anymore. Actually, that's the main reason I went to mini quads. Looks like it went for a swim? Ouch.

UnderDawg   Jul 17, 2017 

I have a ton of footage on file, but never got around to editing anything before getting out of the big rigs. That was actually my 550 hex that spent the night at the bottom of the lake. Now they both mostly sit on the shelf now that I'm building mini's.

Whiffles   Jul 17, 2017 

I sold my F450 when it still had some value, but part of me still wishes I kept it for the memories.

RCbeer   Jul 16, 2017  

Hey, how are the flight times on this?

UnderDawg   Jul 16, 2017 

Right now I'm running 13'' props on 6k mAh 4s battery and I'm getting around 15 min with cam and gimbal. I also have some 15'' props and a 16k battery that I haven't put up in the air yet.

RCbeer   Jul 17, 2017 

That's interesting. I think i might build something like this but with a 8k 6S 10C battery. Still have to figure out a lot of stuff before tho

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