Truly Hyperlite Chameleon

By FrenchB on Jul 28, 2017

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This is my second 5" build. First Chameleon.

My first build was QAV-X with an underslung battery - https://rotorbuilds.com/build/5862

After hearing about the benefits of a top mounted battery and many people race on about the Chameleon, I knew this frame would be my second build.

I wanted a build with separate ESCs, so the new CL Racing F4 flight controller was a must. First, you can't beat the layout. Second, it's a fraction of the cost of other FC/pdb/OSD combos. And it has a built in buzzer!

I know the Chameleon isn't the lightest frame, but I wanted to pick light components to try and keep it as light as possible. At 320g dry and 569g AUW with a GoPro, I think I succeeded.

I chose the bottomless Hyperlight V4 2206 2522kv because they are about 2.5g lighter than most 2206s. I also wanted to concentrate the weight in the center of gravity, not out on the arms. I picked the tiny Emax bullet 30As for the same reasons. Titanium hardware helps shed a few grams.

The XSR is mounted to the bottom of the FC and wired for s.port telemetry. The Unify Pro HV is wired for smart audio.

MARCH 2018 UPDATE
added TinyLED - pink uv pink

APRIL 2018 UPDATE
this Chameleon is now on 900mz thanks to a FrSky R9 Slim and immortal T - https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2575311

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Part List

Frame

Armattan Chameleon FPV Frame 5" (160 builds)
Getfpv.com
$79.99

Flight Controller

CL Racing F4 Flight Controller (33 builds)
Armattanquads.com
$22.00

ESCs

4 x EMAX Bullet 2-4S DShot600 30A ESC (59 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$51.96

Motors

4 x HyperLite V4 Team Edition 2206-2522 Naked Bottom (12 builds)
Pirofliprc.com
$83.96

Propellers

HQ Prop 5x4.3x3 V1S Tri-Blade 5" Prop 4 Pack - Choose Your ColorBlue (356 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$3.69

FPV Camera

Runcam Swift 2 Black (7 builds)
Pirofliprc.com
$39.99

FPV Transmitter

TBS Unify Pro 5G8 HV (SMA) (597 builds)
Getfpv.com
$49.99

Antenna

TBS Triumph 5.8GHz RHCP FPV Antenna Set (SMA)
Getfpv.com
$39.99

Receiver

FrSky R9 Slim 900MHz 6/16CH Long Range Receiver (13 builds)
Getfpv.com
$25.99

Batteries

Lumenier Graphene 1300mAh 4s 80c Lipo Battery (15 builds)
Getfpv.com
$29.99

Batteries

G+PLUS 1300mAh 14.8V 4S 70C Li-Po Battery - CNHL RC LI-Po Battery. Your one-stop battery store.
Chinahobbyline.us
See Site

Radio

FrSky Taranis QX7 ACCESS 2.4GHz RC Transmitter - Choose Your Color (253 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$129.99

Goggles

FatShark Dominator HDO FPV GogglesRechargeable 1800mah Pack (138 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$424.99

HD Camera

Insta360 ONE X Action Camera 360 Degree 5.7K 18MP Stabilization Real Time WiFi Transfer Sports Video Construction Documentation (2 builds)
Amazon.com
$665.00

HD Camera

GoPro HERO 7 Black
Amazon.com
$309.93

HD Camera

GoPro Hero5 Session Waterproof 4K Video Camera (300 builds)
Phaserfpv.com.au
$214.00

Misc Parts

iFlight M3 Titanium Hex Allen Socket Button Head Screws Lot of 20pcs (M3 x 8mm) (6 builds)
Amazon.com
$7.99

Misc Parts

3-6s Tiny LEDs (13 builds)
Tinysleds.com
$2.00

Radio Module

TBS Crossfire Micro TX V2 (143 builds)
Team-blacksheep.com
$69.95
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LeveledUp   Jul 29, 2017  

What a great build. Weight reduction to mitigate the biggest downside to arguably the best frame on the market today. A+
I was thinking about doing something similar, inspired by this, with a RunCam split to avoid the GoPro weight,

What kind of flight times are you seeing?

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