Karearea Talon 5'' 2650kv insanity

By beeb on Oct 01, 2017

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: when they say you should loctite all the screws in the Talon's manual, they're not joking. I almost smoked my motors because I didn't loctite them and one arm was loose. The quad went into a full pid feedback loop and shot through the sky.. LOCTITE ALL SCREWS

Finished assembling the quad! Went for the 2650kv version of the motors, they are so powerful it's amazing! They pull 113A on the HQ V1S 5x4.8x3 at full throttle.

I love the stackable FC+ESC combo by HobbyWing. Upgraded my Frog Race to it a few weeks ago and it's so clean, no wiring from one PCB to the other, whatsoever. No bs connectors on the flight controller either, just the pins you need and that's it. I think it will be my go-to combo for the next builds, including this one.

I rotated the stack 90 degrees counter-clockwise to have the XT60 on the side. This implied remapping the motor pins via the CLI and indicating the FC rotation in Betaflight. Unfortunately the USB port is now to the back and not accessible with the canopy screwed in place (because of the SMA connector). In the end, I might change the SMA connector's position to point to the back instead of "up", potentially with a 3d-printed adapter, so the USB port will become reachable again.

The build ends up at 313g AUW without the battery on the HQ props. A few grams more on the DAL props. The pagoda antennas I'm gonna soon receive will be a bit lighter.
Weight with battery is about 490g, not ultra light but these motors pack a punch and the frame has little drag.


Part List


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Flight Controller

CA$53.36 34% Hobbywing XRotor Omnibus F4 Flight Controller Built-in OSD Support DShot1200 Tf Card Insertion for RC Drone RC P (80 builds)


Hobbywing XRotor Micro 40A 2-5S 4 in 1 BLHeli_S DShot600 Ready Brushless ESC for RC Drone FPV Racing (142 builds)


4 x BrotherHobby Returner R5 2306 2450KV 4-5S Brushless Motor Red Hulk et Deadpool avec fil 16cm


HQProp 5x4.8x3 V1S Propellers (76 builds)


CA$4.17 2 Pairs Dalprop Cyclone T5046C 5046 5x4.6 CW CCW Propeller for RC Drone RC Parts from Toys Hobbies and Robot on ban (391 builds)

FPV Camera

RunCam Sparrow WDR 700TVL 1/3 CMOS 2.1mm FOV150 Degree 16:9 OSD Audio FPV Camera NTSC/PAL Switchable (10 builds)

FPV Transmitter

ImmersionRC - TrampHV - International Version (5 builds)


FrSky R-XSR 2.4GHz 16CH ACCESS/ACCST Micro Receiver w/ S-Bus & CPPM (936 builds)
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Tattu R-Line 4S 1300 mAh 95C Lipo Battery (92 builds)


FrSky 2.4G ACCST System Taranis Q X7 16 Channels Transmitter Remote Controller White Battery and Battery Trays Not Include (263 builds)


Fat Shark Dominator HDO FPV Goggles (137 builds)

HD Camera

GoPro Hero7 Black — Waterproof Action Camera with Touch Screen 4K Ultra HD Video 12MP Photos 720p Live Streaming Stabilization (26 builds)

HD Camera

GoPro HERO Session Waterproof HD Action Camera (4 builds)

Video Receiver

ImmersionRC rapidFIRE w/ Analog PLUS Goggle Receiver Module (179 builds)

Radio Module

TBS Crossfire Transmitter

Battery Charger



Lowepro QuadGuard BP X2
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davidklayer   Jul 29, 2022  

I designed a drawing of this device as pixel art. You can check it out at Pixelart123

Limitless_F   Feb 17, 2018  

Did you need a lens for your Runcam Sparrow?

beeb   Feb 17, 2018 

See reply in my other build

Whiffles   Oct 02, 2017  

Looks like a very nice build. BTW, I love your avatar!

beeb   Oct 03, 2017 

Thanks Whiffles! Made the logo for my taranis and ended up just scaling it for a pixel-art effect :)

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