The frame I've been waiting for.
I like Chad Lewis, he's an incredible and inventive guy added to the FT Team. I'm nothing less that blown away by the stuff he's come up with, including this frame. I like my frames to be as FLAT as possible. You see these sexy frames that then look all lumpy after a battery is added to them. With Chad's frame, especially on 2S, it merges with the frame as a single cohesive unit that is seldom seen, and usually when it is, there are major compromises. It also offers excellent camera protection. So what are the down sides? I gave this 5 stars but I don't feel it's perfect. There is no such thing as a perfect quad frame IMO. One, is that the camera mount is not universal. I salvaged the camera out of a 90mm quad I got from China. It's a standard'ish dual board design with a built in 25mw Tx. Inserting you need to be very careful you're not pressing on the edge of some little surface mount component. I would like to see some little hooks on the TPU mount or on the frame itself to use a rubberband to hold down the camera. I ended up using hot glue and I think if I ever want to replace the camera, I'll need to replace the mount. Just my way of doing it. Second, I think the rubber band thing could have been a little larger. It holds a 2S 550mAh battery VERY tight, but it doesn't seem to harm the battery. A 3S I think would be too big, or anything bigger than a 550mAh. That said I know I can go find my own rubberbands and things. Finally, I would have liked to see aluminum stand offs instead of the plastic ones. You need to keep a close eye on those plastic screws as they will tend to back out on something like a multi-rotor. That said with such a high RPM vs say a 400mm+ quad it may not be an issue. Offering an optional aluminum stand off set for this frame would be AWESOME! Oh one last thing. This is NOT a beginner build. It's challenging to solder onto the teeny Femto EMAX FC. also soldering the rear ESC's to the board was challenging but not impossible. It was a fun build and rewarding. I didn't do anything the "easy" way. I pride my builds in being as clean as possible. It was a lot of fun. It fly's great, and if memory serves, it came in at like 160rams AUW. Sorry I can't remember the exact weight. But well under the 250g limit some places have right now. The only other thing I thought was odd was placing the FC with double sided foam tape. This is a limitation of space on the femto though. The FC is about the same size if not smaller than a US quarter. There's simply no room. I would love to see eMAX cram a featured BetaFlight (CleanFlight) compatible OSD onto a future version of the Femto but I just don't see how they could do it without adding a daughter board of some kind. If they did that, it may not fit in a SLAMMED frame like this one. I really do love the look and design of this frame and I think it will hold up to any crash at 2S power and probably 3S as well, flying over grass anyway. Eeeeeh unless you smash it into a wall or tree. Great job FT and Chad Lewis. Oh I'm using the stock EMAX motors and the Bullet ESC's and a S.BUS de-cased Futaba Rx. Basically a stock build. Also flying stock tune for the time being.