After much research, much watching of Youtube (Rotor-riot, Bardwell, Le Drib, Steele, Drone Mesh, UAV Futures), and browsing Banggood reviews, I’ve chosen components for my first build.

FPV – plans for first build

There are quite a few components required – so here’s the list I came up with and my reasons.

FrameHSKRC TWE210 210mm£15.36Robust, cheap and was part of a UAV Futures build.HSKRC TWE210 210mm Wheelbase
MotorsEmax ECO Series 2306 4S 2400KV£34.01Good performance:cost ratio. (And UAV Futures recommended.)Emax ECO series 2306 2400KV
Flight ControllerMamba F405 Mk2£33.02The flight controller and ESCs came as a combo. It has an F4 processor. I wanted F4 or F7 because they’re relatively modern & capable. (F7s were more expensive.)MAMBA F405 MK2 Betaflight Flight Controller F40 40A
ESCsMamba F40 40A 3-6Sn/aPart of the package (see above)
PropsCyclone T5046C 5046
Racerstar V2 5048
I chose the Racestar props (10 pairs due to low cost and good reviews), and a couple of sets of the Cyclones really just for variety – see how they fly.Dalprop Cyclone T5046C 5046
FPV CameraCaddx Ratel 1/1.8” Starlight HDR£22.471. Needs to fit the frame
2. This one had good reviews and reasonable price.
Caddx Ratel 1/1.8'' Starlight HDR OSD 1200TVL
Video Transmitter (VTX)Eachine TX5258£12.19This was used in a couple of build videos I saw. It includes smart-audio which seems important.Eachine TX5258 5.8G 72CH
VTX AntennaFoxeer 5.8G Lollipop 3 2.5DBi Omni£12.21This comes in a set of 2 – so I may have one on my goggles and one on the VTX. Foxeer 5.8G Lollipop 3 2.5DBi Omni FPV Antenna RHCP
ReceiverFrSky R-XSR£20.67I already have a FrSky Taranis transmitter, so my choices were limited. Joshua Bardwell also spoke well of this, albeit a couple of years ago.FrSky R-XSR Ultra
Batteries???Still to purchase
TOTAL SO FAR£160.63(not including Transmitter, Goggles, Batteries & Battery Charger !!)
Components list (Aug 2020)