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.
There are quite a few components required – so here’s the list I came up with and my reasons.
|Frame||HSKRC TWE210 210mm||£15.36||Robust, cheap and was part of a UAV Futures build.|
|Motors||Emax ECO Series 2306 4S 2400KV||£34.01||Good performance:cost ratio. (And UAV Futures recommended.)|
|Flight Controller||Mamba F405 Mk2||£33.02||The 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.)|
|ESCs||Mamba F40 40A 3-6S||n/a||Part of the package (see above)|
|Props||Cyclone 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.|
|FPV Camera||Caddx Ratel 1/1.8” Starlight HDR||£22.47||1. Needs to fit the frame|
2. This one had good reviews and reasonable price.
|Video Transmitter (VTX)||Eachine TX5258||£12.19||This was used in a couple of build videos I saw. It includes smart-audio which seems important.|
|VTX Antenna||Foxeer 5.8G Lollipop 3 2.5DBi Omni||£12.21||This comes in a set of 2 – so I may have one on my goggles and one on the VTX.|
|Receiver||FrSky R-XSR||£20.67||I already have a FrSky Taranis transmitter, so my choices were limited. Joshua Bardwell also spoke well of this, albeit a couple of years ago.|
|Batteries||???||Still to purchase|
|TOTAL SO FAR||£160.63||(not including Transmitter, Goggles, Batteries & Battery Charger !!)|