While I’ve been busy working my up through the FPV learning curve, I’ve collected a few thoughts I’d like to share. First, there are a tone of different frames available ranging in price from under $20 to over $140. I started at the low-end with he HK brand, an X-quad ARF kit for a little over $100. Next up was an H-frame clone called the Night Hawk for about $40 for the frame only. The ARF kit was around $150 and it’s a really nice frame. And finally, I dug deep and forked over the big bucks for a Blackout ARF kit for almost $400 –gasp!
The X-Quad is a great learner and really takes a beating. Real estate is very scarce to mount components, so I modded it and added a top shelf to mount FPV components. I’ve since retired it from FPV land and swapped out the KK2 controller for a MutliWii Nano so that I can get used to flying ACRO with in LOS maneuvers — something you really need to learn if you plan on doing any serious quad racing.
I moved the KK2 to the Night Hawk and I am still flying that one whenever the weather allows. It also can take a beating although not as serious a beating as the X-Quad since my learning curve has leveled out somewhat.
The Blackout however is a completely different story. It is one of the nicest frames on the market. Ranked with the Lumenier frames in price, it has some obvious advantages. Number one being the power distribution board (PDB). The PDB is thing of beauty. This will be my Ferrari. I have a NAZE32 in the parts bin to use as a FC, SimonK ESCs and more. I just got this ARF kit earlier this week and can’t wait to report on it, so stay tuned.