Airplanes and for airplanes
Radios and receivers
Tools, Materials & Supplies
Drone & airplane accessories
Electronics & Arduinos
Are you looking for good RC and FPV related products? Tools, components, supplies? Or just looking for an inspiration for your next FPV build that will not ruin your wallet? Below you will find my recommendations divided into several categories. Be advised, those are not the cheapest (I can not afford to buy the cheapest stuff) or best of the best of the best products! They have to be both good (main condition) and relatively cheap. Like the slogan "best bang for the buck"...
FPV drone frames
Surprisingly good and still cheap 7-inch frame. Thick strong and stiff arms together with the well made middle section. Not the most spacious inside, but all components fit just fine. It also comes in 5-inch and 6-inch versions.
Armattan Marmotte is probably the best freestyle FPV frame around when it comes to flight characteristics. Especially in a "Space Grade" carbon version. Titanium camera cage adds some swag to the build as well. Marmotte is not the perfect frame for sure, but it's very good for sure.
Radios and receivers
FrSky X10S Horus
I might not agree with FrSky politics, but that does not change the fact, that according to me, FrSky X10S Horus is the best radio on the market. Great quality, great features, good looks. OK, it might feel expensive, but those gimbals they put on X10S are just bloody amazing! Really!
The cheapest radio worth having? FlySky FS-i6X. The previous generation (without X) was great for the price, the improved model is even better. 10 channels and around 1km of an effective range is more than most beginners really need. If only gimbals were slightly better... Still, it's cheap and light!
FrSky R9M 2019
Crossfire is better? Perhaps. It does not mean that FrSky R9 900MHz radio is still a very good and reliable radio link if you use it with the proper firmware. In this case, Flex from February 2019! Flash it and it just works just as reliably as Crossfire and offers almost the same usable range!
You need a motor to fly! Even the best electronics will not solve the problem of too weak or poorly selected motor on a drone or airplane. This is why, right after choosing a frame and propeller size, you should choose a motor. There are many factors that should be taken into consideration and KV is only one of them. Many beginners make a mistake or putting 7" propellers on motors designed for 5" props. This will just not work. Below are a few propositions for 5" and 7" drones as well as airplanes.
iFlight XING-E 2208
Believe it or not, but since case of drone motors, size does matter! XING-E 2208 delivers quite an "oomph" interms of torque, power and response. Perfect for driving 5" and 6" propellers. When needed, will work with 7-inch propellers as well. 2450KV version works great on 4S and 5" while 1700KV will do wonders on 6S. And they come in "pretty" colors too! I love 2450KV version on my 4S freestyle Armattan Marmotte with Ethix S3 props. And those motors are surprisingly efficient as well..
Flywoo NIN 2207
The first thing that catches the eye when you look at Flywoo NIN N2207 is how shiny they are. But let not pretty look fool you! Those are very good motors for 4S at 2450KV and 6S at 1750KV. Plenty of torque and power for a dynamic freestyle or a FPV race.
EMAX RS2 2206
For its size, EMAX RS2 2206 drone motor offers quite a lot of torque and smoothness. This is quite a achivements since it is only 2206! Comes in a variety of KV ratings and can be used on with 3S (anybody flies at 3S?), 4S, 5S and 6S. It shines with 5-inch propellers but can be used with 6-inch props as well. I do not recommend putting RS 2206 on a 7-inch drone! It will fly, but barely and it's really not worth the effort.
Brotherhobby 2507 Avenger V2
Avenger V2 is a monster that 7-inch quadcopter drones will love. It comes in various KV variants and delivers an incredible amount of torque in every one of them. 1200KV version will make a good cruiser on 4S or freestyle kwad on 6S. 1750KV and 4S make great freestyler while 1500KV seems like a good compromise between torque and efficiency. Two out of three of my 7-inch drones use Avenger v2!
Racestar BR2508S 1275KV
7-inch long range on a budget? Those are not the best motors ever but neither the less, they work and that's what counts. No problems to spin even heaviest 7-inch propellers.
Flight controllers for FPV drones and airplanes
Holybro Kakute F7
Holybro Kakute F7 managed to do what others failed. It fits powerful STM32F745, OSD, SD Card and enough serial ports for everyone in a form factor only slightly bigger than standard 36x36mm. The unique feature of the whole Kakute series is a gyroscope installed on a separate board connected with the main board with a thin ribbon cable and sponge. It helps to keep gyro noise under control. Made to use together with 4-in-1 ESCs like Tekko32
Is Matek F405-WING too weak and you need something with STM32 F7 series CPU? Connect telemetry or SBUS to any serial port you want! F722-WING can have any serial inverted! On top of that, integrated camera switcher, "power on a switch" and 4 ADC inputs so you can connect Vbat, Current, RSSI, and analog Pitot meter at the same time!
Mamba F405 and 40A ESC
It's amazing how much you can get for $45 these days. For example, surprisingly well made Mamba F405 flight controller and 40A 4-in-1 ESC combo. It might be missing some things comparing to twice-the-price bigger brothers, but for $45 you can not really complain a lot.
This is the flight controller that made the whole WING series. Created for INAV and Ardupilot shines in terms of the number of UARTs, built-in BECs, and overall build quality. The only thing you need extra is a radio receiver, camera, and video transmitter. BEC, OSD, PDB, FC, everything else is just there.
Matek F722-SE is probably the best STM32F7 flight controller for drones on the market. Integrated OSD, power distribution board, output for 6 motors or 4 motors and 2 servos, integrated camera switcher and "power on a switch" function. INAV, Cleanflight, and Betaflight supported. Enough Serial ports of everything you need, including ESC telemetry.
Holybro Kakute F4 & Tekko32
For quite a long time I was against 4-in-1 ESC. After getting this all in one I changed my mind. Holybro Kakute F4 & Tekko32 35A 4-in-1 combo is the thing. Good quality, good design, easy to solder and with all serial ports you will need. On top of that, BlHeli_32 ESC telemetry works out of the box
pretty cool flight controller with almost everything you need on a racing or freestyle drone. Almost, because I2C bus pads are not broken out = you can not connect a magnetometer... Still, good build quality and design.
Drone and airplane accessories
Beitian BN-880 GPS with a compass
Beitian BN-880 GPS is probably the best value for the price. It might not be small or super light (two boards connected together) but it gets the job done. GPS, Glonass, Beiduo, Galileo and HMC5883l compass. It's my main choice where weight or size is not the main factor. Currently, I own like 8 of them!
Matek Optical Flow & Lidar
GPS is not the only sensor drones can use to keep a designated position. Another one is a combination of Optical Flow and Lidar rangefinder. It's almost like an optical mouse. Optical Flow observes the pattern on the ground below the drone to determine movement. As a result, you can have a very precise positioning indoors when a GPS signal is not available or weak. Matek Optical Flow & Lidar is supported by INAV.
Vifly Finder V2
Finding a downed drone or airplane can be a major pain in the ass. Especially when the main battery disconnected and a buzzer is not working. ViFly Finder partially solves the problem: it has own battery and starts to emit a loud noise and LED flashes when it detects disconnected main battery. Of course, it can act as a standard buzzer too! And yes, it's bloody loud!
Matek SAM-M8Q + HMC5883l GPS Module
State of the art GPS module for FPV drones? Matek SAM-M8Q maybe is not the perfect one, but it's pretty close! Small form factor, good quality components, built-in magnetometer. Everything that you FPV drone might ever need.
Beitian BN-180 GPS
If BN-880 is too big, BN-180 comes to the rescue! Airplanes do not require magnetometers, so BN-180 meets all the requirements! It's hard to find something smaller than BN-180.
- Alfa Monster 7-inch freestyle FPV quadcopter
- TBS Source One 7-inch Long Range Cruiser
- Ritewing Mini Drak - ultimate FPV flying wing
- Flybot Flux Freestyle FPV Wing
- Race Day Quads Mach 1 racer with EMAX RS2 2306 and Holybro Kakute F4
- Long Range / Endurance FPV Drone on 7-inch props
- Armattan Rooster Freestyle / Leisure flying drone
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