The canopy that comes with this frame is kinda ugly and designed to be replaced. There are no readily available canopies that meet our preferences so we threw this canopy design on top to make sure at least the camera has some reasonably good protection. If something good comes around, we will offer that and likely drop the carbon canopy off these kits. For now you’ll need to provide your own battery strap.
The PowerPick is a Toothpick-like design that’s not really a Toothpick. It has a more robust structure and the resulting craft will be way more powerful. That’s why it’s called Power Pick. Once you get up to 4” and 5”, you start entering the realm of blistering speeds and enough inertia to demolish the craft. Even we don’t feel comfortable flying something that would be super fragile under these conditions. The PowerPick is not a tank by any standard but it’s also not a super light. It’s designed to use it’s weight efficiently to withstand minor to moderate impacts, and at least offer some component protection in the form of motor bumpers. When paired with the FPVCycle 2203 motors and 3S 1100mah batteries, this thing will be one of the most nimble FPV vehicles in existence.
Some thoughts on the 250g AUW number:
There are some countries that strictly enforce the 250g AUW policy (sorry if you live in one of those) but most don’t have people walking around with scales making sure your toy is under 250g. This 250g number was taken from something a scientist may have said about a projectile during the world war II era (we think, we’re not even sure). Today this 250g number is completely arbitrary and means absolutely nothing. Just because you’re flying something that’s 249g does NOT mean you cannot cause trouble and does NOT mean you won’t get in trouble for doing something dumb. On the same note, if you’re flying something that’s 251g, it doesn’t mean you’re going to go to jail. Be safe, use good judgement and don’t piss off or annoy ANYONE! The proposed setup with our recommended motors, batteries and electronics on this frame will put it a bit over the 250g mark. This has been designed to be light yet durable enough and above all, perform well. We just do not understand the rationale behind sacrificing performance for the sake of this totally arbitrary 250g number that means absolutely nothing. If you’re one of those hankering for that number, you can just run smaller/lighter motors and hit that number if you wish.
- Included canopy is Nano sized camera only (15mm width)
5" version weight ~29g without carbon canopy, ~43g with carbon canopy
- 4" version weight ~24g without carbon canopy, ~39g with carbon canopy
- 3mm arms, 1.5mm body plates
- Motor mount: 12x12 M2
- Diagonal size in 4”: 154mm
- Diagonal size in 5”: 186mm
- FC mounting: 20x20, 25.4x25.4 through 26.6x26.6 Toothpick/whoop mount slot
- Nice sized motor protection bumpers
Like all things made by Bob, this frame is well-designed and manufactured. Rock solid and lightweight - I used it to build a 290g AUW 3S 5" that is pretty quiet but rips like a proper 6S 650g freestyle quad. Love it.
Betaflight defaults - already awesome handling. With some tuning, this is absolutely great!
I put the FPV cycle 2203 motors on this frame along with the iflight beast AIO board, TBS tracer and a Caddx nebula. You could easily make it lighter than mine but I'm super happy with the flight performance. I have been more than happy with everything I have ever bought from FPV cycle. Keep doing what you're doing!
I *really* like this frame, as it’s well designed and easy to put together, but there are a couple of small issues.
First, I don’t know if I got a bum arm, but I had one break during one of my first flights, and it was not a hard crash at all.
Second, even though it’s ugly, I love the camera mount! It’s perfect to keep the cam protected. But, the standoffs for the cam mount totally block usb access on the CLRacing aio I’m using... and I don’t think that it’s got a weird usb placement or anything.
All that said, this is an awesome toothpick frame! I was coming from a GepRC Dolphin frame, and this weighs about the same and offers way more protection all around.
First build with a 35A AIO board + Caddx Vista and this build came out very clean. Had to extend the standoffs to fit the taller stack but no issues with the flight characteristics on 450-650mah 4s and 5 inch folding props.