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
I've been a big fan of Bob's design philosophy for a while. My original tooth fairy frame is still kicking! I decided to experiment and managed to build a 5in sub250g 6s quad with this frame. As ridiculous as this is, the frame flies great and has been suprisingly durable.
I went with the FPVcycle 2203 motors and GF 4024 props and it made for a really fun 4s build. iFlight Beast H7, CRSF nano rx, namelessRC nano400. Going to try some tri-blades as well.
The flight time is about 8min on 3S 1100mAh (10 min - only hovering)
The power is good enough - probably is might be more with 4S but I preffer 3S on this build.
See details https://rotorbuilds.com/build/27262
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!