Build: Ultralight 3″ Quad + Naked GoPro = 134g AUW!

Build: Ultralight 3″ Quad + Naked GoPro = 134g AUW!

I’ve at all times wished a micro park flyer that may carry the Naked GoPro, so I transformed a 3″ ultralight FPV drone (toothpick). The AUW is simply 135g and it hovers at 20% throttle. It’s so quiet folks don’t even discover I’m flying till the quad is on their face!

For comparability, the GoPro Hero 8 weighs 117g…

Here’s some footage from the primary couple of flights:

The drone I’m utilizing is the NamelessRC Powerstick (evaluate). It’s a 3″ quad that runs on 3S LiPo battery, and but it weighs solely 65g! It’s a tiny beast, tremendous quiet with actually excessive energy to weight ratio. Just the right candidate to hold the Naked GoPro 🙂

You can get the Powerstick right here:

You can use the Eachine Twig for a similar conversion too in case you have one, however the Powerstick flies loads smoother out of the field.

The complete setup is so mild, even once you crash, it’s not going to do as a lot injury to the bare GoPro (you’ll be able to nonetheless break it so take it straightforward). And I really feel far more snug flying in busy parks as a result of it’s so stealthy and small, you’ll be able to hardly hear it 50 meters away.

I’m not going to say “it flies like a 5-inch”, as a result of it doesn’t. But it definitely has a number of energy and may do the identical acro tips on a 5″.

I will probably be utilizing the bare GoPro Hero 8 (extra data right here) for this venture as a result of it has Hypersmooth 2.0 stabilization. GoPro 6 would work tremendous too with Reelsteady. I don’t imply to do something critical with movies from this quad, so Hypersmooth will do exactly tremendous for me, and I can use the stabilized footage straight off the digital camera.

I wished to get a bit extra vary out of this quad so I changed the unique VTX and RX with the HGLRC Zeus Nano VTX and Crossfire Nano RX (with mini Immortal T antenna). These are by no imply essential, the inventory VTX and RX works simply tremendous.

I designed a 3D printed mount for the NamelessRC case (that homes the Naked GoPro 8), and it really works extraordinarily nicely! I shared my design right here:

With a 3S 450mAh, i get about 3-4 minutes of flight time.

I gave my transformed Powerstick to a good friend, so I’m planning to construct one other, this time from scratch by getting these elements:

I’ll come again and replace how this new construct goes.