Tom Smith FPV Armattan Chameleon Build Log with Pictures
The Armattan Chameleon has become one of the most versatile freestyle frame since the QAV series. Quadcopters are proud to produce the Tom Smith FPV Chameleon. Built by Tom himself.
Specs for the Tom Smith Chameleon Build are as follows:
- Armattan Chameleon Frame Kit 5"
- CP30A Cobra Esc
- Cobra CP-2207 2450KV Champion Series Motor
- Matek F405-OSD F4 BetaFlight Flight Controller
- Matek FCHUB-6S OSD with 184A Current Sensor PDB
- Matek M3 Vibration Dampning FC Standoff 4pcs
- TBS Unify Pro 5.8G V2 SMA
- TBS Triumph Stub 5.8G SMA RHCP
- Runcam Swift 2 With 2.3mm lens
- HQProp 5x4.3x3 V1S Durable Polycarbonate PC
- RECOMMENDED BATTERY: Tattu R-Line 1550mAh 4s 95c-190c Lipo Battery
This build blog has a slightly different specification and makes use of the new CL racing F4 flight controller.
Tom begins by building the Armattan frame with the changeable camera pod and GoPro mount. Adding the CL racing F4 along with the vibration proof standoffs. He then gets a rough guide where motor positions and esc positions should be and cuts the wires accordingly.
Heating up the iron, Tom begins to tin the esc pads and motor wires.
The perfect length; Soldering the esc's to the motor wires.
Motors and esc's soldered, Tom now adds heat shrink and removes the signal-ground cable to tidy the combo up! Now Tom begins screwing the motors into the frame and shortening the wires to the FC. On to the FC, Tom now tins the pads on the CL Racing F4 flight controller and creates a XT60 pigtail.
Tom solders up the XM+ receiver to the CL racing F4.Screwing the matek standoffs down to the FC, Tom also adds the pigtail for the TBS unify.He now solders the power wires and the signal wires to the CL racing FC.
Backing the esc's with double sided foam tape.
Tom now places the receiver into the frame and feeds the antennas on to zip ties at a right angle to ensure maximum range.
Adding the Runcam swift 2 with the flat back mounting plate.Now, Tom adds the TBS unify with a stub triumph antenna and sets the output power to 25mw.Finally the top plates are mounted and screwed back into position.
In the goggles: Tom changes camera and OSD settings.
Weighing in; the newly built chameleon comes in at 345g.
Plugged in, the betaflight software is Tom's go to when it comes to flight controller firmware! Binding and range setting on the FrSky Taranis X9D. - Remember to remove those props!Test fly time!
You can order your very own Armattan Chameleon built by Tom Smith HERE