Multirotor Superstore — Frogger Build Notes

Introduction

This is my build list for the Multirotor Superstore “Frogger”. This is a fantastic little 180 multirotor frame. You can buy 18– and 22– variants that each have slightly different mounting holes and weights. This build is a budget build, and uses 1806 size motors, so I’m using the 18– size variant of the frame.

Build video

Multirotor Superstore was kind enough to send me a frame to test out and make a build video featuring the frame. It was a great build, and the Frogger feels very solid. I have flown it around for about 20 packs now, and I have yet to see anything show any signs of wear and tear. The quad protects all of my gear very well, and the top and bottom plates, with the 8 mounting points and solid hardware seem to be among the most durable that I’ve seen. I actually trust this more in terms of durability than my QAV180 or 210. There are some features that I want to see added, but for a version 1 frame, I think it’s fantastic.

PDB Assembly: https://youtu.be/-7SKQ1ZCULs?t=32s
Motors/ESCs: https://youtu.be/-7SKQ1ZCULs?t=11m18s
Naze32: https://youtu.be/-7SKQ1ZCULs?t=23m27s
FPV Setup: https://youtu.be/-7SKQ1ZCULs?t=28m18s
Camera Setup: https://youtu.be/-7SKQ1ZCULs?t=33m12s
Receiver Mounting: https://youtu.be/-7SKQ1ZCULs?t=34m56s
Test Flight: https://youtu.be/-7SKQ1ZCULs?t=38m30s

Parts List

  • Frame
  • Motors
    • DYS 1806/2300KV “Black Edition” (BE) motors
      • I chose these motors because (1) they’re cheap, (2) I trust them, and (3) I wanted to try 1806-sized motors on a 180 frame. I did a 2204/2300kv 180 build, and I wasn’t all that impressed, so I wanted to try it out with the weight savings on the 1806. I’m VERY impressed with how they perform with DAL V2 4045 props 
  • ESCs
    • FVT “Little Bee” 20A ESCs
      • Widely regarded as one of the best “budget” escs, these guys are small, lightweight, have a BLHeli bootloader, and do a don’t spontaneously catch on fire.
      • 20A is probably overkill for these motors, but the price different between these ESCs and 12A competitors just doesn’t matter. This way, I can also have them around for other builds
  • Flight Controller
    • Naze32 Rev 6
      • Not much to say here. It’s my defacto standard for miniquads.
  • Receiver
    • FrSky D4R-II
      • Yes, I know, i’m behind the times. SBUS or GTFO.
      • I use a FrSky taranis, and, for miniquads, you use these, X4R, or nothing. I should probably upgrade to X4Rs, but I just haven’t done it
  • Video Transmitter
    • FX799T 
      • I don’t have enough good things to say about these. They are simple to use, have a nice LED bar for displaying channels, filter video incredibly well, and just stay out of the way of doing FPV well. I have yet to find another VTX that I Like as much as this, and I don’t see myself changing to anything else any time soon
  • FPV Camera
    • Sony Super HAD, HS1177 600TVL
      • Best FPV camera on the market
      • Takes a wide range of voltage, looks good, easy to use, and everyone else is using it.
      • You need the mounting hardware that comes with it when you’re building this frame
  • Power Distribution Board
    • OSO Mini Power Distribution Board
      • A custom-made power distribution board that makes adding a 5v, 12v or both regulators really easy, and makes wiring clean and easy for small quadcopters.
  • 5v Step Down
    • Polulu 5v Step Down 
      • Not much to say here. Steps power down from up to 24v to 5 volts. I need it to power my Naze, since the ESCs are OPTO, and don’t contain their on BEC.

Maiden Voyage

Glamor Shots

out 2

out 1

out 4

 

Detailed Shots

Front View
Front View

 

Straight on the Front
Straight on the Front

 

Right Side
Right Side

 

Left Side.
Left Side.

 

Back View
Back View

 

DYS 1806 BE motors
DYS 1806 BE motors

 

Little Bee ESCs
Little Bee ESCs

 

HS1177 Cased Camera and mounting hardware
HS1177 Cased Camera and mounting hardware

 

Naze32 Rev 6
Naze32 Rev 6

 

D4R-II Receiver mounted with velcro to the top of the Naze
D4R-II Receiver mounted with velcro to the top of the Naze

 

Power Distribution Board Wiring
Power Distribution Board Wiring

 

DAL V2 4045 BN Props
DAL V2 4045 BN Props

 

VTX Mounting with Velcro, push button and LEDs still visible.
VTX Mounting with Velcro, push button and LEDs still visible.

 

AUW with no battery
AUW with no battery

 

AUW witha 1300 mAh 4S
AUW witha 1300 mAh 4S

 

AUW with a 1300 mAh 3S
AUW with a 1300 mAh 3S

 

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