This is the third and final installment of our first FPV Drone Build blog series.  Check out Part 1 and Part 2 to catch up! Let’s get started with FPV Drone Build Part 3.

Resuming our FPV Drone build

When we left off the last blog we had literally smoked the FPV camera. After some research and speaking with other pilots we learned that we had pumped a full 16.8V of VBAT into a camera which was only rated for 3.3-9V!

Oops!

No word yet on whether or not the camera is still good. We’ll stash it away in the drawer for now. Lesson learned.

We went ahead and ordered replacement parts.

The FPV camera we opted for was the Caddx Turbo Eos2 1200TVL. This camera should maximize our weight savings without compromizing picture quality.

We also realized that the VTX was not powering completely on. So we ordered up a new one. We decided on the RDQ Mach 3 since it came highly recommended from some friends of ours.

We used Ovonic 1550 mAh 100C batteries from Ampow for the initial powerup (and for basically everything, these batteries pack a punch for a great price!).

With the new parts delivered we were able to get it wired up and powered on in no time.

We were stoked to get passed this milestone!

All that was left was to do the final assembly and get it programmed in Betaflight!

Betaflight programming went smooth.

We flashed the latest firmware, checked our configuration and setup modes.

However, at this point it was getting late into the night and we ran into some radio issues.

For some reason, when assigning switches on the mixer page of our QX7, we could not choose the switches we wanted. Only switch SA was available to choose, but none of the others.

We later determined that the switch types had to be assigned in the Radio Setup menu of the QX7. Once that was done it was smooth sailing. Surprisingly there was very little information about this that we could find online.

For fun, I set up some music for the ESC startup sequence.

There are videos on YouTube on how to do this in the BLHeli Configurator and it was quite simple. We used this music, but there are tons of options out there!

Check out the Instagram story video to hear it.

The maiden test flights of our FPV Drone Build went great!

After a handful of line-of-sight flights with a few punch tests and some acro flips we can tell how smooth it flies!

It’s light, balanced well, and surprisingly quiet. We’ve yet to mount a GoPro to it, but that will come at a later date.

Let’s wrap it up!

Overall we learned so much from the first build and we can’t wait for the next one.

 If you want to see a detailed parts list, check out our build on RotorBuilds.com.

If you have any questions, or if you need help with your first build let us know in the comments below. Or contact us on any of our social media channels.

What’s next, maybe a new freestyle drone for Janson?!?!

Stay tuned.