Saturday, January 2, 2016

Armattan f1-5 with integrated Naze

I am a sucker for cool new things, and when Chris from Armattan released a integrated Naze32 / PDB for the F1 range of frames. So order another F1-5 with the additional F1FC.

10days later it arrived in little old New Zealand

The integrated PDB / Naze board.

Time to start the build, base plate with the captured nuts.

Quick mock up, ... frame nearly done ;)

Added the XT60 pigtail. I no longer attach the XT60 directly to the PDB.

Next up was the ESCs, I used littlebees 20s

Next up was the Titan 2204s, wires cut to length then soldered to the ESCs. 

Next I added PPM lead which is a servo extension, the same for the LED strip from pin 5, and lastly the Frsky telemetry.

Finally the buzzer

Call me paranoid, but I then covered the bottom of the board where the carbon arms overlap with insulation tape. 

I also had this carbon top plate that I used to cover and protect the Naze, I used 5mm nylon standoffs to mount to the top plate.

View from the the bottom plate.

Then I it was just a matter of connecting the D4RII.

The LEDs, I use the same method, a servo extension soldered to the naze and the other soldered to the supplied programable LED board.

 Bottom plate all complete.

On the first version I used 2 pins soldered on the board to provide power to the VTX, I later changed this to the servo extension lead method.

I added my 3d printed feet, to help protect the frame.

I also used CA to wick the ends of the arms to help prevent delimitation of crashes. I also wrap each arm in PVC tube, which works really well for protection. 

moving onto the camera mount I made a little chair to hold the camera at a consistent 20 angle. I have found that with how often I crash the cases on the hs1177 dont hold up very well. With the little chair it hold the camera at the right angle and the side screws only have to hold in horizontal movement.

I used 3m double sided to hold to the chair.

I got also designed a case for the ET200 VTX I use, this mounts it over the CG and provides great protection, the lid is just ziptied on. Below is the top plate all mounted with the sma pig tail and the servo extension plugs on the camera and power.

Camera all mounted

Ready to join to two halves

All mounted you can see the clearance from the VTX case to the Naze plate protector.

After a few Flights I decided to not use the camera plates and just use a camera "chair" This allows me to change angle with different "chairs"

Front of the f1-5, Nice and clean.

Love this frame, it may not be the lightest with my mods, but it sure is durable. The integrated naze makes the build super easy and clean. I have ordered another one for my other F1 I was that impressed. 

I will then have two almost identical FPV 5inch rigs to go and fly the heck out of. 

If you are interested in the 3d printed parts they are here. 

Bumpers / VTX case

Gopro mount