How to Re-Build a Micro FPV Drone With HD Cam in 12 Easy Steps

How to Re-Build a Micro FPV Drone With HD Cam in 12 Easy Steps

A few months ago I purchased a Tiny Whoop to fly in and around my house in hopes of getting better at flying. Little did I know that months later, this would turn into an addiction where I was more interested in drones than ever before.

I used to never get FPV drones. I thought they were silly and when people referred to those being drones, I would shrug it off since I flew a DJI with a camera. At some point throughout the year, my mind opened up to FPV and I was able to see the fun in it. Along with that fun came hours upon hours of stress, practice, and learning. Working alongside the infamous TomDrone, I was able to benefit myself with this knowledge. I look back now and realize that FPV has taught me so much about drones and the way they work but I also think about how much more comfortable I've gotten when it comes to flying drones in general.

Below you will find the recipe for the TomDrone. An 85mm ducted frame with a Caddx HD camera for some clear footage. This drone is something we have been working on for a while now and continue to refine.

Step 1: 3D Print Frame With Flexible Plastic and Trim

Trimming 3D Printed Frame

Trimming 3D Printed Frame

Step 2: Prepare to Swap Parts to New Frame

Prepping Re-Build

Prepping Re-Build

Step 3: Take Apart Old Build for Parts

Taking Apart Beta 75x w/Caddx

Taking Apart Beta 75x w/Caddx

Step 4: Remove Camera

Remove Caddx

Remove Caddx

Step 5: Remove Everything Else

Appreciate the Mess

Appreciate the Mess

Step 6: 3D Print a Unique Piece for Flight Controller Stack

Unique Piece

Unique Piece

Step 7: Install Flight Controller

Installing Flight Controller

Installing Flight Controller

Step 8: Install Unique Piece

Installing Unique Piece

Installing Unique Piece

Step 9: Install Motors

Installing Motors

Installing Motors

Step 10: Install Camera

Installing Caddx

Installing Caddx

Step 11: 3D Print Desired "Top"

Printing/Picking Top

Printing/Picking Top

Step 12: Install Top & Complete Build

Installing Top for Completion

Installing Top for Completion

Performance:

The TomWhoop gets flight times up to 8 minutes on a two cell battery and performs better than most micro drones out there. This drone is by no means built for speed, but rather for stability and safety for indoor flying. It has become one of my favorite drones in the winter because I can practice flying in the comfort of my own home but soon enough it will be time to face the elements outside. 

We look to continue building drones and perfecting a version that we really like this year!

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