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ABOUT THE DESIGN
So we have seen a few 3 Inch adaptations of the Toothpick concept and the Sanchez frame is my take on it. Super light 3" builds like these just got much nicer since we recently got whoop style all in in one (AIO) boards like the GEPRC with an amazing 12A 4S rating. Those boards make it possible to use bigger 1404 and 1304 motors that easily spin three inch props. Anyways, I'll go into the details of my build recommendations in the YT video and you can find a list below.
After some rumors came up that Kabab is working on a 3 Inch Toothpick Alex Arvinte was the first one to pick up the idea an launch the Pickle 3 Inch here on Thingiverse. The Pickle 3" is already a really versatile and robust design that has lots of mounting options so I didn't see the need to do more of the same. Instead the Sanchez is more focussed on low weight (7.5g) and comes in four different versions:
- AIO (25.5x25.5)
- All mounts (fits all of the above but is slightly heavier)
The motor mounts are four-hole 9-12mm. I ditched the three hole mounting options for 1103 Amax motors to save some weight. They don't make much sense for this 3" anyways in my opinion.
Important: The frame is not supposed to be printed! Use the .dxf files to get it cut out of 2mm thick carbon locally
CNC Services I can recommend:
Cost for cutting the parts should be in the range of 15-17€
UPDATE: The frame is now also available on the Armattan Productions site.
They have a great carbon quality. Takes around 2 weeks from order to shipment.
Links to the frames:
The best way to go in my humble opinion is a 3S build with motors around 8-10 grams and 5-6000kV. Light 3" props and a 12A AIO.
Motors: The best motors should be 1304 and 1404 5-6000kV. The DYS 1404 6000kV I have tried perform really well and offer good build quality for a low price. I can't say too much about durability yet but they seem robust enough especially for such a light build. Other motor options I would consider are the GEPRC 1206 the Rcingpower1207
FC&ESC: The GEPRC 12A F4 or the identical board from BetaFPV combined with my 14mm Pod is just by far the nicest and cleanest option. Remove the connectors for the motors and direct solder them. Another Option is the new iFlight 12A AIO.
FPV Camera: You can fit a regular 19mm micro cam and my 19mm Pod but weight is super important for this build so I highly recommend you get one of the new 14mm format cams. The RunCam Nano 2 is the best out there and also super cheap
FPV + HD Camera if you want to build the frame with an HD capable camera the best this frame supports currently is the Caddx Turtle V2. It will fit with the adapter and 20x20 pod you can find in the thing files. The new Caddx Tarsier 4K also looks super promising. I should hopefully receive mine soon and be able to upload a pod that fits it.
VTX: The best choice is a TBS Nano 32 because of the 400mW. But you can also get the the knock-off by HGLRC for a third of the price. 50mW not bad either.
RX: I use a [Crossfire Nano RX] with an [XF-Race] antenna. Combined with the 400mW TBS Nano 32 VTX this gives me an incredible range for such a tiny light quad. If you don't want to spend that much money get a FrSky XM for a few bucks! (Only if you use a FrSky radio of course)
Props: The Gemfan 3035 are my favourite so far (Absolutely no jello!).
Battery: A 450-650mah 3S works best with this setup in my opinion
- Misc: Add a low ESR capacitor to the XT-30. Since there is a lot of electronics that the 5V regulator has to supply I highly recommend you use one.
Last but not least:
Shoutout to Bob Roogi for the inspiration!
- 04.06.2019: V1.0 Release
- 12.06.2019: Added a new version of the Pod with better protection of the camera lens. WIP not tested yet.
- 13.06.2019: Added additional motor options that I found