on August 25, 2016
this is a good kit for those starting out in the world of diy fpv. I use 5045 props with these motors, i would use the 4050 props in the kit with faster motors, maybe like 3000kv. it's too slow with these props on the 2300kv hobbymate motors in the kit, in my opinion, it does better with 5045 props, although they come closer to the body, yet still maintain clearance at all times. I have it hooked up to a devention rx701 7ch receiver using a devo 7e transmitter through the pwm inputs on an f3 flight controller, all power is distributed through the included matek power hub, i also have a 5.8ghz 32 channel 600mw video transmitter hooked up to a 1000tvl HD camera on board. I use a 5.8ghz 32ch receiver and 7 inch display in a case powered by 12v milwaukee tool lithium ion batteries and some cables I made. I use zippy 3s 1500 mah 40c li-po batteries with my 210, balance plug on batteries plugs into a battery cell checker strapped to the top with some rubber under the battery and the cell checker. I have led headlamps and 4 led strips zip tied to the bottom side. the landing gear is actually plastic spacers and plastic nuts in case I crash so it won't tweak the frame and just snap off the plastic spacer instead. very fun quadcopter, configured with cleanflight on my f3, it has some decent power and gains some good speed for what it is. eventually I want to upgrade to 3000kv motors and 16a speed controllers, that will give it some serious power, but it is a solid setup and it's definitely pretty durable too, I don't fly this quad with any self leveling... I've crashed it once or twice and it's put up with a good ground pound and roll a couple times, and nothing happened to it. it will cost you some to get this kit to fly, it's good if you have a lot of parts, tools, and experience already, not impossible without, but much easier if you have an idea of what you're doing before purchasing this kit. very solid and fun setup once it's up in the air.
update: so, I fly without auto leveling all the time, which makes for a much better flight experience and gives me ultimate control over my quad, but flying without self stabilization is dangerous if you don't know how to. it's very easy to make a mistake if close to the ground and surrounded by obstacles, practice makes perfect. I've already crashed my 210 twice, the second time it hit the ground really hard... I shuddered, every prop nut flew off and all 4 props were destroyed, but everything else was FINE. the quadcopter itself is extremely strong. if I crashed my walkera runner 250 like that, I can assure you that would've been the end of that quad as i know it. the motor protectors definitely do their jobs too, I smashed this thing into the ground and it was going fast aimed straight at the ground, got blindsided by a tree... so after the crash, I took it inside to look it over, absolutely nothing else happened to it, changed the props and I had it back in the air in no time. I am extremely pleased with the quality of this frame and the motor protectors. granted that I built quite a rigid setup, this is a very strong quadcopter kit and definitely my #1 top favorite UAV I've built now. it's not ridiculous fast for a brushless 210, but it's definitely quick with 5030 props. it's a good kit if you have limited experience, these parts are a good place to start for people getting into the diy aerial vehicle racing world. my f3 flight controller gives me such ultimate control of this machine, it is VERY responsive and nearly perfect with precision. after flying every day since I finished building this quad, i got a few sets of 5030 propellers, and even a few more sets of propeller nuts, since the props come off and the nuts go missing in the grass if crashed. pretty much anything that will suddenly stop the movement of the props will cause them to unscrew and come off, even my finger did it once by accident (I grabbed it out of the air instead of landing it, bad idea) so, overall, this machine is my favorite out of the hundreds of RC vehicles I've built and owned. I am not super impressed with the speed of it, but I expected this with 12a speed controllers and 2300kv motors. I am much more pleased with the 5030 props, the 4050 props were too small for these motors and with it is actually pretty fast now, like it should've been from the start. it is quick quick quick now with the 5030 prop.
on July 28, 2016
So I got my kit yesterday and spent all night building it. Just did my first flight and here are my thoughts.
First off, great kit for beginners and people that are new to rc and electronics in general. Everything seems to fit together quite well and there were only a few hiccups/ dislikes along the way.
First off, the frame is great but I found that the standoffs for the top plate seemed to get in the way of the ESCs. The leads from the ESCs to the motors could definitely be shortened up to better fit the ESCs on the arm frame so that there wouldn't be any interference between the ESC board and the standoffs.
Something else I ran into was that the bullet connectors for the motors are not soldered in very well and can break if you pull on them too hard. I ran into this when I was trying to switch the bullet conectors between the motors and the escs to flip motor rotation direction. So my suggestion, make sure the first time you plug the ESCs to the motor you make sure the front left and back right have a switched connection, otherwise you may end up breaking off the motor connectors when you try to disconnect one of the ESC leads.
Next, was that it would have been great if the kit came with a couple plastic standoffs for the power distribution board and your flight controller(not included). I ended up having to purchase some extra plastic standoffs to stack the distribution board and the flight controller.
I also ran into an issue with the screws on one of the motors actually being too long and touching the motor windings and shorting the motor. Luckily this didn't cause any damage, just caused one of the motors to continue to spin after bringing throttle to 0.
As far as flight goes, I was using the suggested 1500mah 3s battery and a naze 32 flight controller and after raising the proportional and the rc rate a bit the quad flies amazingly. It's extremely stable and very responsive. With the supplied 4045 props, the quad seems a bit under powered on 3s but I imagine on 4s would just rip. I have yet to try 5045 props but will add more after my test flight with those. When fully loaded with fpv gear, the quad gets off the ground at about 50% throttle leaving enough to still pick up some good speed.
The supplied props are very strong and even after 2 crashes look as good as new.
Aside from those small things, the kit flies amazingly, looks great and was a lot of fun to build. Also it was only $100 so you can't beat the price. This is definitely a great deal and you get a lot of bang for your buck. It's a thrill to fly, quick to build, and with a few modifications could be a killer quad.
Update: Tested it with some 5046 props and man does it punch. Lifts off at about 40% throttle and definitely kicks when you give it some juice. The motors got slightly warm after some aggressive flying but nothing to be worried about. The escs actually managed to stay completely cool as well. I was quite impressed. Battery life is a little shorter, as expected, but the speed is worth it.
on August 3, 2016
I have to say that this 210 is legit. I am loving this thing. Install was very easy and straight forward, and this was my very first build. I thoroughly enjoy this quad, great one to start with. The frame is superb, true carbon fiber, tested conductivity. Thank you hobby king for truthful and straightforward advertising. I couldn't be happier and neither will you. I am not obligated to say that or anything in this review but I had too, this things quality. I'm running 4s 1300mah batteries, carries GoPro with ease right out of the box. A must buy, shoot buy two I wish I could get another one and would roll different components and review it as well. All in due time I guess. Anyways go get one!
on July 26, 2016
So far the kit is well selected for a starter quad, the frame is very nice. The motor and esc selection is solid. If you are looking to get a kit that is sold by a trusted store and comes with the basics. Once you find what else it is you are going to need you can piece it together and start your flying. I have not been able to test mine out yet, still waiting on some other components. When I get it completed, I will leave more information. This would be my first race drone or really any buildable/flyable hobby craft. Target Hobby makes good stuff, and offers good products. The company is quick to respond to issues and questions and more than willing to provide solutions to issues.
**So far I have been able to get it together and motors tested in clean flight. I have chosen an SP Racing F3 Acro Flight Controller, and the FlySky i6 with the FS-ia6b receiver & data cable. I have already flashed the firmware with the "10 channel mod" and had no issues. The motors sound good, the PDB seems to be creating a noticeable audible "humbuzz". Not sure if that is normal but its testing just fine. Will be getting my receiver setup in the next few days.
**Ok so I have been able to fly this a few times and it is really nice! First time flyers make sure to set up your Flight Modes through clean flight and start with Angle Mode... my suggestion anyway if you wanna save a few props. The frame is solid and the motors work great. I love to fly this thing!!