I have decided to piece together a bang for your buck freestyle build to coincide with the summer in the Northern Hemisphere. My objective for this build was not to build the cheapest quad but the best value. This means parts will be from recognised brands with a good track record of performance and reliability with a good degree of future proofing. To be clear, this is not a $99 build, it is more like $150-$170 but will be more reliable AND outperform any pre-built quad and will easily hold it's own against something double or triple the price - I like to think of it as the Sweet Spot.
This Sweet Spot Quad will be split into 3 parts:
For each key component I'll show you what I chose, a cheaper option and a more premium option with price indication and justification. Let's get straight into it!!
Video Transmitter (VTX)
These are highly personal and since pricing does not vary much I've listed my favorites:
That's it for the components, motors and fc/esc are head and shoulders above the rest for value whereas others like vtxs are all much of a muchness and props and frames are more personal preference than anything. In real life I've already built and started flying so check back in for Part 2: Build guide and Part 3: Review and recommendations. Thanks for reading!
Update: I've completed the build and have reviewed the components and build including DVR and HD footage using the new Runcam 5. All the details are here: THE SWEET-SPOT VALUE 5" FREESTYLE PART 2: FULL REVIEW
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