Here is my Build log of my current FPV Acro/Racing boat. Generally, I am very happy and impressed by the Alien Frame, coming from a ZMR250 v2 from FPVModel. I love my ZMR250 Frame, its very sturdy and was a good frame for my first flights I did in FPV. As a first step into FPV Racing, I still recommend a ZMR250 v2 frame as its very cheap and hard to break ( I actually wasn’t able to break it at all ).
- Lumenier LUX Flightcontroller
- xNova 2204-2300KV Motors
- Flyduino KISS 24A Race ESCs
- HS1177 FPV Camera
- TBS Core PNP50
- ImpulseRC Alien 5″ Frame
- HoTT GR-16 Reciever
- Lumenier TX5G25 VTX
- Some build materials
Let’s get started!
This is how everything started.
Bottom frame assembled, bottom view
Pre tinning the PDB, making sure everything holds nice and tight!
Preparing the ESCs for soldering. Adding the Cables
xNova Motors with KISS ESCs combined =)
Important to note that I had Issues with the ESCs later. I had to replace them as I don’t have a flashing tool for the required software update in my setup. For anyone facing weird spasm issues and no line to go anymore, replace your ESCs, it helped me.
Getting ready. Motor placing started
All Motors are now cleanly soldered to the Frame. Added a velcro patch for the TBS Core PNP50
Creating a cable for the VTX and OSD
Time to place the TBS Core PNP50. This OSD/Powermanager is stripped down, I removed the case around it and changed the jumpers for 12v Output for VTX and Camera. I also switched the cables for thicker ones. I am not going to use the supplied XT60 Connector for the PDB, I directly go to the TBS Core for Power measurement. I covered all solder points with Plastidip to protect them from water. I also added a + and – cable for power that goes to the FC directly.
Preparing the LUX FC for use!
Added the stripped down GR-16 Reciever. I have not found any review on how to strip it down online so I might do a small guide on that soon. I think its very usefull to safe space and some grams of weight.
Now everything is at its place, holding on tight! Probably not the best soldering, haha
After going through the wiring and soldering twice to check all connections for mistakes, it’s time to do the first test!
It works! Note that the ESCs are shining green because it’s the old firmware. Firmware 1.0.1 and higher are blue!
Placed the FC Shield… Next would be assembling the camera where I don’t have any pictures – but there are enough guides on the internet on how to do it.
After a final assembly and connecting the VTX and Camera, I can finally add the top plate to finish it up. LEDs are already working here. It is a beauty <3
After the Initial Maiden Flight, I decided to buy the Lumenier Neoprene Landing Pads. To secure the screws a little better, I decided to dip them in plastidip. So far, it’s holding!
So this is my small Build log! Anyone getting an Alien Frame: It’s a beautiful and very nice to build!
If you have questions or feedback, you can comment and ask =)