So how do you get magical flight times? Let's show you!
This article is here to shed some light on how we did it, and hopefully help you achieve the same results! It's not magic- just good design and properly thought out components. Straying from this formula and you may find yourself getting less than ideal results.
First a few ingredients-
2s Lithium Ion Pack
1104-7500kv Motors, in our testing we use T-Motor F10's
GemFan 2540 Tri-Blade Propellers
Caddex Rattel Camera.
Micro VTX of your choice.
Micro Receiver of your choice :)
The MicroHawk frame has very skinny arms, and is meant to fit the 2s Lithium Ion pack without obstructing airflow, it is highly recommended- along with supporting up to 3inch props for even longer flight times and better performance.
Our Lithium Ion battery is setup for high amperage discharge- and with it giving us 15-24 minutes of flight time depending on how the machine is flown. Traditionally machines of this size get closer to 2-4 minutes, so this is a substantial improvement. While it's a bit heavier than most, it is still acrobatic enough to power loop and perform any freestyle maneuver the pilot wants.
The motors vary in strength/power, even among the same 1104-7500kv spec, not all are made the same and can have 20-30% variance in the lift they produce- so choose wisely.
We use the Zeus all-in-one board from HGLRC for our FC and ESC's though we've had problems with the 5v regulator on all of our boards, along with bad Gyros mid flight in a couple of them. We're looking at other more reliable solutions and hope to make it avalible in out store for those looking to get a full kit of parts.
GemFan 2540 Propellers give us a good mix of grip, torque, and efficiency. Arguably you can get longer flight times with a dual blade 3inch prop, but we prefer the 2.5inch propeller in our testing.
Camera & VTX wise, it's up to you! We love the Caddex Rattel camera, along with the NameLessRC Micro 400mw VTX- we think this is a great combo for those looking for the best in micro analog fun.