How to Build The Best Custom TinyWhoop
Looking to build your own custom Tinywhoop, but not sure how? At Adelaide Micro Drone Crew, we’ll help you get flying in no time, just by following these few easy steps below.
Frames come in all different styles and sizes, just make sure you choose the matching motor size to pair up with your new frame. For example, there are 6mm, 7mm, and 8mm diameter brushed motors. Frames also come in 6mm, 7mm, and 8mm diameter motor housings. Frames also come with different size battery holders, but can be easily modified to suit.
Once you have chosen your motor size, make sure you have 2 x CW and 2 x CCW motors which are identified by black/white cables and blue/red cables. CW motors spin clock wise while CCW motors spin counter clock wise. Some motors have both white wires but they can be identified with either a grey base or white base to differentiate CW and CCW. One other important factor when choosing a motor is the kV or RPM rating. Choosing the incorrect kV may not give your Tinywhoop the thrust it needs to lift off….As a guide, if you are planning to install an AIO (All In One) FPV (First Person View) camera then the minimum kV you need is 17500kV or 59000Rpm rated motors. This also depends on the total weight with battery, of your Tinywhoop. Also make sure you choose motors which have plugs, as this makes the installation and or future replacements much easier as their is not micro soldering required.
There are so many FC’s (Flight Controllers) out on the market, so which one do you choose? Basically, if you are a beginner or just getting into FPV and you don’t want all the headaches of Betaflight, then we highly recommend you choose a “Banyang” protocol FC. These FC’s are easy to bind and there’s no need to set up switches and transmitters. They also keep the budget right down, especially if you’re new and unsure what controller you want in the future.
Once you understand a bit more you could upgrade transmitters and FC’s to take your FPV experience to the next level. Also be aware that your Banyang FC comes with pre-soldered motor plugs, otherwise you’ll end up having to micro solder those pins on.
If you have chosen a Banyang protocol flight controller, you’ve got a couple of options. Either a “Jelly Bean” style transmitter, BetaFPV Lite Radio version 2 or something which has the Banyang protocol. This will all depend on your budget. A Jelly Bean style transmitter will cost you around $20, the BetaFPV Lite 2 is a little under $100 and the others are from $150 upwards. The responsiveness of your Tinywhoop will differ depending which transmitter you choose, as the cheaper ones are a little harder to control as they can have big fluctuations with very small joystick movements, while the higher grade transmitters can give you a much better control and flight experience. Similar to a vehicle with and without power steering….
Choosing a 5.8GHz FPV camera depends on how you want your final build to look? There’s quite a few AIO (All In One) FPV cameras on the market. To get the best performance for your Tinywhoop theres a few things to consider. Most importantly, it’s the weight. The lighter the better. Next is image quality and the distance you want to fly. Lastly, current draw as this will determine your flight times. We recommend a couple AIO cameras which is listed on our Parts page. Both have been used in many builds and have proven reliability, image quality and power consumption.
To finish off your build, choose a set of props. There are quite a few different colours and sizes. Make sure you choose the correct props to match the size of your frame. Also take note, like the motors, props also come in CW and CCW so make sure you have 2 of each. Props also have different diameter mounting holes, so make sure they match the same size of your motor shaft.
You are now ready to put this awesome project together and get ready for some FPV fun!!