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Owl – Universal Indoor and Outdoor FPV Quadcopter frame

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Owl is a 118mm brushless FPV quadcopter frame with integrated 3 inch propeller protection, designed to be safe proximity indoor and park flier with support of wide variety of equipment and great mounting options.

FEATURES

  • Integrated propeller and equipment protection
  • Ability to mount motors facing up or down
  • Ability to use wide variety of motors like 1105, 1306, 1407
  • Ability to use virtually any VTX and to mount it on top or bottom plate
  • Ability to mount battery on top or bottom
  • Many mounting holes which help to keep all wires together for the clean and beautiful build
  • Mounting holes for popular flight controllers like Naze32, CC3D and other boards that use 30.5mm distance between holes
  • Ability to fly with GoPro on 3S batteries with high discharge rating (slow flier) and 4S batteries

* Flight controller mounting hardware is not included

Don't forget to purchase Flight Controller / ESC mounting hardware

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Product Description

INTRODUCTION

Owl is a 118mm brushless FPV proximity quadcopter frame with integrated 3 inch propeller protection, designed to be safe proximity indoor and park flier with support of wide variety of equipment and great mounting options.

FEATURES

  • Integrated propeller and equipment protection
  • Ability to mount motors facing up or down
  • Ability to use wide variety of motors like 1105, 1306, 1407
  • Ability to use virtually any VTX and to mount it on top or bottom plate
  • Ability to mount battery on top or bottom
  • Many mounting holes which help to keep all wires together for the clean and beautiful build
  • Mounting holes for popular flight controllers like Naze32, CC3D and other boards that use 30.5mm distance between holes
  • Ability to fly with GoPro on 3S batteries with high discharge rating (slow flier) and 4S batteries

Facing down RCX 1105 motors:
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Facing up DYS 1306 motors (Owl version 1):
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DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS

Owl Frame consists of two plates with the same pattern of mounting holes to allow flexibility of the choice of where you want to mount your equipment. It allows you to mount motors facing up or facing down, to mount VTX on the top or bottom plate, it really depends on your imagination and allows you to create uniquely looking quadcopter.

Owl Frame has many mounting holes which allow you to tie all the wires together, so they won’t stand in the way of propeller and make your build look clean and beautiful.

Owl Frame uses optimal amount of material to be as light, as small and as strong as possible.


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It is designed with ultimate flexibility in mind!

WHY DO YOU NEED IT?

  • Easiest way to learn FPV without worrying too much
  • To be sure that you won’t hurt anybody with propellers, as they can cause pretty serious injuries
  • To be able to fly inside of the house without damaging furniture
  • To protect quadcopter equipment and save money on propellers, because everything is deep inside of the cage
  • It is designed around popular 3 inch propellers format, which lets you use wide variety of equipment and helps to save you money

WHY OWL HAS BEEN CREATED?

As many of you, I’ve started from 250mm quadcopters, just because it was the smallest quadcopter you were able to get at some point. I quickly realized that it is not what I needed, because it was not really small, it was scary dangerous for surrounding. Well, forgive me, but I can’t drive outside of the town too often to fly this strong and scary machine and in the area where I live, kids are playing everywhere. At home, with my level of flying skills, you will either break everything around or cut somebody’s head off. So I’ve got prop protectors for it, but whoever designed them didn’t realize that you will need to protect propeller from top and bottom, because otherwise it won’t really have the effect you need. So, my experiment has failed and this quadcopter was mostly collecting dust on the shelf.

Then I came across 1104 motors and Atom and immediately thought that this is what I need! To my quick disappointment I was buying hundreds of propellers every month, which is not environment and wallet friendly, and frankly annoying.

Then I came across RS90 and loved it (still love) so much, I thought that this is probably what I was looking for. But unfortunately it missed some of the qualities which my Atom had as for example you can’t fly with GoPro camera, it has relatively weak throttle response on 2S batteries (it is way better on 3S batteries) in comparison to what I’ve got used to, inability to use cheap and good motors on it. But then 3S battery wears out these DP03 motors very quickly and they are really fragile in general.

It made me think that it would be great to have something like this but for more common, as of now, 3 inch propellers standard. I’ve asked around and nobody was offering any solution at this time.

I’ve figured that I’ll have to design something by myself It took me some time to refresh my AutoCAD skills.

While I was figuring it all out, new frame with the name “Butters” appeared and I thought oh, great, now I can just buy and use it instead, but then, after I saw if for the first time, I quickly realized that it won’t work for me as it didn’t provide enough of mounting flexibility for quadcopter equipment and looked super heavy.

Well… I guessed, that I would actually have to try make something myself then. After all, this hobby is about research and development. Isn’t it? 🙂

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SPECIFICATIONS

  • 118mm motor to motor distance
  • Weight of two plates: 55g
  • Approximately 192g AUW (built using 1105 motors) with 610mah 3S battery

RECOMMENDED PARTS #1

  • RCX 1105 4000kv motors installed on the top plate facing down
  • LittleBee 20a ESCs
  • Genuine RotorX RX3020 props
  • Flight controller of your choice
  • 450mah to 610mah 3S battery with 65C discharge rating or 4S battery in order to fly with GoPro

RECOMMENDED PARTS #2

  • DYS 1306 4000kv motors installed on the bottom plate facing up
  • LittleBee 20a ESCs
  • Genuine RotorX RX3040T props
  • Flight controller of your choice
  • 450mah to 610mah 3S battery with 65C discharge rating or 4S battery in order to fly with GoPro

Got questions?

I’m constantly working on improving Owl frame design and your participation in the community of users can greatly help everybody, especially you!
Please check out Owl frame RCGroups thread

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  1. 2 out of 2 people found this helpful
    Simon

    5 out of 5 The most fun build I've ever had

    (verified owner)

    Awesome product. I enjoyed building this so much, I’m almost sad that it’s finished – but then I flew it! Awesome 🙂 highly recommended.

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  2. One person found this helpful
    Michael

    5 out of 5 So much fun!

    (verified owner)

    I built an Owl with the F3S AIO board, LittleBee 4-in-1, 1306 4000KV motors, and Diatone camera from the kit. Added a FrSky XSR receiver, TBS Unify Pro VTx, and a buzzer of my own and this thing is a blast.

    I was concerned it would be sedate on 3S but it hovers at 25% throttle and can go like a rocket (by my standards, anyway) at 270g AUW. It’s a bit fiddly getting all the wires out of the way of the props, but certainly doable, and the challenge of designing the stack and component placement to keep everything tidy and out of the way was rewarding in the end.

    Very durable (I crashed a dozen times on 3 batteries today). I broke one nylon standoff when I crashed severely on a brick sidewalk, but I think the nylon worked as a relief so the frame and all other components remained intact, which is a testament to this things durability.

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  3. Jason

    5 out of 5 Great product

    (verified owner)

    Can’t wait to get the rest of the parts to build this quadcopter. The frame is cut beautifully every thing lines up great.

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  4. Robert

    5 out of 5 A Pleasure to Build

    (verified owner)

    Everything fits together so nicely in this kit. There are so many options available as to how you can set it up, I guarantee you will be happy with the finished product. FlexRC’s kit’s are great value. I had so much fun with the assembly, I purchased one of each Owl.

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  5. Oliver

    5 out of 5 Everybody need an owl !

    (verified owner)

    I had no longer as much fun with a quad. it is constantly searching for obstacles you which one wants to fly through. perfect fun machine. Greetings from Germany.

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  6. Mark

    5 out of 5 Love the Owl

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    I want to get into FPV, and I purchased a 250 “race quad”. I quickly learned that my large yard is still not big enough to comfortably learn and practice with that quad. I did some searching and came across the Owl kit. It fit my needs perfectly. It gives me a smaller, safer tool to learn FPV with, and as an added bonus it gave me the chance to learn about building and setting up the quad with Cleanflight and BLHeli.

    The Owl kit not only met but exceeded my expectations in every area. How much do I like it? I just ordered a second Owl!

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