Update Sept 25th
Now the big change is that I removed the top plate. I’m bellow 400gr without HD camera and way bellow 500 gr with a GoPro! It fly extremely light on Gemfan Bullnose 5045 props.
Update Aug 21th
After flying the Moka for 20 flights, one of the DYS Esc died for some obscure reason… I decided to try the new Afro Race Spec Mini 20Amp. Right out of Hobbyking, they are ready to go with Oneshot enable under SimonK firmware, noting to change and they perform real nice! I also changed the Naze32 for the new RMRC Dodo, it was not needed as the regular Naze32 was just fine, but there are some features from the Dodo that I like, i.e. 2-6s input power and 5v output, 0.5A Max and faster processor… More to come on that.(review in the making) I changed the FPV camera for a CCD camera, better quality than the CMOS Fatshark by a lot. I have the GoPro mounted at 20° for better forward view in fast flight. Now the GoPro is protected in a protective 3d printed case with the Layerlens. With this new setup, I think that the GoPro is completely protected from any abuse! If you are interested in getting the GoPro 20° seat with the GoPro LayerLens protector, voila! To finish the upgrade, I installed the top plate with rubber dampers to make sure that any vibration stays away from the HD video.
Video with the new setup:
I’m going to start this review by saying that I was extremely happy to find out about this new quad, an amazing design done here in Canada, great! Let’s start by saying that I ordered the Moka on a Friday and I received it the following Monday, great fast shipping. On top of that, the Moka was already built. When folded, it’s extremely small.
Most standard racing quads are designed with 250mm length in diagonal, but this one can be adjusted within a few minutes just by loosening a few screws, that simple. That way, you can make it up to 290mm and could be able to fit up to 7″ prop if you want. I think that max 6″ prop is all you need for a quad like this. The MokaFrame is fully adjustable in that sense and foldable. The frame carbon fiber has the most beautiful finish that I have ever seen, all the edges are perfect, no rough ends at all. I can definitely tell that all the components of the quad are great quality and will withstand crashes easily! Now let’s dive into the meat and potatoes!
So let’s get right into the specs I am using :
- MokaFrame quad
- Cobra 2204 1960kv motors
- Gemfan props Bullnose 5045
- Afro Race Spec Mini 20Amp
- Naze32 flight controller flashed with Cleanflight version 1.9.0 or RMRC Dodo
- 5v UBEC 3amp to power the Naze board(not required if you are using the Dodo)
- FrSky D4R-II
- Batteries ranging from 1300mah to 1800mah
- For FPV the 600 Fatshark TVL CMOS, not my first choice but I had one handy! I recommend this one!
- Aomway video transmitter 200mw
- GoPro 15 degree Tilt Mount, now using the 20° seat with GoPro LayerLens protector(link to purchase soon)
If you are using BlHeli ESC and want to flash to 126.96.36.199, go to this link: BLHELISUITE
The MokaFrame is a carbon fibre 250mm-290mm size quadcopter. The carbon fibre is 3k weave. The version is foldable and weights only 168 grams. The max size propeller you can use on the smaller arms is 7”.
- Weight: 168g
- Wheelbase: 250mm (diagonal motor to motor) and can adjust to 290mm to fit big prop
- Material: 3K weave carbon fiber
- arm 16mm tube compatible with all motor mount in the market (TAROT)
- damping mount for mobius camera
- Motors can tilt for fast forward
- Motors can slide to change dimension from 250mm to 290mm
- Support 5, 6 and 7 inch prop
- Camera protected in frame
- Arms are foldable to absorb shock in crash
- Tube arms are stronger than basic arms by a lot and provide good airflow to the ESC if you install them inside
You can configure it in 3 different versions:
The kit includes all you need to build it, but it comes already assembled for you!
The frame is very, very nice. It is extremely strong, it’s something that you feel right away when you start flying it. I also like the fact that there is an antenna extension hole so that you can use an extension for your video transmitter to your antenna so that in the event of a bad crash you can break the SMA on the antenna and not on the actual video transmitter.
It is also nice to see the vibration isolating plate, one for the HD camera, i.e. a mobius but I will probably use a GoPro or the Xiaomi Yi. This is how the GoPro should look like on the frame, but I’m working on my own solution on that, more to follow.
Value more money:
For the frame itself, it is pretty well priced at $115 if you compare it to the other good names out there, i.e. QAV250, Mini-H, ZUUL etc… The guy building them is still working on making the price as attractive as possible without loosing money! But the frame itself I can justify the money, and it looks stunning to say the least. The carbon fibre is very good quality and is strong.
All in all, I would recommend the airframe to people especially if you are looking for a racer, and it’s extremely compact when folded. Other features that could be a game changer are the ease to tilt the motor, changing the config on the go almost, only a few screws to loosen and you could have the quad config changed. If you are a beginner, other cheaper frames may be a better alternative like the ZMR250, but if you are looking for a first class frame, this is a great contender!
Flight time: 4-6 minutes
Suitability for beginners: Why not start with an amazing frame if you can afford it
FPV capability: Hell Ya! This is the sole purpose of that frame!
Value for money: As it is extremely tough, yes it is a great value
Strength: Definitely as strong as the other one!
Videos in the making… Come back often to see more videos !