These days, most people build their own racers, except for the Vortex that never had any real competition, but is that about to change? On February 9th, Team Black Sheep (TBS) announced the Vendetta, a completely new FPV racing quad with features we’ve never seen before on a quadcopter of this size.
As a no surprise, TBS have come out with a totally unique design. This time it is a modular 250 class quad designed for 5″ propellers. 5″ props are widely considered to be a good compromise between the manoeuvrability of 4″ and the power of 6″.
What make this quad so special is the Full carbon fiber monocoque and quick swap arms, that can be swapped out in an instant, thanks to the MT30 connectors used between the motors and arms that permit solder-free repairs right at the field.
CARBON FIBER ALL THE WAY
In order to accomplish the beauty of this frame,all structural parts on the TBS VENDETTA are made out of custom-made carbon fiber layup. The arms are made from flat 3.5mm thick carbon fiber plates, machined to precise standards on a 4-axis CNC machine, fully chamfered to prevent delamination. The body is a pure work of art, which starts its life as a hand molded tubular 2mm carbon fiber master. It is trimmed down by a 4-axis CNC machine to save weight. Smooth and rounded edges in the CNC cuts are our way of showing off. The matte finish is sand blasted, because attention to detail requires it.
TIGHT INTEGRATION, MODULAR DESIGN
The entire FPV racer is built around the idea of countless self-contained parts working together hand in hand for a unified user experience. Starting from the TBS ZeroZero FPV camera, to the TBS POWERCUBE and TBS CORE PRO, everything is repairable without a soldering iron, and with just two tools. This does not prevent you from configuring all tuning parameters via the built-in OSD, to changing VTx channels or power levels.
FROM BOX TO AIR: 5 MINUTES
The TBS VENDETTA comes pre-tuned, and the R/C Calibration Wizard takes you through the setup steps. Just strap in a R/C receiver, tune your goggles to BOSCAM A CH1, and start setting up your controls. The arms arrive in detached state to allow quick access to the R/C receiver bay the first time.
BUILT TO GROW
From the structural rigidity to the over-powered ESCs, everything has been developed with your progress as a pilot in mind. A step to 6S with bigger motors to gain ridiculous power-to-weight ratios, custom arms for higher efficiency motors and props, or simply a different motor setup to suit your tastes are easily possible, thanks to the MT30 connectors and the quick swap arms. You can even carry different pairs of arms with unique motor and props combos installed for every occasion, and mount what you fancy!
- 240-sized RTF FPV Racer
- Quick-replace 3.5mm carbon fiber arms, MT30 connectors
- Cobra CM2204/2300kV Motors, HQ 5x4x3 Props
- TBS PowerCube with fastest F3 board available, 2-6S capable Bulletproof 30/50A ESCs
- Compatible with PPM, SBUS, XBUS, Spektrum R/C systems
- Fully configurable via OSD, no PC required
- GoPro 3/4 and Mobius / Runcam mount included, both 10 and 30 degree variations
- Lost model alarm
- 410g weight without Battery or HD camera
Pricing And Release Date
At $499 you’re getting an amazing list of parts and electronics, but it doesn’t stop there! Sporting the brand new TBS Triumph Antenna in combination with the TBS CORE Pro OSD andTBS Unify Pro VTX, the TBS Vendetta allows you to configure every parameter of your FPV racer via R/C stick commands! Each drone comes tuned and test-flown in house.
Install a receiver, strap on a 4S battery and the TBS VENDETTA will tear a hole into the sky, and you’re coming along for the ride! The only things you’ll need to get flying is a transmitter and receiver, video receiver, 4S battery, charger and some video goggles.
Expected delivery will be around the 25th of February, but since this is a really hot item, they probably won’t be easy to get if you don’t order quickly.