This is the new hd version of the tadpole that’s available from armatan now armatan, and i have a very long relationship. En fait, my very first real quadcopter that i ever got was this thing here. I think this is called an armatan 358 croyez-le ou non. These are cnc cut, aluminium arms, c'est, a kk 2.0 in the middle, see it’s even got the dean’s connector at the bottom. This was my first ever quadcopter and the reason i’ve still got it is that this is the little device that got me in love with the whole multi rotor side of the hobby. Now we’ve come an awful long way from that thing. Down to this beautiful little tadpole hd now armatan is the only manufacturer that i’m aware of that offers a real lifetime warranty. That means that, if you break the frame of the model, then armatan will replace it. Even if you buy an armatan model from somebody else and you break it, armatan will still honor the warranty. So this is one of those things that, although it might feel like it’s, a relatively expensive piece of kit, if you break it, you do have a lot of backup and that’s pretty unique to armatan. Other people offered warranties like that, but they were nowhere near as comprehensive as the armatan one now i’ve not seen anything from armatan for a while. So when i saw that they had updated. My beloved tadpole, which i have an analog version of here with the hd version.
I thought you know what i’ve got to get one of those in and give it a try, because armatan models are built so beautifully well and usually just fly fantastically too now. Comme je l’ai dit, i’ve got the original tadpole in the analog version and there are some significant differences from this one. Over the original, the frame is more reminiscent of the smaller model, the gecko rather than the original tadpole. We have the same kind of sloping deck and everything is fitted in here absolutely beautifully with the metal protection for the camera and the mount at the back and just the way it’s built is really nice. Now i do like the fact that these models come with a real little sheet, with a handwritten note, with all of the checks they’ve done on it shipped to you now, you don’t have to buy this model as it is here uh. This is mine. I buy it as a ready to fly just because it’s a lot easier to get in, to do reviews and to spend less time, building it and more time flying it, but you can buy the frame on its own. If you want to build your own or you can buy it as a kit, another thing i’m interested in doing because i haven’t had an armatan modeling for a while is which version of beta flight have they put on here now, armour town was pretty happy with Around beta flight 3.
5 Ish, because that for many pilots was considered one of the best flying versions of betaflight and i’m interested to see what they’ve done here. So while i show you how mine came box, let’s talk about the specs, donc encore une fois, this is the tadpole hd inside this is the cl racing f4 mini flight controller. That is soft mounted, underneath that is a four in one 25 amp speed x, 20 Par 20 esc that is connected on the arms to four armatan branded 12v4 5000 Moteurs kv. Looking very modern and small particularly saw them next to the analog version that i’ve got here really nice inside is that armatan have not skimped on the kit for the hd system, Nouveau, il ya, Non, nothing to stop you putting an analog setup in here, but this is The caddix nebula pro vista kit and i’m really pleased about that. So many of these smaller models, i’ve been getting recently, have the other nebula cameras in and the mini is just not great in my opinion, and it is always a shame to see something like that. On a beautiful model, propellers a gem fan wind, dancer, 3028. Three bladed propellers they’ll seem to be a lot quieter than some of the others. I’Ve tried recently only one set in the box, so i would definitely order a couple of spares because you’re going to be flying this around me get hold of it. There is the light grip on the top for the battery.
Remember to peel that off. That’Ll make sure the battery doesn’t move at all in flight dog bone landing, pads, Lipo, strap and xt 30 connector on the back. Dji version was on the very latest and greatest, and the dji system was activated as well and that tracks, with all of this being tested before it was shipped from the factory let’s plug it into both flight. Have a quick look. So move everything on the bench that all looks, good let’s, enable expert mode and just quickly go through the tabs. Ports. Look like this. Only thing really turned on is msp for the dji system configuration standard, motor direction, D, tir 600 running an 8k gyro and pig loop frequency it’s, an f4 based flight controller there, so it’s running about 14 15 with those settings uh. Everything else is pretty standard. The only thing i’ll draw your attention to is the beeper uh d shot beacon, configuration is set and that’s good, because there is a separate buzzer on this power and battery look like this, and they seem to work really nicely and they’re accurate, fail. Safe is set to drop pid tuning quickly, show you here, i’ll put the dump and diff files below. Intéressant, this i’ve just noticed at the top. This is betaflight four one, seven, so that’s pretty current that’s, really good tan. This is your first ever quad i’ve had in like this mode i’m, going to need a bit of a tweak there’s just angle and air mode in here so definitely connect it come in here and set it up.
How you want on screen display it’s going to need a little bit of a tweak uh. You can obviously because it’s set up for telemetry back to your goggles, have other things shown and then in the video transmitter, stuff nothing’s set up on this one. This is the dji unit, so again uh. I will do all the standard stuff really really pleased to see that armatan have moved up to using some of the latest and greatest versions of betaflight and got all that goodness i’ll show you how it flies in a minute, but again, dump and dip files below In terms of flying, it is everything that i would come to expect from an armature model. C’est fantastique. The thing that really took my breath away was how much power this little fella has i’m running it on the 650 milliamp power 4s battery, and it is hovering at about 20 throttle flying around is only using about five amps. It feels incredibly well locked in and with those motors and props it isn’t, making the same loud noises that i would expect from a model of this size. ainsi, although it’s, not stealth modeled by any stretch of the imagination, its small size makes it very portable and the lower noise from it means that once you’re, three four hundred yards away, it’s very hard to hear it. If you even hear it at all. But for flying around and having a shed load of fun, it is fantastic.
The view in the camera is excellent, but it’s going to be. This is the caddix pro camera and again i’m, so thankful that armatan haven’t skimped on the camera, because other quads that i’ve got in at the moment that i’m looking at are using some of the caddix minis and some of the other ones, and it just doesn’t. Look great about five minutes flight time from that 650 milliamp power 4s battery, although i would love it to be a little bit longer. It is just incredible fun to fly and to zoom around with no real surprises with the flying with this tool. c'est, just lovely and that’s kind of what you expect from armatan allentown do put a lot of time and effort into making sure these models are absolutely spot on. There is one cute thing that is worthwhile mentioning now. There are a number of rate profiles for this model loaded on along with auxiliary two set up to change them by default it’s in the beginner rates, which are very tame perfect for somebody that’s new. Cependant, if you want to access the full capabilities of this model, then i’d recommend you spend a little bit of time, have a look in betaflight and make sure that you have a switch assigned so that you can go into the intermediate or high rates. And that way you’ll be able to access the full flippy flopping action on this thing. Donc, en résumé, there is a lot to like about this armature model.
It is a beautiful build. They always are from these guys. I always feel that my soldering is quite scruffy compared to how the guys, who make these things at armatan do it. The caddix pro is a great addition again thumbs up ahmatan for doing that, and the weight is exceptionally light. It is well under the 250 Grammes. Si c’est, something that you’re really interested in, Cependant, in most places, it’s a bit irrelevant, because as soon as you put a camera on it, particularly here in the uk, then it’s, subject to all the regular laws for the larger models. En tous cas. The tune as you’d expect from armatan is really really good, but just be aware of those different rate profiles. The default one which is for beginners, will give you very slow rolls and flips i’d recommend going on to profile 2. It’Ll. Give you a far better flying experience. Noise levels are less than some of the other models that i’ve tried. Encore, it might be these props. I might try these props on some of the other models in this class to see if it makes a difference, and it was nice that everything was set up so well. You are going to have to go into betaflight to do the osd and set up the modes, how you want it and also move things around in the on screen display, euh .e uh, just so that’s set for the dji system. Only a couple of things to be aware of really: first one is there’s: no spare props in box, so i’m going to be ordering a spare set of props, because this is going to be a regular flyer.
This is just such a fun little model. Obviously there is a gps and there is a beeper on here. This is an explorer class. This is just a rip it around and have fun kind of model, so be aware of that. The d sharp beeper is set, but if you’re going to be flying in long grass, it might be worthwhile away, be sticking on some kind of lost model, Alarme, il ya, probably just enough room behind the camera to squeeze one inside the frame. This gets five stars from me, it’s great, for lots of different styles of flying and with the non default rates great for freestyle too, it can feel like a lot of money for this kind of kit. You know the caddix vista pro is about 165 Dollars. The frames 45 bucks flight controllers 34 esd’s 35. The motors are 54 pounds for a set of four and the props are kind of three bucks, so it’s about 336 dollars for the individual components and the build. If you get the ready to fly version like i have it here, only costs an extra 13 and the shipping is included as well, which is why this one was really a no brainer. Pour moi, the kit is available. If you want to build it yourself, c'est 40 dollars less than the ready to fly 349 bucks uh. If you really like to set it up yourself again, the dump and diff that i have on this model is available down below.
If you want to set it up the same way too don’t forget about that lifetime. Warranty armatan does do a great job with that. It is nice to know that if i am unlucky enough to break one of these arms, then i can get replacement a lot of the current fleet that i’m flying is all the armatang quads check out. My other reviews things. Tu sais, like the badger, the marmot things like that, but this just looks feels flies just like such a bigger model. I just wish it flew for more than five minutes at a time, and the last point is there is a lot of competition at this price point uh, with it being the kind of 350 bucks it. There are lots of other options that are out there and there are cheaper models if you’re on a budget, but i’ve been flying arbiter models for seven or eight years now, and it is nice to see them bringing out new products and putting the same love and Attention to them and they’ve always done using the modern components and making those tweaks to the frame to give it a little bit more lightness and using modern motors as well. This is an excellent version of the tadpole in hd and, if you’re looking for a little pocket rocket that you can keep with you and fly in lots of places with the dgi system, this needs to be on your list. Thank you for spending your time today.
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