In this review I’ll be going over my experience with the Metal Head Quadcopter Frame.
The Metal Head Quadcopter Frame is made in the USA by a website called “quadcopter.us”. The first thing I noticed when I received the frame is that it was already assembled (which was really nice). It has 5 main parts, so even if it didn’t come assembled it would be very easy to put together. The size of this frame is a little odd. It’s 287mm from the two motor shafts (diagonally) so I guess you could almost call it a 300 sized quad.
The great thing about having a frame that’s bigger then most of the other small quads out there (like the QAV250) is that it can run 6 inch props. At first, I tried to fly with 5 inch props on a 3s battery and it flew ok, but when going around turns that require a lot of yaw motion it felt somewhat unstable. After changing over to 6 inch props, it felt like a completely different vehicle.
With the sunny sky motors, at full throttle it felt more like a rocket then a quadcopter. Once I got it tuned, we decided to take it out to the desert for a speed test. Surprisingly, I managed to ride in the car with my video goggles while the quadcopter followed us down the trail. Using the car speed gauge as a reference, I was able to see that the quad reached a top speed of about 42mph. Since the Metal Head frame is made out of mostly aluminum, it handles videos pretty good without seeing any jello effect. I didn’t even have to balance my props! The the only thing I have for vibration dampening is the velcro that’s holding the camera to the frame.
There’s really only two things that I don’t like about this frame. The screws and measurements are not metric, which makes finding the right screw driver a little hard for me since 99% of everything I have is metric (not imperial). I would’ve also liked to have seen a hole in the top G10 plate for mounting an FPV antenna. Besides those two complaints, there’s really nothing else I can think of that I don’t like about the frame. It’s definitely something to check out if your looking for a mini FPV quadcopter frame that’s under $100.
This list includes all of the components used for the build. If you add everything up, it comes to about $536 (not including shipping).