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Old 09-21-2013, 02:51 PM   #1
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The first photo is of my FPV Quad, this frame is sold by RCHeliCanada.com and has served its purpose very well. Even counting the several times I got that couple inches too low and ended upside down in the hay field. To me, FPV is not flying high and looking around but flying as low as I can and most times have the right stick all the way forward. My FPV Quad runs Naza/GPS and weight complete with Eagle Tree OSD weights 1370g without battery. Which I use a 4s 4500mah that gives me 10 to 12 minutes, but most times I am ready to land around 8 minutes.

Next two photo's are of HK Scorpion Y which runs with the KK2 board, it weights 1345g and most times I fly it on 3s 3000mah which gives me 6 plus minutes. The really nice thing about the Scorpion is it folds the two arms back so it takes less room to transport it to the field. Now maybe some don't have that problem but with the SUV, two heli's one 450 and one 500, one airplane, Tx case, Battery Case which I always keep the batterys in that go to the field with me. One case that is my ground station for FPV, then the FPV quad that takes more room since it is of course spread arms out.

I decided to get a Quad to use for FPV that would fold up, plus that I could use 3s batteries since I have more of those than I do the 2 4s that I fly on the presend FPV Quad. I decided to get the Tarot Iron Man 650. Since I fly heli's in both 450 size and 500 size, I have been replacing parts with Tarot parts rather than Hobby King, and been quite happy with the quality of them. I also wanted to end up with this as my FPV Quad so decided to pay very close attention to weight. Now could have gone with a non-folding frame that would be lighter, but the whole excerise here is to have a folding Quad that makes transporting it easier.

To start with, the frame as build with no mod's weighed in at 513.8 which is 37.8g higher than the 476 weight that is listed on Hobby-Wing.com. Since my FPV Quad fly's good on the RC TIMER 4215 650kv motors was going to use another set of them for this quad. I checked the weight, they say it is 73g, but if you put the prop adapter on, leave the wire leads on, it comes out at 94.1g, not much but, with all 4 motors that is 84g more of added weight. To replace them, ordered up 4 E-Maxx 2213-935kv that weigh in at 58g ready to bolt on.

Same with ESC's, was going to use the HobbyWing Platium 30A but decided that was over kill so ordered up 4 of the ZTX Spiders 20A to use. I did put on two battery carriers so I could use two 3S batteries which I have several of. I have flown the Tarot Quad now several times and more than happy with it, it is rock solid if I let it hover by itself and with using two 3S that are 2800MAH, that gives me 5600MAH and have flown up to 10 minutes with it and the Eagle Tree OSD shows FPV still runing in the safe area of the batteries. I also cut out new motor mounts since the tarot ones seem to have an extra length for ESC and I moved my ESC's as close to battery as possible. The photo shows the Tarot motor mount on the left, middle one I made out of 6061 and the right one is HK 1.5 carbon, it is only 0.6g lighter than the 6061. In the end, ready for batteries the Tarot comes in at 1185g.

All and all, very happy with the Tarot, and love the fact it folds up which makes hauling it to the field as well as not taking so much room in my work area.
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Old 09-22-2013, 12:50 PM   #2
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Re: Tarot Iron Man 650

Nice! I like the motor mounts you made. Its a shame the original tarot mounts don't allow for 4 screws on the smaller motors. I plan to cut off all the extra carbon material (part that holds the ESC's or whatever that was for).

I Just got my 680 in the mail and already had a 650. I also ordered a bunch of spare parts and upgrades from Tarots website. I purchase the newer motor mounts for the hex as they use 4 screws to hold the mount on and you don't need to drill holes in the boom (TL68B25). All my wiring will run through the booms.

My plan is to save the motor mounts the 680 came with and combine them with what the 650 already has to make an X8 configuration on the 650. something the new plastic mounts can't do. although trying to fit 6 motor wires through a 16mm shaft will be a challenge.

I noticed Tarot also has an upgrade to the folding legs that allow them to lock with a latch so a hard landing doesn't overcome the normal clamper lock.

So far, I'm nowhere near done my builds but am pretty happy with the quality. I really like how much you can customize them. The floor in my studio is basically covered in Tarots and spare parts. lol.

And I agree with you, the actual weight is heavier than what they claim. Just a rough guess but after I've finished the 680 with add-on parts, the tarot gimbal, and all the other junk, its takeoff weight may approach 3kg.
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Old 09-22-2013, 03:24 PM   #3
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Re: Tarot Iron Man 650

Do like the way it locks the legs up. I fold mine up then use a velcro strap to hold the sides and legs together.

Let me know how much you weigh when all done.
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Old 06-10-2014, 08:46 AM   #4
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Re: Tarot Iron Man 650

I have a Iron Man 650 as well. Do you have any idea where I can find a transport & storage box for my quad ?
Tried Home Depot, Canadian Tire, Rona, but nothing that can fit the folded size of my Tarot.
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