Shendrones Corgi build log

Components

  • Frame: Shendrones Corgi
  • Flight controller: Lumineer LUX
  • PDB: Matek Mini Power HUB
  • Motors: Racerstar Racing Edition 2205 2300KV
  • ESC: DYS XM20A
  • FPV camera: Emax 800TVL CMOS
  • VTx: TS5840 200mW 40ch VTx
  • Other: FrSky D4R-II receiver, TBS Triumph antenna, KingKong 5045 tri props

First steps

The Shendrones Corgi is a bit different to your average frame. It’s designed to house a GoPro session within the frame, providing a level of protection. I decided a dry run would be a good idea given it’s not just 2 plates of carbon fibre with stand offs as most frames tend to be. It’s a fairly straight forward construction and seeing the space available helped me visualise how component layout will work in such a tight space (and the space in the Corgi IS tight!).

You learn best from experience, and I’ve started this build with my past mistakes in mind. First things first was to check that the flight controller (FC) was in working order. I’ve had a couple die on me now and building a quad only to find there’s no life once you connect the USB is soul destroying.

Everything connected fine and the latest version of Betaflight flashed straight on without a hitch. We’re off to a good start.

The build

Now onto the actual build. The FC and PDB sit side-by-side in the Shendrones Corgi, rather than the more conventional stacked on top we’re used to seeing.

Corgi frame flight controller and pdb

Now it’s just a matter of soldering all components to the relevant places. There’s no room to use pins for anything really, and you can’t have too much excess wire tucked away in the frame so you need to be confident in your measurements and soldering.

Below I’ve got all the core pieces in the place. Signal wires all run below the PDB and FC to keep things as neat as I can. As space is soo tight, I’ve had to de-pin and direct solder the D4R-II to the FC.

Corgi Frame PDB, FC and ESCs wired up

As the XM20A ESCs come with the handy protectors, I’ve decided to mount these under the arms. They should be suitable protected and this makes use of the cutouts on the arm ends for the motor wires to sling under neatly.

 

Corgi Frame with motors in place

The rest of the build is straight forwards. The camera mounts to a carbon fibre plate which sandwiches nicely between the 2 vertical plates. It’s a pressure fit and holds an angle nicely. The VTx and buzzer sit behind the camera and under the space available for the GoPro Session.

Below is the completed build (minus the GoPro).

Shendrones Corgi

Maiden flight

Unfortunately I don’t have any flight footage to share at this time. I’ll get some added soon.

Initial impressions are good.The motors provide plenty of punch and the default tune on Betaflight feels nice and locked in.

I’ve been used to flying the Shendrones Tweaker over the summer so it’s no surprise that the Corgi feels a little heavier in it’s flight characteristics. That said, it’s by no means sluggish and I’m looking forward to the next clear day when I can get out and fly (Scottish weather permitting).

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