We are all very excited to get our hands on the new XHover “Skyeliner” Frame. Le Drib is one of the smoothest pilots out, and the design is pretty unique. Le Drib designed his frame to be simple in construction, aesthetic in design, and durable in crashing.
Front Camera Cage
The front camera cage was inspired by the look of an airfoil to look attractive. It was shaped around the sweep of the FPV camera angle to provide protection regardless of camera position. The mainplate is cut short upfront so the FPV camera can sit low.. The 3mm vertical carbon pieces clamp on to the main plate via three horizontal standoffs, one of which also secures the GoPro mount.
GoPro Mount Integration
The 3D printed GoPro mount was considered from the beginning rather than left to be retro-fitted. It was originally intended to slide over two upper horizontal standoffs to fully eliminate the possibility of the screws pulling through mounting holes. However, crashes tend be from the front, so a single rear mounting bolt was considered because the front standoff sleeve would provide nearly all the benefit. This became the final design as it also allowed for the removal of an upper standoff; the rear GoPro mount screw also serving as the front top plate screw simplifies maintenance.
The top plate removes with 5 screws, allowing access to the drone’s internals. The front camera cage stays secure to the main plate even without the top plate so it will not fall out while handling the opened drone.
Curved Arm Interface
The overlap between the main plate and arms has an extreme curve to distribute the shear force on the arms during crashes.
Should an arm need replacing, press-nuts in the main plate facilitate the swap. Additionally, the 30 x 30 holes in the arms and lower brace are enlarged so that the electronics stack need not be disturbed when replacing arms.
The 30 x 30 holes in the main plate accommodate the included grommets to isolate the electronics stack.
The two slots in the rear of the main plate were designed around a 20×20 M2 hole pattern. A component such as a receiver can be placed between the slots and strapped down while M2 screws can fit in the ends of the slot to mount a an additional 20×20 component such as a video transmitter.
The top plate sits 20mm above the mainplate. Drib experimented with everything from high 35mm top mount battery to 0mm mid mount battery frame design. He found that he prefers the agile feel of top mount over the neutral feel of mid mount. However, also found that the lowering the battery a bit improved the “locked in” feel. He settled on 20mm as his favorite height of top mount battery.
Custom cut Ummagrip eliminates battery slippage.
The classic teardrop arm end, extended to be bolder and provide for better motor protection.
Thoughtfully designed 3D printed parts slide over the rear standoffs to secure and position your antennas. Options for 2.4GHz diversity antennas as well as 900MHz T-antenna.
Damn, look at that booty.