The Fun Hog Version 3 is almost done and expected to be available in spring 2020. Version 2 is still available and is compatible with future versions. Join the email list, it will provide enlightenment.
With almost 300k possible combinations, build exactly the Fun Hog you desire. Top or underslung battery, top, bottom, or mixed arm placement, single or dual pate construction, 4 different prop (arm) sizes, 1 to 4mm carbon fiber, and mixed arm capability adds up to a big number: 294,912 possibilities!
Build the Fun Hog to fit YOUR FLIGHT STYLE: Racing, freestyle, cinematography, chase, gaps, poaching, long-range, commercial, trick, dives, nature, indoors, and more!
Chinese Parts are unavoidable, but our designs are 100% American. Frames are cut in North America (CNC Madness in Canada). All research, testing, and design is in North America. DJI controls over 80% of the drone market, Skydio is made in China, where do you want to put your money and support?
DITCH THAT WHIP! The design of the Fun Hog evolved with the introduction of new VTX technology like MMCX connectors and smaller Pagoda and clover leaf antenna. No more whip antenna, full range high power VTX capable!
We accept the truth, the FAA hates drones! The cluster-whoops on registration, misinformation campaigns, scare tactics, dirty tricks, back room secret meetings, public policy decisions requiring non-disclosure agreements, and on and on. The FAA has missed every key deadline for NAS integration, we certainly do not want to be tracked and registered unnecessarily. #freedom
One body to rule them all! Support for 2, 2.5, 3, and 4 inch props is all in the arms. Version 3 provides support for 11xx, 12xx, 13xx, and 14xx motors providing millions of drivetrain possibilities in the 3,000kv to 20,000kv range.
Unlike other sub-250 gram frames the Fun Hog requires NO 3DP parts! The "blackout box" frame layout meets smart and simple engineering decisions make the Fun Hog easy to maintain using parts you already have on your bench!
Dual flight controller support. The 20x20 "dual stack" is the beginning, but the Fun Hog includes support for 26.5mm single board "diamond" (toothpick) flight controllers. As technology changes and other gear settles on standards and adds to the platform we are dedicated embracing change and continuing to expand support.
Mount batteries how you want! Top and underslung battery mounting is supported to provide the flight experience you desire! Smart design and forward thinking engineering provide options and room to use the gear how you like best.
We love M3 hardware! Why hunt for obscure, non-standard, expensive, and in demand parts? Those M3 standoffs and pan head screws work great, are easy to find, and are already in your field kit. Unless you like M2.5 diameter bolts with a non-standard pitch at 16.3mm length using a star bit to tighten?
At a Glance
- Open source design
- 5" performance but less than 250 grams
- No FAA/CAA registration
- 3000-20000kv brushless motor support
- Exempt from remote ID (unless we stop the FAA)
- 2, 3, or 4+ cell
- AUW start under 100g (no HD, racer) to ~220g (4" HD freestyle)
- 400-800mah battery range
- Compatible with most 20x20 HD/4k Camera/DVR (Runcam, Caddx, Foxeer, etc)
4" props @ 200g AUW w/650mah 3s
Version 3 changes & upgrades
- Support for 20x20mm stack and now 26.5mm "diamond" mount (such as BetaFPV/toothpick)
- 3" and 4" prop support as well as original 2" and 2.5" capability
- Slightly longer box frame
- More motor support including 11xx, 12xx, 13xx, and 14xx
- More configurations than ever (294,912 possible different frames can be built)
- Supports for LR data (900mhz)
Behind the Scenes
Many years of research, prototyping, and flight coincided with leaps forward in technology reducing he size and cost of all components. Cameras increased in quality as they decreased in size, onboard recording shrunk down to reach 20mm single PCB size, data receivers and video transmitters are approaching the size of a thumbnail, and motor possibilities are now reliable and highly diversified.
Meanwhile we saw it coming. Following FAA regulatory migrations, various committees and orgs like DAC, ARC, AOPA, ALPA, AUVSI, and even the AMA it was clear UAS (drone) was in trouble. Here in the US registration is required if a drone weighs more than 250 gram (0.55lb) and less than 55 lb. Over 55lb is a totally different category, and under 250 grams is considered a toy. The toy status was carved out by lobby groups and became a common threshold beyond the USA allowing cheap xmas and corner store disposable drones to be sold.
The guys at Rotor Garage prefer 5" birds but understood that sub-250 gram flight is where FPV had to retreat. The need for 5" performance in a sub-250 gram package had become more important with every passing year. The air was running out.
Historically, such as 2015, we were happy to get okay performance out of a 3" 320 gram drone with only low resolution DVR recording. In 2020 we have access to 4k resolution and high watt microscopic video transmitters. Data transmission on 900mHz is packaged as if a 2.4gHz receiver. Prop and motor selection grows by the week. The MMCX connection is commonplace and the marvelous open source work by Maarten Baert produced the Pagoda antenna. Pagoda derivatives allow the Fun Hog to "skip the whip" and find 5" long range data and video.
We are quite fortunate to have all of these options, the Fun Hog feels like a loophole, be assured - it is very REAL.