Le Drib Skyeliner frame by Xhover
Le Drib designed his signature frame, the Skyeliner, 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 benifit. 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, pressnuts 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 20x20 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 20x20 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.
Superb quality. Went together easily with zero problems. Highly recommend!!!
As with my two Stingy frames, materials used are quality. I think for a $100 frame, antenna mounting should be included. I recommend using a micro sized fpv camera as my Foxeer Falcor fits but with minimal angle adjustment with the GoPro 2.5 mm lens.
Xhover and drib knocked this frame out of the park. Solid build, flies beautiful.
Best frame I've flown in a while out of the box. All the parts well made and fit together nicely. Smooth quad without any messing with it. Xhover and Drew hit it out of the park with this one! Thanks So much
Drew really is sharing the Love with this frame., went together nice and easy. everything fit well..good to see all the edges with a rounded finish and press nuts pre-installed the cam also bolts in snug too (foxeer predator v3:).. I decked mine out with a set drib motors, brainfpv FC and a 45amp hobbywing 4 in 1 and its bat s!#t good!! power loops.:) f@#k! hang time for months!! Haven't managed to slam it into anything to hard yet so can't say much on durability but feels pretty solid.. i recommend this frame...