I’m going to use this article as a base starting point to outline all the mods and changes I’ve made to the quad since I first got it around December 2015. I’ll also provide some feedback on how I feel the quad performs as a sort of overview, but not a full in depth review in that sense. Look for updates in this article over time.
The latest adventure has me adding the stock XK Detect Gimbal and a Git2. Here are all the details on these two recent additions to my v303 (x380 hybrid) quad.
I wanted to make it possible to use my Taranis x9D with my v303 (x380 hybrid) for various reasons. One of them being the ability to have RSSI to the minimOSD, which I haven’t gotten to work with so far with the stock Flight Controller (FC). I also wanted to have both the x380 and Twinstar II on the same radio as models for simplification. I was also hoping for more range than the stock radio, though in recent days I’ve read of stories of people at least with the true-blue x380 hitting 2 miles in one direction on the stock equipment. In this build guide I’ll share the details of what I end up doing.
I have had several standalone OSD attempts on my XK Detect V303 to this date. My quad is the newer version, so it has a lot of the same x380 hardware inside. The first OSD I got second hand, the EZOSD by ImmersionRC. I mounted the modules on the outside of the quad and put its GPS module in the canopy dome near the eyes of the quad and shielded it. I ran into issues where it would take well over 6 minutes to get a good lock, requiring about 10 satellites (out of say 13 visible) to do so. If you would fly prior to the lock you would get wacky altitude readings. So I then tried a second hand DragonOSD and this one couldnt even get a lock, most likely defective. At this point I had decided to give the MinimOSD a shot, since some people in the RCGroups had successfully done so. And that brings us to this build and all the juicy details.