Friends! We talked about this interesting project in March 2020. The goal of the developers was to create from scratch a Cinewhoop drone capable of confidently carrying full-size professional cameras. The project turned out to be so interesting that as a result of painstaking work, Shendrones Thicc first appeared, and almost followed by a more refined Quadlabs Siccario FPV Cinelifter, which everyone really liked. But despite the successful implementation, the refinement process continued and the other day the guys presented a video report demonstrating a new iteration of the drone.
Paul Nurkkala with a test drone.
This is still a 7‑inch octocopter, but with more technological and productive stuffing. As you can see, for safety reasons and in general for greater confidence in piloting in cramped conditions, an annular protection of the power plant was added to the frame design. Despite the impressive dimensions of the drone, the model turned out to be quite light, exponentially maneuverable and dynamic.
Drone test version config:
- Frame: Thicc2.0
- Motors: BrotherHobby Avenger 2806.5 1300KV
- ESC: Spedix LS40 Slim 40A 3–6S Blheli_32
- Props: HQProp 5″ 4‑blade in tandem with 5.2″ 3‑blade
- PC: Lumenier LUX F7
- FPV System: DJI Digital FPV System
- Food: Pyrodrone Graphene 6S 22.2V 3300mAh 75C
- Cinematic Camera: Panasonic LUMIX BGH1
One of the project participants, Paul Nurkkala, reviews the result. According to Paul, the result was more than excellent, he also noted that the potential of the drone can easily cope with heavier cameras, to be precise, the test camera is twice as light as those for which the drone was originally designed. The addition of prop protection proved to be an important upgrade that makes flying a drone even more confident and safe.
For comparison, two cameras were used in the test — GoPro 9 and the above mentioned Panasonic LUMIX BGH1, where the final result clearly shows why such projects are now very relevant for those people who are professionally involved in filming movies. Paul also focuses on shooting in low light, it’s not an accident, it’s meant to be, and the fact that the camera doesn’t have any kind of gimbal.
Paul attributed the excessively noisy power plant of the drone to the minuses: “… I will probably have to recommend earplugs to those people who will implement shooting with this drone …”, but at the same time he promised that they would try to come up with something. At the end, Paul explained that this is not the final result and they will continue to refine the assembly, since they have a few more ideas for this.