About the drone
The other day we already told you about the XM2 Interseptor high-speed drone capable of carrying DSLR cameras on board. A similar solution was implemented by Andy Shen of the well-known hobby team “Shendrones”, who became famous for serial development with the subsequent implementation of a wide range of frames, as well as ready-to-fly FPV drones based on them. The Shendrones Thicc is a custom made 7″ octocopter in X8 configuration configured and adapted to fly with large cameras such as the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema (camera mount with 1/4–20 screw and straps).
According to Andy, the idea of building the Thicc drone came about by chance, and to be precise, he received an order from three buyers for the manufacture of 7‑inch hexacopters, and when almost everything was ready, his friend and fellow hobbyist — Gab (Gabriel Kocher — top pilot League DRL 2017–2018; has extensive experience in shooting and building UAVs from scratch; assembled, configured and tested one of the three Thicc drones) recommended, through weighty arguments, to abandon the hexacopter configuration and implement a project based on the octocopter in the X8 configuration. And they didn’t fail!
Another person, known both in the hobby and in the world of drone racing, also took part in the implementation of the project — Paul Nurkkala or Nurk (Drone Racing World Champion DRL Allianz 2018; current top driver in the DRL league; has vast experience in building UAVs from scratch; assembled, configured and tested one of the three Thicc drones).
A detailed report on the manufacturing process, assembly, test flights of the hexacopter and octocopter from Andy Shen can be viewed here. You can also access the data to print the drone elements yourself here.
The drone arms are made from 8mm carbon fiber. The thickness of the plates of the central part of the frame is 2.5 mm, the bottom plate is 3 mm. At the base are two stacks for flight controllers 30 × 30, 20 mm high. The developer clarifies that when ordering a drone, you can ask to install 25 or 30 mm racks instead of the standard version.
The main composition of the recommended assembly includes:
- Flight controller: Lumenier Lux7
- ESC: 2×4‑in‑1
- Motors: Brotherhobby 2806.5 1300KV
Full kit includes printed parts: landing feet, FPV camera mount and camera damper mount (both versions shown). The DJI version also includes a bay for the DJI Air Unit and antenna mounts.
The Thicc drone is sold through the Shendrones company store at a price depending on the configuration:
- Carbon & Hardware only — $120
- Full Analog Kit — $135
- Full DJI Kit — $140
Photo of two finished Shendrones Thiccs on one of the test days.
Drone assembled by Nurk on the left, with additional connected in parallel. power supply for maximum reserve. The motors on his drone are a Hobbywing 2408 1300KV, and Andy’s drone (drone on the right) has a Brotherhobby 2806.5 1300KV. Andy noted that his drone was noticeably more powerful.
Paul Nurkkala (with FPV goggles on his head). Pre-flight preparation.
Test flights of the finished assembly with and without a camera.
The final result of the flight and shooting on the camera.
Test flights of the Thicc drone.
Test flight of Thicc drone without payload. View from DJI FPV camera 720P.
Test flight of Thicc drone with payload (800g water bottle). View from DJI FPV camera 720P.
Test flight on the recommended DAL7056 props with a Black Magic 6K camera on board, followed by a crash (result — minus the lens). In the video, you can see the vibration, which, according to Andy, disappeared after dismantling the Black Magic camera. The drone crashed after taking off again with the camera. The failure problem was an incorrectly selected PC.