Walkera F210 Racer
I like designing my own copter frames and choosing different components for every quadcopter build, but the RTF (ready to fly) Walkera F210 Racer caught my interest. Here are some of the details:
Dimensions: 182 x 182 x 103mm
Carbon fiber frame
Weight: 370g without battery
STM32 F3 flight controller
5.8GHz TX5825/TX5824 Video transmitter
700TVL FPV camera
1300mAh 4S 40C LiPo battery
According to the dimensions the Walkera F210 should be a 250mm type quadcopter, so I am not sure why they choose the F210 name. The carbon fiber frame should be crash resistant if the material is good. I like that the racer has a motor protection too as well as a landing gear.
I don’t have other information about the motors, except they are 2500kv. These look very similar to Scorpion 2205 2350kv motors, but this is just a speculation. I am interested how the 5” propeller are mounted, as I don’t see any lock nuts.
The flight controller is FCS-210 with a F3 processor. There is no information about the gyroscope/accelerometer sensor or the flashed firmware. It could be Cleanflight, but it is not mentioned anywhere.
There are two types of video transmitter: the FCC version with 200mW output power and the European CE version with 25mW output power. The video transmitter has only 8 channels:
Band B: 5733, 5752,5771,5790,5809,5828,5847,5866
These are not the FatShark / ImmersionRC channels, so if you have FatShark goggles, you will be not able to bind these with the Walkera F210 video transmitter. The mushroom antenna, a circular polarized antenna, should give you some more range for your FPV flight.
Having a 700TVL and OSD is nothing special, but it is good to have these in a RTF qaudcopter.
Personally I think the 4S 1300mAh LiPo battery is well protected. I am not a fan of batteries mounted on the top of the quadcopter, but this is a good way to protect it in case of crashing. It nice, that you get a balance charger for the battery in the package too.
Summary: I like the design of the Walkera F210. Personally I don’t think it is for experienced pilots, who love building a quadcopter according to their needs. But is very good for beginners, without experience in soldering or connecting all the components. Overall it is a nice RTF quadcopter for about 360$, but it is a bit overpriced in my opinion. It will be interesting to compare the Walkera F210 with the upcoming JYU Hornet S too.