There was a lot of grumbling from our pilots wanting a long-range rig that could spin larger props. We had also been considering this ourselves for a while. In addition, on the drawing board we had been noodling on the possibility of a design that could be built in different configurations. We also wanted to incorporate LR specific features such as larger batteries, integrated HD camera mount and proper mounting for LR systems such as the TBS Crossfire After some more thinking and a fair amount of design work the manticore was born.
Some of the things we worked into the design was extreme flexibility in component selection. For example, you can run individual ESCs out on the arms or a 4-in-1 ESC in the center stack. You can run either 20mm X 20mm stacks like in the micro quads or you can run 30.5mm X 30.5mm standard size stacks, the frame is built for both. The frame can also be configured as stretch X, H, dead cat or what we are calling super dead cat to allow for whatever configuration works best for you. We provide a vertical mounting plate in the back to house your VTX and your RX and even provide antenna mounting for standard RX dipoles or a Crossfire Immortal T antenna. Finally, the front is already prepared to take our universal Hero and Session camera mounts, no zip ties necessary.
- Size (measured diagonally from motor center to motor center) & Frame Geometry:
The configuration of the Manticore allows for different geometries and thus different sizes:
- 318mm - Stretch X
- 303mm - H
- 308mm - Dead Cat
- 289mm - Super Dead Cat
- Max Prop Size:
3K Matte Carbon Fiber, Twill Weave
- Plate Thicknesses:
- Arm Thicknesses:
- Frame Weight:
20g for the 148, 18g for the 110
Required to Complete
22XX - 24XX
Individual or 4-in-1 ESCs
- Flight Controller
30.5mm X 30.5mm & 20mm X 20mm mounting holes
Top mount or bottom mount
Micro Size, 19mm width
The Manticore has mounts for both standard receiver antennas and for the TBS Immortal T antenna.
Please note that Quad Monsters does not endorse any particular equipment vendor, these recommendations are provided merely as a selection of components that we know will work with this frame.
There are many different ways to configure and set up a Manticore and for that reason there is a large variety of components that can be used when building one. The components listed below are just a few of the possible components and they are here because we have used them, there are many others that will work just as well. Also note that we have focused mostly on long range setups and efficiency but there are other ways this can be set up as well.
- Flight Controller:
Since the Manticore can take both larger and smaller components the selection here is very personal and there are very many usable options. The following are just a couple that we have used.
Omnibus F4 (as part of the HGLRC XJB F440 stack)
CC3D REVO F4
The Manticore is drilled for 22XX-24XX motors. Match your KV to your prop and cell count and you will be in business.
TBS Endurance Motors, 1450KV (We use these for light weight, hyper efficient setups, we have personally achieved over 9 minutes of cruising on a 1300mAh 4S)
Emax RSII 2306, 1600KV
T-Motor F40 PROII, 1600KV
There are many choices available here, you can run ESCs out on the arms or you can run 4-in-1 ESCs as part of the FC stack.
40A BLHeli_S ESCs (as part of the HGLRC XJB F440 stack)
T-Motor FPV 30A-4S
AIKON AK32 35A 2-6S 4-IN-1 ESC
The Manticore will fit up to a 7” prop though based on your motor you may also want to run a 6” prop. We have flown several different props but this is what we sue the most:
HQ Long Range 7x3.5x3 V1S PC Prop
HQ 6X3X3 V1S 6” Prop
DAL Cyclone 6040 6” Tri Blade Prop
The Manticore uses a pigtail VTX so that it can reach the rear antenna mount. Also note that it has a vertical mounting plate in the rear of the frame to accommodate the VTX and the receiver. There are many different VTXs that will work, these are the ones that we have tested ourselves.
TBS Unify Pro 5G8 HV
XJB - TX20 (as part of the HGLRC XJB stack)
Simple, any Micro camera, we have tested the Runcam Micro and the Foxeer Micro camera.
There are some many different batteries that can be used, all depending on your setup but we usually fly in the 1300mAh 4S to 2200mAh 4S range.