Here are my recommended parts for building a TBS Source One 5″ FPV freestyle/cruising quad. There are 1,000s of ways to build one of these… this just happens to be how I would build one. This along with my Recommended FPV Quad Tools and Parts List is darn near everything you’ll need get one in the air. I’ve listed parts like a transmitter and receiver in the list. Obviously if you have those already, or if you prefer other brands then by all means use the transmitter and receiver of your choice.
If you’re new to building quads and want some additional resources check out my other resource pages:
TBS Source One v0.2 Frame
TBS sells the frame directly from their website here. I’ve always ordered frames directly from them. It certainly takes a long time to receive one from Hong Kong/China, but I have the patience to wait. As of 10/17/2018, they are out of stock, but you can still order one and wait.
About $26 plus shipping from Hong Kong
FrSky 2.4G Taranis QX7 16 Channel
FrSky R-XSR Ultra Mini Redundancy Full Telemetry Receiver
Flight Controller (FC)
Power Distribution Board (PDB) / VTX Combo
Matek Systems FCHUB-VTX 5.8G 40CH 25/200/500mW Switchable RC Drone Video Transmitter
I recommend this combination power distribution board and VTX. The PDB is the heart of the power distribution and connects the battery to request of the quad. This particualar PCB has an integrated VTX that makes installation a snap. It also has a ribbon cable that securely connects to the Matek F722-STD Flight Controller which further simplifies the installation.
Multicopter Builders MB Primos
I like the Multicopter Builders motors for their power and durability. The owner, Rich Shelton, recommends the 2207-2450kvs for a 5″ quad for freestyle/cruising. If you not great a math you’ll need for 4 of these to power a quad. 5 if you want a spare which I recommend. Contact me for a discount code to save 10%.
Multicopter Builders MB Primo 2207 2450kv
About $21.99 x 4
Electronic Speed Controllers (ESCs)
Spedix ES30 HV 30A 3-6S BlHeli-S
This is the speed controller that connects the power distribution board each motors. For a quad you’ll need 4 of these, and order 5 if you want a spare.
GEMFAN Hulkie Durable 3 Blade 5055
Foxeer Falkor 1200TVL
5.8gHz FPV Antenna
Panasonic FM Series 35V 470uf Ultra Low ESR
Memory Cards for Video
You’ll need these for multiple things including saving video from your FPV goggles, saving video from your HD action camera/GoPro, and logging data from your flight controller. For video I like these Samsung 100MB/s EVO (U3) Micro SD Cards:
Memory Cards for Data/Logging
For logging data from the flight controller get something more inexpensive and smaller.
There are many chargers out there, but I went with this one. Not super cheap, but it works great for charging many types of batteries and it has a USB plug on the side for charging your phone or other USB device.
ISDT D2 200W Smart Balance Charger
FPV Goggle Chargers – Nitecore D2 DigiCharger for 18650 Li-ion Batteries
4S Li-Po Batteries
If you want an Amazon alternative try the Tattu 4S 1300mAh LiPo Battery 75C 14.8V Pack:
Panasonic 18650 Li-ion Batteries for FPV Goggles
Misc Build Parts
Rubber ring washers
iFlight 10pcs Plastic Protection Antenna Tubes
XT60 Battery Connectors
I like these connectors because they already have the wire connected to the XT60s. You really only need the Female XT60 in this package, but it’s cheaper to buy these then to buy wire plus the X60s even though you may only need the male XT60s if you have to build or replace a battery lead.
Battery and Camera Straps
When I first started I actually ordered some of these straps, but it seems like when you start placing orders you wind up getting a bunch of free straps from the vendors. If you still feel like you need to order some, but some with a rubber grip like these:
Lumenier Small Lipo Strap – Rubber Grip
About $6 for a set of 3