The do it your way, battle tested frame
Pango - Overview
This frame is the result of many, many conversations with pilots from across the world looking for something that is simple, yet flexible (customisable), tough and has beautiful, butter smooth flight characteristics. This is without a doubt the simplest and strongest frame we have ever made. The arm and chassis locking integration makes this the stiffest frame we have made, which results in superb flight-feel and smooth, jello-free HD video. The massive customisation flexibility available to you as a pilot also makes Pango the most flexible and adaptable frame possible. The simplicity, reliability and ease of build is perfect for the beginner pilot. The unbelievable strength and flexibility of Pango makes it a perfect frame for the seasoned pilot looking for more.
"Simple yet flexible", was the biggest hurdle to overcome for this design. 3-D Printable parts which can be added to a carbon fibre skeleton offer amazing flexibility for the plethora of different electronics available to us pilots. They are also great as you can make extremely complex parts simply and cheaply and building in adjustability for different camera angles is also possible.
Okay, great, so where is the hurdle then?
If we have learnt one thing from all the different frame’s we have released, is that it doesn’t matter how may options you have available for a frame, there will always be a need for pilot specific custom printable parts. It wouldn’t be at all feasible or practical to try and make a print file available for ever single request we get.
With this in mind we decided to take “flexible” out of our list of requirements just for a moment and concentrate on simple, tough and butter smooth. We went with a traditional flat carbon plate to mount the battery on top. I would have loved to have gone with something more FridayFPV with vertical sides and some crazy faired out fillet, but it just isn’t as simple or practical to strap a batteries to. Next were arms, chassis and planform. We spent a stack of time working on the arms, stiffness and also how the arms worked-with and improved the structural stiffness of the chassis. We finally ended up with the butt-joined, chassis integrated system you see now. This system integrates the top and bottom chassis plates, together with the arms, standoffs and the top plate of the frame. Linking the whole frame together like we have, allows for multiple paths of strain and stress to move through the frame in a crash. This idea of multi-path strain relief in a crash, makes a huge difference to how well the frame carbon and hardware resist fatigue and ultimate failure from crashes. The overall frame stiffness and rigidity definitely improves flight feel and HD recorded RAW quality. Having that unbelievably rigid carbon skeleton definitely improves the flight feel especially under high energy manoeuvres.
This is our strongest and simplest frame we have ever made.
Now for flexibility! First off, how do we define this, I don’t mean a dictionary definition but how do we define this? After speaking to stacks and stacks of pilots, I think what it means to us, as an FPV community of pilots, is the ability to customise something to one’s own requirements. 3-D prints still offer the greatest amount of flexibility available to pilots, they are really easy to make, cheap and almost everyone in the FPV community either owns a 3-D printer or has a friend willing to print files for them. The problem is frames are too restrictive to allow the flexibility pilots need to customise them.
That’s why we chopped the frame in half!
The HD and FPV camera front-end is, without doubt, the most complex and complicated part of the frame. This is why we cut the front of the frame off and condensed all that complexity down into a single 3-D printable part. I was honestly a little, a lot rather, apprehensive about making the entire front end printable as I didn’t believe it would hold up, and protect cameras in a bad crash. I was mistaken! This front end has been battle-tested and its unbelievably tough and doesn’t delaminate like carbon does. Removing the camera complexity from the carbon portion of the frame and allowing for any standoff length, allows you endless customisation possibilities.
Pango - Technical Specification
Pango is a top-mounted battery frame for carrying an HD or multiple HD cameras.
It has beefy 4mm thick carbon arms and a 3mm thick main chassis plate. These are braced together with an arm integrated 2mm thick carbon bottom chassis plate. The arms are butt joined together in the centre of the chassis and are secured in place with 3 bolts per arm.
Yip, three bolts! Arm movement, what’s that!
The motor layout is a compressed-x configuration with a spacing of 228mm on the diagonal from motor-to-motor. The carbon and frame hardware weigh in at 99grams, and the prints we have developed typically weigh between 20 and 35grams depending on what you use and how much print infill you prefer. Pango has space to run dual 20 X 20 or 30.5 X 30.5 mm stacks, with a 25mm high build volume allowing for ample space to build and space out components however you see fit. Having the option to move the VTX away from the FC and ESC for mid-range flights is always a good thing.
The rest of the frame is comprised of 3-D printed TPU parts. This is where the inner designer in you can run wild, you have the option now to design parts specific for what you want and your flying needs.
Pango - What is it not?
Pango encourages the tinkerers mind and customisation and optimisation for your own specific freestyle and cinematic needs. Pango is versatile and it takes one heck of a beating. This is without a doubt our toughest frame yet.
You decide what Pango is not!
Included in the Kit
4 x 4mm carbon fibre arms (Toray T300 UD Carbon)
1 x 3mm carbon fibre main chassis plate
1 x 2mm carbon fibre bottom chassis plate
1 x 2mm carbon fibre top plate
6 x 6mm M3 button cap bolts
10 x 10mm M3 cap bolts
4 x 12mm M3 cap bolts
6 x 25mm aluminium standoff
8 x stainless steel press nuts
Fasteners have been matched up together in separate packets to make it easier to assemble the frame.
Stickers and spare hardware!!!!
All the 3-D prints are available in the Pango accessories department,HERE.
For all the details about the development and prototype testing of Pango follow along here, THE PANGO STORY
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If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about Pango or any of our other products, please do contact us directly, email@example.com
Hope you enjoy!