Good things come in slightly bigger packages?
Catalysts Machineworks has always been testing things that many consider bold experiments. They are once again in the spotlight for their exploits using 14xx motors on lightweight models running 4 inch propellers. The results? Check out their work and see for yourself. The 4 inch Japalura is based on the same or similar power train proven to work extremely well by CM's groundwork. Nothing more. Nothing less.
What is it?
As the "younger sibling" to the Chameleon, the Armattan Japalura is the fanciest micro frame around, and the second design in Armattan's selection that features aluminum protection. Inspired by many of the same principals as the Chameleon, the Japalura is a lighter, more compact package that still supports many of today's FPV standards. This "4 inch" frame can handle full-sized miniquad guts, houses your standard HS1177 camera, and shields everything but the battery with two 4mm thick 6061 aluminum ribs.
As with any Armattan release, some of the best features of this frame are the lack of restrictions you have when building. For example: like usual, the Japalura supports a 30.5mm center stack up to 28mm high. In addition, the adjustable angle on the aluminum VTX mount supports a variety of transmitter options. Another feature is the option to mount the battery on the top or the bottom of this machine, just in case you have a strong preference. Lastly, if built with an eye on the weight of all the components, you ought to be able to skate by underneath the United State's FAA Registration restriction of 250g.
And that crucial Armattan warranty?
The Japalura has been constructed to Armattan standards, and we believe the frame is tough enough to warrant a top-to-bottom warranty. (HAH, see what we did there?) This baby is covered from the aluminum roll bars down to the smallest of top-plates.
- Dimensions: 174mm, Compressed X
- Main Plate/Arm Thickness: 3mm
- Stack Dimensions: 30.5×30.5×28mm or 20×20×28mm
- Motor Mount: 13××
- FPV Camera Mount: Full size, 0-90°
- Weight: ~56g
- Recommended Motor: 1407/3500-4000kv
- Recommended ESC: 12-20A
- Recommended Prop: 4"
- Recommended LiPo: 3-4S 650-850mAh
- 1× 3mm Main Plate
- 2× 2mm Side Plates
- 1× 2mm Big Top Plate
- 1× 2mm Small Top Plate
- 2× 4mm Aluminum Side Braces
- 1× Aluminum VTX Mount
- 2× M3 8mm Bolts
- 4× M3 12mm Bolts
- 20× M2 5mm Cuphead Bolts
- 8× M2 8mm Cuphead Bolts
- 4× M3 6mm Nylon M/F Standoffs
- 8× M3 Nylon Nuts
- 2× M2 Nylon Washer
- 1× LiPo Strap
- 1× Foam LiPo Pad
- 4× Landing Pads (2 each large/small)
- 1× Build Instructions