The WBX 5″ Mini Quad frame is designed and manufactured by a UK based company. It has an unique, crash resistant design.
We have seen enough carbon fibre mini quad frames, it’s exciting to know that the WBX frame is made from HDPE, a type of plastic that has high strength-to-density ratio.
Get your WBX 5″ frame from RaGG-e.co.uk.
RaGG-e WBX 5″ frame Spec
The diagonal motor to motor distance is 205mm (branded as 210 frame though). It weights 162g assembled. Supports 5″ Propellers. There is also a 6″ version of this frame.
The frame kit includes the following items:
- Main Frame
- Spacer Module
- Camera Mount Module
- Bottom Plate
- Camera Protector
- 2 camera cage standoffs
- 4 main frame standoffs
- Some Stainless Steel fasteners
Some of the included plates are optional, you can install them, or leave them out to save weight.
The interesting design is really eye catching. My first impression was how stiff and tough it is, but it’s also pretty heavy.
However your electronics such as the FC and PDB can be well protected.
I have yet to get the parts for building this frame, so RaGG provided me with some build pictures of this frame, to give our readers an idea where the components can be mounted. You can drill holes and modify the frame to make it easier for your needs. There is no right or wrong way to build this frame.
The PDB sits under the main frame.
The frame supports 22xx motors, and the motors are well protected by the motor mounts.
The motor wires can be routed through the hole and reach the PDB under the arm.
Many assumed the main frame arms are hollow and put the ESC in there, but no, the arms are solid (for maximum strength according to RaGG-e), so the ESC can only be mounted under or on top of the arm. (or inside the bottom bay if you don’t worry about air-flow)
If you are following these pictures for your build, then you will have to drill the holes on the bottom bay to allow the ESC signal/power wires to go though.
Here is the flight controller, you can see that there is plenty of space left after the FC is installed. Cables can pass though from the PDB to any electronics above the FC.
The WBX is designed to use the HS1177, Runcam Swift or any other cameras that use this sort of brackets. The holes for the VTX antenna is not on the frame originally, you have to drill it yourself.
And finally with the camera cage installed. A clean and solid build.
3D printed accessories
I am seeing more and more 3D printing designed parts for the WBX 5″ that improve user experience.
- Interesting design
- Very rigid, very tough and crash-resistant – close to indestructible
- Components are well protected inside the frame
- Motors are well protected
- Many good 3D printed accessories coming out for this frame
Things need to improve
- Quite heavy – probably the main factor that scare most people away
- I would love to see more pre-drilled holes, at least the few basic ones for: ESC wires, FC USB, VTX antenna. Drilling on HDPE is not easy without a dremel. If you don’t drill those holes, you will find yourself needing longer wires and they are also more exposed
- No FC/PDB standoff included
RaGG-e is working on some alternative bottom and top plates, using lighter material such as G10 or Carbon fibre to reduce the total weight of the frame. They manage to drop the weight down to around 106-110g. These plates will be available in a couple of weeks and can be purchased separately.
We are now building this quad, the build log can be found here.