RaGG-e WBX 5″ Mini Quad Frame

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.

RaGG-e WBX 5 Mini Quad frame content parts unbox

The interesting design is really eye catching. My first impression was how stiff and tough it is, but it’s also pretty heavy.

RaGG-e WBX 5 Mini Quad frame material RaGG-e WBX 5 Mini Quad frame assembly bottom

However your electronics such as the FC and PDB can be well protected.

RaGG-e WBX 5 Mini Quad frame assembly 4 RaGG-e WBX 5 Mini Quad frame assembly 5

Build Pictures

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.

RaGG-e WBX 5 Mini Quad build pdb

The frame supports 22xx motors, and the motors are well protected by the motor mounts.

RaGG-e WBX 5 Mini Quad build motors

The motor wires can be routed through the hole and reach the PDB under the arm.

RaGG-e WBX 5 Mini Quad build motor wires

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)

RaGG-e WBX 5 Mini Quad build esc pdb RaGG-e WBX 5 Mini Quad build esc power pdb

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.

RaGG-e WBX 5 Mini Quad build bottom plate

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.

RaGG-e WBX 5 Mini Quad build fc

RaGG-e WBX 5 Mini Quad build xt60 esc signal RaGG-e WBX 5 Mini Quad build fc layer

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.

RaGG-e WBX 5 Mini Quad build vtx fpv camera antenna

And finally with the camera cage installed. A clean and solid build.

RaGG-e WBX 5 Mini Quad build fpv camera cage top

3D printed accessories

I am seeing more and more 3D printing designed parts for the WBX 5″ that improve user experience.

RaGG-e WBX 5 Mini Quad build Prototype Camera Gaurd RaGG-e WBX 5 Mini Quad build Camera Angle Plate

Conclusion

Good things

  • 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

Update (11/06/2016)

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.

RaGG-e WBX 5 Mini Quad frame G10 carbon fibre platest

RaGG-e WBX 5 Mini Quad frame G10 carbon fibre plates reduced weight

Update (30/Aug/2016)

We are now building this quad, the build log can be found here.

10 thoughts on “RaGG-e WBX 5″ Mini Quad Frame

  1. Henry Howeson

    How do you get the STL files for these things? Looking to design some 3d printed accessories, maybe some for the fossilstuff gravity too.

    Thanks

    Reply
  2. Jeff

    It’s not unique, check out the Fossils Stuff frames which Ragg-e was “inspired” by..

    Both made of HDPE and good frames, more thought into the build for the fossils though including those holes, FC mount, etc

    Reply
      1. Ben

        That’s not right chap, the 250 is an X, if not X in style… And there is the FSGX which is an X style and layout. This frame was designed by someone who worked for FS, all a bit messy

      1. Ben

        Incorrect but hey ho, in the end the stuff learnt whilst working for FS was taken and used to design these, including things in development at the time like the FSGX.

  3. Peter Kornum

    Like the gopro session Mount on the last Picture…. Any chance of a thingiverse link? Cant find it….

    Reply

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