#QuadGoals: ShinyFPV

This week’s #QuadGoals feature goes to Frank Arapovich, known in the FPV community as ShinyFPV. The New Zealand-based pilot lets us in on his latest quad build:

Drone Pilot: ShinyFPV

Video created with this quad: There and Back

About this quad:

“My favourite quadcopter is my ImpulseRC Alien 6 Inch. I have had it for well over 2 years now and I built it early on in my FPV journey. From the maiden flight I fell in love with it, I have never felt so connected to a quadcopter like I have with this one. It is still my main quad and even with all the hard crashes and having it being lost and crashing into the ocean. I have always re-built it and flew it again. The only thing I have ever replaced on it is a bottom plate. The rest of the frame is original (something that I cannot say about the electronics though) hard crashes and salt water tend to destroy such things. But I have always stuck to the original setup with this quad and I use Flyduino Kiss FC v1 and Kiss 24 Amp ESC’s. They have been rock solid for me.

Even though I loved flying this quad, I always thought I should be flying 5 inch quads and being the fastest I could be and do all the craziest tricks like all the top pilots were doing. But I found myself to be aimless and unfocused in my flying. I would go out just for the sake of flying itself and not really enjoying it and I did this for a long time. And to be honest I was not enjoying it. I built so many different quads and none of them gave me the feeling that I had when I flew my Alien 6 inch. So I took a step back from FPV. I re-evaluated what I wanted from it and I found what it truly meant to me and that is exploration.

I love exploring new places and I love exploring new places with FPV. SO I combined the two and got into mid to long range flying and I have not looked back. I now travel to all sorts of different places and I take my quadcopter and with me and my wife and children we go together on FPV trips and explore all that there is available to us and I couldn’t be happier with that.

So I guess I have a bit of a message to convey and that is; Find your own groove and do what makes you happy.”


ImpulseRC Alien 6 Inch
Kiss FC v1 with fw RC33aa Dynamic Filter set to High and 1K loop time
Mr Steele PDB FW 2.5
Kiss 24A with fw v110gRC11 Dshot 600
BrotherHobby R5 2306/2450
Dalprop Cyclone T6040C
Foxeer HS1177 Cam with 2.5 mm Lens
ChinaHobbyLine 4s 2200 70C Batteries
TBS Unify Pro HV 800mW
TBS Crossfire Micro TX 2.40 fw
TBS Crossfire Nano
TBS Immortal T antenna and a Diamond
TRUERC AXII Antenna with SMA (Long Version), TRUERC X²-AIR 5.8Ghz x2 Crosshair Antenna, IBCrazy 5.8 GHz Single Mad Mushroom
Fatshark Dom v3, with FuriousFPV True-D 3.5 running 3.7 FW
FrSky Taranis X9D plus, Open TX 2.2
GoPro Hero 6 Black recording at 2.7k 60fps Superview. Protune Flat enabled and I then usually make some minor colour adjustments in Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2018. GoPro image stabilization enabled.

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