AWESOME TS195 – Worthy of the Name?


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I got my hands on the new AWESOME TS195, which is a PNP kit selling at about $190.
You can get it in gold or silver here: https://goo.gl/rXV56q

Check out the camera quality, build and flight test below (I also crashed it hard!)

Every component on here is AWESOME branded, so I was excited to see how they all came together. The 3-way switchable VTX is a great idea, and I was impressed by the camera specs on paper, but it under-performed out on the field, as you can see from my video.

It comes with BetaFlight, but the default PIDs are a little wobbly. It’s also unassembled (and for some reason mine came without instructions) but is quite easy to put together, even if it is your first time. The PDB and VTX are integrated, and the ESC board simply plugs into it with no need for soldering. The antenna plug does need soldering, and I’m a bit worried it will snap off, as it goes directly onto the back of the VTX. So far though it has held its ground!

I’m a bit sceptical about the 20amp ESCs, as I would have liked something with a slightly higher rating. But for relative beginners this should be more than enough. Remember to get a 3 or 4S battery, receiver, and you’re good to go!

Here are the specs:

Wheelbase: 195mm
Arm Thickness: 3.5mm
Weight: 250g ( not including battery )
Brushless Motor: 2205 2600KV
Brushless ESC: 4-in-1 BLHeli – S 20A
Flight Controller: AWESOME F3

Video Transmitter
Frequency: 5.8GHz
Channels: 40 ( including RaceBand )
Power: 25 / 200 / 400mW switchable

Camera
Lens: 2.8mm
Resolution: 800TVL
Sensor: 1/3 Super HAD II CCD
Input: 5 – 22V DC

I really did want to love this quad, as it looks pretty sweet and the curved arms are something that are not usually seen. However, after flying it I can see why. The bend creates a weak point in the carbon, so when pressure is applied to that point (via a crash), the arm completely shears off. I’m going to try again using the straight arms and report back, as for a while this thing did rip.

I think it’s nice to see quad companies creating their own stuff, instead of using the well-known, branded items on most quads. It pushes the hobby forward, and I’m hoping for more innovation from AWESOME again soon. Lets hope they just crash test them first!

 

UPDATE: I tried out the flat arms, but this time the antenna broke! Quite annoying, you can see what happened here

 

 

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