I suppose it was only a matter of time, but I didn’t expect it to be so soon. ReadyMadeRC has decided to discontinue the PNP and FPV versions of the Mudskipper. Thery will still be selling the kits, but I can’t help but wonder for how long? Regardless, I myself am done. Now, I really enjoyed flying this quad. My review sang its praises. It is a very nice frame and the PNP/FPV versions were very nice for a noob to get into a solid quad with decent specs. If you like to tinker however, this is not the quad for you.
With the PNP and FPV versions (or if you spring for the advanced PDB) there simply wasn’t enough clearance to make use of all of the Dodo flight controllers features. Even something as simple as wiring up an OSD was made more difficult by needing to find a way to run cables to the FPV gear while not running it against any sharp edges of carbon (remember the Keel-270 debacle) and finding a place to mount it. Want 5v LEDs? Good luck. The custom wire ribbon used to mount the FC is often in the way of the ports you need to make use of, and anything you add must be direct soldered. I thought I could live with these limitations, but in the end I couldn’t. Then it committed suicide.
While flying yesterday I had a few less-than-gentle belly landings. Not a crash by any means, just disarming from a foot or two in the air. Those bumps were often enough to get get the FC to touch the skid plate on the bottom, shorting it out. Finally an ESC made contact and that was the end of it. The smell was horrible, as you would expect a fish that crawls through the mud to smell, but even worse when it is coming from expensive electronics.
So I get the frame home and disassemble to determine what needs replaced. An ESC for sure, maybe the FC. That means getting a new Advanced PDB, but I’ll still need to get the ESCs and direct solder those as well. Not my strong suit. Maybe I should get the basic PDB and make use of the additional clearance? That doesn’t sound like a bad idea, but at the same time I could just cut my losses and salvage what I can, sell what is left. Those are T-Motors after all, and my 210 would love them.
Long story short (too late), I’m selling my Mudskipper frame. Get a basic PDB (or advanced if you are better with a soldering iron than I am) and you’ll have a nice kit if you don’t mind skipping an OSD. Actually it’d be sweet if you got a basic PDB and an FC with an integrated OSD. I’ve just lost interest.