We don't cluck around
When the Armattan Chameleon was released a year ago, it took the multirotor community by storm. And while the minds behind it were relieved that the design was successful, they didn't stop there. Comments and suggestions came in, and the team kept looking for any way they could improve upon the formula. It took months of development and testing, but it's paid off. As 2018 comes upon us, something new is coming. Something Awesome.
Special thanks to Jason Hay - Designer
The Armattan Rooster is a compressed-x, freestyle frame. At first glance it may seem similar to the Chameleon, but if you look carefully, almost nothing beyond the shape is the same.
First and foremost, the Rooster uses new materials. Armattan developed a new carbon fiber weave in conjunction with this frame. It still has some spring, but is much less likely to delaminate in a high impact. While this carbon will eventually be used in all of Armattan's frames, the Rooster will be the first to sport this upgrade. Another change is that the camera cage is now grade 5 titanium. By moving to a slightly more expensive material, Armattan has doubled the strength of the camera cage at the same mass as the Chameleon's. The rear standoffs on the Rooster are also newly developed for this airframe. They extend out past the rear of the top and bottom carbon to protect from a direct rear impact. In addition, the bolt holes in the middle provides for modular antenna mounting plates: now available to serve and protect a wider variety of VTX's. Lastly, the Rooster uses stainless steel, flathead bolts. Besides the low profile making bolts less likely to damage LiPos or cameras, this hardware is terribly strong. You will find that you'll strip your driver long before you damage your hardware, and the weight gain over using aluminum is minimal.
If you take a closer look at the cage, you'll notice a few more important features. As is expected from Armattan, there is a lot of FPV camera protection. You can fly safely with your cam anywhere from 25 to 60 degrees. In addition, the center-point of the camera has been lowered in comparison to the Chameleon. Now your rolls will show less vertical distortion as you bang the sticks. Besides a lower placement, the camera mount supports the Runcam Swift v2, the Foxeer Arrow v3, or any other standard-mount FPV camera with a 28.5mm case. The metal of the cage was also stretched from 4x4mm to 6x2mm to allow for the use of M3 hardware. This is something that certainly would not have been possible without the incorporation of titanium. And lastly, in order to increase strength and reduce weight, the HD camera has been fixed at 35 degrees - a value seems to situate many pilots without modification. In fact, the weight reduced here makes a difference. The Rooster comes in just under what the Chameleon weighs.
The rear of this craft has a couple options that aren't obvious to the naked eye. The first option is the standard rear plate. This comes with 3 molded rubber components: a grommet for mounting the SMA adapter, and two cones to mount your RX antenna tubes. This should provide a clear and satisfying mount point for any pilot with any VTX. If you use a "Unify" style transmitter (that has two flanges on the sides of the SMA pigtail), you may prefer the optional rear-plate. That plate allows you to hard-mount the SMA adapter to the rear of your craft, and even provides you with a space below for a rear-mounted XT-60.
Please note: for both rear plates, it is recommended that you use a VTX that has a pigtail.
If that wasn't enough, there's some final upgrades that you may not have seen. The swappable arms are clear of the center-stack, providing you with a couple extra millimeters of stack height while maintaining a 20mm deck height. This also allows you to make upgrades or change a broken arm without needing to unscrew the FC. In addition, the front arm slots around the titanium cage creating a bomb-proof mounting point. The widened camera cage, as previously mentioned, allows for all M2 bolts to be removed from the frame's construction. Rejoice, for now you can construct your entire frame with a single hex driver! Lastly, the small, interior top-plates are completely optional. While they provide a bit more strength and an extra area to mount a VTX or RX, we feel strongly enough about the frame to warranty it with or without those two plates of carbon.
Did you just say warranty?
You want it? You got it. If you cock up your frame you can rest assured knowing that Armattan's legendary transferable, lifetime- warranty has got you from your aluminum tail-feathers to your titanium head. That's our promise.
Warranty claims for rooster can only be claimed from place of purchase. Claims can only be valid from GHSA PTY LTD if the frame was purchased from GHSA PTY LTD!!!
2x Camera-cage braces
6x 4mm flat-head M3 bolts
8x 6mm flat-head M3 bolts
3x 8mm flat-head M3 bolts
3x 10mm flat-head M3 bolts
10x 12mm flat-head M3 bolts
10x M3 sunk-nuts
10x Nylock M3 nuts
16x 6mm M3 button-head (motor) bolts
6x 8mm M2 cup-head (camera) bolts
1x 28.6 Front standoff (silver)
2x Rear standoffs (black)
5x 6mm standoffs
5x 16mm button-head M3 bolts
1x 2mm Top (LiPo) plate
1x 1.5mm HD Cam plate
1x 1.5mm Small front (top) plate
1x 1.5mm Small rear (top) plate
1x 2mm Rear VTX plate (Standard or TBS)
1x 4mm Main plate
4x 4mm Arms - 5 inch or 6 inch
1x Lipo strap
1x LiPo foam pad
1x HD camera foam pad
4x Dog-bone landing pads
1x Molded rubber SMA grommet (only included with standard VTX plate)
3x Molded rubber antenna tube mounts (only included with standard VTX plate)
|Frame Weight||approx 125 grams|
|Motor to Motor||230mm @ 5in, 253mm @ 6in|
|Frame Shape||Compressed X|
|Main Plate Thickness||4mm|
|Stainless Steel Bolts|
| Motor Mount Pattern||22xx|
|Center Stack Mount||30.5mm|
|FPV Camera Mount||28.5mm (Swift v2, Arrow v3, etc)|
|Max Stack Height||22mm|
|Prop Size||5" or 6" (arm options available)|
EDIT: January 2018
**** Please note that our warranty requirements have changed. In the same fashion as shown below (our previous version of requirements) you must also follow these simple steps:
Instructions: Take a picture of the damaged part on the fully assembled model. Then remove the broken part and use a sharp tool to scratch the surface of both sides of the broken part very visibly and significantly. Take a picture of both sides of the broken part you scratched up and send that to us. Total 3 pictures to send us with hand written signature in the frame to prove these parts are in your possession. Just as simple as before, just we make you scratch the parts to avoid duplicate claims. (yes, there are bad apples out there from time to time making it a tad harder on everyone else.)
Additional note: If you do not want to remove the part because you want to glue it and fly while you wait for your warranty replacement, it is fine. Just scratch the part on the frame just the same and send us the pics you get from that and we'll help you out.
In order to process a warranty claim, please send a photo of the frame highlighting where breakage occurs.
Here's exactly what we'll need as an example:
1. Full Name
2. Todays Date
3. Date of Purchase, order number or proof of purchase
4. The issue that you experienced with arrows pointing to the problem area(s)
5. Name of broken part
6. Your Signature
The broken part(s) need to be installed on the frame (no need to take it all apart). Please send pictures of the damage before you take anything apart or else your warranty claim may not be approved. Show us the carnage first, and after that you can take it apart and send pics of individual parts if you'd like.
Your product photo should have a physical paper note in the same frame containing the six steps (not a digital alteration).
Please also send proof of purchase (if you have it- not mandatory). To file a warranty claim you can email the above requirements to our support address at firstname.lastname@example.org
***Note that we do not accept photo montage. Putting a picture of a broken part next to a picture of the handwritten note does not prove that the parts are in your possession. It could be any picture taken from the web.
*** Additional Note: Removing structural parts from your model to substitute them with 3D printed parts voids the warranty. Please only use 3D printed parts that do not require removing parts from your model.