LISAMRC ML180 Carbon Fiber Frame Kit – Review
Today we are doing a review of the LISAMRC ML1800 Carbon Fiber Frame Kit. Not sure what LISAMRC stands for, so I suppose it’s a ‘cool’ factor thing. Overall, I’m pretty impressed with this micro-sized quad frame kit. It’s well crafted and light. There are some minor issues, but no show stoppers and nothing you can’t fix with some spare bits. The following is an unboxing review and observations putting the base kit together. Sometime in the future, I’ll likely build this into a quad and give it a fly. I just need more parts!
Disclosure: GearBest.com sent me this quad to review. Thanks for sending this my way GearBest! Looking forward to a full build.
- Weight: 52 grams. (frame, 4 mounting posts and PDB).
- Package size (L x W x H): 19.00 x 28.00 x 2.00 cm / 7.48 x 11.02 x 0.79 inches – note video talks about CF thickness.
- Price: $41 CAD ($31 USD). (GearBest promised me they would adjust their price to make it competitive with others).
- Contents: Main Frame, PDB board, Top Frame, FPV camera holder, 6x 21mm mounting posts, 4x 5mm PDB mounting posts, M2.5 mounting screws
- Frame Kit
Battery: Batteries vary and there is a critical point where a larger battery will slow you down / shorten run time. I suggest a 3S LiPo 800-1200 mAh.
- Motors: EMAX 18006 CW EMAX 1806 CCW
Build & Other Comments
- Nice stiff light (52g) design.
- 3mm carbon fiber main frame (2mm machined down in areas to save weight).
- Comes with it’s own PDB board that doubles as a baseplate. However, I will still add some foam pads or 3D print some protectors.
- lots of room for controller, FPV camera and TX and battery (on top).
- Motor mounting holes are perfect for 1806-sized motors.
- Milling is top notch – very professional.
- Price (once adjusted) is competitive.
- Screws to mount the front posts are too short. You’ll need for extra M2.5 screws if you are not using FPV.
- You likely can’t mount both the front posts and the FPV camera mount at the same time. I doubt this was the intent, but without the posts, the front is flexy and could get damaged in a crash.
- It uses M2.5 screws all around, so make sure you have spares.
- FPV plate cutout hole is ~13mm. This could be an issue for some FPV cameras. My FatShark 600TVL is 14.5mm.
- The base frame is a single unit. If you crash, you need to replace the whole frame.
- Mount the PDB + 5mm red spacers and screws to the bottom first. Of course make sure you soldered your ESCs and power connectors first.
- The headless hollow scews mount the bottom spacers through the main frame and into the top spacers. Mount the top spacers last.