MorpheusX Build Instructions

 

 

Frame Assembly

The carbon fiber components are extremely tight fitting by design.  As a result it can be difficult to install all 4 arms at the same time.  We recommend installing two opposite arms first and then installing the remaining two arms.  The screws for the last two arms will not drop into place, they will have to be screwed into the holes.

The first step is to determine the layout of your PDB/FC stack.  If you are using an all-in-one you can mount the FC with the 1mm spacers and O-ring soft mounts just above the top frame plate.  If you are using a separate PDB and FC, see if you can mount the PDB inside the frame (below the top frame plate) and then use the 6mm nylon standoffs to mount the FC above the frame plate.  This should provide plenty of room for wiring or even a small receiver (Spektrum satellite or FrSky XSR) between the PDB and the FC if you solder all FC connections directly.  If you are using plugs they can take up this space but you may have to use the longer standoffs to make room for your receiver above the FC.  We recommend you mock up the build before beginning the wiring process.

The front and rear frame screws are the M3x14mm screws.  These are the longest screws in the kit and provide more bite into the standoffs for durability.  These screws are installed from the bottom of the frame and are secured by the standoffs on top of the frame.

The left and right frame screws are the M3x12mm screws.  These are installed from the top down and secured with stainless lock nuts (nylon insert).

1. Mount the PDB to the bottom of the top frame plate using 8mm screws secured with the M3x6mm nylon standoffs as shown.

2. Insert two (front and back) 14mm screws up through the bottom frame plate and slide the first two arms onto the screws.  Make sure to orient the arms with their notches in the same direction.

3. Now slide the  the top frame plate onto the two arms screws and secure with the  M3x15mm standoffs but don't tighten completely.  

4. Slide two M3x12mm (right and left) screws down through the frame plates and arms and secure with M3 lock nuts but don't tighten completely. 

 

5. Now install each of the remaining arms, one at a time.  Hold the arm toward the center while screwing in the 14mm screws up from the bottom and the 12mm screws down from the top.  Secure with the standoffs and lock nuts as before.  Don't tighten any of the standoffs or lock nuts until all the screws are in place.  When you do tighten the screws, work your way through them in a star pattern, tightening a little at a time.

 

 

6. Mount the FC on the nylon standoffs

 

7. Now mount the top plate (camera pod plate) using the M3x6mm screws (smallest screws in the kit.  The top plate has two spots where zip ties can be installed to hold your RX antennas.  If you plan on mounting your antennas this way make sure the plate is oriented with the zip tie mounts to the rear.  

 

 

Camera Pod Assembly

 

The camera pod assembly uses M3x28mm standoffs to set the correct distance between the side plates. The top two standoffs are held in place using M3x8mm screws while the bottom two standoffs use M3x10mm screws because they also hold the mount plates in place.

 

1. Install the VTX mount plate into the left side of the pod.  Be sure that the antenna mount portion of the VTX mount plate is closest to the left side of the pod.  It may require a few taps with a rubber mallet or hammer with a wood block in order to get the mount plate into the side.  It helps to file the edge of the tab that's going into the slot.  Just knock off the corner to create a slightly tapered edge on the tab.  It should not be necessary to file the slot in the side plate.

2. Attach the top two M3x28mm standoffs to the left side of the pod using M3x8mm screws.

3. Check the VTX mount location on the mount plate and apply a small amount of double sided tape to the antenna area and the VTX  where necessary.

 

4. Now install the other side of the pod.  Again, slight filing and a little persuasion with a rubber mallet may be required.  Don't tighten the 8mm screws into the top standoffs, the HD cam plate and FPV camera still need to be installed. 

 

5. Mount the VTX to the VTX mount plate using the double sided tape.  Make sure the VTX wiring harness does not protrude below the bottom edge of the side plates:

 

6. Install the HD camera mount at the top of the pod.

7. Install one of the pod side mount plates (recommend the notched plate) and the bottom two M3x28mm standoffs to one side of the pod only.

8. Now slip the camera into place, making sure the rotation points on the camera are lined up with the side holes in the pod sides.  The rotation points will fit snugly in these holes.  If they seem too tight you can use the round file to very slightly open up these holes but don't over do it.  You want the camera snug so it won't rotate in flight.

If you are using a runcam swift you will need to use one of the M3x1mm spacers on either side of the camera.  Place the spacers over the rotation points on the camera and then slip into the pod while holding the spacers in place.  It may seem like the spacers make the camera too wide but cranking down on the standoff screws will tighten everything up and pull the pod together.

 

9. To install the camera pod on the main frame, just remove one of the side mount plates but leave all the standoffs in place and the screws on the other side of the pod snug.  Slide the pod over the frame top plate and then re-install the other pod side mount after sliding it over the other side of the frame top plate.