3" Raven

By The Van on Apr 30, 2020

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Hey y'all.

So, if you've been following Nomad to any extent you may have noticed the Micro Raven (a couple builds back) never hit the shop. Yep, this frame has technically been in the 'prototyping' stage while this segment of the market has made leaps forward over the past year or so. We've seen a lot of these AIO boards come and go and evolve to a point where new options are available for everything from whoops to 5" ultralights. With these products having settled into their standards, it's time to find their limits and balance them into the right packages. So let's start with the basic 'TP3' setup.

I remember not so long ago, it was most common to build 3" quads using high rising 20x20 stacks, 1408 motors with M5 shafts, and big fat batteries to huck all that weight around. It's not a completely useless formula, but it is one that I've never liked - so as components started becoming available for high-powered whoops and toothpick setups, I saw it as a wonderful opportunity for the 3" Raven. My intent with the Raven has always been to expand the lineup from 2" to 10" and I'm still active on that endeavor.

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This model features a new canopy I've made while learning more about Fusion 360 over the past year. Without going too far into detail, the tools I was using before are great for freeform modeling, but have limited functionality for adding & adjusting features like vents, camera mounts, antenna mounts, etc.

It's been a path of unlearning & relearning a lot of concepts to adapt, but well worth it as these new parts will be much easier to modify and make new variants. Visually I think this pod fits the Raven lineup much truer than my previous canopy design. It fits a 14mm camera and in this case, a TBS crossfire micro & unify nano stuffed freely inside.

The canopy weighs about 5g
The dry weight of this build is 56g
AUW ranges from about 80g - 100g depending on the battery
Flight time (mixed speed) can run from 4m to 7m depending on the battery

Flight Footage

You can download and print the canopies here

Frame kits will be available soon at nomaduav.com
IG: @thevanfpv & @nomaduav


Part List


Micro Raven - Google 雲端硬碟
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Flight Controller

Diatone Mamba Toothpick AIO (25A 4S FC+ESC AIO) **NEW UPDATED VERSION** (13 builds)


4 x AMAXinno 1303 Brushless Motor Toothpick (4 builds)


GEMFAN 3018 PROPS - (4CW + 4CCW) (38 builds)

FPV Camera

RunCam Racer Nano (13 builds)

FPV Transmitter

TBS Unify Pro Nano 5G8 (97 builds)


TBS Crossfire Nano Rx FPV Long Range Drone Receiver (1491 builds)

3D Printed

Micro Raven - Google 雲端硬碟
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fly99   Oct 02, 2020  

Is it possible to fly with 1 cell 18650?
Thank you.

TinysLEDs   May 02, 2020  

I love your designs! This one is no exception.

The Van   May 02, 2020 

Thanks ty! You've got a pretty sweet collection yourself <3

bigalusmc   May 02, 2020  

Wicked cool! Love the canopy design. Nice build overall!

SeeWell   May 01, 2020  

Really love clean this makes the build look, plan to print a canopy this evening. Have you put it on Thingiverse so people can send you tips $ for your work?

The Van   May 01, 2020 

Thanks! I haven't yet but I'll post it up there in the next couple of days :) til then the Drive link will stay up to date with the latest versions.

onemorepabst   Apr 30, 2020  

looks sick my dude, will for sure download the stl and update my build.

The Van   May 01, 2020 

Glad you dig it! I look forward to seeing them out there <3

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