The Tiny Whoop has absolutely taken over the micro FPV world. For good reason too - these little drones are perfect for beginners but are loved by pro's. The last 6 months has brought advances in motors, flight controllers, and batteries. MultiGP even added a Tiny Whoop class to their 2017 classifications.
Updated June 2017 - Lower prices and new options!
These super accessible micro FPV quadcopters are a great platform for beginners to learn about quadcopter building. The build lists below are for the aircraft only. This means you will need batteries, a transmitter, and video goggles in order to fly full FPV. These resources will help you find all of the above:
With this surge in popularity has come tons of options for building or buying. We've scoured the internet and put together the most affordable builds possible. Controller Craft may earn a commission products bought through links in this article. Both of the builds have the following features:
If we want to get really cheap, we need to go to Banggood. This build is the absolute cheapest we could put together while still feeling good about performance. At this price point, you're going to get a whoop with decent performance for under $60. The F3 EVO flight controller has 3 available options with integrated receivers. You'll be connecting to Betaflight or Cleanflight to configure and tune your build.
We've got a bit more flexibility and quality in this build at a slightly higher price point. You'll still be building on the E010 frame and using an F3 EVO flight controller. This is one of the most popular Tiny Whoop platforms for a reason. The black frame vs the Inductrix counterpart is actually more durable. This build also uses a Crazepony camera and mount which protects the body of the copter.
The guys at RaceDayQuads are known for keeping a warehouse stocked with Tiny Whoop parts. They have a great selection and are super competitive on pricing. They've put together a great little whoop kit at a really competitive price. Less than $80 gets you a high performance little build. Our only complaint is the camera + VTX combo and the mount are going to be the weakest points of the build.
Building a Tiny Whoop is a fairly simple process. We've documented a full build using the Beebrain flight controller that will help you assemble either of the above affordable builds. If you're stuck, leave all questions and comments below or feel free to contact us.
If you're not interested in building and would rather buy a bind-and-fly or ready-to-fly Whoop, then check out our list of pre-built Tiny Whoops.
Last updated on June 5, 2017