Volador II VD6: FPV drone build with easy

If you're new to this hobby, we'll guide you through everything you need to know to get started and build your first FPV drone.

FlyFishRC Volador II VD6

A few years ago, building your FPV drone was complicated and time-consuming. Putting parts from five different brands into a frame and making them work together required a lot of research. Now, thanks to names such as Joshua Bardwell, Oscar Liang, ELRS, BetaFlight, FlyFish-RC, RushFPV, DJI, and others, it’s all become much more straightforward.

Before building the Volador II VD6 long-range FPV drone, I asked ChatGPT (the most popular AI chatbot) a few common questions, which probably any newcomer in the FPV world would need an answer.

  • What main parts have an FPV drone?
    • Frame: Volador II VD6 frame kit
    • Flight controller: RushFPV F722 V2 FC
    • Motors: Flash 2506  brushless motors
    • Electronic speed controller: BLADE 50A SPORT F4 ESC
    • FPV system: DJI O3 Air Unit digital FPV system
    • Radio receiver: SuperD ELRS 2.4G Diversity ELRS
  • What is a digital FPV transmission system?

    Digital FPV systems offer improved video quality, reduced interference, lower latency, and additional features compared to traditional analog systems, enhancing the overall FPV flying and drone racing experience.

  • What radio protocol should I use?

    Several radio protocols (PWM, PPM, SBUS, IBUS, FrSky, CRSF, and ELRS) are commonly used in FPV (First Person View) drones for transmitting control signals from the radio transmitter (remote controller) to the drone’s flight controller. For long-range flights, the last two protocols are the best. ExpressLRS is a relatively new protocol that has gained popularity in the FPV community due to its open-source nature, flexibility, and performance.

  • What is the advantage/disadvantage of a five vs. six-inch frame?

    The choice between a 5-inch and a 6-inch FPV drone depends on your specific needs and use case. If you prioritize agility, maneuverability, and racing, a 5-inch quad may be more suitable. However, if you value stability, a more extended range, and the ability to carry additional payloads (bigger camera), a 6-inch drone might be the better choice.

  • What is the difference between True-X and Deadcat design?

    Deadcat frame design is characterized by a stretched X-shaped configuration, with shorter front arms than rear ones. The name “Deadcat” comes from the resemblance of the frame shape to a dead cat with its limbs outstretched. The shorter front arms help move the propellers out of the field of view of the FPV camera, reducing the likelihood of propeller blades obstructing the camera’s view. This configuration provides better visibility during forward flight and is preferred by many long-range pilots.

FPV drone parts

Surprisingly, it gave understandable answers and looked like it figured out how these things work. If artificial intelligence had its own hands, it could build for you an FPV drone with no issue. Yeah, but then where’s the fun?

FlyFishRC Volador II VD6 O3 long-range FPV drone review

Disclosure: I received these FPV parts from FlyFish-RC to make an in-depth review. Although the products were offered for free, all opinions in this article remain my own, and the sponsor did not influence me. DoubleF has been on the FPV market for more than five years and is committed to continuous innovation to help FPV pilots to make their flying dream come true!

FlyFish-RC FPV drone parts

Since I published my Volador VD5 review, FlyFish has expanded its product range with VTX antennas, GPS modules, TPU camera mounts, frame and motor spare parts, and drone tool kits. They sent me a 6″ frame, a set of motors, a GPS module, two O3 antennas, and an FPV hex screwdriver kit for this review. FlyFishRC’s second-generation Volador frame is available in two size options (5” and 6″) and two arm configurations (True-X and Deadcat). I opted for the VD6 V2, which, as its name says, is suitable for 6″ propellers and adopts a dead-cat configuration with retracted front arms.

To assemble this FPV drone, I used only the 7in1 FlyFish tool kit, including a 1.0mm Philips screwdriver, 1.5/2.0/2.5/3.0/4.0mm Hex screwdrivers, and 8.0mm Nut driver for props. The aluminum handler has a hollow structure to be light, and the tips are magnetic to hold the screws. This kit is also excellent for field repairs. The only piece missing to make it complete is a wire cutter.

Tool kit

1. Volador II VD6 frame

The VD6 II frame kit comes in a compact box with many screw bags, two battery velcros, 3D-printed TPU parts, wire protection tubes, and bonus FF stickers. No user manual is included, just an exploded view of the frame. Each screw bag is labeled with its content (size x pieces), making the building part easier. Screws have already applied thread-locking glue, which is nice.

Volador II VD6 O3 frame kit

Someone asked me if there is any other difference between the 5″ and 6″ than the arm lengths. After inspecting them, it looks like the top and bottom plates are identical on both size versions. So the 6-inch version allows bigger motors and propellers but no extra room inside for the electronic parts or a bigger battery on top.

Volador II VD6 carbon fiber parts

What’s new in Volador II?

Instead of reinventing a new frame, FlyFishRC listened to the user’s recommendations and improved the original (v1) Volodor frame. I remember that I also had an issue with the previous Volador frame. When I wanted to install the top plate, I realized that the XT60 socket could be inserted only in one direction (with + on the right). I had it exactly the opposite, so I had to desolder and reverse it. The new Volodor II has a rectangular hole, so now you can insert the XT60 connector in both orientations.

Others had an issue with the battery pad. It came off after a few uses. In the new version, they replaced the adhesive part with a quality one and also included a spare double-sided tape. I think this part still needs to be improved by a more sticky side like UMMAGRIP. Another reported issue was with the camera mount. It could accommodate only the O3 camera and the rigid mount added jello. The V2 frame kit now includes four sets of a silicone shock-absorbing camera plate insert (two sizes: 19mm and 20mm) for wider FPV camera size compatibility and smoother FPV footage. The TPU motor protectors have also been redesigned. They are smaller, lighter, and don’t need to be installed through the motor screws. Another handy upgrade is the keystone between the arm that further reduces arm vibration and helps in the assembly part.

Volador v1 VD5 Vs Volador v2 VD6 side by side comparisson

As a safety measurement, the four middle screws on the top plate are now countersunk and sit flush to eliminate possible battery damage during crashes. Despite these great upgrades, FlyFlishRC says the Volodor II is even lighter than its predecessor. Following the manufacturer’s tutorial video, even newbies can assemble the frame without issue in less than one hour.

frame assembly

The Volador II VX6 is available with two TPU color options (Tropical Mix and Black) for $74.90. A pair of front spare arms can be purchased for $14.99, and real arms for $15.99.

VD6 II technical parameters

Material T700 carbon plate
Arm Thickness 6mm
Top\Middle\Bottom plate thickness 2.5mm
CNC Side plate thickness 5mm
Propeller size compatibility 6~6.1 inch
FPV camera mount size 19mm/20mm
Wheelbase 260mm
FC Stack mounting patter 20mm*20mm/30.5mm*30.5mm(M3)
VTX mounting holes 20mm*20mm/25.5mm*25.5mm(M2)
Weight with TPU parts 200 grams
Dimensions 259mm*109mm

2. Flash 2506 1750KV brushless motors

FlyFish RC’s Flash 2306 motor series has 1550KV and 1750KV variants, suitable for 6S LIPO batteries. The motors have beautiful siver&gold colors and use a Uni-Bell structure design, providing high crash resistance without adding more weight. The motors promise explosive power and thrust for FPV pilots.

Unboxing FlyFish-RC Flash 2506 motor

The Flash 2306 motors are intended for 6″ propellers and come in the box with four mounting screws, a spare shaft bolt, and a gold 5mm prop nut. The motors weigh roughly 37 grams and have 20AWG 150mm wires -length right at the limit for the Volador VD6 frame. They feature thickened base and wire outlet protection braces. The motors go through strict dynamic balance and performance QC before packing to provide top performance. Both Flash 2306 1550KV and 1750KV motors are available for $23.90. Compatible replacement motor bells can be ordered for $13.90.

Flash 2506 1750KV motor on Volador VD6 frame

Flash 2506 technical parameters

KV options 1550KV/1750KV
Input Voltage 6S Lipo (25.2V)
Configuration 12N14P
Wire length 20AWG 150mm
Shaft Diameter 5mm
Mounting pattern 16*16mm
Weight 36.2g with short wires
Dimensions 31.4*31.9mm

3. M8QMC-5883L GPS module

The FlyFishRC M8QMC-5883L GPS comes in a nice plastic box with an FC-wiring cable and instruction manual. With a size of 20x20x11 mm and a weight of 9 grams, this is not the smallest nor the lightest GPS mode you can get. By comparison, the BN-220 GPS module with similar features measures 22mm*20mm*6mm and weighs only 5.3 grams. 

Unboxing FlyFish-RC M8QMC-5883L GPS

It adopts an 18x18mm RHCP ceramic patch antenna with excellent reception capability and stable connectivity. The built-in QMC5883L high-precision magnetometer provides precise azimuth pointing, and the u-blox10 generation chip allows subtle altitude changes to be skipped for more stability. It has two status LEDs: red for power and green for positioning. 

The built-in TCXO crystal and farad capacitor allow a fast, hot start when you switch to a fresh LIPO pack.


It has an SH1.0-6P connection header with the following pinout: VCC (5V+), TX, RX, GND, SDA, and SCL. Typically, you need to use just four of them. The SDA and SCL signals are only necessary if you plan to use the built-in QMC-5883L 3-axis magnetic sensor. The built-in compass is helpful for navigation-orientated firmware like iNav. Priced at $30.90, it isn’t the cheapest GPS module, but if you are a brand fan, the FF logo will look cool on the tail of your Volador quad :)

M8QMC-5883L technical specifications

Frequencies 72 channel
Refresh Rate 10 Hz
Baud Rate 4800bps-115200bps (Default – 9600bps)
Sensitivity Tracking: -162dBm
Capture: -160dBm
Cold Start:-148dBm
Cold start speed <24s
Hot start speed <2s
Accuracy Horizontal <2.5m average
SBAS < 2.0m average
Timepulse: RMS 30 ns
Accuracy 3.3V-5V,current 25mA
GPS patch antenna size 18 x 18 mm
Total dimenssiones 20 x 20 x 11 mm
Weight 8.8g

4. FlyFish Dual-Band O3 antenna

FlyFish offers dual-band antennas for the O3 Air Unit in three sizes: 40mm stubby, 95mm, and 145mm. There are black and red color options. The antenna itself measures Φ16*17mm and is slightly smaller than the original DJI O3 antenna. It has two IPEX connectors and an RF1.13 cable and, theoretically, should also be compatible with the Avatar HD V2 VTX. All three-size versions are available for $14.90 on FlyFishRC’s website.

FlyFish Dual-Band O3 antenna

FlyFishRC O3 antenna technical parameters

Compatibility DJI O3 and Walksnaill Avatar HD V2
Frequency Range 2400-2500MHz/5700-5900MHz
Gain 2.5dBi/3.8dBi
Polarization Linear
Connector IPEX*2
Cable RF1.13
Length and weigh 40mm Stubby weight:2.4g
95mm weight:3.3g
145mm weight:3.9g
Antenna size Φ16*17mm

FlyFish O3 antenna installed on Volador II VD6 frame

Flight performance and user experience

Update: I have had nearly 100 flights with the Volador II VD6 since I finished building it. I love this drone; it is precisely what I need. The new camera mounting system provides smooth, jello-free footage on my DJI O3 system. Additionally, you can install a GoPro or similar action camera with no issue.

The M8QMC-5883L GPS found 23 satellites in my flight field, which is pretty impressive. First 3D-fix (6 sats) takes somewhere between 90 to 150 seconds. The second 3D-fix (when changing the LIPO) takes only a few seconds. Using the latest BetaFlight 4.4, fails-safe RTH works pretty well.

Regarding flight time, you can expect about 10 minutes with a 4S 2000mAh or 8 minutes with 6S 1500mAh. If you remove the GoPro mount, you have space for 3000mAh or even bigger capacity batteries, giving you nearly 20 minutes of cruising time.

As six-inch drones are slightly bigger than five-inch ones, I equipped the Flash 2306 motors with DALPROP F6 foldable propellers to fit my existing drone backpack.

Price/performance ratio
Parts quality
Easy to assemble
volador-ii-vd6-fpv-drone-build-with-easyUpon the community's request, the new Volador II frame has been upgraded in many ways. FlyFish-RC improved the original Volador frame without adding extra weight or increasing the price. The VD6 II is compatible with DJI O3 Air Unit and other FPV systems. With Flash 2306 and 6S battery provides an amazing flight experience. The M8QMC-5883L GPS module allows GPS-failsafe return to home and detailed telemetry information.



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