Team Black Sheep Discovery Pro Review

Review by Hudson Northcutt

Intro:

The TBS DISCOVERY PRO gimbal frame is the perfect tool for amateur and pro aerial videographers. Sporting a fully stabilized camera gimbal it is the most powerful, compact, robust and versatile "take anywhere" quadrocopter available to date. By implementing the wiring into the frame, the copter is easy to build and outperforms similar quads in terms of FPV range and video link quality. The DJI Flamewheel arms as predetermined breaking point protect your electronics and are easily replaceable in the field.  I bought the TBS Discovery PRO from Hugo Salinas out of Brewster NYC. HIs company, Aerial Visions Inc. provides amazing customer service along with technical support. Shipping is usually same day, and if it isn’t available in shop for you, he’ll order it for you. I have bought all of my multi rotor components from Hugo, and will plan to by more.

 

Hits:

- Integrated brushless gimbal & control board (plug & play!)

- Built-in camera switch (GoPro live-out and pilot's camera)

- Frame acts as power distribution board

- Ready for long range FPV

- TBS CORE (on screen display) with digital current sensor

- Lightweight CNC aluminum gimbal

- Custom IMU

- Tried and proven frame design - based on the world's most popular FPV quad!

- Upgradeable components

- Can purchase optional Aerial Visions Extended flight time upgrade. (4500mah 4 cell approx. 20 minutes of flight time.) (using the 20/80 method)

 

Misses:

- Well... None. :)

- The price is a little steep, but after you break down all of the components that are included, you actually walk away ahead.

Bravo team black sheep.

 

What’s required:

- 4pcs Flamewheel Arms

- Remote control, 6 or more channels

- Flight control (GPS optional)

- 4x 200W motors and 4x 30A ESC

- 4x 9x5 or 10x5 propeller set (clockwise and counter-clockwise rotation!)

- FPV camera

- FPV transmitter

- GoPro HD HERO3/4 or HERO2 camera

- 3300mAh - 4500mAh 4S battery (8 - 12 mins flight time) - no larger than 31 x 47 x 157mm

 

Items I used:

- TBS PRO Frame

- DJI Naza Lite

- DJI GPS

- Folding GPS stand

- TBS 1000KV motors

- TBS Simon-K flashed 30 amp ESC’s 4 DJI arms (Black) Lumineer 600MW VTx Fatshark 600 TVL camera XT60 Connectors - 5200mah Lumineer batteries HQ 9X4.5 Props

- GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition TBS Jello Guard

- TM1000

- JR 1221 DSM2 receiver

- DX18 G2

 

Review:

I purchased the TBS pro roughly the day before or after new years. (2015) I purchased it from Hugo. Of which he informed me that he was out of stock but told me not to worry. He asked me if I needed anything else and I told him no. Come to find out, he ordered it direct from China along with some more items. So being the eager child I am, (not really a child) as soon as I got the tracking info, I was glued to UPS’s website. Every day I was checking it, even if I knew the expected ETA. From the night I PayPal’ed Hugo the

funds , 6 days later I had a TBS pro on my front door step. Fantastic. If I could show emotions through a computer, you would be seeing me flying it screaming, “Look at me go!” The good news about waiting on the Pro getting here from china was that I was 500 miles away from home, and the day I got home was the day I got the pro. The only problem was, I got home and was suffering from the Flu, Pneumonia and double ear infection. So the building had to be stopped for just one more day. Finally after getting 3

shots, and multiple medications I was ready. (This is an important part to the build) I was still sick at home, but I decided the least I could do would be to build the gimbal. Im going off pure memory for the build so my apologies if it’s not A-Z detailed.

 

Gimbal Assembly:

To assemble the gimbal you had 4 aluminum pieces that created the housing along with two T-motor (rebranded for TBS) brushless gimbal motors, an IMU, and a GoPro Video out card. The 4 pieces created the housing, the IMU attached flush with the top piece, and the GoPro video out card connected to the IMU. All the wires, excluding the GoPro Video out card, are zip tied to the frame for a nice clean and flush look. Attaching the rubber grommets for the “floating gimbal” were not difficult at all. I contacted Hugo to see what colors he recommended and after a discussion of the climate and environment , he concluded to tell me to use Orange and Yellow. To attach the grommets, I got a piece of servo wire from a fried servo extension. It fitted snug with the grommets. I fed one side through the hole, and pulled. And sure enough, it popped right into place. I repeated the same step 8 more times. This concluded the gimbal assembly.

 

Frame assembly:

The frame was pretty straight forward. A lot of work is pre done for you. If you haven’t read my previous TBS Discovery review, go read that. It’s a LOT more in depth. I soldered the ESC’s to the frame, my XT60 connector lead, (supplied) and attached the arms. Zip tied the ESC’s to arms, installed the motors, and connected the motors to the ESC’s. Installed my Naza connected the motors... I didn’t verify which motor was which and just went off what I thought was the correct motor configuration. I then got the gimbal assembly and attached the bottom of the gimbal to the frame with just 2 screws. Plugged in the Roll and pitch cables along with the IMU cable. Plugged the top and bottom link cable in, and closed the frame. Installed my receiver and was ready to go.

 

Flight:

The first time I took off, I crashed. Busted a set of props. Stubborn enough to do it again. Same thing. Checked my motor configuration to see if motor one was motor one, and it was actually motor four. Quickly changed that, put on some new props, again, and locked in a GPS and patiently waited, and slowly lifted off. The flight characteristics are very good. Especially when programming the Naza correctly. I have no regrets about my purchase or any complaints about flying this jewel. Attached below is a link for a video. The video will take the rest of the review from here...