Introducing the Lumenier QAV-S 5" Freestyle Quadcopter Frame - Joshua Bardwell Special Edition. A custom designed drone frame for FPV Freestyle flying.

This frame was designed in collaboration with Lumenier and world-renown FPV guru Joshua Bardwell to bring you the "perfect" FPV freestyle frame. Building upon the success of the QAV-S series, the JB special edition takes it a step further with optimized design to save weight, single-piece top plate for added strength and rigidity, thicker bottom plate for more durability, lower stand-offs for improved CG and better handling, and much more!

The QAV-S is a 5-inch freestyle airframe that is ultra-durable, easy to work on, and locked-in to perform and provide the best flight feel. The QAV-S has many small details that were well-thought-out - including premium Lumenier carbon fiber with finished and chamfered edges on all the plates, 7075 colored aluminum standoffs to give the quad a sleek look, plus all hardware is included.

The QAV-S brings several new innovations to the table. The first innovation is the arm locking system which includes a hinge with a press nut that secures the arms and requires just one screw to swap the arm. This is a convenient feature when maintenance is needed. The second feature is a split bottom plate that gives enough room for a micro camera, while also reducing the rear deck space for components. Lastly, the QAV-S has isolated 20x20 and 30x30 stack mounting in the center (and 20x20 mounting in the rear) that lets you take care of your electronics stack without the need to alter the frame structure and overall build.


I chose the QAV-S as my favorite freestyle frame because it has the perfect balance of light weight, flight performance, durability, and ease of maintenance.   The JB edition increases durability by going to a single-piece top plate and changing the bottom plate from 2mm to 3mm. By going to a "slammed-deck" design, the weight of the frame stays the same, and durability and flight handling are further improved.

-Joshua Bardwell




  • 20x20 and 30x30 mounting options
  • Caddx Vista compatible
  • Low profile design (slammed to 20mm) 
  • Isolated stack design (lowers vibrations to FC)
  • One screw arm swap
  • Split bottom plate +upgraded 3mm carbon fiber
  • Narrow body plates for reduced weight and improved flight performance
  • Optimized motor mounts to reduce weight
  • Purple stand-offs!!


  • Arm: 5mm 3K Carbon Fiber
  • Aluminum Spacer: 7075 Aluminum
  • Screws: YFS steel 12.9 grade
  • Frame Size: 220mm
  • Weight: 107g (without battery pad)

Recommend Parts (Not Included)

  • FC: 30.5x30.5 / 20x20 hole size
  • Battery: 4-6S 1300-1800mAh
  • Camera : Micro(19mm) Size
  • ESC: 40-60A 4in1 ESC
  • Motor : 20xx-22xx


Carbon Fiber

  • 1 x 2mm Top Plate
  • 1 x 3mm Front Bottom Plate
  • 1 x 2mm Rear Bottom Plate
  • 2 x Camera Side Plate
  • 1 x 2mm X Lock Plate
  • 4 x 5mm Arms
  • 2x 5mm Arm Wedges


  • 2 x Aluminum standoff 27mm
  • 6 x Aluminum standoff 20mm
  • 2 x M2x4 Screw (camera)
  • 10 x T-Nut (press nut, pre-installed)
  • 5 x M3x6 Countersunk screw
  • 6 x M3x6 Screw
  • 16 x M3x8 Socket Cap Screw (motors)
  • 2 x M3x12 Screw
  • 4 x M3x16 Screw
  • 4 x M3x22 Stack Screws

Shop our collection of spare replacement parts for the QAV-S Joshua Bardwell SE.


  • 1 x Sticker sheet featuring 6x custom artwork designs
  • 1 x Lumenier Indestructible Kevlar Lipo Strap - 20x250mm
  • 1 x Packing Box
  • 1 x Build Manual



QAV-S Bardwell manual p1

QAV-S Bardwell manual p2


    Customer Reviews

    Based on 2 reviews
    Eric Klapstein
    Dig it!

    Love the frame. It seems leaner and smaller than my Johnny frames. It's a touch lighter too.

    Jonathan Merz
    Similar but different vs IRC Apex

    I fly mostly IRC Apex, 5” (also 4” and 3”.) I was feeling the need for a “different” frame so I saved a few bucks by buying the QAV-S Bardwell edition. It’s VERY similar to the Apex in terms of overall build. It’s lighter, but the arms aren’t as thick so we will see how that holds up.

    I built my QAV with a Vista (NebPro) and a heavier Bf FC/ESC than my Apex Kiss builds. However, it’s basically the same AUW as my analog Apex builds so that’s nice. I also like the access to the stack screws so I can “easily” change out the stack from 30x30 to 20x20 if I like. The press nuts for the stack screws are really nice to have already there. I also like how it takes a micro cam rather than a mini cam. More options for cams that way. I wish it came with a Velcro pad rather than the heavy rubber pad because I Velcro and double strap my batts down. Oh, and I really like the countersink screws that are under the battery. However, it may be annoying to replace if any are lost.

    It’s basically an Apex-not-an-Apex. The footprint is virtually identical and I can put most of the Apex plastics on (cause I really like the plastics.). The motor plastics can obviously fit (but not full carbon protection at the ends) but the best part is the front bumper fits perfectly. The only part that doesn’t fit is the Immortal-T mount so I had to zip tie that down.

    So far I really like it. The differences from the Apex are good but I’m (only a little) concerned about the thinner arms. The Apex is truly a tank and I’ve broken a fair amount of parts. Those have been replaced under the 1yr warranty. So realistically, the cost difference evens itself out. I will have to see how the QAV-S durability is over time, but otherwise it seems like a winner. I approve. 👍

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