It's innovative. It has grip. It's got style. And best of all? It's Armattan.
The Gecko is the latest addition to Armattan's family of mini-freestyle frames. Designed around the best principals that brought the Japalura and the Rooster to the front of their fields, this frame gives you the best protection and quality that the multirotor kingdom has to offer.
The cage is cut with 6 axis titanium milling. This is a first for Armattan, and it gives the head of this baby a smooth, svelte expression. The aluminum camera saver is a new mounting system designed to protect your camera even in the most crushing of cage crashes. And that's even more important for this frame, because it was designed to safely guard any 19mm micro cam on the market: SD or HD.
The stack mounting system is a fresh take on providing options for pilots. You no longer have to choose between an M2 or an M3 board because the Gecko offers provisions for both. While the 20x20, M2, forward stack was designed to be used for a mini HD split camera board (such as the Runcam Split Mini or Caddx Turtle), you can slap any board you want in there. The rear 20x20, M3 mounting holes will be there for your FC, ESC, VTX, or whatever else is left. And with the familiar 22mm deck height you'll find that your batteries are safely out of the line of fire of your props, but are also low enough to bring the centre of gravity back down towards your prop-line.
The tail provides the quality mounting options that Armattan is known for. A rubber VTX antenna guide channels thinner gauge antennas (up to 1.8mm) upwards, and out of the way of your props. If that doesn't suit your fancy, simply use the elongated M3 holes to zip-tie your dongle in the tried-and-true way instead. Lastly, lets put an end to rear-impact delamination. The carbon itself is protected from impacts by the custom Aluminum standoffs.
And what about the "big W?"
We're glad you asked. Like you might've thought, the entire frame is warrantied. Carbon, aluminum, and titanium are covered under Armattan's unbeatable lifetime warranty. What can we say, except, "you're welcome?"
This frame is clearly well made and looks very nice. I found the layout easy enough to build on and found more room than I thought I would. Unfortunately, the bottom plate did not last longer than two packs as I ran into a tree and broke an arm off. This is probably my error in thinking that a lifetime warrantied frame would be more durable. That being said, I did hit the tree pretty hard and the frame continued flying well enough that I didn't know it was damaged until I was performing some high G maneuvers which finished off the arm. I currently have a warranty bottom plate on the way with an extra as a backup. Aside from the frame breaking, it's been a pleasant experience.
UserGot the Axisflying Z20 and one Motor burned out on the first day. They seem to be quite fragile.
For the Frame itself it is quite hard to work on. As of now I remove two of the motors to be able to access the flight controller, air unit etc.. There are more robust and better built 2'' drones available