JB's Perfect Racing Drone Build 2021 | FULL BUILD TUTORIAL (533 Switchback Pro)

JB's Perfect Racing Drone Build 2021 | FULL BUILD TUTORIAL (533 Switchback Pro)

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After you finish this build, here’s a link to the setup guide. It has two important changes you should make to this build, so at least watch the first few minutes of it. https://youtu.be/WMDED6j1-Ic

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Buy the Five33 Switchback and Motors at:
* Five33 (USA) – https://flyfive33.com
* Five33 (EU) – https://flyfive33.eu/

Buy the Aikon F7 Mini HD at:
* RaceDayQuads – https://bit.ly/3um4OCM
* Pyro-Drone – https://bit.ly/3ehUI09
* Catalyst Machineworks – https://bit.ly/33g8gmL
* Banggood – https://bit.ly/3um7Bfe

Pyro’s and CMW’s listing for the Aikon F7 is the V3 version. I use the V2 version in the video, and there are some slight differences between them–specifically the way the 5v/10v solder bridge works. I’m including the links to the V3 just in case the V2 is out of stock and you decide to go with the V3.

Buy the Redux Air 32 bit ESC at:
* Redux Air – https://bit.ly/3elWAF4
* ThrottleUpUSA – https://bit.ly/3tm60oo

There are allmost no dealers for the Redux at this time; and the Redux may be out of stock for a while. A good alternative is the Aikon 20mm ESC (bonus: you won’t have to make a custom wire harness to go between FC and ESC if you get the Aikon).

Buy the Aikon AK32 ESC at:
* GetFPV – https://bit.ly/3enRacZ
* Pyro-Drone – https://bit.ly/3nSzNDX
* RaceDayQuads – https://bit.ly/3um68Wg
* Catalyst Machineworks – https://bit.ly/3ek3gUo
* Banggood – https://bit.ly/3tjHuUV

CMW links to the 35A ESC. Other links are to the 50A or 55A ESC. Obviously, I suggest the higher rated ESC if it’s available.

Buy the Runcam Racer Nano V2 at:
* RaceDayQuads – https://bit.ly/2ytNBQ1
* GetFPV – https://bit.ly/2R0cU2w
* NewBeeDrone – https://bit.ly/3o21cDT
* Amazon – https://amzn.to/3eV8wwJ

Buy the Ghost Hybrid at:
* GetFPV – https://bit.ly/3enRYP3

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0:00 – Intro and Disclosure
1:30 – The frame: Switchback Pro
2:20 – The motors: Five33 2207 with MR30 connector
4:46 – The ESC: Redux Air 32bit
6:16 – The FC: Aikon F7
7:21 – The camera: Runcam Racer Nano 2
7:44 – The receiver and vTX: Ghost Hybrid
8:51 – Frame assembly

https://youtu.be/Y7dsbWJ82lc – Evan’s build video for the Switchback Pro frame

14:50 – Install motors; install ESC; solder motors to ESC
18:38 – Solder XT60 lead
22:33 – Wire FC to ESC
25:08 – Mount FC
27:33 – Install the camera
28:40 – Smoke check!

https://youtu.be/f37FeWSYrmo – Why the ViFly Short-Saver is a pretty essential piece of kit.

29:25 – Wiring and mounting the Ghost Hybrid

Using Ghost to manage vTX: https://youtu.be/Kt9BYGWQ-z4
Complete Ghost setup video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7vONWbA_CM

34:29 – Final assembly

Betaflight setup video for this quad – https://youtu.be/WMDED6j1-Ic

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4692732/files – Thingiverse link for Switchback 3D prints


  1. Mark Crum on July 7, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    Josh, love your videos buddy. I have a thought about a cool build that you may want to help with. I have a DJI FPV… love it… had a mishap on takeoff and had to replace antennas. Wasn’t much but still! I love the drone and the three modes so much I just bought 2 more while they were on sale! I want to take one apart and put it all into a freestyle frame for durability. This should give the best of all worlds for me. What do you think? Anybody?

  2. Alohakoa59 on July 7, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    Whereโ€™s the link to the aikon v3?

  3. Andre Van Den Ordel on July 7, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    Great vid. Cant you sell a kit with everything in it? Or recommend a completed kit with receiver and goggles radio so you can set up and fly as a beginner

  4. Robert V on July 7, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    Hard core focus

  5. Mauritz17 on July 7, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    I like to mount my capacitors tunred by 90ยฐ to the x Axis and 90ยฐ to y Axis.
    Like the spare tanks of the soviet T-67 Tanks or the Maus
    I usokating Not sie Es and it Need a Little Bit Skill

  6. playmatee1 on July 7, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    good clear video m8

  7. neverenoughguns1 on July 7, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    Knoxville. Tennessee?

  8. Agv Grande on July 7, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    You are hilarious ๐Ÿ˜† thank you Sir! ๐ŸคŒ๐Ÿผ

  9. playmatee1 on July 7, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    that last part : joshu what did u take u probably in ur backyard xd

  10. Crixus The Gaul on July 7, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    yeah I have always used liquid flux. People either never use it or use plumbers flux. it drives me nuts!

  11. megaprochotin on July 7, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    Make a 12s drone

  12. Errsher on July 7, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    Whatโ€™s the file name for the ghost antenna holder? I canโ€™t seem to find it on Thingiverse

  13. ladams00 on July 7, 2022 at 7:57 pm

    Josh, could you use a paper hole punch through the battery pad to maintain the ability to access those lower frame screws?

  14. kidron fpv on July 7, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    D’ont fly …

  15. Yassine Gherbi on July 7, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    He’s having a damn hard time justifying this build ๐Ÿ˜‚

  16. highlandsvideo on July 7, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    Where is the link to buy the motors? Didnโ€™t even catch their designation

  17. BMWS14turbo on July 7, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    Hey why i don`t learn something today?๐Ÿ˜‚

  18. Joshua Bardwell on July 7, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    Please! Watch the beginning of this video (https://youtu.be/WMDED6j1-Ic) to see two important changes you should make in this build.

  19. YOSOYLABEBA FPV on July 7, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    a question, do you recommend leds in the pro lite?

  20. iPOV on July 7, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    16:00 No God please no No Noooooooooo ( Micheal from โ€˜ The office โ€˜ )

  21. Adam Wilson on July 7, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    Wtf. Im @joshua bardwell……….. mate your going to give me a complex. Finish the sentance. Ahhhha ahha

  22. Mauritz17 on July 7, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    16:29 my Eeeeyyyeeees beeeeding aaargh

  23. demo fpv on July 7, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    Hey joshua your content is amazing. I was wondering whats the best aio fc for the tiny trainer.

  24. Havok on July 7, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    Love how you troll the trolls! I say use the red tape in more areas!

  25. OGK KID on July 7, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    Just because itโ€™s not a No-Fly-Zone doesnโ€™t mean you can fly thereโ€ฆread the signs, I mean itโ€™s kinda common sense, as Bardwell said donโ€™t be a bonehead. If I knew I was impacting a critical wild life area I would not fly there. Idk.

  26. La Tana Del Rumore on July 7, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    If you want become a better pilot , train with liftoff tutorials ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ i never hated a pixel face that much in my life ๐Ÿ˜‰

  27. Thomas Hampson on July 7, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    I emailed you over august and Iโ€™m still hoping you will reply

  28. Adam Potts on July 7, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    Thank you!! I Now know my build ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

  29. Siesingen on July 7, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    You win๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  30. FlyingFrog FPV on July 7, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    Where can i get your awesome red electrical tape? ๐Ÿ˜† My tape does feel a little bit darker redish ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜… Electrical tape for the win! I even slap a gps unit on the arm of the Kwad with it ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ

  31. Fritzy on July 7, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    nice medical forceps

  32. Y_I_Fly on July 7, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    Thinking about doing a racing build and checked the link for the ESC and itโ€™s sold out.
    Any good alternative ESCโ€™s to replace the Redux?

  33. FakeAsFg on July 7, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    sigh~~ i actually bought all the expensive gears so have no excuses to not to fly my kawd, bleeding wallet…..

  34. Hiltsy Adventure on July 7, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    well, your red electrical tape is sexy, I’m going to use my pink hockey grip tape on my first build this weekend ๐Ÿ˜‰

  35. Bradley Vose on July 7, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    Evan Turner hangs to the left…therefore I shall hang to the left. Savage

  36. Filmic fpv on July 7, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    So we arenโ€™t going to learn anything new today? Wtf is that

  37. Terminal Insanity on July 7, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    you should wash that flux off afterwards. its residue is conductive

  38. Matt on July 7, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    T-Motor Ultra F55A Mini 32Bit 55A 3-6S 20×20 4in1 ESC 11g.

  39. Onno van Noort on July 7, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    I ordered the switchback and in the description is mentioned 30×30 stack also fits, isnโ€™t this a better option than the small 20×20 small fett boards, in Europe those 20×20 boards that hangover are hard to come by. Who can give me some advise. Als the 533 motors are tuff to get, looking for a replacement, was thinking about t-motors.

  40. Brett Denaro on July 7, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    Why don’t the motor wires solder directly to the ESC board? Seems like wasted weight having to add those XT60 connectors for each motor.

  41. Marstsie FPV on July 7, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    If i use spacers. Can there fit a caddex vista in the drone?

  42. Iggy on July 7, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    This video makes me want to get in to FPV. Looks so simple to build, but I know nothing about the tech side of it. Good video! You got yourself a new sub.

  43. Steve Sparks on July 7, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    Hello and thank you for helping me though the learning process, all of it, not just this build. Would the Redux32 F4Nano be a good alternative if the F3 is still out of stock?

  44. Novice FPV on July 7, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    Awesome build.. am David from kenya, have been following your tuts since 2016, now i feel I’m a pro in fpv , the problem here is getting the materials to actually build a drone… We have no where to buy fpv equipments, and the only equipments tht are available are either outdated or very expensive to buy, like the available FC are naze32, and simonk ESCs. Can anyone please help me on how i can ship some of this things. Or have an old rig that he/she wants to give away

  45. DarthiesFPV on July 7, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    Hiya Joshua I’m building the five 33 switchback pro which arms are best to use sfg or lite and what recommended props

  46. Frankie Knows Best on July 7, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    ๐Ÿ”‹ pad you put on the bottom, I use a hole puncher or like a belt hole punch and make the holes the size of the head of the screws so you can tighten or remove the screws latter without out removing the ๐Ÿ”‹ protector.

  47. Richard robin on July 7, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    pls show the programming part also

  48. Lance Smith on July 7, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    He’s getting tired an going a new direction

  49. megaprochotin on July 7, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    Hey JB do you have any replacement for the ghost hybrid? its offsale

  50. OGK KID on July 7, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    YOU SHOULDNโ€™T BE FLYING DRONES THERE, and it was on local and I think maybe national news.

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