THRUST UAV RIOT 250R PRO
;e body frame is carbon-fiber construction, and the
sidewall skirts are polycarbonate. ;is allows the inside
LED light system to show through. You can program the
system to display di;erent colors, and this allows each
pilot to have an easily identifiable aircraft.
;e Riot comes fully assembled and just needs a
guidance system installed. I used a Spektrum radio and
a DSMX first-person-view (FPV) racing serial receiver.
To install the receiver, I had to remove the top plate
and props from the Riot’s frame using the included
;e motor and speed control are nicely integrated to the body, but easy to change out if needed. ;is antenna is the only item that the pilot needs to attach.
torx driver and plugged the Spektrum receiver into the
flight controller. By connecting my computer to the
flight controller and using the Betaflight-configurator
software, I programmed a few small adjustments into the
flight controller and my Riot was now ready to fly. ;e
instructions for any radio receiver you might be using
and how to configure it are at thrust-uav.com. Even
though all the quad’s parts are neatly connected to the
board, it would be easy to access and replace the parts
if needed. Most will just require the removal of a solder
joint or screws to separate them from the frame.
Light It Up!
The Riot Pro looks terrific, but when the lights come
on, this bird is really sharp. Fifty-two LED lights come
installed, and the polycarbon-ate side skirts diffuse
the hard LED lights and blend them together, giving it
a smooth look. The best part is that you can program
the lights in a number of ways using the Betaflight-configurator software.
Enter the LED strip page and you will see that all
of the LEDs are mapped out on the program display.
Use the mouse to select all or some of the LEDs, and
change them to any of the available colors. They are
easy to set up to flash, stay solid, or pulse. They are
so easy to change that I find myself going back in
all the time just to get a different look. Once you try
it, you will find that you can’t stop changing those