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Merica 5 Inch - no canopy

THE MERICA LINE OF FRAMES COMES WITH NO CANOPY BY DEFAULT. YOU NEED TO PURCHASE ONE TO GO ALONG WITH YOUR FRAME. GET ONE HERE! <----- HIT THIS LINK Why did we decide to call this pinnacle of FPV racing technology the "Merica"? Because Catalyst Machineworks is...

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Why did we decide to call this pinnacle of FPV racing technology the "Merica"? Because Catalyst Machineworks is lucky enough to be based in the greatest country on planet earth. Are we ridiculously proud of the USA? Heck yeah we are! Can you smell all that freedom and liberty? Smells delicious, like apple pies and hot dogs! Thanks to all our US military service men and women who fight to keep us free. Some of which have given their lives to protect us. This frame was named in your honor.

The 'Merica was born directly from customer feedback and our own internal race pilot testing and requests. We actually listen to pilot feedback and implement some of those ideas into our designs. This machine has some very unique and innovative pilot inspired features built in.

Light weight:

Dry frame weight with all included fasteners and canopy comes to only 62g. 

Quick change modular arms: 

The Merica's arms are removable. They are held to the center fuselage by two screws. Field removal is super fast and can be completed within 5 minutes. Simply remove the outer screw, loosen the inner screw, remove the motor, and the arm is off. 

Affordable frame pricing:

At only $69.99 (after canopy purchase) you are getting a TON of features and racer inspired technology. You get what you pay for and MORE! 

Affordable spare parts:

Replacement 5mm arms are only $4.50 each. 

Low aerodynamic drag:

This frame uses an aerodynamically efficient arm design that is thin without sacrificing crash durability. Standard with the kit are 5mm thick arms. Arm design is not the only contributing factor for great aero. You also need a 'slippery' center fuselage that gives as little resistance to the oncoming air as possible. Merica's 'head' is a TPU canopy that is designed to have a very low drag coefficient. 

Build in flight controller/camera soft mount:

The flight controller and FPV camera are mounted to the TPU canopy. You read that correct. The FC is NOT mounted to the carbon fiber frame. Mounting the FC to the TPU canopy means that any board you choose is soft mounted by default. The canopy is made of a flexible material and works to de-couple the board from the motors. The FPV camera is mounted at the top of the canopy. This mounting scenario helps to dampen vibration before it reaches your camera. 

Ample space to fit standard sized components:

Plenty of space to fit 'standard sized' components with 30.5mm x 30.5mm mounting holes. 4-in-1 ESC's are ideal with this frame. AIO FC/ESC/PDB's such as the Asgard can be used as well. There are also 20mm x 20mm mounting holes for micro AIO ESC's, and with THIS adapter you can mount in a micro FC. 

Excellent crash durability:

The Merica comes standard with high quality 5mm thick arms. Carbon fiber grain direction in aligned with the length of the arm for maximum crash toughness and rigidity. The entire top section of the frame is a flexible TPU canopy. During a crash this structure will move and give instead of breaking like a carbon fiber top plate. 

Clean air for the rear props: 

This frame takes the stretch X design even farther and staggers the front and rear arms with respect to each other. The front arms sit at a lower elevation than the rear which helps to get more 'clean air' to the rear props.

 ***Please note electronics are not included with this frame. Electronics are sold separately***


  • 62 grams (with canopy and fasteners)
  • Carbon Fiber: Twill Weave 3K Matte
  • Canopy Material: TPU (multiple colors available - sold separate)
  • Standard CF Arm Thickness: 5mm
  • Top CF Sandwich Plate: 3mm
  • Bottom CF Sandwich Plate: 2mm
  • Frame Type: XL (with staggered arms front to rear)
  • Frame Size: 200mm
  • Camera Angle Range: 10 - 75 degrees
  • Motors supported: 22xx, 23xx, 24xx or similar 
  • Lipos supported: 3s, 4s, 5s, 6s 
  • Lipo mounting position: Bottom 
  • Prop Size: 5 inch
  • Fastener Material: Aircraft Grade 7075
  • Fastener Color: Black (red and blue fasteners sold separately HERE)
  • Ideal ESC: 4-in-1 design with 30.5mm x 30.5mm M3 mounting holes
  • Ideal FC: 30.5mm x 30.5mm M3 mounting holes (micro FC can be used with THIS adapter)
  • Motor pad mounting holes: M3 screws on 16mm or 12mm mounting circles (frames shipped prior to 10-4-17)
  • Motor pad mounting holes: M3 screws on 16mm or 19mm mounting circles (frames shipped after 10-3-17)
  • Supported FPV Cameras: Runcam Swift Micro or Foxeer Arrow Micro
  • TPU canopy sold separate

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Merica 5 Inch Assembly Manual 

Merica 5 Inch Upgrades

Merica 5 Inch Spares







Note: All shipping prices listed on our site are for shipping and handling costs associated with shipping your order. 

Domestic Shipping within the USA

By default we ship via USPS (United States Postal Service) to anywhere in the United States. But, if you are interested in a faster option such as DHL email us at and we can give you instructions on how to get expedited shipping. If you want expedited shipping be sure to email us prior to checking out with your order. We will arrange a shipping quote for you and then give you instructions on how to include this shipping option at checkout. Our USPS shipping option usually takes 2 to 4 days to reach anywhere in the USA. By default this shipping option will NOT require a signature. If you want us to specify signature required please let us know prior to placing your order. 

USPS Insurance 

USPS shipping includes $50 insurance by default. If you require more please let us know prior to placing your order. PLEASE NOTE: We will not be held liable in the event your package or package contents are lost, damaged, or stolen during shipping. When your package leaves our shop and is placed in the hands of the shipping service it is out of our hands. We have no control of what happens to your package after it leaves our doors. Shipping insurance it available to protect you in the event something happens to your package during delivery. We will not reimburse you for lost, damaged, or stolen items. That is what shipping insurance is for. If you would like to add shipping insurance to cover the value of your purchase email us at for more info. 

International Shipping 

We can ship to almost anywhere in the world! Available international shipping options are using United States Postal Service (USPS) or DHL. USPS shipping will be per the flat rate option. This is $28 and can take 6-10 days to reach your country. From here your country postal service will deliver your package and can add additional delivery time. Usually USPS tracking ends once the package reaches your country. Our second shipping option is using DHL. This is considered a premium option and is very fast. Customer service with DHL is the best in the shipping business. Typically DHL only takes 2-3 days to delivery to most locations throughout the world. DHL international shipping always comes with tracking. While this is a more expensive option it is much better than USPS. 

Shipment Handling Time

We require 1 full business day to ship. Additionally, some products come with a longer lead times to ship (see product descriptions). Orders received on Friday may be shipped out the following Monday morning.

Restocking Fee

You can return any item you buy from us for a refund. The item must be completely unopened, brand new, unused, and not damaged. We will wait to receive the product into our stock before issuing a refund. We will also make an assessment of the item, once received. If it is damaged in any way we will not issue a refund and send the item back to you. You have two weeks (from the date order placed) to return any item for a full refund. After the two week grace period we apply a 25% restocking fee. 

Return Policy 

If you believe an item you have purchased is defective our policy is a follows: 

  1. Email us first with your issue. We will instruct you as to whether the item needs to be returned to us. Our email is Assuming we instruct you to return the item to us please ship it to the address below. 

  2. Once we receive the item our team will access it. 

  3. If we determine the item is indeed defective we will give you a full refund for the price of the item, or replace it. 

  4. If we determine there is nothing wrong with the item we will ship it back to you at your cost (you pay for the return shipping). 

  5. We DO NOT replace broken frame parts, electronics, or accessories you have crashes into the ground, a tree, a fence, a human, or anything else for that matter.


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