Behind The Scenes
Mantis FPV was born during the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown period. This will be a year EVERYBODY will remember. It is a year that we all said “lets get to 2021 already!”. Proof that ideas brew when you’re bored out of your skull during a lockdown. Maybe we should have more of it to solve our planetary problems.
Here, we shall share with you the journey we’ve taken to where we are now.
Adriano, Kelvin & Joseph
ONE YEAR OLD!
14th June 2021
We turn ONE. The 12 months flew past swiftly. We’ve learnt considerably and made a ton of mistakes while we’re at it. We shall write a book one day…
BTW, we didn’t have a proper cake, so we stacked up some FPV quads to make a shitty looking FPV cake as a substitute. At least we used some professional lighting for the photo.
Not bad for a new business who started in the infamous year of 2020.
29th April 2021
We hit our first 1000 orders. We are honoured to be able to serve and treat our FPV addicted customers. However, we can never cure the addiction 🙂
We have a new home
30th January 2021
We were tripping over props at our old place. It was getting out of hand. So, we got a bigger place. No biggie.
Sydney-siders, select “local pickup” and come say hi. We are here.
First 500 orders
15th December 2020
We hit our first 500 orders. We are stoked and so very thankful to our customers whom we wake up everyday to serve.
Not forgetting, the addition of Joseph to the team. Check out some of his vomit inducing work here.
So, we made some custom flags and gates...
10th December 2020
Our first crack at making some of our own flags and gates. V2 coming soon.
First custom built heavy lifter FPV drone
5th November 2020
Built our first custom ordered heavy lifter drone (based on the Shen-drones Thic frame), this X8 was built for our friends at Sky Monkey for the use of Sony’s FX6 cinema camera debut, chasing drift cars 🙂
Exclusively at MantisFPV - premium custom goggle straps by FATSTRAPS
28th September 2020
We are wrapped (and strapped)! These premium custom goggle straps by FATSTRAPS became exclusively available by MantisFPV. Check them out here.
First batch of RadioMaster TX16s arrive
21st August 2020
Always brings happiness to the heart to see brand new hot property landing in our warehouse. These sold quickly!
First 100 orders
4th August 2020
Wow, we are stoked. We didn’t think we’ll achieve 100 orders for many months. We are humbled. Thank you to our bosses – our customers. We hope to continue to satisfy your FPV addiction 🙂
22nd July 2020
One of our greatest goals, is to promote the sport/hobby of FPV drones to as many people as possible. We launched the “Become an FPV Mentor” program to help connect with new uprising stars. If you’re worthy, please apply within. There might just be some worthy incentives too 🙂
First shirts made!
19th June 2020
The little things count. Like printing shirts! In a business where most things comes from China, it is rather refreshing to be able to do things locally. Shout out to our buddies at Teamkit Australia.
13th June 2020
Website launched without a hitch, midnight of 13th June 2020. All ducks were lined up. It was rather event-less actually. Then we went to bed.
Building in silence
2 May 2020
Many many many many hours of building a new and fast e-commerce website, that runs very efficiently and just blazingly fast. Kelvin got obsessed with making sure the website loads in under 1 second. He is proud to say, he now measures load times in miliseconds. For the keen eyed (footer reference), no – the server doesn’t really run on Raspberry Pi, nor is it powered by 2x CR2023s. However, it does run on Linux on our custom cloud servers, hosted at the fastest datacentre in Australia. We can’t really tell you where it is of course.
With the special help of Martin and Zac, Adriano smashed through the creation of products online. Again, many hundred hours dispensed without a roster. It was just full steam. Made with love.
Special mention to Paul L, our FPV shifu, telling us what to stock. We pretty much did the opposite to what he said most the time thereafter.
Company registered, domain name licensed, email server created
30th April 2020
All those mundane but essential things, done. Amazingly, this was done within the span of 3 hours. We’re that good. Infact, it might’ve taken us longer to think of this subheading than the actual doing.
Mantis FPV starts
27th April 2020
Hey Adriano, how about we start an FPV store?