I have been thinking about writing this article for quite a while. On one side writing about cloned freestyle frames means promoting them instead the real ones. The real ones have countless hours of work and testing put into their development. On the other side not everyone has a $100 to spend on a frame. I know this is not a cheap hobby, especially for someone like me living in country where the average salary is $600. Spending around $300-400 for a new freestyle rig is more difficult than for someone who earns $4000-5000 or more.
Fellow pilots are discussing this topic a lot on YouTube and the forums. Personally, I’m against using cloned frames and I own only one cloned frame. That is unless you love this hobby and you are grounded not being able to pay for a new frame, top of the line motors and other electronic components.
Here is a quick overview of the best freestyle frames that the Chinese manufacturer have more or less successfully cloned:
Also, there is a Armattan Rooster clone available here
In the end I would strongly encourage you to think about alternative solutions for sourcing a frame. Either buy from SabotageRC or Armattan Productions or go with TBS Source One that retails for US$ 26.95 on the Team Black Sheep website.
Armattan Production is a sister website of the Armattan Quads. They offers CNC cutting services for carbon fiber and fiberglass. It is really worth browsing trough the variety of offered custom frames. You will surely find a frame that suits your needs both design-wise and price-wise. In the same time you can brag for owning a uniquely designed limited edition freestyle frame 😉