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Anti-drop scews or retainers are garbage

Discussion in 'Zenmuse H3-2D GoPro Gimbal' started by OBX Kevin, Nov 4, 2014.

  1. OBX Kevin

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    I've only flown my Phantom 2 with Zenmuse H3-2D three times and I managed to lose 2 anti drop screws (plastic). I notice that I was missing one prior to the second flight so I installed the spare. After the third flight, I noticed I was missing another. I thought about loctite, but that typically melts plastic. I noticed in some owner pics that some people are using zip ties which seems like a cheaper solution. It there any pros/cons in using the plastic anti-drop screws versus zip ties?

    Sorry for this Newbie type question...
     
  2. Damon

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    Zip ties work well. Just make sure to leave them real loose, so dampeners are not compressed by them.
     
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    Do you run with only Zip Ties? I saw the pricetag on the replacement anti-drop screws and that is rediculous. I notice that the anti-drop screws for the H3-3D are only a couple of bucks. I wonder if they would fit?
     
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    I run zip ties on all four corners. Really you can get by with one. Its just an insurance policy if dampeners fail retention in flight. (Not likely to happen)
     
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    Are you sure you lost two of them? There are only 2 installed. If you install all 4 the gimbal will hit two of them.
     
  6. OBX Kevin

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    I'm not sure what model h3-2d you have but mine has 4 anti drop screws. I installed per directions. This video looks identical to mine. http://youtu.be/1dkn5Sz5swY

    Mine is installed on phantom 2.
     
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    The safeties keep the gimbal with the Phantom in case of a hard landing. What's really protected are the ribbon cables.