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Cheap DIY Case? Check your military surplus store

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by Mike Dula, Jul 15, 2015.

  1. Mike Dula

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    Just thought I'd throw this out there to check your local military surplus for a weatherproof hard case. So, finally got my P3P and lots of flight time in, then realized I badly needed something to keep it safe while transporting it from location to location. I needed something until I had the funds and more gear to justify a $200 USD case. So this is likely temporary, but turned out worked great.

    Military surplus has many boxes and cases, and I ran across a night vision goggles case for $39.00 with enough foam in it for me to cobble together a solid solution. May look a little crude but I assure you its safe and secure.

    Here is a little video I made showing what I did,

     
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    I did not watch the video but the case looks cool.

    Nice job.
     
  3. Mike Dula

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    Thanks, its a little crude looking with the sliced up foam but works well. Been able to transport it with confidence. Really like the smaller size and have gotten used to removed and installed the blades per flight...
     
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    Who cares about the insides???

    As long as it works the outside makes up for it. Keep it closed.

    Just a matter of taste as I prefer more utilitarian over appearance.
     
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    Agreed. Inside might only matter if you we're a legally paid professional and trying to impress clients with. Since I am neither this works. I just may out grow it with more gear, that would be my factor into moving to something larger.
     
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    I bought this case for $60.00 and it's a great case

    ImageUploadedByPhantomPilots1436987596.147635.jpg
     
  7. Mike Dula

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    Looks pretty good, I really needed a rugged waterproof case. We plan on going camping with it and I like knowing a rouge rain storm will keep it dry.
     
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    will it fit a P3P with prop guards?
     
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    This case is awesome. I called a few local surplus stores near me but no one seems to have it. (Los Angeles Area)

    Where did you get yours from?
     
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    Good job I googled it but was unable to find it do you know if it goes by a different name?
     
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    Nice, these case manufacturers who are selling cases for the P3 are ripping people off.
     
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  12. Mike Dula

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    There is a surplus store here in Fort Worth called Omaha, http://www.omahas.com/ They only had the one I bought. I've also seen some at "cheaper than dirt".
     
  13. Mike Dula

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    Try to just google "Aviators night Vision Imaging System Case"
     
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    Good job !
    I did the same thing. Used the carboard "form" that the Phantom came in, and then just cut the case foam away to accommodate that.
     
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    I see some nice ones at sportsmansguide.com that would fit well and are cheap, but they weigh 20 pounds and more!
     
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    Oh no. No. No.No. I do not want extra attention. Can you imagine bringing a military case to a park. I am happy that I am not in States anymore, cops are crazy - they could easily shoot you, just looking at your case.

    If you do not want to spend 250 on microraptor (I think it is the best value for money) get a plastic case and cut a foam, you may paint it black. Looks cool and do not attract attention. It cost me around 100 bucks. rafff.jpg
     
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    Dude, you watch too much MSNBC
     
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    Dude (I like it), I have spent too much time living in States. I do not watch TV at all. Waste of time.
     
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    Ha ha, never been to Texas I guess? hunting, camo, military, guns, etc... is the norm around here. Not too worried about getting shot from a night vision case saying US Property on it. Would I walk into a federal building with it? No. But I welcome cops, and play by the rules, not too worried.

    But. tvckz I do like your setup.
     
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    All the cops, current and retired, just too great offense at that comment. Mine was a career of service for little money. And I am quite sane sir.