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Hard Landing...Tweaked & Cracked the body!

Discussion in 'Phantom 1 Help' started by Gizmo3000, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. Gizmo3000

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    Got a little overconfident flying tonight, headed towards a tree and let go, but the GPS didn't kick in in time and went into a tree, then the Phantom fell about 8ft to the ground, with one of the arms taking the brunt of it. :cry:

    the Phantom seemed completely back to normal in the dark,
    but one of the props was hitting the body, so thought I might have bent another prop.
    but upon further inspection it was worse, much worse.

    the top cover portion was slightly cracked and bend upwards.
    - and the lower portion was slightly buckled as well.
    took things apart, and it doesn't look so great.

    any thoughts how screwed I am?

    My only thoughts are perhaps I can apply some heat to the parts and perhaps, just perhaps, they'll flex and cool down back into place.
    that, or I'll need a whole new body. (if DJI even plans to sell them?)
    I kind of doubt there's a place I can send it to get fixed?? (not quite sure if I have the skills to tear down and re-assemble)
     

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  2. Chris

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    Man that sucks. When the day comes that I do that, I think I will just order a aftermarket frame and transfer my Phantom guts over. I plan to build my own quad over time anyhow so I may start ordering parts and get it ready. I just want to learn to fly efficiently before I do, at least the Phantom has all the important stuff tucked inside!
     
  3. Gizmo3000

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    Yah,. I'm really bummed I can't fly this weekend, it's gunna be nice out!

    On a good note, I contacted my dealer and they're sell a complete replacement shell for $65!
    Looks like I'm gunna get to intimately know my Phantom's innards.
    I'll just have to be careful not to lose any screws, but I'm pretty confident I can do it!
     
  4. Gizmo3000

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    So while I await my new shell ..
    i figured what the heck, may a well see what I can do in the meantime, ..

    With a little heat applied from the kitchen stovetop, and she's good as.. well, at least she flies again!!

    the top part didn't handle the heat so well, so I merely amputated the end.
    the bottom part did ok, the motor mount holes are off, (was only able to use 3 screws), and now instead of the prop tilted inwards, it now tiles a bit outward.
    The tricky part is that now the craft tends to seriously yaw in a counter clockwise direction.
    I won't be flying the GoPro on it, but at least I can now continue to enjoy my Phantom until a new shell arrives
     

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