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In the end I decided to replace my P3 Standard Shell/body - (with Pics)

Discussion in 'Standard/4k Discussion' started by 250Flyer, Mar 2, 2016.

  1. 250Flyer

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    Hey.

    So as some of you may know this is my second phantom 3 standard that had cracked on the first few gentle flights. (Bad luck or factory torque issues) ?

    To cut a long story short, on my second phantom standard ( different dealer) rather than sending it back for repair the dealer and I agreed to send new replacement shell for free, rather than sending it to DJI to repair/ waiting list. (My choice)

    After weeks on deciding whether to replace my shell or continue to fly with 2 small hairline cracks.. I decided it was time to replace the shell because it was bugging me!! (wise choice)

    I got all my tools out and made a start last night, so far it's taken about 12 hours all together, I did not rush anything and watched a few videos which helped. The hardest part is cracking open the 2 halves of the shell trying not to break the tabs or pinch anything, strong cardboard strips wedged in between helps a little but it's an ABSOLUTE NIGHTMARE.

    The rest was fairly reasonable as long as you know what you are doing. Luckily I didn't snap or break anything on the old shell either.

    The 2, 5.8ghz antenna's that connect from the battery tray to the gimbal are glued and double sided sticky taped at an angle each side of the battery compartment. I cut glue with an exacto knife and used hot glue and thin double sided strips to secure them back in place on the new shell.

    I torqued everything down and made sure NOTHING was over torqued too much - including all arms and motor screws. All are tightened down enough....



    All went well, everything works as it should. I will do a test flight hopefully tomorrow. The weather is bad here (strong wind and rain at the moment).

    And one thing - NO MORE CRACKS!!


    Here is some pictures of Dis-assembly-


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    Re-assembly pics to follow..
     

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  2. 250Flyer

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    Re-assembly pics to follow..
     
  3. MarqueGlisson

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    Check the GPS unit for ANY small cracks as well while you have it off. (Just In Case)
     
  4. fordruid

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    Dye it a cool color while you got it apart
     
  5. 250Flyer

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    The GPS was screwed down under the shielding tape, after I carefully peeled the shielding back it all looked good. I then screwed the GPS into the top dome on the new shell and then re-covered the GPS unit with the shielding tape.
     
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    Congrats on getting it back together, looks good. What is the grey material in the inside top?
     
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    Shielding tape! I must have posted a second after you.
     
  8. 250Flyer

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    Yessir, you are correct.

    It's strong and VERY sticky, so no problem sticking it back down under the new dome.
     
  9. MarqueGlisson

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    The small GPS square chip sometimes cracks (Sandwiched between the shell and shielding tape) when the bird hit's the ground hard and it will still fly but if it acts weird like it has parkinsons that may be the deal (My apology to anyone who feels the parkinson reference was inappropriate that's the only way I could describe what I was experiencing in the past - it shakes erratically while hovering and often drifts.)
     
  10. 250Flyer

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    Are you sure you didn't t have a prop balance issue man? that doesn't sound right to me.

    The GPS is probably the most protected component in the shell it self, unless you actually manage to damage it yourself or manage to have a bad crash landing upside down (top of the GPS) - it shouldn't be a problem.

    It is screwed down and securely taped over, more than enough not to get damaged, unless you crash, which I have never done, or hard landed.

    I have only flown mine 10 times so far - with the old shell that was.

    Thanks for your input.


    Keep the replies coming guys
     
  11. MarqueGlisson

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    It came down on it's head. It's a fragile piece.
     
  12. 250Flyer

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    ****!!
     
  13. MarqueGlisson

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    Small hairline crack.
     
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    ****, I ho
    ****. I hope I never see my drones guts like that.
     
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    Haha ^ check for cracks and you may decide to ;)
     
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    I already have. No cracks on a 6 mo old bird. But, I put removable guards on it when it was a baby. Could have had something to do with it, but who knows.
     
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    Ok, so I have just gave it a quick hover flight with the new shell..

    All went well... I would say a successful job!

    If anyone needs any tips or tricks on replacing theirs - feel free to comment.

    Just need to replace the phantom badge onto the new shell.


    More pictures coming tonight.
     
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    Few more pics of Re-assembly -


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    More pics of final stage -


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