After 4 attempts at making some sort of a landing gear that will allow water takeoffs and landings, I came to the realization that anything mounted below the rotors will degrade the flight performance in a big way. So, I decided to if at all possible keep it out of the water, and if it does wind up in the lake at least I'll be able to salvage part or all of it. As you know, the quicker you get it out of the water, the better chance of survival. Plus, the deeper it sinks, the greater the pressure, forcing water in every part. Floating, even upside down will have no forced water pressure, and greatly increase survivability. I also plan on coating several parts in CorrosionX, which is long used in the r/c community to "waterproof" electronics. The styrofoam shell mounts in seconds and is held on with the one carbon fiber rod, with fuel tubing snugly on at the ends. No tools required. I didn't do any testing to see if the styro alone would hold up the Phantom, so as an added safety measure I added that silly dome (my wife actually thinks it's "cute"). The string might look like it would break easily, but it's 35lb test fishing braid. The nylon eyelet would give before the string snaps. Anyway, I hope this helps anyone who is doing a lot of flying over water with some ideas and possibly keep them from losing their Phantom. As an added benefit, the camera/gimbal has better protection, since it's protected on three sides. BTW, I added the CF wide gear, since I might be landing this on the deck of my boat (when I don't hand catch) and I don't want it tipping over on the boat while landing. The CF rod attached to one rod is for hand catching. To have something to grab on to. Works for me! As far as how it flies, it's not bad at all, even with the ridiculous dome on it.