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Phantom 2 Vision+ crash, camera gimbal bent

Discussion in 'Phantom 2 Vision + Discussion' started by Pysen, Sep 6, 2014.

  1. Pysen

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    Hi

    Sad story, on my premiere flight today, I crashed the phantom. Nothing bad, I hit some light branches from a tree 2 meters up, panicked and it went down onto the lawn. Even though it was a very light crash, one of the arms for the gimbal got bent about 15 degrees causing all my footage to be tilted, and the left landing leg always being visible in the frame.

    Here are some images:



    And the part that need replacing:



    Wondering what I should do, I'd like to avoid replacing the entire camera and gimbal since it's very expensive.

    Anyone know what I can do to get a hold of that part? Does DJI stock replacement parts? Anyone here that has an otherwise faulty P2V+ that has this part you would like to sell to me?

    Please advice, Best regards

    - Björn
     

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  2. locoworks

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    somewhere??? there is a thread that mentions bending it back. not jumping out at me at the minute though, any takers??
     
  3. DrJoe

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    This is no help, but let me just say that I just finished taking apart my gimbal and camera to remove the ribbon cable. Its a pain in the neck. Is that a part picture or did you disassemble?

    There are plenty of cheap broken camera gimbals on ebay... have at it. Other than that, aluminum will bend. Cover your pliers with electrical tape when trying it.
     
  4. Pysen

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    Ah, bending. It crossed my mind but I was afraid it would snap. I'm hunting on eBay aswell, Thanks for the input!
     
  5. Pysen

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    Btw, that part image is off eBay
     
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    I would try bending it. It's already messed up. It's soft aluminum so it shouldn't snap.
    Other people have bent them back. Just go a little at a time.
    Better than buying a new gimbal.
     
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  9. Pysen

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    Hi,

    I've now tried bending things back to normal. I'm really not sure how it went. First of all, I found it very hard to actually do in the first place. There was not much room for pliers, and the parts seem so delicate it was hard to know how hard I could pull it. This was my grip:



    And this is the result as of now. It's straighter but not perfect... :/




    The thing is, I'm not sure if I've managed to damage something or not, but at first the app reported this error. It later went away, but came back and forth, as I fiddled with the camera.



    Here is a video of the movement:

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/3vnisk9scu33x ... 5.mov?dl=0

    It does seem to lag a little bit, am I right?

    When it appears, it makes this sound btw:

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/e9s2jjhyd1n0k ... 4.mov?dl=0

    Don't know what to do now really. I'm still hunting for a new part like that, but now I'm not sure it's the only problem.. Does anyone have any more advice?

    Best regards

    - Björn
     

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  10. Brammo

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    Hi

    Yeah, something's not quite right there. As you can tell from the noise in the latter video, it's struggling. I'm not entirely sure what to suggest - some part may be broken, but it's hard to say just from the above.

    Not exactly ideal, but might be worth keeping an eye on the dronexpert solution.. video here [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1y_aB4gylS8[/youtube]
     
  11. Pysen

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    Pretty cool, that might be a better solution than replacing the original. I already have a go pro anyhow...
     
  12. Pysen

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    Hi again. Went flying today, it seems I've managed to straighten the camera out because the horizon is flat now!

    However, I keep getting sporadic "gimbal obstruction" errors on the app display. I've also noticed a slight shake in the footage. Small stuff, little movements, but still.

    It's like there is some play I've introduced or something when fiddling with it. I don't even know on which axis/motor.

    https://vimeo.com/105744556

    Best regards

    -Björn