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Repair or Replace Shell

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by hometheaterman, Mar 3, 2016.

  1. hometheaterman

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    I started a thread yesterday asking for advice on how to replace a shell. I got several responses saying to just fix mine. A search brought up that many people are using Bondic. Is this the best to use?

    Here's what I have. Does it look repairable, or should I get a new shell and just focus on reinforcing that?

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    You can see the cracks in the post on the right here.
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    Seeing this, does this look like something I can repair, or is it too far gone? It's two arms that are cracked. I guess my fear is that I've never had much luck "gluing" plastic. I am paranoid that the motor is going to break free causing me to crash. Knowing how expensive a crash is, I'm trying to avoid going through that again.
     
  2. ARM

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    That can be repaired! I too had the stress cracks I used epoxy inside and out and encased the inside and carefully re drilled holes this was on a P2 though.
     
  3. hometheaterman

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    So is your advice to just fill in around the wholes, or should I completely fill in the holes and then re drill them? I'm not really an expert when it comes to gluing plastic. In fact, I've never had much luck with it, so any advice is appreciated.
     
  4. alokbhargava

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    If DJI is not replacing your shell free of charge, it would be easy for you to first try to repair and if that doesn't work then go for replacement. Replacement is not that easy.

    For repairing, you should not fill the holes. Repair the cracks first and if that's not enough fill the glue around the space of mounts.
     
  5. dirtybum

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    As i think i posted in your thread, "strongarms" will solve yer worries. If u do reshell though sell me that shell cause its o.k.
    Hell i'd reshell it for ya & keep the shell
     
  6. hometheaterman

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    I looked into the strong arms. They seem like they would alleviate my worries of the motor falling out, but some of the reviews on those things worry me. People are saying that don't tighten up, cause the drone to crack worse, etc. I don't really know what to believe because there are some good reviews too.
     
  7. Michel Rivet

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    I've read in some post that you can buy a re-enforcement on ebay that is not too expensive around $15.00
     
  8. RedHotPoker

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    Send it in for repair, the sooner you do, you get it back quicker too. ;-)

    RedHotPoker
     
  9. dirtybum

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    Yeah if you can just send it in the turnaround is only about three weeks. Just get it done right if it's under warranty, probably get replaced with the new style shell
     
  10. hometheaterman

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    I can't. This has been worked on by Hani, so I can no longer send it back to DJI.
     
  11. RedHotPoker

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    Ok, I don't know him, but, well then again Hani, can also replace the shell for you, when you get a new one. ;-)
    As good help is hard to find. Be grateful...
    We have www.droneology.ca in town, and the hobby shop I will and sometimes "frequent". ;-)

    RedHotPoker
     
  12. Bartzonio

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    How much would it be to get it replaced anyway ? Don´t have the tools and not planning to replace it for a while.
     
  13. Dunbeazy

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    Replace shell yourself. It will take about 8hours if you are inexperienced but it is totally worth it. Plus there are step by step vids on youtube
     
  14. Bartzonio

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    yep, I was really thinking about it, still maybe I´ll get a quote from a local dealer to have an idea. DJI stated that this was a pilot error.
     
  15. alirz

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    Well perhaps you should look into that "plast aid" a shot. From the looks of it you can probably pour it in easily just by lifting the motors from the outside without needing to open the shell?
     
  16. Bartzonio

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    thanks for your reply. Its not that severe issue, it is just one plastic latch snapped out, so at the end of the arm it is a bit misaligned.[​IMG]
     
  17. Bartzonio

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    Jeez that long !? Few hours max surely !?


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  19. Bartzonio

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    I think it would take me a while longer than that. Still I do not have the tools, correct me if I am wrong there is like 3 types of screwdrivers, right ?
     
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