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Taking Guards on/off Repeatedly

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by BrandenB2, Apr 21, 2014.

  1. BrandenB2

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    I prefer to fly with the prop guards on (saved me four times this weekend alone!) but my case is not set up for storing with the guards on. So I've been taking them on and off for each flight. My question is, will this cause damaging wear and tear on the threads of the screws or the holes they go in? Probably a simple mechanical question but I've done it few enough times that I'm not worried yet but looking down the line I want to make sure I'm not shortening the life of my favorite new toy! Thanks.
     
  2. canadavenyc

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    You read my mind--I was wondering this exact question today. Would love to hear opinions on the answer.
     
  3. FangsCPO

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    I don't have them but if they are plastic threads, they are going to wear eventually. That's a given. I say treat them like trainnig wheels, once you are good and comfortable flying around, get rid of them. Good Luck!
     
  4. OI Photography

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    The threads are metal, so you shouldn't have an issue as long as you don't overtighten them.

    Most importantly, what you have to be careful about is NOT using the longer screws from the prop guards on the Phantom when you have them removed...they can screw too far up in to the motors and damage or destroy them.
     
  5. BrandenB2

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    Awesome advice. Thank you.
     
  6. MonsieurAnon

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    If someone can send me measurements and close up photographs of the interior hole, where the screw goes, on the prop guards, I might be able to come up with some kind of quick release mechanism for them.
     
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    That would be great if you could do that !
     
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    I use '3M Dual Lock' for this purpose. It works a treat and the Phantom flies fine with the prop-guards attached this way.

    All you need to do is cut away the projections on the inner side of the prop-guards where the machine screws pass through before you stick the Dual-Lock to them.

    For added security (if you didn't trust the holding capabilities of the Dual-Lock's sticky back) you could always use machine screws through the Dual-Lock pieces themselves
     
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    Need some pics of your setup please
     
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    How about if you hit something ? Do they stay on ok ? Are they nice and straight when on ?
    If you could post a pick with them on.
    Thank you. Would be nice without thumb screws. Just worried about them sitting nice and flat and lined up good.
     
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    I haven't hit anything while flying, but I've bumped the prop-guards pretty hard against the wall as a test with no problems; they don't budge and, if you stick the Dual-Lock on properly, they line up fine.

    Here's a video of my Phantom hovering 'hands-free' with them on, in very windy conditions
    http://www.peter-evans-photographer.com/p917979095/h2a1bed18#hf07d6ef
    (looks a bit like a film of an early VTOL experiment now I come to look at it! :lol:

    Here's some info on 3M Dual-Lock : http://www.andybaird.com/travels/gertie/superlock.htm

    It's very, very good stuff. I suggest you Google it yourself for more info
     
  13. Mori55

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    For some reason the video won't load
     
  14. BrandenB2

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    Dude, that would be insane awesome!
     
  15. BrandenB2

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    That was going to be my question, if you've had any "hard landings" or other incidents to see how they hold up in those situations. Loving the idea in theory. We hang our kids' heavy backpacks and coats on hooks held up by 3M Dual-Lock and they work great.
     
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    Hmmm, don't know why, sorry. It works as it should on my PC and I just sent the link to my wife's email address and clicked on it in her Android tablet and it's fine.

    You can't download it. The link I gave you should take you to a section of my website and show you the video ready to go. Then you just press 'Play' to watch it.
     
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    OK then, there you go. We're talking about super-lightweight quadrants of plastic here; what's the worst that can happen?
     
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    omg. just don't over tighten. re-apply lactate to the threads so it stays secure
     
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    Great idea, just ordered some and will give it a go :)