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Old 08-24-2015, 06:56 AM   #9801
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Ahhh, for the love of,,,

This 250 has a gremlin taking up residence, I swear.

So, last night night, she flew, touchy as hell, flew it into my tree, but she flew.

Today, my buddy Greg comes over and I tuned up his new quad. We go out to fly and as soon as I plug in the battery I have a nice camp fire going!
Rip the battery off, pack it up and concentrated on Greg's quad.
Got that puppy flying nice! In gps hold she's as rock solid as my Hexa.
He's so hooked now.
With the basic settings she comes with it just barely flys. Now, she's spot on.

Back home, I tear down the 250, unplugging everything.
Couldn't find a damn thing wrong.
Powered back up with a different battery and started plugging things in one at a time.
Everything works.

Inspect the battery, yep, lucky she only caught fire at the connector.

Mean while, a few weeks back I let Greg fly my Hexa. It had a bad connection one of the batteries and we flew her dry.
At first, the damage looked small. Turned into a major upgrade!

The bottom plate cracked in 2 places, a broken and chipped prop, and a damaged gimbal, I thought.

Well, the gimbal is the worst. Shorted out my AlexMoss board. You know, the $160 dollar one?
Got a new Fy mini brushless gimbal coming as a replacement. Zero set up, just plug her in and go. What a huge change. Unfortunately, it will also require I upgrade my GoPro 2 to a 3 or 4.
That won't be so bad, since my home theater is all 4k set up now.


Got lucky with the bottom frame plate. There was no salvaging it. Looking for a replacement, I found 1. 1 only.
They stopped making the Hexa. If I break an arm, I'll be sol.
Toyed with the idea of getting a DJI Hexa, like Jerry's. Nice and cheap, always readily available replacement parts.
Truth is, the DJI hexa would have only cost me $10 more than the bottom plate.
Can't help it, she's my baby and I'm happy to get her back up again, if only for the last time.
To finish her off, I even got a set of some really nice carbon fiber props.

Long live the Hexa!
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Old 08-25-2015, 10:27 AM   #9802
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Glad you got your buddy's set-up sorted Tom, but it must be very frustrating with the other issues. Hope the repairs to turn out to be too costly, though already not going to be cheap if you have stuffed a $160 board.
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Old 08-25-2015, 10:41 PM   #9803
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Yeah, suprisingly expensive for as little damage there was.
I did get a good deal on the new gimbal along with free shipping, but in all slightly over $240.
Gimbal being the big hitter.
Still, once she is done this time she will be as complete as I envisioned her.
The fy mini gimbal is phenominal! We'll see if it indeed does live up to the hype. There is no set up, just plug and play. Last time I spent all summer dialing in that Alex Moss board.

Greg is having a blast with his quad. Yesterday he flew fpv for the first time.
Today he spent all day under the goggles by himself.

Me, I've been out of work with high blood pressure. Having a real desperate time getting it under control. Woke up last Friday with a hell of a headache. Took a reading, 210 over 114!
Called Greg to take me to the emergency room. Last year's physical I was low blood pressure.
I hate this getting old shit!
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Old 08-26-2015, 10:38 PM   #9804
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Well, don't that make me want to throw my hat in the creek!

Roughly 7 hours of work to replace the bottom plate!
F*n plate was the top plate, so I had to drill 12 precision holes to mod it, but it's done and the Hexa lives again.
Just waiting for the gimbal to show up, then I guess I need to shop for a gp3 or 4.
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