Jon Hovey

SO, you crashed your net Yuneek 4k already?

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SO - beautiful weather in central MN Saturday - 51 and sunny - fantastic for Feb. in this region. I make it short - decided to fly - had a great day of flying - until I crashed but GOOD -  My question is has anyone had to go through this at some level - has anyone has to replace a FRAME on a Yuneek 4k?I have one ordered - I'm guessing this is going to be a trick. Thank you ahead of time. 

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Hi @Jon Hovey, sorry about the crash but glad to hear no one was hurt. Curious...what happened?

Definitely let us know when the frame arrives and what specific questions you have about fixing it. I've not gone through this myself, but happy to be a sounding board and to work with you on this together.

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What happened is that I got too close to a tree - about 15 feet above a garage roof, providing for another 15 foot roll down a 5/12 pitch roof and another 11 foot drop from the roof edge to the frozen ground. :) Landing on the front left corner, breaking the frame and 'cushioned' by the CGO3 camera/gimble (not good at all). I have ordered and received (replace last evening) a new CGO3 camera housing kit from carolinzdronz.com - those guys rock. And also a replacement frame for the drone (should arrive today). I have watched a couple of youtube (my saving grace between this web site and youtube) videos about this type of thing. I think taking my time and documenting as I go will be the order for this project. A great lesson learned - dont EVER get over confident in your skills. I thought I understood this before I took off (the end result proved otherwise) - no 'crash' insurance (I will be getting) that and looking at $600+ in replacement drone/camera and parts for the existing one. Like my dad says...'dumb hurts'...:). Lesson learned - again - hopefully. Will be in touch regarding the progress - will hopefully be done after this weekend. 

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Sorry about the unscheduled landing.  Have you considered doing a video on the reconsruction? It would be a lot of help to the community : both physicily and emotionally. 

 

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I have but am not really set up to create a video if this project. However, I do see a definite need for it - a quick youtube search will show that - not much out there at all - none that is has any detailed information, at least that I found. Here's what I can report so far:

I cracked it up bad enough to justify replacing the entire frame - found a replacement for around $60 on either ebay or Amazon. They come with all necessary screws (a kit) for re-assembly.

If your a novice like me, ensure you establish a work place that is out of the way and will not be disturbed. There are a lot of small parts - mainly screws, that if bumped or spilled will add to the frustration - this is preventable with an 'isolated' work space. 

GOOD LIGHTING - sounds pretty straight forward until you realize the nooks and crannies of a drone. Aside from decent room lighting, I found that a head lamp was very useful. I use it for camping but it is a wonderful aid, relatively inexpensive and ADJUSTABLE - will point exactly to the right spot needed.

TOOLS: One nice thing about drone repair is that the tools needed are relatively basic and therefore inexpensive. I went to the local hardware store and found everything I needed. Two small hex wrench kits ENGLISH and METRIC - you will three different sizes on the Yuneec 4k (for the most part) cost around $20 or less for both sets. a very small PHILLIPS HEAD screw driver - the one I bought was around $1.00 - it's all they had at my local store and worked great -- I actually wore it out (cheap metal) so will buy another one for the re-assembly. You will use this a lot as well. You will need a soldering iron. I bought an 'expensive' one for around $25.00 and some solder (there are two types - conductive and non-conductive solder - make sure you get the conductive type - I didn't know this until the clerk asked me). Mine had three LED lights that shine on the object being worked on. Each motor station has 5 leads that are going to have to be removed and re-soldered to complete the install. Three to the ESC card itself and two on the motor. There is a good tip I found on youtube from FPV guy who was at Yuneec to demo replacing an ESC board on one of the motors - see below - its excellent and explained a lot. 

 

 

 

DOCUMENT AS YOU GO: I realized early on that as I am clueless about this whole process, I needed some sort of record the remind me where things go back once I'm ready to install - I have an iPad that I took several pictures of various components - this is proving to be very helpful now that I am in the re-assembly stage. TWEEZERS are also really handy for re-inserting screws into holes - simple but effective.

So, that's where I'm at so far - I have fully removed everything from the old frame and have just about re-applied it to the new one. The next major hurdle is re-installing the 4 motors and ESC's to each. The will be 5 soldering points for each - will see how that goes and update as I progress. Hope that helps. 

 

 

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