The Drone Thread

Speaking of cross-threading, I just swapped all my propellers which meant eight teeiny tiny screws. A couple of them went in really easily and the rest required lots of torque, which I'm hoping is because they had more threadlock on them and not because I ruined the threads in the motors. And of course Phillips screw heads are prone to stripping if you don't do it right the first time.
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I haven't tried to remove the props yet. If you're having trouble with the heads maybe invest in some precision screwdrivers just for the drone, then they won't get mashed in general use. The Wera 118019 PH01 screwdriver that I got in the advent calendar set a few years ago is a very precise fit in the prop screws, just tried it now.
 
About a year ago in China during a drone show, some of them started falling

View: https://www.youtube.com/shorts/1XK5x4UlgaY

Perth, eight months ago during a show 50 drones fell into a river:



Melbourne , two weeks ago during the Women's World Cup opening ceremony, 400 drones auto landed on a river:


View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxFwMQs6-Pg
 
Seems like the next advancement in designs for show drones (or any small drones) should probably be so they float/can land on water.
 
Don’t they need to have a rather large semi-translucent body piece for the LEDs to illuminate anyway? Just make that so it keeps the thing afloat… way too easy I know 🤷‍♂️
 
Don’t they need to have a rather large semi-translucent body piece for the LEDs to illuminate anyway? Just make that so it keeps the thing afloat… way too easy I know 🤷‍♂️

It shows that in the video.

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So I couldn't resist the DJI Christmas deals and went and got myself the Mini 2 SE as a Fly More combo. For the price I paid, imho not much to go wrong there - I won't use it a whole lot, but opportunities do present themselves every once in a while where I used to say "damn, I wish I had an actual camera drone right now and not only my FPV toys". So that's what it will be for :)

Was pleasantly surprised by the fact that the charging box for three battery packs doubles as a powerbank. Neat, I guess.
 
Was pleasantly surprised by the fact that the charging box for three battery packs doubles as a powerbank. Neat, I guess.
Not sure if I didn't know this or I had just forgotten. :p
 
Was pleasantly surprised by the fact that the charging box for three battery packs doubles as a powerbank. Neat, I guess.

This feature would be a lot more useful if the batteries didn't discharge themselves when not used for a while. They do this by design, they go down to about half.

It's a bit annoying when you realize the weather is nice and want to go flying, but you can't because your batteries aren't charged.
 
Yes the discharge is annoying, I need to set up a charging station and timer so they get a 1 hour top up every day, along with my iPad that is always on but isn't regularly used.
 
Crashed it ever so slightly today.

Was out taking some wintery drone shots in -20°C today and brought it home with RTH, as I usually do when in unfamiliar surroundings. I used my car as a starting platform so that's what it was returning to. RTH is not really accurate enough for me to trust it to land safely back onto the roof so I usually cancel RTH and do it myself. Wearing touchscreen gloves, I fumbled, didn't manage to cancel RTH in time and sure enough it landed on the edge of the roof and slid off, faceplanting on the ground.

No harm done, but video wasn't rolling which is a bit annoying.
 
So I couldn't resist the DJI Christmas deals and went and got myself the Mini 2 SE as a Fly More combo. For the price I paid, imho not much to go wrong there - I won't use it a whole lot, but opportunities do present themselves every once in a while where I used to say "damn, I wish I had an actual camera drone right now and not only my FPV toys". So that's what it will be for :)

Was pleasantly surprised by the fact that the charging box for three battery packs doubles as a powerbank. Neat, I guess.
Almost half a year after this, I finally had a somewhat legitimate use for the damn thing :D Went on a short vacation to Willingen, and the conditions presented themselves to film a couple cinematic shots in the area. No idea what I'll ultimately do with them, but here they are.





The subject is the Willingen Skywalk, a 650m long 100m high suspension bridge with a sole function of a tourist trap. Still, it's pretty :)
 
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