Burning a Hubsan X4 Quadcopter Control Board

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Hubsan motor replacement fail

Here’s a little PSA for those of you that fly crash your quadcopter a lot.  When soldering a new motor on, don’t burn the leads.  Apparently I left my soldering iron on the control board for too long, but the good thing is that I had a board from another ‘copter that was quickly used for parts.

Although the board is not included, I would definitely recommend a “crash pack” spare parts kit (Amazon) or, barring that, a new ‘quad is less than $40 from Amazon as of this writing.  If you don’t like to do any soldering, that might be a viable option.

The patient is prepped for surgery

The patient is prepped for surgery

Pelican Case for my tiny Hubsan Quadcopter

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Trying to figure out how to position my little quadcopter in a Pelican case

As much as I love my little Hubsan X4 quadcopter, I didn’t have a good place to store it.  A small cardboard box works fine, but looks kind of dull.  What I really needed was some sort of custom case for it.

Fortunately, Pelican makes a case that fits it nicely, the 1400 model (Amazon).  The build quality is excellent, and it’s made with inserts that can be “plucked” out to customize the fit.  The only problem is that the case costs around $70.  For something that costs just over $35 (Amazon), this seems a little silly.
Regardless, this case keeps things much more organized, and after crashing about 1000+ times, I’ve spent way more than $35 on this quadcopter.*  It was fun to customize everything, and I’ve showed the process in a slideshow after the “read more.” Read more »

Attach Sandpaper to a Dremel Tool

dremel-sandpaperIn preparation for a big project I’ll hopefully be able to post on later, I needed a way to deburr and take out a small amount of material from the inside of a wood hole.  My first idea was to use a Dremel Tool (around $50 on Amazon) with sandpaper loosely attached.

I needed to actually widen the hole, so it didn’t work that well for this purpose.  On the other hand, if one simply needed to deburr a hole, I think this could work quite well.

How to do this (and the results) are illustrated in the video after the “read more” link.  Basically, it was Read more »