Well there’s 50 bucks down the drain…
After crashing my Hubsan X4 quadcopter probably close to 50 times, one of the motor pods finally decided to snap off. I was disappointed at first, but then realized that it could possibly be fixed. That, and I could write a post about it.
To repair things, I first used some Gorilla Glue (Amazon) and a cheap clamp that I bought a while ago to secure things while it was drying.
The wiring was hanging outside of the plastic piece, so I stuffed it back into it’s indention beside the structural socket part on the bottom of the arm as best I could. A tiny flathead screwdriver can help with this. You may also have to stuff the wiring back in at the bottom of the pod if it’s been pulled out. Once this is done, you can align the socket and snap the leg back into place.
As an aside, if you think this quadrotor breaks easily, here’s a guy crashing his Hubsan X4 (Available from Amazon). It takes this minor abuse quite easily, but I’ve crashed it much harder, so eventually it does break. I don’t think a large ‘copter would survive nearly as much abuse.
Once the arm is set into place, I applied some Gorilla Glue where the fracture actually happened. This method worked OK, and survived a crash or two, but after some thought I finally came up with an attachment method that held up quite well: Read more »
Some people decide to build their own quadcopters. Although I think this is a noble pursuit, this seems like something that might be above my abilities/time availability currently. After being persuaded that a larger drone for around $500 might be something I needed to “think about,” I was introduced to a smaller version, The New Hubsan X4, which currently sells for $51 on Amazon.
My New Hubsan X4 – note the included spare blades.
After trying it out, this is definitely one of the coolest things I’ve purchased in the last few years. I have briefly experimented with more traditional remote control helicopters with very limited success, but this quadrotor is much easier to fly. Plus, it’s very small, easily able to fit in your hand, so it can be flown indoors. Here’s a flight video of the Hubsan (not mine). Note that a keychain camera like this one is attached for some of the shots. I’m surprised that part turned out as well as it did.
It is relatively simple to fly, but Read more »
First of all, my apologies for not posting as frequently as I should lately. I got an email the other day saying that this site would be featured as EEWeb’s site of the day. I really haven’t browsed their site too much, but it’s nice of them to think of me, especially since I’m not an electrical engineer by training. So thanks EEWeb!
It’s been a really cool adventure blogging about all of my projects. I really appreciate all those that take time out of their day to read about whatever craziness I’ve been working on. Even crazier is that it’s led to some other cool writing gigs, which you can read about in the… about section.
I’ve got a few posts that I’ve been working on/thinking about doing here. However, if you’d like to see some more of my writing, be sure to check out my other site, DIYTripods.com. It’s similar to this, but focused on DIY photography stuff.
Sure, there have been a lot of write-ups here on how to set up a little Zen Toolworks CNC router, but for heavier work, it’s great to have a little milling machine in the shop. As readers may recall, Jeremy constructed a PVC man using 1/2 inch PVC pipe and EL wire a few months ago. It may have been designed to be a prop, and used for such useless amusements as stop-motion videos, but I decided to put it to work instead.
PVC man never complains, because his mouth is made out of EL wire, but simply works whether day or night as shown in the pictures after the “read more.” Some might call this treatment “sweat shop” conditions. Fortunately, there is no water inside of PVC man, so “sweaty pipes” are not an issue.
If you’d like to build your own PVC man, check out these instructions. I’ve been thinking of building an army of them, but the soft gloves with no fingers in them that it uses for hands may be an issue when wielding a weapon. Perhaps the tubing that is used for arms can be sharpened into a pointy hand-spear.
I took these photos with my Canon DSLR (Amazon) so I could control the light levels. As you can see, I’m still learning. Jeremy’s been doing and featuring all kinds of camera experiments at his other site, DIYTripods.com. Be sure to check that out for more hackish camera projects, or better yet submit your own stuff to be featured!
While building up my single speed bike, one thing that I was missing was new grips for my handlebar. Although I could have ordered some, there’s not really a local bike shop that is close to me. Instead, I decided to cut down some blank pieces of wood and make my own.
I had blanks left over from some of my lathe projects, and Read more »