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Mark Cooper
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Had a fantastic time last night (yes night) flying my Microdrone.  Really was a lot of fun as we just kept practicing back, forth, side to side maneuvers.  I found that flying in the evening with just a street lamp nearby really enjoyable.  The little LED bulbs made it much clearer to see and know your orientation I felt.  The one area that I am struggling is when and if I maneuver the drone in a different orientation than facing me.  Is there any tricks to the trade from more experience drone pilots in regards to getting better? #MicrodroneTraining    If I turn the drone away from me or rotate I just seem to loose orientation with my stick movement on the controls.  All in all, this is a GREAT little drone and a whole lot of fun when it all works.  Thanks +Vernon Kerswell for an enjoyable experience.   I will get some video footage up sometime when I get more comfortable in the air.  Lol.... 
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How about Red for Rear and Blue (LEDS) for Back??
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What do you all think about this option for a possible #ArmReplacement ?   I have not measured the length of the aluminum arm but I am assuming that would need at least 2 to start with.  Just not sure how easy to remove and then re-attach the connectors?  Anyone tried yet?   Also does not list weight on this #CarbonTube   and that could be a major factor.  They may end up being heavier than the aluminum arms.  Any input?  And then there is the flex issue possibly?
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+Mark Cooper No worries, just didn't want the info to get lost. 
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Well on only my second time to fly this little gem, HOUSTON we have a BIG PROBLEM....   Took my son with me to a large open area that had just been mowed and soft grass all around to fly.  Charged up all my batteries and all was ready to go.   Everything linked up and all was looking good going back and forth and then side to side getting the hang of it eye height.  No camera yet...  Then when coming back down to land as 1st battery was about out we landed and SNAP....  One aluminum leg just snapped at the drone body.  WOW......   This is built extremely poorly in my opinion.  The aluminum arms are just TOO light weight to handle the motor housing and the weak spot is at the adjoining body.  See pics attached.  It is obvious.  This was plush soft grass we were landing on and not concrete and NO accidents yet.  It even broke the bumper spoke right at the joint with the motor.  Unbelievable!  After waiting since June and just receiving this past week, I am now completely broken and cannot enjoy.  My son just looked dazed and we packed up and headed home.   

Observations..... Aluminum hollow arms are WAY, WAY too light weight to handle the load of the motor housings out on the end.  Plastic bumper protector is made from too brittle of plastic.  

Suggestions to +Vernon Kerswell .....  You need to seriously look at the manufacturing process some more as this should not be happening this easily.  Just my opinion.  Quality control is NOT happening like you think it is.  I have been in RC hobby for the last 20 years and NEVER experienced anything like this before on only my second time using something.  I have flown planes, cars and RC sailboats.    

Not sure what to do now, as I want to enjoy this more as I have invested and still have not even broken out the camera nor used 3 of the batteries.   In addition, with the gimble coming in May...   Besides ordering replacement parts, which I feel will be the same.... any suggestions???  
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+Peter Janulf Hi, if you have a quick look in our community guidelines in the drop down menu you can find a link to the shop, use code FIXIT for 30% discount. 😊
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Oops.....  That was bad Chris.... 360 complete!  WOW!  Sorry.  8-)
  

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Italy and Wine August, 2013.
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Repairs & Fixes  - 
 
Happy to say replacement arm and bumpers arrived today and will be replacing later when time allows.  Hope to be back in the air today or first thing tomorrow if weather holds up.  Excited to try again!  We can only hope.  
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+Eric Peña   Surgery went well and I am happy to say that I am back in the air.  Unfortunately wind has been howling the last few days so just tried a few short flights indoors once again.  Also hooked up camera with NO issues and actually recorded something. (not to be seen by others however).  Lol....    Only other observation, which others have also noted, the cable is badly placed extending out of the drone body with battery right below.  I would have preferred the cable to be protruding out of another direction.  
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+Vernon Kerswell   Here is a close up shot of the break in question and you can clearly see that the weakness is due to the hole weakening the aluminum arm.  Hope this is helpful for future solutions.   It is right at the point where the aluminum arm goes into the body of the drone.
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Drone Shipping & Arrivals  - 
 
Received today via #USPS in Houston, TX.  It took 24 days to arrive once shipped.   Once it hit US soil, #USPS showed my tracking number and easy to follow along from Chicago to Houston, TX.  Everything very well packed and happy to report all enclosed as per my #Backerkit.  Already taken for a short flight in home with bumpers.  Go slow and get to know this little guy.  DO NOT overdo or over correct.  Get used to front, back, side to side.  Keep on SLOW mode till you get comfortable.  Will take outside this weekend for some enjoyment and more stretching of the legs.  GREAT JOB Vernon and team.    
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thanks man! I was on the 25th so I'll sit on my hands a while longer I guess. 
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Drone Shipping & Arrivals  - 
 
For those of you in the US and still waiting on drone from the first batch of 3000... I just was able to find my tracking number from #Backerkit show up on #USPS today. It arrived in Chicago yesterday and in transit.  I live in Houston, Texas and backed on June 17th,   Getting close!
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Follow up.... Arrived in Houston, TX on Feb.24th via USPS.  No issues and all safe and sound.  
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Great start, great race and great video Chris!  Good Sailing ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ _/)

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Sit back, relax and enjoy the smooth sultry sounds of "A Trace of Elegance". 
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    1982
  • Stephen F. Austin State University
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We just enjoyed 3 fantastic days with Italy and Wine, experiencing three different wine regions of Tuscany. Our Sommelier guides were very experienced and truly enhanced our knowledge and understanding of wine tasting. Vittorio worked with us as we planned our vacation to really get to know the regions. Visiting the unique individual wineries was amazing and getting to meet the wine makers personally was rewarding. We made some wonderful new friends and found some "Yummy" wines. It was a trip of a lifetime that will not be forgotten. We highly recommend Italy and Wine.
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We just enjoyed 3 fantastic days with Italy and Wine, experiencing three different wine regions of Tuscany. Our Sommelier guides were very experienced and truly enhanced our knowledge and understanding of wine tasting. Vittorio worked with us as we planned our vacation to really get to know the regions. Visiting the unique individual wineries was amazing and getting to meet the wine makers personally was rewarding. We made some wonderful new friends and found some "Yummy" wines. It was a trip of a lifetime that will not be forgotten. We highly recommend Italy and Wine. Thanks Vittorio Del Bono Venezze
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