hot glue the undercarriage


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Hello community. I am from New Zealand. Starting a fantastic new hobby. Of. Flying drones? Had to go yesterday. And keep crash landing. And felt. The undercarriage would break it ok to hot glue the undercarriage? a syma z5w
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The undercarriage would break it ok to hot glue the undercarriage? a syma z5w

Welcome from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, USA.

Since you live in New Zealand, there are specific laws and rules for you to follow, please check to ensure these are current.

As for Hot glueing the undercarriage, it all depends if it is a stress point. I would suggest you hold your drone in your hand but not so that you are holding the cracked parts together and power it up. What you are looking for is if the cracks in the undercarriage open up. If they do, it changes the dynamics of how your drone flies and it is not safe and may fail and injure someone or cause damage. If it does not affect the undercarriage and the part does not distort, it probably should be OK to hot glue it. But be carful, you can melt the plastic very easily. I would also try to attach a patch over the crack, like a bit of linen and run the hot glue over that too.

But quite honestly, I recommend you buy a new one, rather than risk hurting someone… they run about $40 US or $65 NZ.

So, whether you fix the old one or buy a new one, here is some Good Old Fashion Advice…

You paid a lot of money for that Drone, put your phone number on it. If your drone gets lost or stuck in a tree and it finally comes down when you are not around, give the finders an opportunity to contact you so it can be returned.

Now, for the Fun Part, But do not let the excitement of the moment get the best of you. When you are going out to fly, do it slowly and deliberately. Get used to a set procedure and even practice it.

There are so many things I could write but these are the highlights that I feel need mentioning.

Plug in your phone/tablet into your controller; turn on the Controller and DJI Fly App (if it does not start on its own…). On the Drone, open the front legs, then open the back legs, and then remove the Gimbal Cover.

The Gimbal is the most delicate item on the Drone and banging or bumping can damage it. I also fastened a short "Remove Before Flight" ribbon to the cover so it's more noticeable and I do not forget to remove it…

Turn on the drone and watch it come to "life." Watching the Gimbal go through its self-check is almost like watching a puppy or kitten opening its eyes for the first time…

Place the drone down (preferably on a Landing Pad) while it finishes its self-test (collecting satellites, etc…).

Check your battery status (Phone, Drone, and Controller), check the Signal Strength, by now the Controller should have reported it updated the Home Point.

Lift off, 6 feet (2-meters) or so, hover a bit, check the controls (move the drone a bit forward, back, left, right, yaw left and right). By now, your Controller will probably report again, "Home point Updated."

If you go out in a rush and race thru your start up and take off before the drone has finished it prep, it may update its Home Point over that pond or that old tree you are flying over and in your excitement, you'll fly the drone long past it Low Battery point and when it engages Return to Home and lands in the pond or in a tree; it will be all on you…

Now go have fun, learn to fly the drone by sight before you try to fly it out a distance depending on the video feed, FPV.

I would also advise you to use YouTube and watch a lot of the Videos on flying and setting up the Drone. When it is too dark, too cold, or too wet, you can "fly it vicariously" through YouTube. Also watch some of the Blooper Drone Videos and learn how not to fly your "New Baby."

Fly On and Fly Safe…
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Greetings from Birmingham Alabama USA, welcome to the forum! We look forward to hearing from you!
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