So almost 2 weeks ago, I crashed my drone. Today I finished troubleshooting, recalibrating, and testing my rebuild. Test flight complete!

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Total teardown time: about 3 hours (including motor dismount).

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Bork bork bork

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GPS, main PCB, and front sensors out; camera and gimbal and still in.

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Everything out but the motors, new chassis ready to go.

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Motor swapping with the help of my awesome neighbor.

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Powered up, systems testing.

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Back in business, test flights complete!

In all, about 7 hours’ work, for a first-timer who knows his way around electronics a bit, but had never taken a drone apart before. The new OEM chassis came pre-wired for the motors and battery connection, which is HUGELY helpful, but getting the camera and gimbal back in was a real bitch, as was all the silicone glue they drop in there. In all, I cannot recommend breaking the arm on your drone. But if you do, and you can get the parts, I definitely would go the DIY repair route, as long as it’s not too far gone.

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