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Posted by Lafayette | Oct 10, 2015 @ 12:16 AM | 4,606 Views
Finally ordered some foam, and bought a weather shield Ziploc box at Walmart. The lid Has a seal to to lock humidity, water out.
Box is strong with reinforced lid, not flimsy.

Ziploc Box: $12
Foam : $ 16.49 and Free shipping

Purchase this foam package:
4 layers Pre-cut cubed foam and egg crate foam lid.

Case will hold:

- P3 with battery
- 2 extra batteries
- RC Transmitter & USB cable
- 2 sets of propellers (8 props total)
- Motor wrench and replacement accessories
- Nexus 7 II tablet
- Extra SD card
-Case with 4 ND filters from TACO
- Cleaning kit with anti static retractable brush, Alcohol and ammonia
free screen cleaner, Microfiber cloth,
- Enough space left to hold 2 more batteries or other items, like DJI
charger and cable, Dominator goggles, etc...

I dug out the bottom for the props, and used a a layer of single cubes placed flat on the bottom.
Cavity for props extends on both ends.

All component and P3 are about 1/2 inch below the top of the upper layer. Then egg crate goes on top.
Without the egg crate on top, I can hold the box upside down and everything stays in place securely.

Note: I put the props on the bottom, so there is no compression that could deform the props.

And that is my Phantom 3 weatherproof case. I also purchased 2 yards of heavy duty rubberized cloth, to make a backpack with straps for the case.
I will update when...Continue Reading
Posted by Lafayette | Aug 31, 2015 @ 08:57 AM | 4,700 Views
I have been noticing some flare ups, and reflections in pics and video, which I am convinced are due to reflections in the lenses. I decided to make a super light weight hood for the P3 camera lens and check the difference. I have already noticed a big change when viewing on my tablet with an external light source. Will do more tests outdoors... Also it will not hit the ground if powered up on a flat surface. This one is for static shots with little or no fast forward movement. Others comming up for faster forward flight.
For lots of info on the P3 series visit:
Posted by Lafayette | Aug 10, 2015 @ 11:41 AM | 5,605 Views
Everyone has problems with tablets overheating when running the DJI pilot app. Suffice to say that it it is not good for performance but will probably shorten the battery life of your tablet.
Until the app is streamlined and overheating is resolved, here is something simple any one can make. I hope this will help you.
Notice the space between the back of the tablet and the holder

Tablets generally have a large flat battery located on the back of the tablet occupying most of the back surface of the tablet.
The DJI P3 tablet holder holder, with the foam padding acts like heat capacitor, and stores the heat preventing proper cooling.
It is like having a 10 square inch heater on the back of your tablet. Not good...
You can do what I have done easily. Did this on a whim. a while back,
Did this with what I had on hand around the house. Instead of a zip ties you could use velcro.
Just 2 pieces of aluminium channel from Lowes cut from a leftover piece, and foam I had laying around . No fans but it makes a big difference.
Posted by Lafayette | Feb 12, 2012 @ 08:36 PM | 10,643 Views
Make your cabon spar or fuse like the slowstick super strong and if broken stonger than new, on the cheap, works fantastic. Save the $ spent on a new carbon tube for more props or something!!!
Posted by Lafayette | Feb 04, 2012 @ 03:38 AM | 10,829 Views
A $4 wing that happened without any planning! No plans needed.
For more info go to the build thread:

"Z-WINGGIT" AP/FPV wing By "Lafayette" Part 1 (3 min 31 sec)

Posted by Lafayette | Feb 02, 2012 @ 12:07 PM | 14,415 Views
Here is a simple tail mod TAIL MOD ASSEMBLY, pics and instructions by Lafayette.
I work with a whole bunch of kids, and this one too will be in their hands and hopefully our first FPV platform. SO, make it strong!!!

Got my plane from Readymaderc, best place, best price, quick shipping, and the best customer service I have experienced. Also it is V1 which has the control rods out of the fuse with the max space inside.


-1 drill bit 9/64th
-1 drill bit3/8th
-1 drill bit 5/16th

NOTE: *the 9/64 drill bit is the exact size of the nylon bolt used, the 3/8 is the exact diameter to enlarge the tail well to accommodate the head of the nylon bolt.
The 5/16 is the exact size for the well nut to fit in the vertical stab.
I recommend using an assortment of bits, starting with smaller than needed to progressively drill the foam to the desired size and prevent taking out chunks of foam and allow for corrections to drill straight and true.
This type foam has a tendency to come out on little beads.

*If you want to, you may glue the tail surface to the fuse. However, I came up with a very easy solution. This will allow for a quick and secure way to put the tail together and take it apart for transport.
*The whole aircraft will fit in its convenient original box for transport. See Transport box mods later in this manual.

# 1- Look on the bottom of the...Continue Reading
Posted by Lafayette | Dec 28, 2011 @ 02:04 PM | 16,826 Views
Hello alll.
I wanted to share a couple of movies, aviation related.
I think it would be great to start a post and put up links to what is available out there for free. I also have full length military and other movies on my youtube channel:
you will find an extensive collection of other clips under the playlist almost 200 videos "Aviation History videos"


So I will start with :

1- Aces High- WW1 SE5, SPAD, ETC

2-The First of the Few
Full length feature drama about Supermarine and the war. Contains actual Supermarine footage not available anywhere else.
The First of the Few, known as Spitfire in the United States, is a 1942 British film directed by and starring Leslie Howard as R.J. Mitchell, the designer of the Supermarine Spitfire, alongside co-star David Niven


I want one!!!

Posted by Lafayette | Aug 12, 2011 @ 05:31 AM | 12,078 Views
Amazing, beautiful!
Very impressive...
If one of you kits one let me know!!!
Just kidding!

A robot that flies like a bird (6 min 20 sec)

Posted by Lafayette | Feb 08, 2011 @ 07:22 AM | 13,597 Views
Dragon Rapide my father owned way back and on which I did my first solo flight when I was 15. Flew so stable, gentle, majestic, with a classic De Havilland tail, simply a beautiful aircraft. Before he sold it, BIG MISTAKE, and the registration was changed to F-AZCA, it was the F-BGON and was all white.
These were the days, wonderful memories...
de Havilland biplane Airliners - 2007 (6 min 48 sec)

Dragon Rapide flight (7 min 33 sec)
...Continue Reading
Posted by Lafayette | Jan 27, 2011 @ 11:02 PM | 15,043 Views
Hello all,
I have noticed that the lens swap on the Gopro is a hot topic.
For those like me who are not ready to take apart their precious Gopro , here is something that can be used to correct the distortion in still pictures.
I am sure many already know about this, but I am sure a few will be happy to use this free program.
As for video, 1080 makes it better than 720, but I admit the new lens seems to work very well.
Here is a side by side comparaison of a pic undistorted with the free GML undistorter as well as edited using the free "" software.

Free GML Image Undistorter:


Posted by Lafayette | Jan 08, 2011 @ 04:14 AM | 14,739 Views
My slowstick has more lives than a dozen cats!
Yep, I have to put the winglets back on, it made a big difference.
New motor mount and gear/camera mount for the GOpro HD.
All for 3 bucks!
Poplar stick $o.99
Aluminum piece $1.99
Glue we all have some!
Formica: Free Lowes samples!
Fun factor: priceless

GWS Slow stick $3 AP upgrade for GOPRO HD.wmv (3 min 17 sec)

Posted by Lafayette | Jan 06, 2011 @ 12:06 PM | 13,943 Views
Shot early am in the Blue Ridge NC. 20 degrees, crisp!
The light changes by the minute, and all turns to gold for a moment.
Even better in real life.
Of course I had to give credit where it is due, for this wonderful music.
Fields of gold (5 min 30 sec)

Posted by Lafayette | Aug 01, 2010 @ 01:21 AM | 16,402 Views
"The SeeBee amphibious AP plane" by Lafayette.
Build for the Gopro.

PART #7 POSTED JAN 8 2011click this link!

At this stage, part 6, The aircraft will carry the weight of a DLSR or small camcoder. The fuse and float were tested in water with 40 ounces of weight, no problem. My goal was to carry 2 cameras to shoot video and still pics at one time.

Build log posted here:

Info On building the Hot Wire Router, as well as the gravity hot wire cutting table.
You can build both of them in 3 to 4 hours.

Construction pics and videos posted and updated as work progresses.
Check it out!

Part #7 now Posted.
Posted by Lafayette | Jul 29, 2010 @ 10:07 AM | 17,398 Views
How small is your flying field and how hard is it to t/o or land there???

I thought I would start a thread where all can post their backyard runways or other tight spots they fly in and out of!

Post your videos here.

This should be fun, let's see where you fly!
Bloopers welcome!

I'll post the first video:
Small flying field.wmv (3 min 1 sec)

Posted by Lafayette | Jul 04, 2010 @ 11:05 PM | 17,207 Views
Joe pilot wanted to fly and celebrate July 4 th... With a broken arm and leg It might not have been the best idea, but...stuborn Joe wanted to go!!!
Live band, walkie talkies, wireless microphones, radios, a smorgasborg of radio waves and interference...
Joe still wanted to go... So: here it is!!!

Incredible pilot Joe Pilot 4th of July flight (6 min 38 sec)

Posted by Lafayette | Jun 30, 2010 @ 10:25 PM | 17,888 Views
Another episode of: "The Adventures of Joe Pilot" and his beloved Slowstick.
Started a routine flight and the mission was simple, take aerial reconaissance photos of the river banks and surrounding, fly and inspect for hostiles under a couple of bridges. Not an impossible mission, but....
Watch on 480p and turn the sound up!
My arms and legs are pink with calamine lotion!!!
Watch and you will find out why!
We had to drive 2 miles to find a bridge to cross the river and find a path on top of the hill that would bring us back near where Joe Pilot crashed...Did not have the 4 wheel drive but the dodge with a v6 did fine!
Almost 1hr1/2 trecking through dense woods with the ground covered with poison ivy, and wearing shorts!!!
My kid had long pants on!!!

If you live in or near the woods, DO NOT BUY A GREEN AIRPLANE!
Mine is red and it made the difference in spoting it in the end. I turned on my radio occasionally and gave it throttle to try and listen to engine noise. It broke the apc prop but allowed the motor to spin and my kid could hear it: yes papa its right up the hill...2 minutes later yes papa its right down there by the river!!!
I finally homed in on where it could possibly have landed, and expected to find Joe Pilot a least 30 feet up in a tree... Lucky for Joe we could reach and save him and his plane!!!

Visit my blog to watch the 1st episode: Snakes On The Plane"...


Incredible pilot JOE PILOT Mission Impossibe.wmv (6 min 25 sec)

Posted by Lafayette | Jun 26, 2010 @ 05:08 PM | 17,183 Views
My kid bugged me to make a movie with his Gi Joes so there it is!
Incredible pilot makes it! JOE PILOT Snakes On The Plane.wmv (7 min 56 sec)

Posted by Lafayette | Jun 22, 2010 @ 12:00 PM | 17,697 Views

May be I'll get a couple and strap on a mini cam! Saves on batteries and less crashes!!!
FPV with a pigeon???
The return home feature is always on!