Lessons Learned: Inductrix FPV Teardown and Rebuild

On the Inductrix, especially for a novice flyer link myself, the most common damage piece is apparently the main frame which houses pretty much everything.  Now, thankfully for about $8 you can get a replacement part (and my local hobby shop stocks them).

The downside?  The damn thing is the main frame.  Everything – and I do mean everything – is attached to it.

Lesson 1: The Screwdriver & Work Space

So I got lucky here, as I’d just replaced my son’s Nintendo 2DS screen, and happened to have a precision screwdriver here.  For reference, that guide recommends a #000 Phillips screwdriver, and while I have no eartlhy clue if mine was the right one or not, I will say that likely the #000 is the one you want for this thing.

The next thing I will say you’ll need if tearing down the Inductrix is of course a good work area.  Honestly, until you get the board off I thing you’d do well to have a bit of white cloth to catch the tiny black screws.  And I do mean Tiny.  I also had foresight (and a six year old “helping”) so I ensured to use the plastic the thing came in, as well as a magnet to hold the screws.

Lesson 2: The Board

Now I’m regretting not taking pictures here, but I know in the course of learning about drones I’ve learned a bit about the parts.  The thing about microdrones is that they’re a LOT lighter on parts than their counterparts. It’s just four props, four motors, the main frame, the board, the camera, and the canopy.  That’s IT.

However – looking at the board, you can see some stuff.  I get the feel of the motor controls, I can see the antenna.  It’s a good feeling.

Lesson 3: Reassembling & Rotation

Well… this one was a hard lesson.  I knew the motors and props had to be an a specific orientation, and THOUGHT I did a good job of making notes, but… six year old helping.  Anyway.  I did not.  What I ended up with was a drone that would only flip over.

A few quick googles and I found this image:

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The above image shows the position of the clockwise & counter-clockwise motors. Sure enough, I’d set a clockwise motor in the wrong position.

Conclusion

The more I muck with this thing, I’m convinced that this really IS a great “off the shelf” FPV unit for indoor flights, aside from frame durability (more on that later).  It’s also a solid confidence builder, and I’m chomping at the bit to do more.

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A complete novice to electronics, drones, and pretty much all things RC with OCD has thrown himself head long into FPV freestyle and racing!

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