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The standard landing skids on the DJI Phantom are too small for soft snow landing, so I designed some easy waterproof wide skids that can be made with some closed-cell packing foam.

Step 1: Find Some Packing Foam

This chunk of foam was just stored in a box waiting to be transformed into something useful.

Step 2: Form the Skids

Cut two long skid forms about 9in x 2in x 2in

Step 3: Shape the Skids

Using a sharp razor blade, cut the skids into a nice curved shape. Cut out a small slit on top for the landing gear to fit into. If the skid foam obstructs the camera, trim back at an angle to keep as large a footprint as possible.

Step 4: Attach the Skids

I used two cable zip ties to attach the foam skids to the landing gear. Now it will sit on top of the snow instead of sinking and getting stuck.

Enjoy!

Step 5:

<p>Cool! What kind of effects do you notice on how it flies? They must catch quite a bit more wind that way. Also, have you tested them on water?</p>
<p>Haven't tried them in high wind yet. In the water the skids will float, but not quite big enough to float the Phantom</p>

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