Okay.....So I have a 3DR Solo and it is a very costly bird to have scratched up.....(I usually take off and land on a gravel road or on short prairie grass). Completely forgetting about leg extenders, I start surfing the net the to try and find something I could use to land (and take off) my piece of fine engineering on. After having completely wasted a good 10 days on doing so, it suddenly occurred to me.....just make one.....wouldn't it be so much easier?.
So here we go!
- Drill bits (depending on what screws you used)
- Table or Circular Saw
- Belt Sander (you can hand sand it but it makes it easier)
- Palm Sander (again, you can hand sand it if you want, but one these makes it light work)
- 1/2" or 3/4" plywood (you will be cutting it to 19" x 19"......I used 1/2" plywood)
- 12" of 2 x 2
- 12 wood screws
- Black spray paint
- White, green, and grey plastic sticky letters
- 19 x 19 Clear Lexan Sheet
Step 1: Cut Your 2 X 2's and Plywood
Cut the 12" piece of 2 x 2 in to 3" lengths. You should end up with four of them and they will be your leg posts. Now cut your sheet of plywood into a 19" x 19" square. I only thought about doing an Instructible AFTER I made this so please bear with me!!!!
Step 2: Fastening the Legs
So now you measure an inch from side so it is centered with the corner. Once you have marked where your 2 x 2 should be on the corner you can now drill a pilot hole and use your wood screws to fasten the legs to the plywood.
Step 3: Sanding
You can do this part by hand or with a palm sander. All you have to do is just sand down the surface for painting and give the corners and edges a smooth over.
Step 4: Painting
Now you have to give it a good coat of black spray paint. Make sure it is evenly coated and you may have to do a second coating
Step 5: Sticking on Your Logos
I got the sticky letters at a trade show some where, so you may have to do your letters with paint.....im not the best artist with paint so I used these. In any case you will still have to center the lettering/logos.
Step 6: Fastening the Lexan Sheet
I haven't actually done this yet. The only reason that I am doing it is because there is so much downdraft. This prevents the lettering/logos flying off. (of course you don't have to do this if you have painted your lettering). To fasten it to the plywood drill 4 pilot holes and counter sink them for a even surface.
Step 7: You're Done.... Happy Days:)
I hope you like this....its my first Instructible...
I'm open to any changes you would like to see or any criticism......any way you think it could be made better.
And I will post some pics of the final product when I finish it (it'll probably be sometime in the late future).