Packing a CS8 w/360 Gimbal

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  1. Josh Lambeth

    Josh Lambeth Well-Known Member

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    Just thought I would post this. I tore my CS8 down this morning to fly back to Phoenix and did a timelapse of it. If you pack it right you can fit the whole system in a Pelican Case 1620.



    Josh
     
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  2. Tabb Firchau

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    Awesome job fitting that all in a 1620!
     
  3. Ed Tan

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    Hey thats awesome! =D now u gave me an idea.. hahah
     
  4. Josh Lambeth

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    Thanks! It took almost 3 hours of planning and pulling foam out to make it all fit... I didn't want to have to take two large pelican cases on flights with me.

    Josh
     
  5. Ziv Marom

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    Nice!! you fly with the lipos with you on the plane, right? (thats what i do, but dont think you can carry more than 4 or 5..)
    how many lipos are you flying with?

    cheers,
    Ziv.
    http://www.zminteractive.com
     
  6. Josh Lambeth

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    I do carry them on with me. I actually take my entire live-view setup with me which has the foam plucked out for 4 flight batteries (6200mAh 4s) 2 gimbal batteries (1200mAh 3s) and 4 camera batteries for the 5DMKII for a grand total of 10 batteries in 1 case.

    Josh
     
  7. Would you happen to know how much the 1620 with the entire CS8 disassembled inside weighs?
     
  8. Josh Lambeth

    Josh Lambeth Well-Known Member

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    Mine weighs in about 48lbs. I also pack some tools in the same case since I can't carry those on.
     
  9. Okay, I see. I believe the 1620 case itself is quite heavy. So then, I assume you only have around 24 pounds of equipment inside?

    Also, what is the smallest sized boxed that a complete CS8 kit can fit in? After building mine within the next two months, I'm going to need to get it to Réunion, which is a small island 11,470 miles away in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Madagascar. I've been researching shipping rates and so far, I'm just a little tiny bit terrified by the amount that it'll cost to get it there. (UPS and FedEx gave me quotes of $4,500 to $5,000... One-way.)
     
  10. Jonathan Lederer

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    First off, that video was friggin' awesome. Amazing that you were able to get it all to fit so neatly like that. Is it really necessary to break it down thus far in order for the machine to be within the appropriate dimensions to fly with it without a surcharge? Anyone else with direct experience have any better optimized, yet still within regulations, method involving a more minimal disassembly at the sacrifice of an extra case or two? Is there no way to ship it assembled? (I mean, is it technically possible for a price, or is one box that encloses the entire machine without disassembly simply beyond what the airlines are able to maneuver through their baggage system?)


    @Brian
    Better off probably to simply find an address there that can accept packages with signature and simply have the setup you know you will want one you get there and just have the brand new components there, and it's only probably 30-45 (ok, fine, an hour or two) difference between building one from scratch and assembling 75% from the disassembly shown here. If its such a remote location, certainly someone oh is a local who sees it will want to purchase it if you demo it properly and don't crash, so you also eliminate (both there and back) the possibility of having a leg of your trip have some weird regulatory restriction on remote controlled ANYTHING -- this happened not too long ago when, I think en route to India, a fellow hobbyist's broken down for traveling single rotor model heli was denied due to a general restriction applying to all things remote controlled
    that fly. I saw t on DiYDrones.com a while ago -- maybe someone here has a link to the story.

    Anyway, have a nice day and an even better weekend to all who read this!! Fly safely and smartly since nobody knows, evidently, exactly what the insurance companies (for those who even tried to be smart and cover themselves) will do in the inevitable event that someone tries to apply coverage while just tinkering on a city street, etc. I've been losing sleep over this very subject lately, as I just dont believe that once the carrier realizes circumstances, that nearly (if) anyone's actions while flying these machines will be backed by the policies they believe are there to protect them. It sucks to say, but I've dealt with insurance carriers intimately in the past couple years since a major auto accident, it is my belief that when a time comes where the policy limits are in demand due to a mishap, these insurance carriers will sooner throw their supposed "insured" under the bus before coughing up the dough like they should. They will spend money their clients are not willing to in order to find a way out of paying -- leaving those who thought they had their backs covered to shoulder all of the claims personally. This is what keys me up at night folks, I'm sorry I had to end my message this way but I cannot help but try to get the warning out there to pleeeeaaasse use good judgement, proper maintenance, and an extra margin of safety when flying these. it's so easy to become complacent, especially if you've been doing this without ever an incident for a very long time. You gotta really stay on top if it as though your good track record does not make a difference, because ultimately you are only as good as your last successful flight. The excuse, "I've done this hundreds of times, and this is the first time I've lost control and caused a car accident!" only makes you look like more of a danger -- just on who's been fortunate enough not to have been cited before the dreaded "incident" (hopefully this will never come to be, god willing).

    As i write this, there area few adages that come to mind, and despite their possible cheese factor, I'm gonna go with my gut and post 'em here anyway:


    "hope for the best, but prepare for the worst"
    "an ounce of maintenance is often worth more than a pound of cure"
    "there are those who learn from the mistakes of others...and then there are the others"

    Wishing you all will have a wonderful weekend full of great weather, lots of flying, and no "incidents" to speak of post-flight!!!!
     
  11. Bryan Harvey

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    cool video Josh,
    I'm wondering if you ever get sick of breaking down and rebuilding your machine for travel shoots? Most any production will pay oversize/excess bag fees without question. This ATA type case is oversize and overweight, but would it be attractive to be able to just attach the gimbal and be ready to fly? I have not had to do it yet, but to me it seems a huge pain to do the full breakdown - but maybe not?


     

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  12. Duane Bradley

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    Hey Josh,

    Do you mind doing the rest of us a huge favor and posting some good quality photos or video of how you've done your pick and pull foam? Might save the rest of us having so scratch our heads and pondering for hours how to fit a CS+ gimbal in that case.

    My camera store just put our Pelicans down 25% for Christmas sales. Time to stock up on Tx sized and lipo carrying Pelicans!! Plus no better time to buy that 1620 than now!
     
  13. Josh Lambeth

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    I could probably do that. I have no idea if my larger then before copter will fit in the case now anyway!

    Josh
     
  14. Duane Bradley

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    Well if the it's all just sitting there, I'd just offer to buy it but I don't want to even guess what shipping of that case would work out to. Maybe I can buy just the pick and pull. Sure would save me a whack of trouble and time.
     
  15. Richard Dobson

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    I found a manafacturer that can make this custom CS8 case for $1000 each if I have 10 made. Any interest?

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  16. Gary Haynes

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    Richard, that is piece of beauty.
     
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    where can i get some foam that is good to form ,someone that know were i can buy some for my suitecase??
    i will make a suitecase for my battery and i need good foam how keep the battery stil in it
     
  18. Sam Slape

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    Josh if you could post some pics of your 1620 I'd like to copy your foam pick'n'pluck job on my 1620
     
  19. Patrick Weeden

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    Hi Richard, I am keen for one ( I live in Australia though). Let me know if you get enough people who are interested. Thank you
     

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