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Need Your Advice: Crashed P3A, Rebuild? Or Purchase New?

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by Scott H, Dec 14, 2015.

  1. Scott H

    Oct 28, 2015
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    Lake Placid, FL
    So after 300+ incident-free, joyous flights, one of my props came loose and caused my P3A to come crashing down from a routine, leisurely, 150' orbit. The body/landing gear was surprisingly undamaged - not even a crack; motors are fine. Primary damage was to the gimbal (and three props). The camera lens is fine.

    My question is from the financial standpoint. Should I consider purchasing individual replacement parts at retail price? Or, would it make more sense to purchase a new, identical P3 and then sell remaining parts from the crashed P3 to recoup as much of the re-purchase cost as possible?

    I might be subconsciously longing for an Inspire 1 and looking for the best excuse. haha Realistically, however, I'm most interested in the wisdom of the guru's on this siteā€¦and you know who you are.

    THANKS in advance for your comments, suggestions and insight!
  2. Gantech

    Jul 29, 2015
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    Having lots of crash experience with other drones (walkera 350 flipped and augered in on maiden flight) if the damage as you say Is gimble and 3 props I'd fix the bird.
  3. L.Chaney

    Jun 6, 2015
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    You can get the gimbal fixed with 3D printed parts and save hundreds of dollars. That is the route I am taking. Hopefully it will be about good as new.
  4. 70-K5

    Dec 14, 2015
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    I decided to fix mine. Even with a new body they are very easy to work on if you have the tiny tools.
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