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Working On The x5c:
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MikeK
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May 26, 2015 - 2:26 pm
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One rotor of my brand new x5c stopped spinning after about twenty collective minutes of flying time.  While waiting for the motors I ordered to arrive I decided to take the bird apart and have a look at what's inside.  What I found is removing the twenty-four tiny screws that hold the two body halves tightly together is probably the hardest part of any repair effort where this exceptional little quadcopter is concerned.

Lucky for me I watched a few YouTube videos and asked some basic questions because attempting to work on the x5c (and many other smaller copters, I'll assume) without a magnetic #00 Philips screwdriver would be like swimming with boxing gloves on.  Some of the little screws have been properly installed and they withdraw nicely, but a few quite obviously were installed by a careless and/or overly forceful assembler who managed to strip out the plastic threads they are seated in.  And because twenty of the twenty-four tiny screws are deeply seated in recessed holes the stripped-out ones would require a neurosurgeon's tweezer to remove.  

So after removing all the properly installed screws I made sure those which remained embedded were sufficiently stripped to offer zero resistance when pulling the body halves apart -- and they didn't.  

 

PS: For the benefit of those who don't know, an ordinary screwdriver, such as the one that comes with the x5c (and others), can easily be magnetized by firmly brushing the blade across a reasonably powerful magnet about six times.  

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Redfive
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May 26, 2015 - 3:20 pm

Great tip Mike

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MikeK
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May 27, 2015 - 12:50 pm
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Redfive said
Great tip Mike

Something I forgot to mention:

Before beginning to disassemble the x5c use a fine point marking pen to ensure proper replacement of the rotor blades when reassembling the body.  Mark the underside of each arm of the heli and put the same mark on its corresponding rotor blade.  E.g., mark the front right arm as "FR" and similarly mark its rotor blade.  Mark the front left arm and blade as "FL," and so on.

I found this advice on a YouTube video and I'm very glad I did, because I would have been in trouble if I hadn't as it is critically important to properly replace the blades.  

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Thanks Mike, great help to all

"Fly like a butterfly sting like a Syma" http://syma107.com

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Same is true on the S111

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