Working in an aviation field I was very interested in drones when they first because available to the public, but I could never bring myself to buy one because I didn’t really have a purpose for it. Not too long ago I decided I found a reason to buy one, for fun! So for my 28th birthday, and after months of research onto the different models and types, I bought a 3DR Solo Drone!
It cost much more than I would ever want Emilee to spend on me, so I figured I would just get it myself! I found multiple places online and brick and mortar selling it, and ultimately found the best deal through best buy.
I quickly realized that if I was going to do much flying I needed a decent carrying case. It’s simple to buy one, but after spending so much money on the drone I just couldn’t spend another $150 on a good case, especially when it seems like something so easy to make. So like many campers and travelers, I figured I would do a DIY case, and share with you how I did it step by step!
I had seen a couple done online, but none close to what I was thinking. Some back story – When I was younger I worked for my Dad’s architectural company, building scale models. Using my past experience with foam and my skills with an exacto-knife I started working.
I went to a thrift store down the road and found a piece of luggage with nearly the exact measurements I calculated to carry the drone, two batteries, the remote, charging cables, and the tablet. It even had some extra zippered pouches to place the extra propellers.
Next I went to Lowe’s to buy the foam (Home Depot didn’t carry it in-store) . Most people would spend more money on craft foam meant for cases, but you spend enough money on that foam, you might as well just buy it pre-made. I wanted to see how cheap I could make it, so I bought insulation foam used for siding.
Step One: examine current drone case and make note on what you like and what you don’t, then throw away because you won’t need it after your amazing new DIY case is finished!
Step Two: measure and cut out rectangles you can then fine tune down to the exact measurements of the bag.
Step Three: realize this foam makes a mess and try to explain to your significant other that you’re sorry for the mess but you will clean everything up as soon as you are done.
Step Four: trace where you want everything placed on the top piece of foam so you can work your way down to smaller cuts in the foam to ensure a tight fit.
Step Five: cut the top layer and start making measurements on the next layer, and repeat until you have a rough fit
Step Six: glue the pieces of foam together and let dry
Step Seven: fine tune the details of the foam to make everything snug, but not too snug. This step takes the longest because it is very detailed work.
Step Eight: place the foam layers into the case you’re using.
Step Nine: accidentally break the entire foam block that you’ve worked days on perfecting.
Step Ten: buy drone case online
Moral of the story is that it always sounds great to build something for yourself, but even after years of experience with the material and days obsessing over how to build something yourself, sometimes it’s ok to just spend the money on something you’ll use. I also learned that if there aren’t many articles online on what I though would have been a common issue, there might be a reason!