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humboldt710
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I painted my P2 recently and wanted to show it off. It didn't come out perfect, but I think it came out ok. It added about 10 grams.




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Phantom 2w/H3-3D gimbal & GoPro Hero3+, 600mw 5.8vtx w/VAS BB Ultra, LargeSkids
Phantom 2 w/600tvl, 600mw 5.8vtx w/VAS BB Ultra, V2ESC's, MultiStar 2212 Motors, Custom Wood Skids
Lumenier QAV250 Carbon on 4S, Cobra 2204/1960Motors, KISS 18a ESC's, Aero Guard, CF Camera Mount, CC3D, FrSkyD4R-II, Mobius
Hubsan X4 Stock mini racer, Hubsan X4107D Non FPV(now) racer project, Taranis X9D w/external Antenna &2200mah lipo, Dominator V2's w/goggle mod


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2015-1-6
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sean.moore.esq
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Why did you paint it ?
2015-1-7
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Humboldt710
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Because I bought a new shell and figured why not.
2015-1-7
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sean.moore.esq
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That's fair enough, I've often wondered why folks spend time and money making them even harder to keep visual track of.
2015-1-7
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momochi
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White seems to vanish quickly in the sky. How is yours with the new paint job?
2015-1-7
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drone
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momochi Posted at 2015-1-7 18:36
White seems to vanish quickly in the sky. How is yours with the new paint job?

I painted mine black for the same reason. It is so much easier to see it during the day, especially if it is cloudy.



2015-1-7
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gsp171
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nice work, I want to paint mine too
2015-1-7
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anthony
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Does anyone have thoughts about darker colors and heat during the summer?  With the ESC issues, I'm wondering if the color could matter.
2015-1-7
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birdfolk
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Newly painted.
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talk2t_c
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I was thinking of painting mine in my clan tartan, but I can't find the paint.
2015-1-7
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momochi
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WOW! You look very heavy on weight with all that. How is your battery life?
2015-1-7
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birdfolk
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momochi Posted at 2015-1-7 23:52
WOW! You look very heavy on weight with all that. How is your battery life?

Well, the paint is new... so I don't know how it will affect battery life, yet. I'm hoping I'll have time to make and eat a ham sammich while flying it.
2015-1-7
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leostrat_54
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Black is much more visible of course! Nice job.  Another reason to paint is to make it personalized.  Very nice.  
2015-1-7
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drone
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anthony@midmore Posted at 2015-1-7 21:15
Does anyone have thoughts about darker colors and heat during the summer?  With the ESC issues, I'm  ...

You bring up a point I had not actually considered when I painted it. The Phantoms operating temp is from 32 to 104 degrees. But after thinking about this I'm not so worried about external temps as much as the ambient internal temps generated by components. Specifically I'm not worried about solar heating as the bird will be moving and the air flow over shell should negate most the solar heating effects due to the black paint. I hope I am right, guess I will find out this summer. Maybe that is why DJI only makes the Phantom in white.
2015-1-7
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markus2015
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Also, like drone pointed out on a previous post, make sure that the paint is non-metallic. It might not make a difference, but I wouln't take the risk.
2015-1-7
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kjkisatsky
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Yeah, I was wondering how that paint might disrupt GPS signals.  Looks cool though.  A little sinister.
2015-1-7
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markus2015
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kjkisatsky@comc Posted at 2015-1-8 01:37
Yeah, I was wondering how that paint might disrupt GPS signals.  Looks cool though.  A little sinist ...

I've also open a thread to this. It seems not to make a difference.

http://forum.dji.com/forum.php?m ... age%3D1&lang=en
2015-1-7
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P5ULK
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i love the black look of the Phantom....
2015-1-7
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rann4u
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Nice look!! are those usb flashlights on landing gear?
2015-1-7
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drone
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No, they where made for the Phantom 1.  I had to cut the connectors off to make them work on the Phantom 2 Vision+ They are really bright.





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TheRann4u
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Nice and Bright!!!
2015-1-8
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drone
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They're gone. I replaced them with these.


The old ones weighed 32g each the new ones weigh 20g total. The new ones are held on with velco so they are easy on/off. They already saved my butt when I was flying in the fog. I  know not real smart, and I won't do that again.
2015-1-17
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TheRann4u
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Light up the new ones, lets us see!
2015-1-18
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drone
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TheRann4u Posted at 2015-1-19 02:48
Light up the new ones, lets us see!

I'll try to get one in flight:
2015-1-18
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drone
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I would not fly in this config as it weighs about 1460g. If the camera was off maybe. There are extra power connectors in the lets so I put both sets of lights on just for fun. When my Quickrelease shows up and is installed I'll have to see what it really weighs without the camera.

2015-1-18
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TheRann4u
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Those lights look Good. Black paint job...stealth!!!
2015-1-18
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jarek33.email
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drone@jatobserv Posted at 2015-1-7 19:58
I painted mine black for the same reason. It is so much easier to see it during the day, especiall ...

what is that strapped on the landing gear?
2015-1-19
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jarek33.email
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lol i found the answer when i scrolled down
2015-1-19
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Capt. Bill
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There are many decals sold for the phantom

https://www.google.com/search?q= ... amp;ved=0CAcQ_AUoAg
2015-1-19
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Javeee
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sean.moore.esq@ Posted at 2015-1-7 17:48
That's fair enough, I've often wondered why folks spend time and money making them even harder to ke ...

Surely you can't think a color other than white would make it harder to see against a background of clouds that are white?
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sean.moore.esq.
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ah yes, how silly of me, I forgot that the sky and clouds are always white
2015-1-19
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