Drones these days are “all the buzz.” Eight are typically flown at our local club, and after watching them fly
for a while, I got interested.
I enjoy photography, and such
an aircraft could enable me
to take video and stills from a
different viewpoint. I bought a
Phantom and began to fly it with
that in mind. The way it performed
its magical flight was marvelous.
I kept it in the back of my van for a
couple of weeks, and I began to think
this little fella needed a home. A sudden
stop might propel it into unwanted flight
into the back of the front seat. I looked online to see
what cases were available.
What I found was expensive—more than I wanted to pay.
It was then that I began to think of building my own case
and what it would look like. I wanted a case large enough to
house the Phantom and everything related to it such as extra
batteries, a FlySight Black Pearl screen for FPV flying, a sun
shield, extra propellers, antennas, and other related equipment.
After carefully measuring the Phantom, I determined a size
of 15 x 15. 5 x 9. 5 inches high would be perfect.
I ventured to Home Depot and found a 2 x 4-foot piece of
1/4-inch plywood. It was not the type of wood with the wild
grain—it was furniture grade with a good surface finish. While
there, I also purchased a 1 x 4 x 6-foot pine board. This is all
of the wood that is required to build my case—not bad for
slightly more than $13.
A Perfect Size
Back in the shop, I laid out the parts required to build the
case on the plywood—the sides, top, and bottom, and the sides
for the top. I figured I would have to make another trip to
Home Depot for more wood.
When the layout was complete, I couldn’t believe my eyes.
Bingo! That sheet of plywood was the perfect size for all of the
parts required, with little useable waste! The good Lord was
looking down on me.
You will need a table saw to cut out the parts. If you don’t
have a saw, seek out a friend who has one and have him or
her help you. After the parts are cut out, you are ready for the
by Jerry Smith
Photos by the author
In one or two evenings, create
the perfect carrying case
for your DJI Phantom
HM1 Model Aviation DECEMBER 2015