Cut four 15-inch pieces from the 1 x 4 plank. Place a piece between the
saw blade and the fence to get the proper measurement for the width
you need. You should be able to get four pieces from each 15-inch
piece. You will need 12 pieces, requiring three 15-inch pieces of plank.
Cut one piece from the extra remaining 15-inch piece to use for backing
the hinges and chest latches.
Glue a 3/4-inch square rail to both sides of a 15 x 15-inch plywood
piece using white glue. Make it flush with the edges and ends. Clamp
them in place. Now fit in a 3/4-inch square piece between the two
outside pieces, making them flush with the ends. Use clamps until
cured. This will be the bottom. Now make another for the top.
This should not take you more than one evening to build
after the parts are cut out—two or three if you are slow and
want the enjoyment. I used screws and glue to hold it together.
The screws held things in place while the glue was curing,
allowing me to keep on working.
When the case is assembled, fill all of the cracks and
dents with filler. I used balsa filler. I sanded it with 220-grit
sandpaper and readied it for painting. I painted mine white
to match the Phantom using Glidden Interior semi-gloss. Two
coats did the job.
To prevent the top from opening too far, I used a metal
beaded chain. I soldered a washer on each end and used a No.
2 servo screw to fasten it in place. You can also use a chain or a
chord for that purpose.
I made the top separate, but could have made it all one
piece and sawed the top off. That would have been a perfect fit
for the top and base, but would have required another piece of
plywood. I chose the less-than-perfect way to save money.
If your Phantom has the long landing gear, it may not fit in
the case. Mine has the 1/2-inch spacers and there is some extra
room in the cover.
This case was not designed to accommodate propeller
guards. There are propeller guards available that snap on and
are easy to remove. These can be stored in the case.
I know you will enjoy building your home for the Phantom.
It was a fun project for me. The best part is that when you get
ready to fly your Phantom, you will have everything you need
in the case.
Follow the pictures to see how I built my Phantom’s home.
You will find it an easy build.
My good friend, Greg Roper, designed the vinyl-cut graphics
for my case. They are available from him in red, blue, and black
for $10. You can contact him at email@example.com.
Bill of Materials
( 1) 1/4-inch 2 x 4 panel sanded plywood
( 1) 1 x 4 x 6-feet No. 2 whitewood board
( 1) 4 7/8-inch galvanized door pull
( 1) 1.5-inch non-removable brass pin hinge (two pack)
( 1) 2. 75 x 1.50-inch chest latch (two pack)
( 24) #6 x 3/4 flathead wood screw
4 ounces white glue
( 2) 1/4-20 x 1-inch bolt
( 2) 1/4-20 hex nuts
( 2) 1/4-20 wing nuts
Note: All supplies were purchased from
The Home Depot for one-stop shopping.
Parts layout on 2ftx4ft plywood.
HM2 Model Aviation DECEMBER 2015