I respectfully disagree, I'd be drilling the bejeebers outta those landing gear !
Remember the goal here is to remove low slung mass to compensate for the low slung mass being added.
I would skeletonize those legs to near death if I was you. The holes you've put in them so far likely did surprisingly
little. You don't really want to skeletonize the main shell, lest you compromise structural integrity, and that's not
where the weight needs to be removed from anyway. So, to quote Sarah Palin, "Drill baby Drill !" .... lmao ...
These "toy grade" quads typically use a single MOSFET per motor and they (plus their accompanying diode) get blown easily
when stressing the motors (been there, done that). The good news is that you can buy them for pocket change and repair the
board yourself rather than replacing the whole thing.
Unless you have a board problem or motor problem, I don't understand why it won't fly stock with that camera. I have the same camera and gimble and I have no problem flying with it. Just don't have a long flight time. Oh, those gimbles are junk. They break Everytime you crash. I refrained one and had it made up on a 3d printer. No breakage. Only thing different in my stock x8hg is the battery. I use a 2200mah battery.
So I'm gonna be modifying this Syma X8 to try and get it to run longer, and require less power to get off the ground. Also, I plan to enhance the camera mount while using a SJ type camera. Please excuse the mess on my tool box/work bench right now, I haven't tidied up after this weeks projects yet.
*NOTE* I do not recommend you taking weight out of your quad, this is purely an educational adventure for me to learn how these things react to weight and with some weight taken out. Anything you see here should be done at your own risk.
Please bare with me as I am just getting started on the mods. The first mod I begin with is on the landing gear although I am not sure I'll be keeping stock gear once I receive the extended phantom vision stuff I ordered. Will have to snatch a scale from work at the ash testing station.
Here is the Cam, it is a "SJ8000" type cam with "4K/30FPS" or 1080p/60FPS.
The X8 Gimbal i am using, has the 4 rubber isolators.
Combined weight of the SJcam+Gimbal
Weight of Phantom Vision Gear I decided to try out with this combo
**Weight Reduction - I did not remove all of these parts except for testing, and weighing purposes. Do as you wish with yours and this is purely educational.
Beginning weight without Lipo - 448g
My goal is to get as close to this with the new SJCam and Mount, or at least eliminate the cams weight.
Drilled 5 holes in landing gear legs on the front flat surface to reduce weight without sacrificing the strength. I also weight matched the set of 4 To help with trims and hovering!
Here is the weight of the legs after the mod.
Prop Shaft Covers
Battery Mod, also took 1gram of weight away.
*Lubrication* - This is something I can recommend doing to any Syma X8, the way the shaft is designed it will need lubricating or else will wear prematurely.
My Lube of choice for my Quads
Anywhere you see metal, is where I apply lube to regularly. This helps reduce noise, wear and motor stress.