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  1. SteveReno

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    For New & Old Pilots looking for help:
    Here are some suggested links:
    Copied From FB/3DR Solo Owners Group

    3DR Support: Vu Tran's message regarding 3DR's support for Solo.
    Kinakailangan ang Pagtiyak sa Seguridad

    3DR Solo User Manual: Start here for Solo setup and operations. PDF file
    http://bit.ly/28Qx4rG

    3DR How-to videos: Flight school
    https://goo.gl/xcaiwC

    The history of Solo code as it pertains to flyaways and safety.
    https://goo.gl/idor8S

    Solo history thread (pics of early Solo)
    https://goo.gl/ddx1Fk

    App Device: Apple (iOS) or Android Smartphone or tablet.
    https://goo.gl/olvYjw

    Compatible with GoPro HERO3, 3+ and 4; optimized for HERO3+ and 4 (Hero 4 Black for the best experience).
    GoPro Hero 5 DOES NOT WORK WITH SOLO
    MicroSD card considerations
    https://goo.gl/ODb0Xv

    Backpack: The crate that comes will Solo is ok but it will fall apart in time. Very wise investment to get a sturdy case.

    3DR backpack: Great, solid comfy backpack. $128
    https://goo.gl/7yGw21

    GPC Solo Limited Edition (5.11 Rush72) backpack: Much more room for Solo and equipment. Remove foam insert and you have the 5.11 Rush72 (3-day) backpack. $239
    https://goo.gl/FWbTLb

    Lowepro DroneGuard CS400: $112
    https://goo.gl/yNJWiY

    If you are having difficulties with GPS signal strength, you may want to try this DIY install GPS shield.
    3DR Solo GPS shield V2: $30
    https://goo.gl/yD5eS0

    GPS shield install video
    https://youtu.be/60A_a25IU3w

    If you continue to have poor GPS performance, here is a replacement GPS board which includes GPS and GLONASS.
    mRobotics mRo GPS u-Blox Neo-M8N: $80
    Coupon code FREE5 for 5% off
    https://goo.gl/JLE8iN

    Install video for mRobotics GPS board
    https://youtu.be/jCOT0VgJc8E

    Leg Extenders: Unless you always launch and land on solid ground with no or low grass, you will need to slightly extend the legs so the gimbal will clear the ground

    Relish3D Leg Extender V2. Great stuff from David Tan. $30
    https://goo.gl/srKxoW
    https://goo.gl/jI6UUG

    Antenna: Lots of ways but here is a decent cheap and expensive, bolt-on option:

    ALFA: Good place to start and cheap. $20
    https://goo.gl/fSBO9R

    FPVLR: The better solution. $115 (coupon code: 2017 for 10% off)
    https://goo.gl/pGrK75

    Master Airscrew Performance propellers for Solo. 4 props for $17
    3DR Solo Propeller Upgrade - Master Airscrew 10x4.5 MR Propeller

    APC propellers for Solo. 2 for $6.45
    https://goo.gl/ORi3Hp

    Prop Balance: For the best smooth video, balance your props.

    EJK Solo balance rod: $20
    Amazon.com: EJH Precision Prop Balancer 3D Robotics 3DR Solo: Toys & Games

    Du-Bro prop balancer: $24
    https://goo.gl/JFl9rK

    Great Peter W. Moyer video on prop balancing:
    https://goo.gl/s36p3O

    GoPro Lens Filter: Helps for those bright days, reflections off water. You will probably need to balance gimbal with the added weight of filter.

    SRP: Various cost for ND (Neutral Density and/or polarized)
    SRP ND8/CP: $77 (1 lens)
    https://goo.gl/qlVoNs
    Another great Peter Moyer video on how to balance the gimbal after added a GoPro lens filter
    https://goo.gl/IHFcdF

    Polar Pro: $50 (3 lens)
    https://goo.gl/s90XBm

    Complete GoPro Lens Replacement: Removes "fisheye"

    Peau Productions Prices vary. Link is for 3.97mm
    https://goo.gl/vXFEVo

    Illumination:

    PolarPro LED Lights: $30
    https://goo.gl/NimLrS

    Misc:

    Imp Concepts (Ian Soler) makes terrific 3D printed parts for Solo.
    * Ships International
    https://goo.gl/JA7OIK

    April's Coupon codes are: FB4020 (20% off orders of $40 or more not including shipping) & FB5025 (25% off orders of $50 or more not including shipping)

    Favorites include:
    Solo 3 Axis Gimbal Lock / Stabilizer for the Stock 3DR GoPro Gimbal
    https://goo.gl/raZu5G

    Solo IMP Concepts Gimbal Balancing Kit &/or 3 Axis Gimbal Lock / Stabilizer Combo for the 3DR GoPro Gimbal
    https://goo.gl/XpE8Ke

    Controller Skins: Ryan Fordham makes great multicolored skins for your Solo controller.
    * Ships International
    https://goo.gl/uO4TTX

    Green Cube for Solo (Pixhawk 2.1) $168
    Available late Feb. 2017
    Works with main branch of ArduCopter
    https://goo.gl/nepFXI

    One way to pull logs.
    https://goo.gl/cek4YA
    Video: https://goo.gl/7TR1Kd

    Other Solo Android app:

    Solex by Kelly Schrock. Excellent alternative to Android Solo app. $30
    https://goo.gl/oemY46

    Software:

    Edit/Stabilization
    ProDRENALIN (special offer for Solo group)
    https://goo.gl/P4JioB

    GoPro Hero 4 Black or Silver firmware v3.0
    Allows GoPro power-on at Solo startup
    Note, no linear mode
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/yvkcneldcsexdat/UPDATE30000.zip…

    The items above are by no means a complete list. Many other vendors and solution available. The items are what I have found to be useful for my Solo habit. You will also want to think about: extra battery(s) and chargers. Have fun and dig through the history of posts to search for your questions first.

    Some history of Solo by Peter Moyer
    3DR Solo Past, Present, and Future
     
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  2. FamilyFlyGuy

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    Nice...one stop shopping summary for so many threads!:cool: