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KISSed out Alien: ARGHHHHHH!

Finally building out my KISSed out Impulse RC alien.

Trying ESCs on for size.
Trying ESCs on for size.

ESCs soldered to motors, PDB, and to KSS FC. Powered up and smoke checked without issue.

Motors reversed as necessary.

All soldered up and ready for a flight controller.
All soldered up and ready for a flight controller.

Micro MinimOSD configured and flashed with KISS OSD firmware, tested, attached in line and mounted piggyback on my HS1177.

Running my Micro MinimOsd piggyback on my HS1177. Needs a dab of hot glue to lock down the wires.
Running my Micro MinimOsd piggyback on my HS1177. Needs a dab of hot glue to lock down the wires.

Finally soldering up the power leads to the FC and…F*CK! While soldering the negative lead, I ended up with a gob of solder on the backside of my solder tip. The solder took a small SMT capacitor off the board, and I lost both the gob of solder and capacitor when I cleaned off my tip (before I realized the cap was even gone).

FAAAAAAAAACK!
The tiny capacitor just disappeared…couldn’t even tell it was gone at first until I pulled up a picture of a new FC…

Emailed Flyduino support to ask if the capacitor was necessary and if I could power the board without it…hoping it was only there for an obscure feature like running a Spektrum satellite receiver or something. I even asked if they could provide me the component value and size so I could order a couple from mouser and try to repair it myself. They said they would investigate and get back to me. Unfortunately its now been a couple days, I’m still waiting and given how busy they probably are, doubt I’ll ever get an answer.

In the meantime, I ordered a new board from Rotor Riot…just waiting for it to arrive so I can de-solder everything and try and get her in the air.

Ugh…

Update:

The new board I purchased from Rotor Riot showed up and I had it installed in an hour. Quad flies great, and is a HUGE improvement over my previous hunk of junk. A day or so after the new board arrived, the folks at Flyduino provided me with the value and type of part that I accidentally knocked off along with a link to DigiKey (making ordering a replacement a snap).

I placed an order (ordered 10 since they were only $0.16 a piece). When they came in I was able to get the board repaired with a little cursing and a little care. So, thankfully I have a backup board (or a board for my next quad) rather than a keychain or mirror hanger.