The Karearea (pronounced) drone design is a bit radical, at least compared to the current FPV market. It has wings. Is that a good thing? I’d love to find out, but my build ran into a problem before it ever really started.
I purchased the frame on Feb. 6th. It arrived March 2nd. The wait was a long one.
I cleaned up my office just for this build as it was rather messy after a week of putting drones together. I had a choice of building another Kopis 1, Armattan Rooster, TransTech Frog Lite, or the Karearea. I picked the Karearea because it looked different. After sorting all the parts (kudo’s for the packaging – impressive), I was ready to get started.
I was only a few minutes into the build and on my forth motor mount install when this happened.
This happened while inserting the screw. The motor mount went on the arm fine (after a bit of sanding), but the screw was a little tight. I suppose I twisted it too hard (strong like bull). Now it’s another 3-4 weeks waiting for the part. To add insult to injury, they are out of the silver motor mounts and I had to pick a different color. If that’s not bad enough, the shipping cost more than the part. And it wasn’t cheap.
On the bright side, I did rebuild both the Diatone GT2 200 and the 5″ Armattan Chameleon this week. I also built a new ImpulseRC Reverb after toasting the last one. You can watch that video here. And finally, I rebuilt the FlexRC Ascent 3″ drone. This one would fall out of the sky whenever you tried to do a flip or roll. I’m looking forward to testing all the new re-builds this weekend.
I’m not looking forward to waiting another month to finish the Karearea though. There are so many ups and downs in this hobby it’s like being on a rollercoaster. Weeks of waiting on parts, the excitement when it arrives, the joy or frustration of building, flying, crashing, re-building…it’s a never ending story. And honestly, I enjoy every minute of it.
Dean (Dong-Yen) Ryu, manager of Karearea Drones got in touch with me through FB Messenger and asked me for the order number of the part I needed. After going through my emails and then PayPal online I slowly realized that I never actually ordered the part! I got as far as taking a picture of the order, but I guess I never clicked the button to complete the transaction. If Mr. Ryu had not contacted me then I would have been rather upset with myself in a month or so when I realized the part was never ordered.
I went back to the site and ordered the part, then thanked Mr. Ryu for having me check. A few minutes later and he let me know that he would refund the cost of the part. Now that’s customer service! He did not have to do this, and I certainly was not holding the company responsible for a part that I clearly broke while trying to install. In fact, he was the one that reached out to me. As far as I’m concerned this is above and beyond what most other companies in the drone industry are willing to do for their customers.