My son got the OpenRov for Christmas and we are putting it together as a father/son project.
There isn't as much from him to do as I had hoped (he's 11) but its still been a great project for the two of us to work on. He's also getting to learn how to solder.
General feedback (from a true beginner!):
1. I have learned I hate acrylic welding! Everything will be strong enough, but I've learned I have no skills at all when it comes to keeping the "glue" from going in unwanted places. I got the glue all over the place. It might not be a thing of beauty, but at least it should be strong. Has anyone ever tried using a traditional plunger syringe rather than a bottle to apply this stuff?
2. 100% my fault, but I screwed up step 41. When placing the (2) acrylic rings (blade shrouds), there isn't much guidance on how far forward or back the rings should be placed. I slid them all the way to a stop towards the inside of assembly. I believe this was a mistake because now when the motors are mounted, the props stick out just past the shrouds. Again, my mistake, but clarifying this in the next set of instructions may help prevent the same mistake by other dummies like me. This won't cause a problem will it?
Overall the instructions and kit have been amazing! I'm almost at the point of powering up for the first time, but I'm already sad that this project is almost done (remind me I said this as I curse trying to get all the software loaded and working right). I'm already thinking of tweaks I might try if I build another unit.
Thanks for the kit and all the great info!