DJI M600 is the latest evolution of the professional Spreading wings series. I would like to take our fellow members along the journey with me from unboxing to building, tuning and flying the M600.
Enjoy and safe assembling.
Blue loctite or screw glue
3M VHB tape
Hex bolt drivers
Clear cable protector.
1. Making sure all the supplied components are in good order.
2. Begin with the central body.
Turn it upside down.
3. Pull at the hex corner to lift the protective cover.
Gently lift and remove the power distribution board cover via the pull tabs.
4. Expose the PDB and move the two RF antenna connectors out of the way.
5. Lay out the labelled arms with colors and numbers identification.
6. Lay out the supplied assembly hardwares.
7. Identify arms number #1 and #2
8. Orientate the main body arm socket #1
9. Insert Corresponding arm #1 to socket #1 making sure the bolt holes are aligned.
10. Pull out the cable inside the arm and Install the rubber protective grommet onto the cable and thread it into the central core.
11. Use the M3 X 6.5 thumb bolts to attach the arm to the main body’s socket.
Four bolts per arm and locking as you assemble to ensure proper alignment inflight.
12. Place the main body right way up onto the rotating chair and use it as an assembly rig to do the other 5 remaining arms making sure the arm number matches the socket.
The rotating chair make a perfect assembly rig due to the large size of the M600 central body.
13. Turn the M600 body over after you’ve attached and bolted the six arms.
14. Using a fine nose and sharp scissor, carefully remove the clear heat shrink cover without damaging the cables. Do this only if the clear shrink is too bulky to thread through the retainer in step 15.
15. Now thread the ESC power and control cables under this retainer.
Repeat for all 6 arms.
16. Connect the ESCs’ control plug to the corresponding arm’s number. It is very important to get this correct.
17. I would highly recommend to use either blue loctite or screw glue to attach the power cables to the PDB.
18. Ensure the anode is connected to the Negative terminal and Cathode is connected to the positive terminal.
Red to +
Black to –
Lynh Phan Repeat for all six sets of power cables.
19. Preparing the LHS and RHS landing gear mechanism retainers.
Lynh Phan I would recommend locktite or screw glue to retain the two M3 X 8.5 bolts.
Attach LHS retainer to arm # 3 position.
Attach RHS retainer to arm #6 position.
20. Preparing the LHS and RHS landing gear servo mechanism.
LHS mechanism has control board and power cable. Attach this to arm position #3.
Use M3x6.5 to attach servo mechanism to the retainer plate.
21. Again I would recommend blue locktite or screw glue for these two bolts.
Lynh Phan Screw in the four bolts for the stabiliser bar to hold the servo mechanism.
RHS servo gear to arm #6 position.
Completing the assembly of the landing mechanisms to both sides.
22. Protecting the servo control cables.
Servo and power cables clear guard installed.
23. Connecting L and R servo cables and main control cable to the correct corresponding ports. Take note of the correct cable color and corresponding terminal.
Brown/Black = –
Red = +
Yellow = Signal cable
24. Closing up the PDB cover and routing the cables.
25. Attaching the landing gear arms.
Take note of the RF antenna orientation.
Inserting the rubber grommet to the landing gear RF cable.
Use M3 X 8 cylinder bolts to secure the landing gear leg to the servo mechanism.
Take note of the bolt insertion side.
26. Attaching the retract Spring.
Take note of the different ends.
27. Connecting the RF antenna cable ends together.
28. Locking in the horizontal bar of the landing gear with M3 X 8.
Ensure all wires are clear from moving landing gear mechanisms.
29. Turn M600 to the right way up and remove the top FCU cover.
Expose the A3 and LB2.
Lay out A3 GPS module.
30. Preparing the GPS tower mount.
Screw in the CF rod to the aluminium GPS base plate with M2 X 4 bolts.
31. Remove the two bolts on the LHS #3 arm in preparation for the mounting of the GPS base.
Checking alignment of the GPS base and remove the two M3 X 5 bolts.
32. From my previous experiences with S800, S900, S1000 and WKM and A2 FCU, I always use 3M clear VHB tape as an added vibration damper for the GPS mount.
32. Attach the GPS base with M3 X 8 bolts.
Use the supplied 3M VHB round tape to mount the A3 GPS module.
33. The Red GPS arrow needs to point to the front of the M600 (red rotor arms). You can use either cable tie to secure the GPS cable to the CF rod or use the black gaffers tape provided from the A3.
34. Connect the GPS to CAN1.
Ensure the plug orientation is correct.
35. Use the supplied 3M tape to secure the GPS CANBUS adapter.
Adhere the CANBUS to predetermined position on the M600 central core with the female plug facing outwards.
36. Reconnect the FCU fan cable to the cover plate.
37. Reinstall the FCU cover.
38. Final Quality Control and check by Quality Assurance inspectors of completed airframe before the issue of a certificate of air worthiness.
39. Connect M600 to a Windows based program DJI Assistant 2.0 version 1.04 to register and update the hexacopter. Open up DJI Assistant 2.0
M600 and LB2 should be showing after you’ve connected the USB with the M600 powered up.
40. Click on M600 to activate on first use. If M600 icon does not appear, double check that the CANBUS is fully inserted into the A3 FCU. If you are still not getting the M600 icon, restart Assistant 2.0 and replug the USB cable from the M600 to the PC.
41. Go into basic setting and confirm the position settings of GPS and IMU.
42. Update M600 to the latest available FW.
43. Update LB2 to the latest available FW.
Confirm FW version on M600.
Confirm FW version on LB2.
44. Connect RC to DJI GO App with Internet access to initiate FW update of RC via App.
Wait whilst App is updating the RC.
The App will not show the progress.
RC will flash blue LED whilst updating.
Successful RC update confirmed by App.
45. Ensure all batteries are charged to 100% level and ready for maiden flight.
I hope you have enjoy this build journey with me as much as I’ve enjoying building the M600.
Of all my previous Spreading Wings builds, I have to say that this is the most enjoyable build and it is amazing how DJI’s technology and quality have progressed and advanced in such short period of time.
I can’t imagine the technology and products DJI have in store for us in the next few years.
Enjoy and thank you.