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11-01-2004 02:29 PM  13 years agoPost 1
KBfromVT

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Hey guys. EZ_Flier and myself fabricated a mount this Saturday completely out of aluminum. Took about 3 hours from start to finish and all in all we were both pleased by how easy the aluminum was to work with. Total weight is ~1lb w/out camera.

Couple snags: Legs are a little wide and the landing gear doesn't slide down far enough. We're contemplating permantently affixing wider gear to the mount. Based on the pictures do you guys have any ideas on how we could securely affix the Raptor 30 gear in the picture? Currently I'm leaning towards purchasing a few more pieces of aluminum and recreated the legs of the moutn with a narrower top width.

Any suggestions on creating "perches" for the heli landing gear to sit atop? We were thinking of perhaps cutting four 2" pieces of the same size pipe used for the legs, bending at ~90degree angles then either bolting to the sides of the legs or securing some other way.

Any comments/critiques/suggestions are eagerly welcomed. Thanks.

_KYLE

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11-01-2004 07:48 PM  13 years agoPost 2
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The mount looks interesting. I suggest you concentrate on some sort of isolators for the camera mount. You need to insulate the camera from all the vibration produced by the heli. It will go a long way in helping you produce a burr free image.

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11-02-2004 01:02 AM  13 years agoPost 3
KBfromVT

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OH YEAH, ABSOLUTLEY. By all means, don't interpret the mount as a "finished" product. It's still in it's early development stages. The camera will be insulated on it's platform, the heli skids will be insulated with foam as well as the camera mount skids. This is after 3 hours of development and not nearly finished. As you can see, we still need to work on a shutter release mechanism mount.

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11-02-2004 01:35 AM  13 years agoPost 4
ez-flier

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Lookin good Kyle

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11-02-2004 01:42 AM  13 years agoPost 5
KBfromVT

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I would hope you think it looks good.

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11-02-2004 01:56 AM  13 years agoPost 6
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Hahaha, touche.

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11-02-2004 02:04 AM  13 years agoPost 7
eyeisdee1

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Just one good harder than desired landing and those aluminum tubes at the bend radius will buckle easily. I suggest you put in some re-inforcing cross members between the skids for strength..

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11-02-2004 02:07 AM  13 years agoPost 8
KBfromVT

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excellent point. thanks.

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11-02-2004 07:51 AM  13 years agoPost 9
blazek

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visit my gallery i had designed a home made cam mount alsmost a yo and it was started like yours but u have to find major solutions for vibration problems etc before procced to next stage (fly with the mount) try to gather info from old posts here in runryder and mines as well and be carefull with the aluminium!!!!
for any other info ... u ll' find me here
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11-02-2004 11:35 AM  13 years agoPost 10
GauchoVolador

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Good start!
Check that there is not much free angle for camera tilts.
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11-02-2004 12:50 PM  13 years agoPost 11
Helimonster

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I am not sure but it seems that you will be moving the CG way forward with the camera hanging under the nose of a 30 size chopper. I would fly it around with an equal amount of weight as the camera to get used to the feel of the changed CG.
I am, by all means, not an expert on this. I have a Predator gasser and a GPH 346 and have yet to fly a camera on either one of them and have no experiance with changing the CG on a heli. But I am building a camera mount and am considering flying a camera. Good luck with yours.

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11-02-2004 05:37 PM  13 years agoPost 12
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I will agree with Helimonster. You are going to be way out of balance. I would suggest moving the camera mount back as close to the CG as possible. If you are not going to be panning the camera, there is no advantage to having it out in front. Be sure to put a small piece of plastic or something to keep the "drips" off the camera.

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11-02-2004 06:42 PM  13 years agoPost 13
KBfromVT

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Thanks for the replies. We were thinking of counteracting the CG issue with some added weight on the opposite end of the mount equal to the camera and camera platform. The thinking was that much further back and the camera would be getting the landing skids in it's shots.

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11-02-2004 09:22 PM  13 years agoPost 14
Crusty Commie

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What exhaust is that, KB ?

I am dsylexia of borg..resistance is fruity...your arse will be laminated

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11-02-2004 09:31 PM  13 years agoPost 15
Helimonster

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KB
I believe you will be taxing the capabilities of a 30 size helicopter just lifting the camera, not to mention twice the weight of the camera to counterbalance. The camera should be mounted right under the main shaft.

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11-02-2004 11:01 PM  13 years agoPost 16
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KB
I believe you will be taxing the capabilities of a 30 size helicopter just lifting the camera, not to mention twice the weight of the camera to counterbalance. The camera should be mounted right under the main shaft.

I hear you. Well, luckily, with this design, we can easily move the camera platform into the middle with 1 very minor modification. Also, EZ_FLIER will be doing a lot of the flying with his helis and he uses Predator .90's.

What exhaust is that, KB ?

You'd have to ask EZ_FLIER about the exhaust, he sold me the heli, it's from his "retired" collection...LOL. He told me but right now the name is escaping me.

_KYLE

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11-03-2004 12:20 AM  13 years agoPost 17
JestRR

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you are on the right track
I started out with a raptor 50, had made my own mount out of 1/2" sch40 PVC tubbing and wiht a camera it came in at over 3 lbs. well in the range of even a 30 size heli.
I would suggest makeing the top of the pod wider than the skids and then keep the wide stance on the pod skids!! Nothing like haveing a big set of landing gear up there to help with reference!!
And like the others have said, move the camera under the heli's CG to help with hte weight issue!!! Its nice to use the heli for general flying when not useing the pod, and if you keep them close as far as trims, then its alot less hassle!!
Keep with the angle of the head to skids. In that imagine a line drawn through the head to where the skids touch the ground, and then keep that angle through the skids of the pod. It will give you a safer base when landing!!

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11-03-2004 01:38 AM  13 years agoPost 18
ez-flier

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Cool, thanks for all the advice guys! Hopefully we'll be able to get some modifications/improvements done soon.
CrustyCommie, i think its a MACS? ( I got it about three years ago from tower hobbies if that helps.)

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11-03-2004 10:12 PM  13 years agoPost 19
KE4UVQ

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What exhaust is that, KB ?

Thats a MACS Heli muffler/tuned pipe, I have one on my beater Raptor 30.

http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bi...p?&I=LXWP31&P=7

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