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12-04-2012 10:32 PM  7 years ago
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amstel78

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Flycam Stand for Raptor 30?
I apologize if this has been asked before, but I was wondering if anyone here has experience with the Chinese-made Alware 500-size Flycam Stand for cameras? If so, is this something suitable for a Raptor 30?

I found it on eBay here:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/ALware-450-...=item4abe858435

If this won't work, can someone please recommend a camera mount for my bird that is relatively inexpensive... say $100 bucks or less? I'd like to mount my GoPro and try my hand at some aerial photography/video.

Thanks!
73 de James K2QI
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12-05-2012 03:24 AM  7 years ago
idolminds

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That mount is garbage and I would want a front mount for your rig. A raptor 30 is going to throw oil everywhere
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12-05-2012 03:26 AM  7 years ago
amstel78

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Thanks for the info. Is there an inexpensive front mount that you know of and could recommend?73 de James K2QI
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12-05-2012 09:19 AM  7 years ago
JoeB1

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That's a HK mount worth less than $20.
http://www.hobby king.com/hobby king/store/__16343__FPV_Tilt_Camera_Mount_with_Landing_Gear_.html

If you are worried about oil getting under the heli put some silicon exchaust extension on the end of the exchaust and run it to the rear.
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12-05-2012 11:05 PM  7 years ago
Stephen Born

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Call PhotoshipOne. The Front Tube Mount System is around 800.00.

If you use a gasser, be careful with oil residue accumulation on the lens. Sure, you can have the pipe in the back, but wind can carry it back on your camera equipment.

Good luck to you Sir.
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12-05-2012 11:11 PM  7 years ago
amstel78

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Wow. $800 is far more than I'd ever want to spend. I'm just looking for something simple to hold a GoPro securely to my Raptor 30. If that doesn't exist, then I may look into fabricating something. I don't need hi-tech. Don't need pan or tilt either, although that option would be nice.

Thanks to all for their feedback.
73 de James K2QI
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12-05-2012 11:38 PM  7 years ago
Stephen Born

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Yes, a $800.00 PS1 mount is far more expensive than a $100.00 HK mount.

Imagine how expensive it would be placing a Raptor 30 on the cheap carbon frames from HK.

Be very careful in choosing your mount.
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12-05-2012 11:54 PM  7 years ago
JoeB1

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Yes it is a big jump from $20 to $800 and he did say "100 bucks or less". Putting it up front may be more an issue because you cant move big batteries around on a 30 nitro to balance it.You can move your tank but what happens when it gest lighter? Do a search on it there is plenty of people who have done the same as you are planning and get great results. Hell I even strapped an 8mm camera to the bottom of a halk 30 about 10 years back and I got no oil on my camera.
Your main issue is going to be vibrations and if you end up putting it directly under the C of G of the heli don't have it too low or you may get a pendulum effect.
Have fun and let us know how you got on please....
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12-06-2012 01:19 AM  7 years ago
amstel78

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Well, what about extended skids for the R30. Des something like that exist? I figure, with extended skids, I could fabricate something akin to a cross brace between the skids that the camera could mount to. I've seen camera helis with these extended skids but am not sure dimensionally what would work with a Raptor.

Also, not knocking the suggestion of using an $800 dollar mount. I'd probably go that route if I knew for certain I'd be doing a lot of aerial photography. In my case however, this is just a hobby and one that I honestly don't get to spend much time doing anyway.
73 de James K2QI
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12-06-2012 09:27 AM  7 years ago
JoeB1

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You could easily cut each leg in half and and a section in there from metal or carbon fiber. Have a look down the page on my build to see what I did if you want some ideas. On my one a guy gave a picture of skids with wire braced cross ways and I went that route. I have to update that page still just too busy at the moment.
https://rc.runryder.com/t709613p1/
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