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Old 10-13-2004, 02:27 PM   #1
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How do you mount / activate your camera?

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Here is how I hung my el-cheapo (US$8.56 with batteries and film at Wal-Mart in North Dakota) 35mm camera on the side of my LT-40 fuse. My son and I whipped up th mount with a piece of scrap Coroplast, a spare servo, some rubber bands, a couple of single edged razor blades for stiffeners and a couple of bits of music wire stuffed through the Coroplast as additional stiffening.

The camera is mounted upside down, so the servo arm can hit the shutter button from below. The Servo is plugged into channel six (flaps). I open the lens cover, turn on the flash (very important) and away we go.

When the plane is in the position I desire, I just roll the flaps knob and if I observe a flash from the camera, I know a picture has been taken, roll the knob back and the camera advances to the next frame. (And roll the knob again to take another pic.)

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Old 10-13-2004, 04:02 PM   #2
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My heli has had 2 different dedicated mounts.

For my plane, I cut soft foam to fit within the fuse and the camera sits in the foam. The plane was of stick construction and one side of the fuse was exposed.
I used a mini servo held directly on the camera by 2 sided tape.

I would definately say digital cameras have an advantage over film in this application. I can take up to 100 photographs in one flight and then delete any pictures that are not acceptable.
If you can afford the up front cost, the camera will pay itself off in film savings.
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Old 11-10-2004, 10:44 PM   #3
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Hi Dave;

Check out my post here about my recent wireless airborne video

If it has wings, rotors or two wheels, I'm interested!
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