And now for a break from the computer life here to doing some thing totally off the wall. Well not so much. If it was not for computer technology we wouldn't have smart gimbals and flight control systems. So it's a cousin so to speak.
This was done a while back, so it's all gone in favor of a off the shelf mounting system. It just goes to show how you can improvise something when you don't have what you really want or need.
Well this gimbal mount improve didn't work out. The flat paint sticks acted like elevators when in forward or reverse flight. It made the frame over shoot the steering commands in forward flight and pushed the nose down in reverse flight. I came too close to putting it in the ground a few times.
I came back in after that flight with my hands shaking pretty bad. I had to think of something better with less wind drag and no flight control interference. I'm a pack rat of sorts. I had torn down a couple of other models one being a coaxial helicopter that never flew right. I had one of the landing skids in my hand tapping it on my leg as I thought of other ways to make some sort of bracket for the gimbal to mount up to. DING!!! Why not cable strap a set of these skids to the underside of the bottom plate and slip the gimbal's mounting clamps on the skids?
Well some laying out and a bunch of straps later, I came up with this.
Now using this camera, a CMQ1993X.
With this lens, a 1.78mm wide angle with fish eye correction. (That's a 2.8mm standard lens to the left for size comparison.)
Cable strapped and safety wired to the leg.
DVR mounted up top.
I got it all wired up and pulled a sharp focus using my little bench TV.
And all that got me the flight I wanted with no control interference.