|hexacopter camera mount|
The hexacopter I am building will feature a Boscam FPV camera and pan/tilt mechanism. The camera unit needed a solid yet lightweight mount for stability. There was no room on the frame plates so I decided to mount the camera between two of the arms. The carbon fiber tubes will provide a solid mounting platform and will also offer some protection for the camera system.
|honeycomb carbon fiber|
I needed a mounting plate to reach across two arms of the hexacopter. It will be mounted to a boom block on each arm. We had ordered some carbon fiber honeycomb sheet to play around with. It is light and very stiff, perfect for the camera mount. I made some rough measurements and got to work.
|cut carbon fiber plate|
I cut the plate to size on the tile saw. The plates came out looking like factory cuts. I laid out the boom blocks and mounting plate and carefully measured for the mounting holes. I drilled the holes according to the blueprint below. I finished the mount by rounding the sharp corners.
|finished mounting plate|
One of the biggest complaints about the Boscam camera are the mounts. Using anything other than the factory pan/tilt mount can be problematic. Since I opted for the factory unit, mounting was easy. I just used the pan/tilt as a template, centered it on the mount, and marked the holes.
|Boscam pan/tilt mechanism|
|attached to frame|
The final mount weighs just 28 grams, not including camera and pan/tilt mechanism. It is rock solid, no flex or vibration. The edges of the honeycomb plate look a little shaggy. I need to dress them with some tape or glue to give it a more finished look. Other than that, it almost looks like a factory piece.