A $109 GoodLuckBuy Brushless Gimbal for the H3 GoPro

Here's a short clip, somewhat adulterated by YouTube, of a test of this inexpensive gimbal and controller that I bought from goodluckbuy.com. The Goodluckbuy SKU is 98952, you can look at it by entering that in their search engine. It's made to mount on a Phantom but it's not hard to work up a mount for most any copter.

Here I'm flying it on my DJI 550 Hex "The Witch." I didn't use the provided vibration mounts but rather some stiffer "lord" type mounts I had lying around. Also there are rubber grommets involved.

This gimbal comes without a shred of documentation and I haven't yet figured out how to find the appropriate software. However, it works "out of the box". The only problem is a slight off-level lean on the roll axis, which I've fixed for the moment by simply shimming one end of the GoPro. Build quality is very high. It's all aluminum so not super light.

In this video I've intentionally left bits of the airframe visible to show how hard and well the gimbal is working.

The entire 8 minute flight is as smooth as the 29 seconds seen here.

Slightly off-topic: This clip starts with the hex under manual control in "stabilize" mode, approaching a Geofence that starts at the weed line. When the hex hits the fence it goes into RTL and heads home. It overshoots home (the red landing pad) and neatly turns back to it and ends up right where it should be, at which point I take back control and the clip ends. The slow flight home is my setting, and I think the overshoot might be a result of settings I've made as well, as I'm looking for smoothness, not speed, when I'm tuning.

I'm excited by this gimbal. The YouTube video doesn't really do it justice. If anyone else is using  one of these I'd like to hear from you.

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  • I got my gimbal from GL today, wahoo. Im just wondering why are there 4 inputs ? Im going to try and hook up the signal for 2 channels and hope i hit the pan and tilt channels. Unfortunatley they are not labelled. How many volts does the power want ?

  • 100KM

    I haven't tried it yet, to be honest, you might be right. Sell that DX7 and buy 2 Turnigy 9X's with an Orange DSMX tx module :)

  • I have a DX7 so I am sort of limited to one 3-position switch and a couple of 2-pos switches. No dials at all. Since the switches are used to control flight functions of the Naza, you could say I'm a few switches short of a full console, but thanks for humoring me. ; }

    Plus, would I not have to make those adjustments in software interface? i am thinking of a new radio though. Can't afford ATM.

  • 100KM

    I see :) You do know you can control the tilt and roll offset from your receiver channels?

  • Yes, kinda sorta. It was not completely level and I wanted to add a little forward tilt to it. - If it ain't broke, right? Regardless I would still like to be able to change some of the settings. It's my nature. Ha.

  • 100KM

    Randy, I might have missed this, but didn't yours work out of the box?

  • I actually was able to re-solder the port onto the board! It is still a little weak, but it does light up and initialize.

    Now the hard part begins: Trying to figure out and go through all the steps necessary get the board to talk to the software. The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don't know. I've DLd the arduino interface and the Brugi file (v161.). I tried to run a sketch for every board included in the arduino, but mine still doesn't register. ARrrgggghhh.


  • I think I've found my problem. The mini USB plug came off in my hands last night. I noticed that while plugging in the cable and pressing down on the female part of the plug on the board, that the LEDs on the board would flicker and go red and green for an instant, but would not sustain a connection. Then it just fell off. I think it was a cold solder or sometihing. Tough resolder, but I'll give it a shot and give GLB a shout too. Oh well.


  • Eric-Jan Swinkels:

    Thanks for the response. I'll check for drivers and continue using the mini usb:


    Might get one - or two if I get really frustrated with this one and trash it.\ Hah.


  • Hey folks,

    Need some help here if you can spare it. I've followed all the links and downloaded most of the GUIs, but stull can't get them to communicate with my control board. My question is which port on the gimbal are you using to communicate with the GUI. there is the mini USB and there are the 6-pins located near the PITCH/ROLL ID that fits perfectly with my USBasp flash tool. Neither of them seem to work. Is there a secret handshake or password I need to use.All I'm trying to do is level it out a little and add some forward pitch to it. Thanks in advance.


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