New Easy Star Accessory - Electronics Chassis

Hello Everyone

The Easy Star Electronics Chassis is being added to the DIY Drones store today. This accessory allows you to mount your APM/Oilpan, GPS Module (Mediatek or uBlox), Differential Pressure Breakout, Receiver, and pan/tilt camera mount on your Easy Star. The chassis provides access to the CLI switch, USB connector, and the Reset button as well as providing a clear view of the ‘ABC’ LED’s on the Oilpan at all times. It is also compatible with two GPS modules; the uBlox module can be mounted to the vertical plate near the back and the Mediatek gps module fits perfectly on the shelf above that (or you could use some double sided tape and stick any module anywhere). Most receivers should fit on the top base and can easily route wires to the APM beneath. The APM is mounted on the bottom and once it is mounted there is no reason to take it out as everything is accessible, but if the need arises, the bottom plate is designed to pop out more easily than the rest of the chassis so there is no need to take it all apart.

The chassis will be sold in two configurations, one with the pan/tilt camera mount (which you might recognize from Jeff’s post earlier in the week) and one without. Hope you like it and happy flying.


ps. we have flown this with the camera configuration as shown and having the camera off center doesn’t seem to pose a problem. Mounting it this way allows for a less obstructed view, as well as the ability to look down :).

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Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on August 28, 2011 at 3:03pm


I have modified a Readymaderc Twinstar II Pod to hold the AMP/IMU. The AMP/IMU sits on a shelf below the top of the Pod so that the IMU connectors and switches are above the top of the Pod. Not hard to do.



Comment by Simon on August 29, 2011 at 3:30am

Chassis for Bixler

Here's my version which I put together for my Bixler. Material is 2.3mm ply (~3/32"). The APM tray is a little deeper and longer to fit my mounting configuration. If anyone is interested I can make the CAD file or pdf version available.

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Comment by Alan Sanchez on August 29, 2011 at 7:17am

Simon, looks great!

Comment by Peter-Hans de Zwarte on September 3, 2011 at 4:30am

I just got this product, and I was wondering, is the ArduPilot Mega board suppodes to be screwed or glued/taped to the base plate?

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Comment by Alan Sanchez on September 3, 2011 at 4:36am
Your preference. If you are I always like screwing it down with some dampened under the apm. However lately I've been flying quads with double sided tape under the apm and it works just fine. So it is up to you. The hole pattern is provided bit you don't need to use it.

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Comment by Alan Sanchez on September 3, 2011 at 4:37am
Sorry for the typos. iPhone on a plane
Comment by Peter-Hans de Zwarte on September 3, 2011 at 6:40am

I found using 3 zip ties a good solution. I didn't get the ties tight enough, so I used the packaging the APM and IMU came in underneath the board:

Comment by RC on September 3, 2011 at 6:44am

Be careful so that you are not using conductive foam for the middle layer. Conductive foam is common as packaging material.

Comment by Peter-Hans de Zwarte on September 3, 2011 at 7:11am

I used the pink bags the APU and IMU came in. I am quit sure this is anti-static bag, and a good material for this purpose. Or am I wrong about this?


Comment by DaveyWaveyBunsenBurner on September 3, 2011 at 8:20am
I *think* antistatic bags are conductive. Thats why they work. They hold the same potential on all pins so there is no potential difference in the case of a static shock.


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