That cool retractable pan/tilt that we wrote about last week is now available in a mini size. $25 for MDF, or $35 for ABS plastic. Details here, video follows.  

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Comment by james sowell on September 5, 2012 at 11:06am

sent u pm on outher site

Comment by Jason on September 5, 2012 at 11:11am
Looks like their site is not up yet.
Comment by james sowell on September 5, 2012 at 11:55am

i sent him pm got the address

Comment by David M Eno on September 5, 2012 at 3:23pm


Comment by Alex Lee on September 5, 2012 at 4:59pm

I wonder how airflow would affect it. Hanging the camera and servo off the one serveo horn attached to the downward arm looks like a trouble spot. perhaps affixing something to the back of the servo that can pivot and join it to another one of the 90 degree arms on otherside. That could strengthen it.

Comment by Ben Carson on September 5, 2012 at 7:31pm

Great stuff! Been wokring my way backwards trying to build one of these in a sphere, but it looks like you have the mechanics down pat :) I have been using a transmitter gimbal as the pan and tilt even though it is limited, however  Iwas going have it set up so that an addidional channel canplace the gimbal facing the horizon, or the ground through a switch.

Comment by Randy on September 5, 2012 at 11:02pm

Looking good!

Any videos of the results after putting it in a plane or multicopter? Sometimes what appears to work on the ground doesn't work so well in the air at least on multicopters (probably due to vibrations that seem to become exaggerated by the camera being suspend out on an arm).

Comment by John Johnson on September 6, 2012 at 8:51am

I have been working on a similar project and I have experienced some problems that this designer has not addressed yet.  The first is the stresses put on the retract servo during landing.  A hard landing will likely strip the gears on the retract servo as all the weight of the camera and servos are thrown forward.  A lesser risk is the pan servo being directly connected to the camera carrier is also at risk for breaking the gears during a hard landing.  The last is the tilt servo is positioned by the camera so you need a larger hole in your fuselage to accept the servo and the camera is offset from the rotation point so you need to expand the hole not only forward but in any direction the camera might be pointing when be extended or retracted.  You can say you will only retract when the camera is pointing forward and then there is reality.  And lastly the video does not show a video camera cable and there is no apparent cable management to keep the tilt servo and camera cabling from getting caught on something during extend/retract.

Here is my design.  It is a little larger, but it requires a smaller hole for the camera because camera is centered on the tilt rotation axis and the servo is above the camera.  There is zero rotational torque on the retract servo when the camera is extended or retracted.  The pan servo is connected to the camera via a chain/sprocket setup.  By changing the sprocket ($2 each) ratio I can get more than 180 degrees rotation without the need for a more expensive servo stretcher or servo. 

Give me some time and I will update this will continous 360 rotation and stabilized pan and tilt.  But if you want this kit now I can supply them.

Comment by John Johnson on September 6, 2012 at 8:57am

...and here is the thread on RCGroups

Comment by Carlos C on September 18, 2012 at 4:57am
John, like I told you on rcgroups, my rig weights half of what yours weights plus has a shorter retract arm, the camera and servo weight doesnt put stress on the servo like your first prototype did. The hole for retraction on mine is bigger because I designed the camera mount for a 36mm x36mm x 30mm camera, you are using. 25mm x 25mm camera, let me know if your retraction hole will stay the same size using the camera Im using.

On mine if you use a smaller camera you dont need to make a larger hole.


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