The first step to my FPV dreams is to get a good mini camera onboard my Skyscout. Looks like the Gopro is the best way to go on this one..At $399- this took a huge bite off of my ‘hobby budget’. There being no price difference from distributors and retailers I decided to buy the thing directly from Gopro.
Mounting it on the plane, I had to decide whether to include the Gopro’s waterproof case.. the problem with the casing is it weighs more than the camera itself.. I spent a good amount of time trying to figure out how to balance the added weight relative to the CG. The only way I can do this is if a) I place all the electronics behind the CG — not a good idea since the servo cables are pretty much set and I dont want to make unnecessary access holes in the fuselage — or b) move the battery to the CG or b) put a counter-weight on the tail.
In the end, I decided to just go with minimal weight changes and did the following:
1) Took out the ESC from within the fuselage and placed it on top (also took out the motor power cable extensions to lessen the weight)
2) Made a camera platform from some good ‘ol appliance hard styro.
3) Transferred the battery placement nearer the CG (it used to be flushed in the nose of the plane), a bit aft of the orange Orange RX in the pic.
4) Used a black garter with sewed-on velcro for a custom made adjustable camera clasp. This is what’s keeping it on top of the styro platform.. that and a strip of double sided tape at the bottom.
Here’s how it looks like:
With minimal weight changes and just a tad nose heavy.. the first flight went well: