So I have a lot of dumb ideas. Few of them actually come to fruition, but when they actually work out, they turn out kinda fun. I love wing-tip footage from planes like this:
And so I wanted to start trying that idea out with my new custom built quadcopter, The Green Machine. So because I was concerned about center of gravity for the quadcopter, I decided to start with something that I didn’t think would affect it too badly, and simply turned the camera around, adding in some legos to have a little bit of fun with it:
This was fun, but it wasn’t really third person view. I started to think through a possible rig for this. So here’s a quick gallery working through how I did the setup:
Finally, with all of this put together, it produced this footage. This is just a dry run — I’m going to take this rig out to an actual flying field at some point soon and try it out with some more intense flying.
Few things to note:
- I need to adjust my PIDs. 🙁 I’ve been flying 5030s for a long time, and recently switched to 5045 bullnose. The PID values that I had for the 5030s are not right for the bullnose, so I need to go back
- I am flying with an auto-level on, and that’s kinda making the flight a little awkward, but that will improve with acro mode, I think. I didn’t want to try any barrel rolls over the street, for fear of something breaking.
- The quad is VERY top heavy, making it much harder to control. This would not work out for FPV racing, where you would have some of the coolest footage.
- I am going to try two more things with this setup: (1) I’m going to try a new version of the tail mount: I want to bolt it to the frame in two different locations so that it’s more sturdy and not bending the actual CF like you can see in the video. (2) I want to try putting the flight camera on the scorpion tail mount and fly from that perspective. For science!