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Old Apr 04, 2013, 12:43 PM
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Help mounting an 808 cam to RC Plane

Hello All!

First post, so forgive me if I'm in the wrong area.

I've just purchased my first RC plane (the HobbyZone Firebird Stratos) and am excited to fly this weekend.

I'd like to also mount my 808 keycam (#16) to the plane to start recording my flights. Does anyone have any experience or tips mounting these cameras to RC planes? I see some people using velcro, but I'm wondering if there's any better solutions out there.

Thanks so much for your help!
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Old Apr 04, 2013, 12:57 PM
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I did it this way on mine...
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Old Apr 04, 2013, 01:35 PM
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I did it this way on mine...
Wow, thanks, that looks perfect. That was the second part of my question that I forgot to ask - where would be the best location to mount the camera. It seems like mounting it on the top would produce a video with mostly sky in it. If I could angle it down, somehow, it seems like I would get more footage of the landscape around me. No idea how to do that, though...
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Old Apr 04, 2013, 03:04 PM
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Aim the camera where you want it.
Note, the D-lens will give the best field of view, but the horizon will wave up and down like a pizza being tossed by the cook as the plane pitches up and down.
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about 3 minutes into this video... the plane had four cameras running.. at the time, that is an 808 w/Dlens
The Big Vee flying with 4 cameras onboard. (15 min 1 sec)
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Old Apr 04, 2013, 03:05 PM
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I've mounted mine with 1" sq velcro on multiple planes. Never had it come off. But just in case, I also tie a few inches of fishing line to it and affix the other end to some part of the plane. On my flying wing, I simple taped down the line with a small strip of duct tape. That way even if it comes off the velcro in a crash, it won't go tumbling away..
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Old Apr 04, 2013, 04:14 PM
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I've mounted mine with 1" sq velcro on multiple planes. Never had it come off. But just in case, I also tie a few inches of fishing line to it and affix the other end to some part of the plane. On my flying wing, I simple taped down the line with a small strip of duct tape. That way even if it comes off the velcro in a crash, it won't go tumbling away..
Have you found any part of the plane works best for mounting? I'm worried about CG and aerodynamics.
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Old Apr 04, 2013, 07:42 PM
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Video from my Stratos.. 2 cameras, B-lens and D-lens
Firebird Stratos with 2 keyfob cameras (6 min 53 sec)
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Old Apr 04, 2013, 11:52 PM
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Video from my Stratos.. 2 cameras, B-lens and D-lens
https://vimeo.com/63366543
Paul, that's beautiful. Thanks for sending that. I wish I had somewhere that nice to fly.

Also, it was excellent to see the B vs D lens. I've ordered both and I think I'll switch to the D.

Thanks again!
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Old Apr 05, 2013, 10:17 PM
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Have you found any part of the plane works best for mounting? I'm worried about CG and aerodynamics.
Never gave it a second thought, from a 56" plane to a 32" flying wing. Any effect it might have can be trimmed out once its in the air. Good enough for me.
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Old Apr 07, 2013, 06:26 AM
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Hello All!

First post, so forgive me if I'm in the wrong area.

I've just purchased my first RC plane (the HobbyZone Firebird Stratos) and am excited to fly this weekend.

I'd like to also mount my 808 keycam (#16) to the plane to start recording my flights. Does anyone have any experience or tips mounting these cameras to RC planes? I see some people using velcro, but I'm wondering if there's any better solutions out there.

Thanks so much for your help!
Generally aircraft will fly well being slightly nose heavy. The thing to avoid is tail heavy as this can cause stability problems.

Have fun..
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Old Apr 11, 2013, 12:02 PM
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Generally aircraft will fly well being slightly nose heavy. The thing to avoid is tail heavy as this can cause stability problems.

Have fun..:D
Thanks VideoKing. I did just as you said and the plane flew great. Many thanks to everyone in this thread. I'm very excited about the possibilities.
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Old Apr 12, 2013, 04:37 AM
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Tail mount (on vertical fin), just using velcro:

Lovely morning for a flight - #16 v2 808 keychain camera (2 min 40 sec)
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Old Apr 14, 2013, 08:30 AM
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I don't like velcro. It allows the camera to vibrate when the motor is running and this causes jello (wavy lines thru the video)

I always use hotmelt glue on foamies Gives a solid mount and you can "snap" the glue off quite easily if you wish to remove the camera.

Put plenty on, it won't make it any harder to get off

I still tie it on with dental floss string though, just for safety

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Old Apr 14, 2013, 08:51 AM
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Velcro I've found, has a small bit of vibration resistance as the fibres give way a little to vibes. Velcro is also just so easy, it pulls off and re-attaches in a second, hotmelt is a once-off, you can't re-attach without a hotmelt glue gun, which is (normally) not where one is flying.
But but each to his own, you'll have to find something which works for you, these are all just suggestions
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Old Apr 14, 2013, 10:28 AM
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I've used velcro to mount it, then a piece of painter's tape over the top to stop it from wobbling. worked well
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