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Basic Gopro 3 Gimbal for the DJI F450 frame

by Maxxi, published

Basic Gopro 3 Gimbal for the DJI F450 frame by Maxxi May 4, 2013


A basic Gopro 3 gimbal for the DJI F450 frame.
The gimbal in the picture is from the first version of this published version. The swivel arms and backplate are now combined in 1 piece.
On my gimbal I use cheap Hextronik MG14 metal gear servo's. Not sure how long they last in this setup. ;)

YT vid of the first version gimbal:

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Hextronik MG14 metal gear servo's

Which servos are we using here ? cheers

Thanks, I'll certainly try it soon

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Which servos are we using here ? cheers

Hextronik MG14 metal gear servo's

Hello, could you give some information regarding the electronic side, do you use Arduino micro-controler ? ... thankyou

Hi, I just use the built-in DJI Naza gimbal controller. It works great for this setup.

Thanks And you can directly connect the servo motors to the DJI Naza controller ?

Yes, you can. :) After tweaking the servo travel and gain settings in the DJI NazaM Assistant software you're good to go.

Thanks, I'll certainly try it soon

anyway to customize that for the DJI Phantom?

That would be possible but I don't have the measurements for the Phantom.

18mm from bottom of DJI GoPro case and 90mm from bottom of Phantom body.. as far as the the mounting holes, i need to wait till i get home to measure that.. So far I havent found it online.

I might be able to use this one, but not sure if I will have the clearance.

The height of this Gimbal is around 80mm so that should work. It even looks like the Phantom has more clearance than my F450 with printed landing gear.

Drilling extra holes in the main mount shouldn't be a problem either.

I will give it a try, what thickness did you print that at? Thanks!

ABS at 220C, 0.2mm layer height, 2 perimeters and (I think) 80% rectilinear infill. Might have been 100% infill but I can't remember. :)

great thanks!

I made one, but had to modify it to fit my servos.. Kinda pushing it though, not enough support on the roll axis. might have trimmed too much off.

Sorry for the late reply. I haven't gotten any chattering issues. Maybe it's because of the metalgear servo's I use(although still cheap).

Only one issue came up with those servo's. When mounting them you have to be careful not to push the shaft in too deep or the gearing mechanism locks up. I use a screwdriver to lift them out a tiny bit after mounting.

If your servo's are smaller then my Hextronik ones I think they might not me able to cope with the weight of the tray and arm or your gain settings are too high.

I have both pitch and roll set to 20 at this moment. Haven't played too much with the settings because they're pretty good at this point.