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The Whoopinator- FPV Quad Camera Mount

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The Whoopinator- FPV Quad Camera Mount by SexyCyborg Aug 27, 2016
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Inspired by the “Tiny Whoop” low cost FPV quadcopter, this mount allows you to quickly add an FX798T camera to any drone able to carry a 6g payload.

This design came about because we have a small, ladies FPV drone racing club we're trying to get “off the ground” (LOL) here in Shenzhen. I'm trying to get more women and girls interested in the hobby as a gateway to Making. (Flying leads to crashing, crashing leads to fixing and a desire to create improvements.)

$100+ FPV drones are awesome but most of us can’t really drop that kind of money on a hobby and can't afford to crash a drone that costs that much while learning, so to keep the hobby accessible we’ve been focusing on stock micro quads and indoor parking lot racing (underground parking lots mostly). We’ve only got a few cameras and a kind of random collection of quads so I came up with this rig so we could quickly attach a FX798T to whatever we have that day and get racing.

The design is based on Oscar Liang’s “Whoopee” VTX holder. Print is one piece and somewhat more robust since many of our races turn into dogfights:-) Total weight of FX798T, holder and zip-tie is >6g. We’ve been mostly strapping them to JJRC H8 Mini’s but it fits just fine of my Syma X5C as a trainer quad.

There are two versions, regular and a strong one with an extra protective ring. I use the strong version since I crash…a lot :-P

I’ll post my FPV display solution soon...

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Printer:

FlashForge Creator Pro

Rafts:

No

Supports:

No

Resolution:

.15mm

Infill:

50-100%


Notes:

ABS or PLA is fine. I’ve never had one break since the micro quads weight so little.

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I'd really have to test print once or twice to fit- .5 one way or the other can make it stay or fall out. If I can match the model on TaoBao I'll try to pick one up (Eachine is a BangGood brand and they are based in Shenzhen but won't sell to China). You might try just printing a few with different scaling. that should get you pretty close.

Thanks for the suggestion! I don't have a printer myself, but can try ordering a couple with different scaling from 3D Hubs.

There are a few mounts for these cameras on Thingiverse, but they're for specific models. This one is just what I'm after!

Ok silly question time, and apology if this was explained elsewhere and I missed it (please link if so!) how is the camera and transmitter connecting to the power? Are the leads attaching to the board inside the drone or are they somehow daisychained to the battery connectors?

Sure, the camera comes with a male and female plug so it does not need any soldering. Battery->Camera->Drone

That is too amazing! :) I was waaay overthinking it :)

ok, thank you for solving another one of my problems! HAHAHA! :) :)

My pleasure!

Is there something wrong with the Order This Printed option? I ordered in the past and it worked but today it keeps saying "Enter your address to get a shipping price." and my shipping information is entered. Need to order a few more :)

Did you also design the antenna on top of the camera?

Yes, thanks. I didn't want to post the link and have people think I was getting referrals...

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