Heavy Duty Pan and Tilt

by markqv Oct 12, 2016
Download All Files

Thing Apps Enabled

Please Login to Comment

Hi Mark,
is there a version for HD Cam + FPV Cam mount on it?

Hi Konraddi,

Yes, there are a few options :) Please see my Pan & Tilt parts catalog here-

Scroll to the bottom of this page to see a couple pictures.


Hi, This looks simple and awesome, what software is used to control the servos though as i really want to intergrate this into a raspberry pi

Normally this is used in an RC application so the servos are controlled through separate channels in the RC transmitter and receiver. There is no software needed in this case.


Hello, people in Europe that buy components on steplab can contact us for special shipping conditions.

Se links below for Steplab links

Who can I pay to make one of these for me with all the hardware minus the servos?

Hello, we have all the components in Steplab store. For EU customers special shipping cost as low as 3,5€ regardless location
https://en.steplab.net/product/38/ ise the english link of the main shaft.
You may also like pillow block
For special requests feel free to contact us.

Hi Mark, fantastic build! I want to add this to my upcoming MiniTalon build, but I cant find where to buy the 0.375"ID x 0.625"OD x 0.156"L Ball Bearing w/dual shield. Where did you get yours? (I hope they ship to Singapore!). Would it be possible to use a Metric bearing? And lastly, if use the futaba servo coupler, will the ball bearing still be necessary? Thanks!

Hi Azobe,
I list the only two places I know of in the summary and in my Wiki article - http://www.itsqv.com/QVM/index.php?title=Heavy_Duty_Pan_and_Tilt

Also, you can use instead the printable coupler - "Futaba_Servo_Coupler_v2.STL" found in the thing files instead of the aluminum one, you just need to find a Futaba servo wheel.

As for the bearing, yes you could use a metric bearing but you would have to change the bearing plate and the coupler to fit it. You should be able to find this bearing anywhere in the world in any case as all US, Imperial and metric bearings are made in Japan and China.

You absolutely need the coupler, bearing and bearing plate as this is what makes it "heavy duty". If you try and use the coupler without the bearing and supporting plate, you will destroy the servo splines or gears very quickly.

Hope that helps,

I have to agree with the others, this looks awesome!! However, would it be possible to get hold of the original files for this? I want to run it in my crawler and for that I'd like to modify it and make it a bit beefier here and there :)

Thank you.
This is one of the best pan/tilt units I've ever seen.
Use it forTwinstar and Easystar.

Thank you for the nice comments and be sure to see the update I just posted about parts availability in Europe.

Cheers and happy building!

Thank you for the nice comment!
Cheers and happy building - Mark

Thanks for designing this man, it's AWESOME!! made it out of white abs, works great.

Thanks pilotpleil!

Comments deleted.

This is a fantastic design. Since I'm an "expert" in rough (mostly unintended) landings my pan servo's often need repairs or replacing. This will definately keep the out of harms way. Thanks man, great solution for me!

Thanks for the kind words and please let me know if you have any issues.


I've posted a demo video on my Wiki page and YouTube - https://youtu.be/V0CElFcUP78


Bravo as usual!

I have two of the GWS servo's that I was playing around with, just found the perfect PT for my next project, the Mini Skyhunter.

Nice job Mark, thanks!

Comments deleted.

Very good design!
To make the tilt even more robust, you could print the mount flat, then bend the ears by eating it in hot water. It it not possible for all mounts, but should work well with Mobius and Misc_Camera...