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Zephyr II Modular Camera mount

by MiguelAlvarez, published

Zephyr II Modular Camera mount by MiguelAlvarez Mar 4, 2014
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Summary

After a rough crash with my zephyr, my camera mount broke. I found this a bit frustrating because it meant I'd have to carve/tear out the current one (its a lot of glue) to replace it. Instead I made a completely new modular design which allows mounting of different camera mounts. This means if a crash breaks it, I can simply unscrew it and attach another one without any re gluing. This also makes replacing much easier when I modify the mount or want to attach something other than a camera.

This requires 6 x M3 nuts and 6 x M3 screws (I currently use 5 15mm screws and 1 25mm screw). The length of the screws would be based on the mount you use.

I've added a datasheet as well with the dimensions I've used in case anyone wants to make their own mount.

My currently designed mounts

  • ccd mount for a readymaderc 600TVL cam (I'll probably modify this soon to have a rounder bottom section
    -Gopro clip mount which allows usage of the included gopro case. This provides more protection and allows usage of the waterproof case which I wanted to use while flying through clouds. (I'm assuming this also means compatibility with older gopro models since the clip size is the same?)

Sample video using this mount
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIh_2pMxUyI&feature=youtu.be

UPDATE: added new ccd camera mount that does a better job of keeping the connector held in and has a rounded off bottom to reduce dirt accumulation on some landings.
Feel free to leave feedback if you use this mount so I can take improvements into consideration for future designs.

Instructions

super glue 6 M3 nuts in the slots and screw in 6 15mm M3 screws to hold the nuts in tightly.

Carve out a slot in the wing for the modular cam mount to be placed.

Once the nuts are glued, without removing the M3 screws, glue the Modular cam mount to the carved out section of the wing. I used gorilla glue but feel free to use any glue. Try to avoid placing glue too close to the screws. The screws are left in to prevent the slots from being filled in with glue.

One the glue is dry, the screws can be removed. They will probably be held in place by glue but the slots should still work even if a little hard to remove immediately.

Finally use the screws to attach your dedicated camera mounts

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