Replacing Vertical Servo Mount with Push-Through Servo Mount

The servo is large 40x40x20mm and a lot of frames do not have the space required for horizontally mounting the servo to the top plate between the front four standoffs the same way the Terraplane does. I had solved this by mounting the servo vertically, this worked well at first but once I switched overContinue reading “Replacing Vertical Servo Mount with Push-Through Servo Mount”

Fully Switching to the Universal Mount FPV Gimbal

Announcing a full switch to the Universal Mount for standard single-axis FPV gimbals. It works well. It simplifies and increases consistency across different designs. It has excellent durability and camera protection, it’s smaller and looks cool, it’s just better, and it feels like a much more optimized system. My whole fleet is already switched over,Continue reading “Fully Switching to the Universal Mount FPV Gimbal”

Universal FPV Gimbal + Quark Stabilizer

The dual axis head tracking FPV gimbal is very difficult to use effectively, I am still practicing with it occasionally but for now I believe a single axis is more practical. However, someone (PKNEXUS) brought up the idea on discord to have “a single axis gimbal on the roll for the gopro only, with pitchContinue reading “Universal FPV Gimbal + Quark Stabilizer”

Adding a Head Tracker to Your Setup

This tutorial is for adding a prebuilt or DIY head tracker to a FPV setup. Open-source firmware and configuration software can be found here and open-source designs by Medlin Drone can be found here. This should be applicable for any transmitter running OpenTX that has a 3.5mm auxiliary trainer port, there are SBUS and wirelessContinue reading “Adding a Head Tracker to Your Setup”

Gimbal Design Options: Wire vs. Steering Linkage vs. Direct-Drive/On-Servo vs. Geared Drive

I want to cover why I have been designing gimbals with wire linkages, and discuss some of the potential advantages and disadvantages of some of the best alternate design options, and why I may start to adopt them. Wire Linkage: The main advantages of a a wire linkage are durability, flexible application, good performance, andContinue reading “Gimbal Design Options: Wire vs. Steering Linkage vs. Direct-Drive/On-Servo vs. Geared Drive”

Do You Need a Head Tracker?

No, there’s a limitless selection of alternatives that will work to control the gimbal/servo, and you can also set up a switch that changes control of the gimbal from various inputs. For example, a three-position switch can change control between the head tracker, a slider on the transmitter, and a constant value or Betaflight functionContinue reading “Do You Need a Head Tracker?”

FPV Gimbal – Camera Mount Options

Many of the open source gimbal designs share the same 20mm bearing housing, this means that for most designs the only frame-specific part is the base, while the top/camera mount is cross-compatible between all designs that share the 20mm bearing housing. This doesn’t mean that they will all work perfectly on any base/frame, this justContinue reading “FPV Gimbal – Camera Mount Options”

Flight Tips – First Flight with FPV Gimbal

This is a set of tips and recommendations for trying out a head tracking gimbal for the first time. I recommend setting up the gimbal to have a conservative range of motion, at least for your first flights. I set up mine to have about 30 degrees upwards to 50 degrees downwards, but you mayContinue reading “Flight Tips – First Flight with FPV Gimbal”