Timing Belt Linkage – The Ultimate Solution?

This is a rough account of the design progression of the Timing-Belt FPV Gimbal. It doesn’t cover every hurdle or design revision, just some of the major points of progression. First thoughts (Approx 6/15/22): I have recently had my kits and designs get in front of more people at higher levels. This has provided meContinue reading “Timing Belt Linkage – The Ultimate Solution?”

TBS Tango 2 and Mambo – Head Tracker Compatibility – The Saga

Unfortunately, the TBS Tango 2 and Mambo aren’t currently compatible with the head tracker. I have talked to TBS about this, they said they could make it compatible with a firmware update (to allow a ‘wired trainer’ function) but didn’t say if/when they would. The more people that reach out to them the more likelyContinue reading “TBS Tango 2 and Mambo – Head Tracker Compatibility – The Saga”

FPV Gimbal + “Cheater Quad”

Flying with a head tracking FPV gimbal allows backwards flight while maintaining framing on a subject. However, it can be risky to fly backwards for a long distance or through obstacles, a visual observer can help confirm safe trajectory, but I wanted to see if a ‘Cheater Quad’ setup could help solve this problem. ForContinue reading “FPV Gimbal + “Cheater Quad””

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”

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?”