Here's an ultra cheap DIY pan and tilt setup made with spare parts, wood, tape and of course... hot glue! A simple design that is servo driven and allows you to have pan and tilt movement for your FPV video camera.
Here's the parts list:
2 X Pieces of wood 26mm x 5mm x 90mm
1 X Wood dowel ⅝” X ⅝” (16mm X 16mm)
1 X Hobby Plywood 1/16” (1.5mm)
1 X 1mm Piano Wire
1 X 2mm Piano Wire
1 X Steering Arm
2 X Linkage Stoppers
1 X Zip Tie (8”)
2 X Servos
Extreme Packing Tape
Chad designed this pan and tilt setup for specifically for our Fat Shark Head Tracker Review and needed to create it fast and cheap.
Since that episode, we've revised this 'do it yourself' pan/tilt setup and made it function even better.
We tried to use parts that every RC pilot might have available in their shop. Obviously, any of these components can be replaces with parts that you have available.
Even the hinge setup is created with some hobby plywood and tape, because not everyone has extra airplane flap hinges available.. and the hobby plywood and tape is easier.
Setting up your pan and tilt you will want to pay attention to the throws and how your pushrods are attached to your servos. More throw will cause less 'resolution' and less throw will give you better resolution.
Digital servos are the best choice for this type of FPV setup because they offer better resolution. The resolution referes to the steps or 'stops' you get as the servo moves. The more steps (resolution) means smoother pan and tilting movement.
Again, this is just one way of designing an ultra cheap, super simple pan and tilt setup for your radio controlled FPV flyer.
If you have a setup that you've designed, share it here, in the forum, and if you've made this setup be sure to post it so we can check it out!
See this Head Tracking setup in action here:
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