Using a tripod adapter elevates the lens above the model’s surface and
gives you freedom to tilt the camera.
The author fabricated a foam arch to adapt his camera mount to this
sharply curved fuselage.
It is helpful to mount fuselage cameras near battery hatches for easy
access to the mounting bolt.
The author glued lead to plywood to counterbalance the weight of a wing-mounted camera
Many models are capable of carrying a small camera. It’s
helpful to start out with an airplane that has at least a
40-inch wingspan, such as this Hacker Fun Master.
different feel with only one camera. It’s
hard to predict what the effects will be.
Of course, simply the additional mass of
a camera and any ballast will change the
model’s stall speed.
With a camera on the wing, you can
expect that the aircraft will start and
stop rolls more slowly. Fuselage cameras
might impact the pitch response or pitch
trim of a model.
My advice is to treat a newly
equipped camera-carrying aircraft just
like a new model. Feel it out with a
Adding an action camera to a
foam airplane is a fun way to see the
RC hobby from a new perspective.
The latest generation of small action
cameras can give you great high-definition footage of your model. They
are so small and lightweight that you
might not even notice them tagging
The mounting methods discussed here
are only a few examples of the endless,
creative possibilities they offer. Pick up
one or two of these cameras, grab your
favorite foamie, and channel your
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