1978: science & the great kite craze

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The beginnings of my kite flying are tangled up in the great craze of the mid ’70s. The Peter Powell stunter was the engine of the phenomenon. I didn’t give it much thought at the time but kites, largely due … Continue reading

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360 Servo pendulum mount. Part 3: the sky hook

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The rig flew: and I noticed a fair amount of swing on the camera, on this 1st flight I got a batch of blurred shots with the basic Auto setting- the default ISO being 200 which slowed the shutter too … Continue reading

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360 Servo pendulum mount. Part 2: the pendulum

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The pendulum has 3 parts. pivot bar semi rigid joint Rig attachment Construction is of stock section ( what I can get hold of at the local DIY/ have lurking in the dark corners of the shed) aluminium. The pivot … Continue reading

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360 Servo pendulum mount. Part 1: bodgerneering

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I have been using Tower Pro MMG 995 servos for pan motion for one reason: they have an M4 thread on the output spindle. This means I can fix a Picavet cross directly to it for lightweight cameras and have … Continue reading

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after the fire re-build & re-think

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I don’t want to dwell too much on this but it might be worth knowing how much damage one can expect if you have the misfortune to have a LiPo battery fire on a rig. Rig SN 04 1479 Servos … Continue reading

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LiPo battery fire

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I have  been using a set of 3 3s LiPo packs for the last 4 years or so. They have been a boon enabling extended duration of video relay from sky to ground. I recharge them slowly, never at more … Continue reading

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A short talk made long…

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This is the slide show I put together for the Bottisham & Burwell Photographic Club  who kindly invited me to explain what KAP is all about… the wind refused to blow on the night but we hoisted a rig from … Continue reading

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5 rigs ready for 5 kites: the equip for community KAP continues

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All these cameras have flown at different times according to how much lift I have at the time. After quite a bit of patient fiddling they are now all mounted on rigs ready for flight on a kite line: I … Continue reading

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Time of day

I’m shooting an earthwork monument for photogrammetry, and its taken months of patient work by the team at OWLP to get all the required consents, so as soon as I got the email from Natural England confirming permission and the … Continue reading

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Surprise L rig pano test

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I had posted off an L rig to the Channel Islands, although it took a day longer than the Post Office agreed to, I was thrilled to see the rig flung into the sky on arrival. The pano was stitched … Continue reading

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