Monthly Archives: October 2014

360 Servo pendulum mount. Part 4: getting panoramic cover

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With the rig aloft turning in 25 degree steps as fast as the shutter release will allow I tied off and hoped for the best. Even in a gusty Bft5 the 9’Levitation can’t lift my fully loaded bike. as the … Continue reading

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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 M3 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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