Build a Gimbal Mount on Your ELEV-8 V2

Level: Intermediate

Skills required: Soldering, Mechanical Assembly, Multirotor Piloting

One of the most common uses of multirotors is aerial photography and videography. In order to capture quality media, a Brushless Gimbal must be used to correct for the constant movements of multirotors which would otherwise cause extremely shaky footage. In this project, a very simple mount was made to attach a Tarot T-2D Gimbal with a GoPro Hero 3 camera to the front of an ELEV-8 V2. By moving the battery to the rear of the ELEV-8, balance can be maintained. The tilt of the gimbal will be set up so that it can be controlled by the 6th channel of the RC receiver. Properly done, this setup will give you very smooth footage; it’s been used to capture most of the promotional images and videos distributed by Parallax.

 

What's Needed:

Parts

  • 1 - ELEV-8 v2 Quadcopter (Assembled, Tested, Tuned) - 80200
  • 1 - Tarot T-2D Brushless Gimbal (Assembled, Tested, Tuned)
  • 1 - GoPro Hero 3 or 3+ Camera
  • 10” - U-Channel Aluminum Extrusion, appx 0.65” wide by 0.5” tall (sold in some hardware stores as "plywood edge trim")
  • 2 - 3.5mm Bullet Connector, Male
  • 2 - 3/16” Heat-Shrink Tubing, ½” (1 cm) long
  • 6 - Machine Screw, #4-40 x ⅜”, Pan Head
  • 2 - Internal Lock Washer, #4 OR Locktite Threadlocker
  • 1 - Locknut, #4
  • 2 - Standoff, #4-40 x ⅞”
  • 1 - Servo Extension (3-wire) Cable, Male to Female, 4 to 8” (optional)

Tools

  • PC running Windows 7 with Internet Access
  • Pencil or Metal Scribe
  • Measuring Tape or Calipers
  • Hacksaw
  • Metal File
  • Power Drill
  • #30 or 4/32” Drill Bit
  • Vice or Clamps
  • #1 Philips Head Screwdriver
  • Soldering Iron (We recommend the Parallax Basic Soldering Kit, #700-10011)
  • Rosin-Core Solder (Also in the Parallax Basic Soldering Kit)
  • Work-Holding Vise (Also in the Parallax Basic Soldering Kit)
  • Metal or Wood Block with 5/32” (4 mm) hole (optional)
  • Heat Gun, Hair Dryer, or Soldering Iron
  • 1/4” Wrench or Adjustable Wrench
  • Flat-Nose Pliers