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Laser Cut Plexiglass Camera & Gimbal Guard [UPDATED PHOTOS]

Discussion in 'Phantom 2 Vision + Discussion' started by sidebox, Jul 30, 2014.

  1. sidebox

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    ***Photos updated to reflect new crossbracing and padded camera ribbon cable guard***

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    Laser Cut Plexiglass Camera & Gimbal Guard can be found here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/197995974/ ... m-2-vision?

    I've recently joined this forum, and have found that this is a great community to get advice about our Phantoms, and to share stories and modifications. I experienced my first crash the other day, which was terrifying. Luckily, I avoided any serious damage. This got me thinking about safeguarding the most delicate part of the Phantom: the camera and gimbal. In my search, I found a carbon fiber landing gear based guard which I have heard does the job very well (Great job Fastsmiles!). I did balk a little bit at the price at first, but I have come to realize that the price being charged makes absolute sense for a piece of milled carbon fiber. I did however, decide to make my own guard using my own laser engraver, and plexiglass. Plexiglass is the perfect material for this project, at it is firm, but still has enough flex to absorb a lot of the kinetic energy generated by a hard landing or crash. After fixing my new guard to my P2V+, I have tried several hard landings, and also uneven landings. The guard served its purpose very well. Each purchase of a guard comes with a lifetime warranty. If the guard sacrifices itself for your gimbal and camera in a particularly hard landing or crash, I will send out a replacement, free of charge and at no shipping expense. I will also be releasing side guards that may help protect the camera and gimbal against side strikes by trees, bushes, and maybe even a small bird strike. This is currently being tested, and will not be announced shortly.

    Thanks for welcoming me to the Phantom community!

    I realized that while I mentioned Fastsmiles guard, I did not link directly to his guard: http://uavbits.weebly.com/ for those that wish to go with carbon fiber, instead of plexiglass.

    - Sidebox
     
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    Re: Laser Cut Plexiglass Camera & Gimbal Guard Available Now

    when will shipping to asia (singapore) be available ?
     
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    Re: Laser Cut Plexiglass Camera & Gimbal Guard Available Now

    Mistakenly, international shipping was not setup. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. It is now working just fine.
     
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    Re: Laser Cut Plexiglass Camera & Gimbal Guard Available Now

    Very interested in the side guards, please let me know when you have them availalbe
     
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    Re: Laser Cut Plexiglass Camera & Gimbal Guard Available Now

    Not to worry. I will do another obnoxiously loud availability post as soon as they are. Thanks for your interest!
     
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    Re: Laser Cut Plexiglass Camera & Gimbal Guard Available Now

    Welcome to the forum! :lol:

    I currently have a Phantom 2 (non-vision) + H3-3D and use landing gear extensions for protection (to keep my gimbal off the floor) and in my opinion is butt-ugly and huge to look at.

    I am interested on using a camera guard instead to see how it works out!
     
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    Thank you. Just ordered mine now.
     
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    Re: Laser Cut Plexiglass Camera & Gimbal Guard Available Now

    Thank you for your support, and for placing orders, everyone. I will be aiming for a next day turnaround time, so please expect tracking numbers this afternoon. Just as a heads up: I altered the final design after last minute testing. There is now a padded tab that protects the delicate camera ribbon cable. Photographs will be posted later today, and of course, those who have already ordered will receive this enhanced design.
     
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    Re: Laser Cut Plexiglass Camera & Gimbal Guard Available Now

    Obvious question but to be sure: the camera shooting straight down does NOT see any of the guard?
     
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    Re: Laser Cut Plexiglass Camera & Gimbal Guard Available Now

    Smart to ask, just in case. The guard does not show. The only way I could get it to show was when I went into manual mode and really whipped her around while facing straight down. This is not any way to get useable footage, anyway.
     
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    Re: Laser Cut Plexiglass Camera & Gimbal Guard Available Now

    Will the 0.25 thickness version fit inside the channel at the bottom the landing gear?
     
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    Re: Laser Cut Plexiglass Camera & Gimbal Guard Available Now

    The 1/4 does not fit in the channel. The 1/8 is actually a hair thicker than 1/8. It fits really snug into the landing struts. I am strongly considering just offering the 1/8. It really is rigid enough, especially with the newly added padding beneath the ribbon cable guard.
     
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    Re: Laser Cut Plexiglass Camera & Gimbal Guard Available Now

    Hi

    This looks good, and for £13 isn't badly priced - but the shipping almost doubles the cost. Any way you can address this?

    Thanks
     
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    Re: Laser Cut Plexiglass Camera & Gimbal Guard Available Now

    Thanks for the compliment. I fully understand the concern over shipping expense. I am so far shipping via USPS flat rate small box. Any other options appear to be even more expensive. I can ship via USPS First Class Mail International, but I know from experience that it is not traceable, and it can take literally months to arrive somewhere in the world. I am very open to suggestions, and I appreciate your feedback.
     
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    Re: Laser Cut Plexiglass Camera & Gimbal Guard Available Now

    Etsy doesn't seem to have a PayPal option. Anyway to pay that way? Maybe an Ebay listing?
     
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    Re: Laser Cut Plexiglass Camera & Gimbal Guard Available Now

    Paypal payments are now accepted.

    I will have new photos posted shortly, that include the ribbon cable protector. ALL orders will ship with the protector, even ones that were placed before I made the change. First several orders shipped yesterday, with the second batch shipping on Monday.
    Thanks!
     
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    Re: Laser Cut Plexiglass Camera & Gimbal Guard Available Now

    The site won't let me send a PM yet (too new I guess). I'd like to order one though. My email for paypal is EDITED OUT. Thanks!
     
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    Re: Laser Cut Plexiglass Camera & Gimbal Guard Available Now

    Thank you vanman, I have your email, and will be in touch shortly. You may want to edit your post and remove it.
     
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    Re: Laser Cut Plexiglass Camera & Gimbal Guard Available Now

    I have updated the original images, but I will also post here:

    Updated design adds additional crossbracing, and more importantly, a padded camera ribbon cable guard!

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    Re: Laser Cut Plexiglass Camera & Gimbal Guard [UPDATED PHOT

    I like your product and I think it makes more sense than the carbon fiber design and for a few reasons mentioned already. Unfortunately, the price (with shipping) is quite high still for a piece of plastic and I am not sure it would prevent damage to the gimbal/camera assembly in various crashes. I will have to think upon this some more. If I do decide to purchase this item though, I will go with your design.