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Protecting the gimbal

Discussion in 'Phantom 2 Vision + Discussion' started by ___, Jul 25, 2014.

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    What are some options to protect that dainty camera and gimbal assembly?

    I have a gimbal guard for uneven surface landings, and am thinking about some cloth (gaffers) tape on the $200 black ribbon cable and maybe near the compass. What else can we do? I've even considered RC shocks on modified landing gear.

    Ideas? What have you done already?
     
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    $35 for that? That's interesting. It kind of worries me is by attaching this to the both legs, wouldn't that make it too rigid? Of course if you know you won't crash then it's all good ^_^

    I do like the idea though
     
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    You could probably make one out of 2mm or 3mm plexiglas using a coping saw, put Phantom pilots are not the most DIY minded lot :)
     
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    Rigid is good if you're trying to protect the camera and gimbal. Carbon fiber and plastic are a lot tougher than that gimbal.

    Plexiglass would be much heavier than the carbon fiber that's made out of.
    But yeah, you could probably fabricate something thin and strong to strap between the landing legs.
     
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    By gimbal guard, yes, I mean the little tray. It is designed to protect the gimbal if you land on an uneven surface.
    I added some electrical tape very carefully over most of the exposed parts of the black ribbon cable. It won't do much put perhaps it may do just enough if I ever need it.
    I also got the petal lens hood and believe that it will also add a slight layer of scuff protection, if nothing else.
     
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    How about those leg extensions?
     

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    From what I hear, the most common point of failure on the P2V+ is the camera hitting the ribbon cable and damaging it. Implementing some sort of guard on this ribbon cable would be advisable.
     
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    Yep. I laser cut one out of 1/4" glow in the dark acrylic. Gonna attach it tomorrow.
     
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    I usually fly off of grass , I think it would make it tip over on grass ?
     
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    Do the long legs help?
     
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    Oooh I love long legs.... Oh, on the Phantom you mean? No idea...lol
     
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    I just recieved my extended legs...will put them on today and let you know... I know I launch from grass and many times, the grass would interfere with the gimbal prior to take off.... I know the legs will help with that...
     
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    I have the extended legs on my FC40, gives the gimbal loads of clearance.
     
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    :D :D :D
     
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    Wow, lol