The diminutive and fragile looking GWS Slow Stick can handle taking a camera airborne. Check this out!
The shutter is tripped via a Hitec HS-55 servo and a popsicle stick. The camera control is on my rudder channel. The Slow Stick has only rudder(which becomes the Ailerons channel to keep all steering controls on the right stick) and elevator. Including the motor, that makes a total of 4 channels.
I used a short fiberglass 10x10mm stick to mount the camera and suspended the apparatus under the wing and centered around the model's CG. The total weight of the aircraft is 28.5 oz. The plane flies well.
The Canon Elph SD110 digital camera is mounted parallel to the fuselage and can be rotated down to acquire images from a lower altitude. The camera model is obsolete but has a wider than typical wide angle field of view, making good images possible at a lower altitude.
Another little tip: In my case placing a quarter (25 cent piece) on the left wind tip balanced the aircraft laterally. This improved the flying response immeasurably.
My thanks to Herman and Fred R for their helpful suggestions.
Above is a short video clip of my yellow GWS Slow Stick radio controlled aircraft being flown during windy conditions. My friend Fred Rimer is at the controls.
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