After looking around at the various camera mounts, I didn’t really find anything for RC vehicles that would really protect the camera and give me true on board footage. So off to the drawing board I went. By using some graph paper, a piece of wood, a couple of spacers, a few screws, a old RC body and part of the packaging that came with my camera the iON Air Pro 2, I was able to come up with a camera mount that would address my concerns. This build was really simple and it can be easily modified for many different types of RC surface vehicles.
I cut a template out of the graph paper, that runs the length of my Slash from the rear body mounts to the front body mounts. It is wider at the front so it will accommodate the camera mount.
I cut the template out of wood and painted it orange. This piece will also double as a chassis brace.
This is the camera packaging. I will be using the black flat piece and the cam lock. I am basically moving this set up to the wood I have already cut out.
This is the part I want. I drilled 4 holes in the plastic, so I can secure it to the wood.
A better picture of the holes.
Secured to the wood brace/mount with for screws and nuts.
I geared up a couple of spacers to put between the front body mount and the wood brace/mount. They will aim the camera angle up just enough to get over the hood. Depending on your vehicle and body, you may not need these.
This is a shot of the spacers angling the camera up.
It is now attached to my Slash 4×4, I did use longer screws in the body mounts, to account for the thickness of the wood brace/mount.
I can easily change out batteries and access the ESC without removing the camera mount.
iON Air Pro 2 and its included camlock.
Using the camlock, it just snaps into place.
From the front.
I then took my old RC body and test fit it on the chassis with the camera in place, so I could figure out where to cut the body.
I cut it wide enough to allow my fingers enough room to easily insert or remove the camera.
I then learned the hard way to sand down any rough edges.
All in place and ready to go.
The next 6 pictures show an optional added layer of protection just in case of a nasty roll over. This should work with any of the iON Air Pro series or any other bullet style action camera.
Grab any plastic water bottle your camera will fit in.
Cut the top and bottom off of it and drill out two holes in the side. They will be for the camlock.
Place the bottle between the camera and the camlock.
The bottle is cut and molded to allow for easy access to the buttons and camlock.
Make sure the bottle is big enough so it is not hitting the side of the camera and creating unwanted noise when you are driving and recording.
Mounted up and ready to roll.