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Christine
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 5:42 am    Post subject: Hero camera mounting position & experience Reply with quote

I am finally ordering my new Hero 3+ and would like to start a discussion/exchange of best mounting positions on the Maule as well as which mounts to use.
The ones of you who are using Heros please share your Don't and Do's here as well as your experience regarding the best mounting position.
Has anyone used the propeller filter?

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 6:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Although I have a Drift 170 Stealth and not a GoPro Hero +3, I've done a lot of research on the GoPro and mounting methods for the Drift, Christine.

Where you put the mount depends on whether or not you want part of the airplane in the picture. I prefer the left wing tie down ring. I can adjust the camera mount to either include part of the nose or not from there. It's also far away from the sources of vibration that make the videos undulate like jello (engine and propeller). For a while, I mounted the Drift on the ABW HD gear leg since it is quick and easy, but I didn't like the amount of tire, cowling and propeller that shows up in the 170 degree field of view. When the camera is mounted low, it is also much more susceptible to rocks, bugs, dirt and splashes on the lens.

I put a picture of the RAM mount that I use on the forum at http://maulepilots.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=3197&highlight=camera+mount

The GoPro can use most of the same mount with its camera mount adapter. I use medium thread locker on the 1/4-20 NPT camera mount stud to keep it from working loose. I mount the camera on the left wing so I can see whether or not it's recording by watching the red LED. When the battery in the remote is low, the camera doesn't always start recording when you press the button on the remote.

The propeller filter is nothing more than a neutral density filter that knocks the light level down so much that the shutter speed slows down and doesn't catch the fast rotation of the propeller as much. Works great with bright light but not so good with low light level. Videos get grainy in this situation.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 7:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great, thanks Andy... I created a new section called Gizmo's and moved this and your other thread into this section.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 12:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've also seen some cool camera adapters that use a modified inspection plate to support the camera. I'm still shooting with a suction cup mount from inside the plane.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 4:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://wingitmounts.com/index.html. here is one I had ordered have not gotten a chance to use it though. I liked the fact is was easy to move around.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 6:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like that. It doesn't say whether or not it will fit the Maule. It lists off a bunch of Cessna models and Glasair on the website but didn't see Maule. Not sure how much difference in shape there is in the strut between the Cessna and Maule. Let us know if it fits!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

st8cop166 wrote:
I like that. It doesn't say whether or not it will fit the Maule. It lists off a bunch of Cessna models and Glasair on the website but didn't see Maule. Not sure how much difference in shape there is in the strut between the Cessna and Maule. Let us know if it fits!


From the Products page - "WingItMounts™ is looking for our next camera mount. If the mount does not fit your airplane please let us know. We would like YOUR input, please fill out our Customer Survey."
Sounds like if enough Maulers do the survey they may work-up a design.

The link that Kirk provided works once the "period" (or Full Stop) is removed.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 3:40 pm    Post subject: Wing Mounts Reply with quote

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http://wingitmounts.com/index.html. here is one I had ordered have not gotten a chance to use it though. I liked the fact is was easy to move around.
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From Wing Mounts:

"Unfortunately our current mount does not fit on the Maule aircraft, it also is limited to the GoPro camera as it uses the stock GoPro clips for mounting.

Justin Bentsen"

Not usable for anything other than GoPro and does not fit Maules.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From that statement is does not appear they are aware of our importance within the market place. Guess I'll continue to use my homemade camera mounting device costing $1.99 instead of their high dollar contraption costing $119.95. Besides that . . .mine has character and blends with the bailing wire and duct tape. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 3:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where are you getting baleing wire? I've been reduced to baleing twine as we ran out of wire and all balers use twine now!
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I guess nobody is repairing angthing with netwrap
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alfalfa bales come wrapped with wire. If you want to buy the alfalfa I will send the wire to you.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

duct tape boys that's the future duct tape
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't think I can afford the alfalfa....but how much for the wire? I like duck tape, but can't abide killing all those waterfowl just to make tape!?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 5:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gorilla tape, stronger but only comes in black.
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