The KAPshop Big1 is a pan/tilt camera mount to capture aerial photos and video from kites, balloons, Helikites and telescoping masts. The Big1 is designed to be a light and economical solution for small format aerial imaging. For this rig we don't use the very expansive carbon fiber but glass fiber reinforced composite plates of various thicknesses.
Now you might think that you have seen such a rig (or gimbal as it is often called) before. That can be true but similar designs for RC helicopters or multirotors don't leave any space for electronics and batteries as these elements are fitted elsewhere. On KAPshop's Big1 there is plenty of room for receivers and transmitters and a power supply.
Power is provided by a 2 cell LiPo battery. This battery is protected by a LiSa which also provides a nice 5V to power the electronics.
A dashboard is fitted within the frame. Here you find the On/Off switch with its indicator and sockets for the camera trigger and the video signal.
Both the tilt and the pan axis have two radial ball bearings. The weight is supported by a axial bearing in the pan axis.
The Big1 features 5:1 gear reduction in both pan and tilt axis for smooth movement and plenty of torque. Standard servos with metal gears are used to drive both pan and tilt axis. Control of RC servos is by pulse width modulation (PWM) with a sweep from 900-2100us. Such signals can come from a RC system, the smart CAMremote or a clickPAN-PRO if you prefer automatic control.
The Big1 can accommodate cameras as large as the Canon 5D/7D. Camera weight of up to 2 kg is acceptable provided the camera's center of gravity is aligned with the tilt axis. Without a camera the rig
weighs some 0,5 kg.
Included in that weight is a gent-X Picavet suspension with ball bearing miniature blocks and a pair of Brooxes Hangups. And a Yellow Camera Keeper.
A special charger for the LiPo battery is included.
The rig can be equiped with a choice of control systems: a standard RC system, a CAMremote with Remote Controler or a Gentles clickPAN-PRO. A control system has to be ordered separately.
There is a choice in color of the rig: it is black or white or translucent yellow.
If you operate in salty conditions often we recommend stainless steel hardware.
Width-depth-height: 279-91-227 mm
Weight: 500 grammes