Inspired by Tom Crowly's
homepage with great aerial pictures and very good hints to do it yourself, I
started looking for a digital camera to suit my needs. I did not want to build
a bigger wing and change the construction of my fuselage like Tom, so I was searching
for a slender and lightweight cam. The Fuji DX-10 proved to be exactly what I
needed with an acceptable price of about 200,- Euros.
The cam can take pictures with a resolution of 1024x768. Of course higher resolutions are always better, but also much more expensive. The big advantage of the DX-10 is her weight: only 300 grams. She also fits perfectly in the Bee fuselage.
A servo is mounted on her by a carbon reinforced balsa bracket.
The Fuji DX-10 with the servo mounted
It sure looks like the cam is feeling comfortable in there
Into a piece of foam that is cut to fit into the fuselage a hole for the cam is cut. By this she is perfectly secured in the fuselage. I am thinking of using a kind of safety-belt (just in case...), but until now everything worked great.
The cam "looks out" the starbord door, which is left open during flight. If you want to do this too, remember, that you have to be able to switch your cam on, when she is mounted. With my construction you need some very thin fingers to to it. Luckily I have them. :o)
The great thing about digital cams: checking the pics after landing.
|My first picture: sunset in southern germany together with a hot air balloon (very small thought).|
|The little town of Feldkirchen. Here we stayed.|
|The school of Feldkirchen.|
|The local tennis court. You can see us sitting beneath the tree in front. The crossing was our airfield - perfect!|
|Same picture, but now Andreas Bee is airborne. Watch the shadow!|
|Look at these two lazy fellows...|
|It was astonishing, how difficult it is to get the other plane onto the picture.|
|The train station of the neighbourtown Westerham.|
|Railroadtracks out of the air look just great.|
|I love this picture. Andreas Bee could bee a real plane.|
|Out of the sky, a freshly mown meadow suddenly looks interesting.|
|A gravel pit.|
|Awesome picture of mount St Helens.|
|An airfield, also a great motive. Tom tries to catch real planes on his pictures but hasn't succeeded yet.|
|Well, what do we have here? Reality-TV? :o)|