Quick and Easy SCX10 TR Camera Mount

By Axial Staff on Oct 01, 2009

I’ve been thinking about the direction I want to go with recording some video of Axial’s new SCX10 TR. I’ve edited quite a few videos over the last few years, but never have had the chance to work with any on-board video yet. So, we picked up a new waterproof GoPro camera to shoot some on-board video. The GoPro package includes a handful of different mounts for the camera. Now it was just a matter of coming up with a few different mounting points on the truck to get the shots I have in mind. Here’s a little sneak peek at what I came up with for a simple, yet effective, camera mount.

1. First thing I did was remove the rock slider from the drivers side of the truck by removing the small M3 set screws that hold it in place.

2. Next, I grabbed some old suspension links I had laying around my office. They slide right into the rock slider mounts with ease. I installed a few short set screws to hold the links in place.

3. Then, I removed an old lid off of a plastic servo case I had here as well. This will be what the camera sits on. I laid the plastic lid from the servo case over the links as they sat in place and marked 4 holes with a marker where I needed them to be, one in each corner. Then, drilled the holes out using an 1/8″ drill bit by hand.

4. With the holes in place on the plastic lid I then used my marker again to transfer the hole pattern from the lid onto the suspension links.

5. I removed the links and drilled two small .099 holes in each link over the needed hole pattern. Then, using a little lube, I ran an M3x.5 tap through all four holes in the links.

6. I reinstalled the suspension links into the rock slider mounts and used four M3x8mm screws to tie the lid to the links. Now, I have an easily accessible camera mount that can shoot video looking from the front or back of the truck. Which is easily removable and also adjustable by sliding the links in or out of the rock slider mounts. If you want a mount that will put up with more abuse then this, use a small sheet of aluminum flat stock instead of the plastic servo cover I used.

Here’s a few pics of the new mount
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Camera mount installed on the truck
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Here you can see the set screws that hold the mount into place on the chassis
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Point of view from the front
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Point of view from the back
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Now, with the camera mounted where it is I should be able to get some great on-board footage that looks super realistic. Keep an eye out for the video. Once it’s done I will post it up here on the blog.


5 Comments:

  1. Default_avatar Janne Posted on 2009-10-07 03:38:46

    Nice setup! I think I’m gonna get one for scaler/crawler/rock racer use! Which GoPro are you using or would recommend?

  2. Default_avatar Bender Posted on 2009-10-16 09:34:23

    We bought the GoPro with the wide angle lens.

  3. Default_avatar kalab Posted on 2009-12-11 12:47:40

    thats pretty cool does it come with the pic stand

  4. Default_avatar kalab Posted on 2009-12-11 12:48:53

    hey im getin me one ive done built a trail

  5. Default_avatar Mike Boester Posted on 2011-01-13 17:15:09

    Great job getting the camera mount on your truck it looks very good.
    My question is, does the camera weight effect the performance of your truck? Ground clearance or does it tilt? If it does check out the little 19 gram mini waterproof POV camera that I offer it is called the SPARK and I think it would work well here. It also is very easy to mount with a velcro two piece system. Let me know it you would like to see one or you can check my website; http://www.badvision10.com

    Thanks and good job!
    Mike

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