DIY GoPro Aerial Photography Inventions

"Inventions" really mean invention attempts. After four brilliant builds - none yielding clear, elevated photos from the GoPro Session.  The goal was to find an alternate to the original camera kite, as Maine has ceased all consistent wind for the past two weeks. I want something I can chuck straight up that has a slowed descent while having a small footprint so I can keep it in the car.

Hopefully, more success happens further down the page.  Let's start recapping the failures first...

 

Halloween 2013 skeleton marionette

The goal is pretty obvious this year, but may be a lot more trouble. I'm getting tired of the clunkly, pivoting haunts I always see every year on the DIY blogs as well (as my own lame attempts) and always marveled at the fluidity of puppets. There is something organic and random about a dangling, controlled structure - I just want to know if you can have that visual impact with the constraints of only using a single motor. Yes I could buy several and have  them set for all kinds of whacky phases but I think the single motor limit is what is driving me this year.

Large Rocket Design

With the myriad of model rockets on the market – picking one as your next build is really tough if you are looking for a specific look and class. Rockets are expensive so, for once, I’m going to design one from scratch. Below are the sorted photos of the build, notes on what’s going on to follow…

Large model rocket development

 

DIY R/C Sailboat Project

I've been wanting to combine a few favorite hobbies, woodworking and physics, and dive head first into a project I know nothing about - sailboats. I have been thinking about dusting off the old RC gear and configuring it for small-scale sailing for a long time, so I thought I'd build a boat over the winter. There's something unbelievably rewarding about building something like this from scratch, even more so if you tackle something that you know has a significant probability of failure . This is definitely a boat that is much better built than bought... IF IT WORKS.

 

 

Rock Tumbler Sound Proof Box

The only drag with this hobby is the sound the tumbler makes for months on end. Its not really a problem for me, as the tumbler is in the shed... but I feel bad for the neighbors. There are tons of articles on sound dampening techniques and Ive tried several, including a plywood box covered with carpet samples. I like the idea of using styrofoam insulation because it easy to work with, has minimal resonance across all audio frequencies, and its non-flamible.

Super Rock Tumbler

Super Rock Tumbler

After running a tumbler for over a year, practically non-stop, I got to see where the wear points and heating issues were coming from. I sat down with some paper and drew up what my dream tumbler would be. Some of the specifications and major improvements over my Harbor Freight 6lbs model would be:

Continuous running
All bearings to be replace nylon bushings
Fan cooled
Adjustable roller spans
Sound-dampening enclosure 

DIY golf Stimpmeter

Make your own stimpmeter

DIY Stimpmeter
I had been playng golf for about twenty years but just began regular putting practice when I joined my first men's club last year. Between the two public courses that I sneak out to for putting practice,  one feels like a shag carpet and the other feels like glass. I've been seeing signs reading   "Current Stimp xx.x feet" for years and decided to build my own Stimpmeter.