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CC1333 Board Cam Case Installation Tutorial

This tutorial concerns the CC1333 board cam and its corresponding plastic case. They are available to buy in our shop here:

CC1333-B Board Camera with Sony Super HAD CCD and 600tvl

Ultra light plastic case for CC1333-B and CC1333 board cameras

 

PLEASE NOTE: If you have bought your board cam from HobbyRC and decide to cut it down to fit in our plastic case, you will be invalidating the warranty since this is a destructive process. This tutorial is provided purely for informational purposes and you undertake the installation at your own risk.

 

PRE-INSTALLATION:

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As always, lay out all the parts and tools you will need in front of you before you begin. In addition to the CC1333(B) Board Cam and the Plastic Case, you will need a tool for snipping the board cam's PCB (we used a pair of wire cutters), a small Phillips head screwdriver and some sandpaper for cleaning up the edges of the PCB (not pictured).

CC1333 Board Cam Case Installation Tutorial

 

STEP 1:

The PCB comes with holes for two mounting options - 34 x 34mm and 28 x 28mm. The first step is to remove the outer portion of the PCB leaving only the 28 x 28mm holes in order to make it fit into the plastic case. 

CC1333 Board Cam Case Installation Tutorial

CC1333 Board Cam Case Installation Tutorial

Before cutting anything it is important to ensure that you keep the protective cover on the lens to prevent any damage. You should also take every precaution not to damage any components on the PCB during the process.

Carefully cut off the long strips which run along each side of the PCB. Once you have done this, you can more easily remove the remaining material on the corners. You can offer the board cam up to the plastic case to see whether it fits at this point and continue sanding until it does. Take a little time to remove any loose material and make sure the edges are finshed smoothly.

It is better to cut off a little less material than you need to and then file and sand it down rather than cut off too much. Make sure you have cleaned the PCB and your work area before moving on. You will be exposing the image sensor and the inside of the lens assembly both of which are very sensitive to debris.

CC1333 Board Cam Case Installation Tutorial 

 

STEP 2:

Once you have trimmed down your board cam, you will need to remove the lens assembly from the PCB. Remove the two small screws on the underside of the board, keeping them to one side:

CC1333 Board Cam Case Installation Tutorial

CC1333 Board Cam Case Installation Tutorial

Once again, it is very important not to touch the image sensor or the inside of the lens assembly as they are both very sensitive to debris.

 

STEP 3:

Now you have removed the lens assembly, you can install the PCB in the plastic case. The back cover of the plastic case has a specific orientation which aligns with the pins on the PCB. Make sure that when in the case, the cover fits on with the writing reading left to right. This way your image should remain aligned with the horizon as you would expect (obviously, the case allows for the camera to be flipped vertically). Use four of the longer screws provided with your case to attach the back cover onto the main housing.

CC1333 Board Cam Case Installation Tutorial

CC1333 Board Cam Case Installation Tutorial

 

 

STEP 4:

The opening on the front of the plastic case which aligns with the image sensor is threaded - this is where the lens assembly fits. Separate the two parts of the lens assembly and screw the part which contains the lenses into the plastic case as shown below:

CC1333 Board Cam Case Installation Tutorial

CC1333 Board Cam Case Installation Tutorial

CC1333 Board Cam Case Installation Tutorial

CC1333 Board Cam Case Installation Tutorial

The plastic ring on the lens assembly is used to limit the range of movement on the thread and focus the lens on the image sensor - you will need to adjust this yourself to find the optimum position.

Your board camera is now installed and ready to fit onto your multirotor.

CC1333 Board Cam Case Installation Tutorial

 

 

 

 

HobbyKing Brushless Gimbal Assembly Tutorial

PRE-ASSEMBLY:

As with any kit assembly, it is best practice to lay out all the components and fixings. The HobbyKing Brushless ActionCam Gimbal is no different. This helps you know whether or not you are missing anything and also makes it easier to find the components you need for each step:

It is worth nothing that there are five different types of spacers supplied with this kit:
 
 9x 10mm 
 1x 10mm w/external thread
 3x 30mm
 3x 20mm
 2x 21mm
 
You also have three different types of screws:
 
 6x M2 Socket Head cap screws
 4x M2.5 Socket Head button screws
38x M3 Socket Head button screws
 
STEP 1:
 
 
Take the parts shown above and 2x21mm spacers. Assemble the parts and spacers as shown in the image below - they are held together with 4xM3 screws. Take care to fit the motor mounting plate in the correct orientation as the motor does not mount centrally on to the plate.
 
 
STEP 2:
 
 
Take the parts shown above and 3x30mm spacers. Assemble the parts and spacers as shown below - they are held together with 3xM3 screws. In a later step the motor will mount to this plate centrally so the orientation is not important.

 

STEP 3:

Take the parts shown above and 3x10mm spacers. You will not need the 3xM2 screws which are bagged separately with the motor however these will be used in STEP 6 so keep them to hand. Fix the motor to the circular/triangular mounting plate with 2xM3 screws.
 
Take the component you assembled in STEP 2 and fix the motor and mounting plate to it as shown below. You will need 3x M3 screws. Take care to ensure that the motor is oriented so the wires are more easily routed to your controller board.
 
 
STEP 4:
 
 
Take the parts shown above, 2x10mm spacers, 1x10mm spacer w/external thread and 3x20mm spacers. Assemble the parts and spacers as shown below - they are held together with 8xM3 screws. 
 
Take note that only one of the 10mm spacers is sandwiched between the plates. The 10mm spacer w/external thread appears in the image below as the furthest to the right protruding from the reverse of the component and in the second image as the closest to the bottom. 
 
Visible from the front of the component here is a hole to the other side of the motor mounting plate which is intentionally left empty. This is a slightly larger hole and is simply used as access to reach the M3 screw which fixes the 10mm spacer w/o external thread to the reverse of the component.
 
 
 
STEP 5:
 
 
Take the parts shown above and the component you assembled in STEP 4. Fix the motor to the mounting plate in the same way as you did in STEP 3 using 2xM3 screws. Again, make sure you will be able to easily route your wires to your controller board.
 
Secondly, take the two remaining pieces and fix them to the protruding spacers either side of the rear of the motor using 2xM3 screws. These are the arms which you can mount your controller board to if you wish to. (If you would like to mount your controller board somewhere else then these arms are not necessary.)
 
 

STEP 6:

You should now have three assembled components. The resulting component from STEP 1 fixes on to the resulting component from STEP 3 using 3xM2 screws through the bell of the motor.
 
 
Next, the resulting component from STEP 5 fixes on in the same way using 3xM2 screws. Once these components are fixed together they should look like the image below:
 
 
STEP 7:
 
 
Take the components in the image above and 4x10mm spacers. Using 4xM2.5 screws, fix the "hook and rod" mounting brackets to one of the plates. Take care to ensure the orientation is correct in this step or else the gimbal will not be able to be mounted in the correct way. (If you would rather not use the "hook and rod" mounting method, you can skip this step and mount the plate directly to your multirotor frame.)
 
 
Secondly, fix the 4x10mm spacers onto the other plate using 4xM3 screws. Now fit the two plates together using the rubber vibration dampening balls. These balls help decrease the vibrations transferred from the multirotor frame to the camera gimbal giving you a more steady picture.
 

STEP 8:

Finally using 4xM3 screws, fix the resulting component from STEP 7 onto the rest of the gimabal. Your gimbal should now look like the images below and is ready for you to fit your camera.