FC-T12 2-axis gimbal assembly and bench test.

Unit overview

FC-T12 2-axis gimbal from HobbyKing is a cheap ($15US) and light (72g without servos – 124g all up in this configuration) 2-axis gimbal suitable for small cameras.

In this build configuration, the servo controlling pitch is a Hextronik HXT900 9gr / 1.6kg / 0.12sec micro. The servo controlling roll is a Hextronik 5010 39.2g / 6.9kg / 0.16sec standard servo. The controller is a OpenPilot Revolution, purchased via the OpenPilot store and configured as per the OpenPilot Wiki article on Camera Stabilization Configuration.

Benchtest

Assembly

Attach the micro servo to the first plate.

Step 1

Step 1

The screws in position:

Step 2

Step 2

Prepare the counterpart plate with turntable.

Step 3

Step 3

Connect right angle fillets to the arms.

Step 4

Step 4

Then the arms to the bridging plate.

Step 5

Step 5

Then attach the camera baseplate.

Step 6

Step 6

At which point you can commence the main attachment of the gimbal.

Step 7

Step 7

The prepared connector plate.

Step 8

Step 8

One half of the connector plate in place.

Step 9

Step 9

The other half in place.

Step 10

Step 10

Support braces in place.

Step 11

Step 11

Standard servo in place.

Step 12

Step 12

The thread is only just long enough for the nuts to engage.

Step 13

Step 13

Couple the two halves.

Step 14

Step 14

The assembled unit.

Final product

Final product