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James Butler

New Member
I recently started learning to fly RC planes, but have been a model railroader and photographer for years. So of course, I had to attach a small digital cam to one of my planes and try some aerial photography.

Here is a short hop as a container train was passing through town. My take off and landing site was not ideal, but I got it down in one piece.

As my flying improves, I plan to put a better quality cams on a more stable plane.


James Butler

New Member
Sounds like fun.

I have a good friend who did that last year. Attached his Canon Elph camera to a plane. Here is a link to one of his test videos. (he has some non-aerial RR videos also)

He has not made a flight over the yards yet, but I'm sure next spring that will be something to try.

Cool stuff.

Small world, I am flying a Hobbyzone Super Cub also, and I have watched most of your friends videos on how to upgrade the plane. It is a simple plane to fly and work on. It is also durable and with an upgraded power system, capable of handling the extra load of a small camera mounted under the wing.

I used an 808 #11 keychain cam for my video. It is not a high quality camera, but I wanted something lightweight and inexpensive to learn with.

Here are some screen shots from videos taken with this plane and camera.

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