$5 Quadcopter Anti-Vibration, Torsion, Stabilizeation Mount





Introduction: $5 Quadcopter Anti-Vibration, Torsion, Stabilizeation Mount

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This inexpensive torsion mount removes jitters and Jello Effect (Vibrational Aberration) from your quadcopter (I used a Syma X8) video. This setup is suited for a GoPro, but the quarter inch mounting system is compatible with all tripod mounts, including point and shoot cameras. The mount is adjustable 170 degrees vertically and 360 degrees horizontally (photo 2).


Check out The Build and Testing Video

https://youtu.be/CGxib2Kr UsE


For this project you will require the following...


Super glue

Fibreglass Torsion Mount (http://www.gearbest.com/rc-parts/pp_2702 2.html)

GoPro Tripod Adapter (http://www.gearbest.com/photography-accessories/pp_139405.html)

Quarter Inch Bolt


25lb Fishing Line

GoPro Surfboard Security Mount



Drill and Quarter Inch Drill Bit

Sandpaper (Approximately 120 grit)

Screwdriver and/or Wrench

Vise Grip and Grinding Wheel (If your bolt is too long)


You can find the Syma X8 Here:



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Step 1: Position the Baseplate

Position and trace the base plate of the torsion mount onto the base of the quadcopter. Ensure that there is enough clearance for the stock camera to be plugged in and for the power switch to function.

Step 2: Sanding

Sand the contact areas of the base plate and quadcopter using a medium grit sandpaper, I used 120.

Step 3: Super Glue

Apply a thin layer of super glue to the contact area of the base plate then firmly press the base plate onto the quadcopter. Next apply additional super glue around the edges of the base plate, once again ensuring not to interfere with the power switch or camera plug.

Step 4: Camera Mount

Drill a quarter inch hole in the centre of the upper plate of the torsion mount. Use the quarter inch bolt to thread the hole in the upper plate. If the bolt head to too large to fit between the plates you will need to shorten it using a grinding wheel.

Step 5: GoPro Mount Assembly

Place the ground off bold through the washer, then thread the bolt into the quarter inch hole in the upper plate of the torsion mount and the GoPro Tripod Mount. The use of the quarter inch bolt allows for the attachment of any tripod compatible camera.

Step 6: Final Assembly

Place the rubber links between the holes in the upper and base plates of the torsion mount. Using a loop of fishing line to aid in "popping" the links in place if necessary.

Step 7: Added Security

Since the camera will be suspended in mid air I threaded 25 pound fishing line through each of the rubber links and tied off the loops with surgeon knots. I then rotated the knots so the they are hidden inside the rubber links.

I also attached a surfboard security mount and a catch cable to the side of the quadcopter to ensure that the GoPro says attached, even in the event of a full failure of the torsion mount.

Step 8: Testing

I have flown using the torsion mount on a few test flights so far. Vibrational aberration, aka "Jello Effect", has been almost not existent, even when yawing and fighting cross winds.


Sadly after shooting the test video above I lost control of the quadcopter and as of writing this tutorial it has not been recovered. I guess my next project will be a locator beacon to find downed RC aircraft.

Have a great day! Post any questions and photos below.



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    you can buy these on ebay for 3$.


    The base plate needs to be drilled 3/16 if you plan to tap it to 1/4-20 for the camera mount.

    Small detail but......

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    The base plate is much to thin to tap, that is why I drilled to 1/4". The bolt is simply threaded through the base plate, this is meant to provide friction for turning and keep the GoPro mount nice and sturdy.

    If the plate was large enough to be tapped, you would not be able to adjust the direction of the GoPro.

    Have a great day!

    One suggestion. Use some E6000 glue to attach some orange ping pong balls to the bottom of the feet on your landing gear. Gives more clearance for your camera.

    4 replies

    I love the ping pong balls!

    Great Idea. I have been trying to find a way to help with landing on snow in the winter. This might just work!

    Have a great day!

    Try the E6000 glue. I've had some HARD landings. It sticks!

    Thedron is cool,but the camera is way to big man !!!You need a miniture 360/infered/night vision/thermal, smaller than a quarter. So how would i get one of these drons sent to Denmark?

    I never trust superglue on plastic. It's a brittle glue that will eventually fail. Good thing you have the safety tether. 5-15 min epoxy is the best choice.

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    I never trust glue either (hence the fail safe). I was taught that epoxy was not the best choice for injection plastic as it can cause structural degradation. How has it pervormed for you?

    Have a great day!

    perhaps I didn't read very closely, but what drone is that?

    4 replies

    Looks like a Syma X8C (or perhaps a Syma X5C).

    You are correct, it is a Syma X8.

    Have a great day!

    JSGC is correct it is a Syma X8. Thanks for asking, I missed mentioning it above.

    Have a great day!