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It's fun to race RC cars around outside or terrorize your coworkers, but what's there to show for it afterwards? That just means that it's time to strap a video camera onto them and record all the action from the car's point of view. This is a job that's perfect for the lovely GoPro camera.
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Step 1: Mount #1: the front bumper cam

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This car originally had a small plastic bumper on the front. Fortunately, this was detachable so there are two screw holes on the underside that a new bumper could be attached to.

Of course, you'll also ned to pick up a camera. I'm using the GoPro HERO3: Black Edition. The 720p footage at 120 fps is well worth it.

Step 2: Design and print

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I modeled a new bumper with a GoPro mount in Tinkercad and printed the result out on an Afinia H-Series 3D Printer with Natural-colored filament. It's a small piece so it prints up quickly.

Pictured here is a version printed on an Objet printer.

Step 3: Attach and secure

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Attach the GoPro to the custom mount like you would with a regular GoPro mount. Then add some padding between the camera and the back piece of the mount. This will dampen some of the vibrations during shooting. Secure the camera to the back with some strong tape. I'm using Gorilla tape here.

Then just turn the camera on and drive around to see how it looks!

Step 4: Mount #2: the third-person view

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This isn't a pretty mod, but it works. The front bumper view is nice, but it's still missing something. By putting the camera behind the vehicle we get to see the car in the shot. The result is like a video game and a little more fun to watch, especially when the car is driving more slowly around an office.

This camera attachment is being used on a RadioShack RC Car. It's a nice, big RC vehicle than most and has loads space to attach a GoPro mount.
tanders01047 months ago
Yes is there a place we could get the 3D file so others can print it too?
kumard5050 made it!7 months ago
hi I am deepak
Do you have a Rustler!?! I have one too!
I whant this, can you not put the 3d model up on some site or url so i can get it and modified it to my car...
i have the jeep shell on my rc car :) its a bit trashed though
Horef1 year ago
thought this is for a real car, it's an RC car, even better :D
ALSO: just noticed it says RC on the headline :D
bremus1 year ago
Very jealous of all the 3D printer owners.
TSJWang bremus1 year ago
I know right, all these projects that I can't afford
I have the rustler too