So I've got my new GoPro Hero Naked sitting at home and I'm working on putting a pan-tilt together for use in my FPV truck.
Now, I know a bunch of the guys doing pan/tilt just slap together their own from aluminum sheet or hobby plywood, take the hero and just mount it in the pan/tilt bare, without any additional protection. That's fine as far as it goes, but doesn't offer much protection against dirt, dust and moisture when tooling around on the ground.
The Hero comes with this nice spiffy waterproof case from GoPro, that with a little bit of modification could serve as a basic protection case. Obviously it wouldn't be completely waterproof as I would have to drill a hole in the side of the case so that the video out plug could be used, and a second hole if I want to add USB power to the mix. So I'm accepting that I will be compromising some of the waterproof capability of the case. That's fine, I'm not mounting it on an RC boat or sub.
Now, I could just remove the existing mounting hardware with a hacksaw and add in side hinges. That would work OK I suppose, but seems excessive and likely to cause structural failure of the plastic case. Ideally I'd like to find a way to mount it such that I can use it's built-in hinge to serve for the tilt mechanism. Has anyone here actually tried to use it that way, or do you all just build your own pan/tilt and run the thing without protection? And if you did use the existing case, can you post some pictures? I have a good idea of what I'd like to do, but am a bit unsure on the exact implementation.