Build a Tiny Camera Car


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Iā€™ve always wanted to see what my model railroad would look like from the perspective of a tiny HO scale person walking aroundā€¦ And now I can šŸ˜„

In this tutorial I use a number of specialized tools to get the final result, however as long as you have some wheels and some materials you could make a basic version of this by hand if desired, you could even just adapt the camera to an existing piece of rolling stock on your layout and get some really cool shots!

Getting a drivers view is a really cool way to view the layout, but you could also turn the camera sideways and add a train passenger window to get a view of the railroad from a passengers perspective as well, the options are endless!

By cropping out the window section of the image and then pasting it over the top of your video footage you can get a really cool shot like this:


I've made the files for the flatbed car available on my website store for anyone who wants to build the, they use both 3DĀ printed and laser cut parts so just be aware of that before purchasing.

If you want to build the mount for the Insta360 GO3, I've included those .SVGĀ files below for free, so you can download those if you want to build one, they are laser cutting files so if you have a laser catter you will be able to cut the parts out, or if you know a good laser cutting service they can cut the parts for you.

Extra Files:

Additional content that will help you recreate and follow along with the build, some of the 3DĀ printer files are still experimental and may require some tinkering in order to get them to print successfully. Also, nearly all of the 3DĀ printer files are designed for resin 3DĀ printers, trying to print them using a filament 3DĀ printer may not be possible!

But in any case, IĀ hope you enjoy the extra content.


Camera Mount SVG files

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