Getting Started

Kit Parts:

The Mini Pan Tilt Kit consists of 4 injection molded nylon parts and an assortment of hardware for assembly:

The Servos:

To complete the assembly, you will also need 2 Tower 9G, SG90, SG92 or equivalent servos.  You will also need some mounting screws and horns from the parts package that comes with the servo.

Note that not all Micro Servos are the same size. This kit has been tested to work with Toer Pro 9G, SG90 and SG92 Micro Servos. Other servos may or may not fit.
The MG90 Metal Gear Servo will work for the pan-base but will not fit the tilt bracket!

Tools:

You will need a small phillips head screwdriver for assembly.  A sharp hobby knife an/or a pair of wire cutters may also come in handy for trimming the servo horns to fit.

Trimming the Horns:

Servo horn come in various sizes and shapes.  Some servo horns may require trimming to fit with the Mini Pan-Tilt Kit.

  • The two unmodified horns in the center are from a Tower SG-92 Servo.
  • The two horns on the outside have been trimmed to fit the Pan-Tilt kit.

The photo on the left shows the area that needs to be cut away to fit inside the pan-tilt base.  The excess plastic can be easily trimmed using a sharp hobby knife, of a pair of wire cutters.

Assemble the Pan Base

  • Insert the servo into one side of the pan bracket.
  • Make sure that the servo shaft is at the opposite side from the pivot point for the tilt bracket
  • Assemble the second side of the pan bracket to enclose the servo.
  • Attach the two halves of the pan bracket using two screws as shown.
  • Attach the 4-armed servo horn to the servo shaft using one of the short screws as shown.
Use one of the shorter screws to attach the base to the servo shaft. The longer mounting screws packed with some servos will damage the servo if screwed in too far.
Tip: Align the servo horn so that the longer arms are vertical when the servo is at the midpoint of its rotation.
  • Attach the base to the servo horn, using 4 of the smallest screws as shown.

Assemble the Tilt Bracket

  • Mount the servo so that the shaft alingns with the pivot hole and attach with the two screws as shown.
  • Fit the single-armed eservo horn into the recess in the pan-base and attach it with one of the smallest screws.
  • Align the servo shaft from the tilt bracket with the hole in the servo horn.
  • Snap the tilt bracket into place, using a small screwdriver as a lever to lift the pivot hole over the pivot pin on the tilt-base.
Make sure that the tilt bracket can move through the full 180 degrees of servo motion. If not, detach it from the servo horn, rotate and re-install.
  • Complete the assembly by securing the horn to the shaft with a short screw.
Use one of the shorter screws to attach the base to the servo shaft. The longer mounting screws packed with some servos will damage the servo if screwed in too far.

But what about the leftover parts?

When you finish assembling the kit, you will have several machine screws, nuts and threaded inserts leftover.  These can be used to attach the base to your project.  Or you can save them in your parts-bin for future projects.

This guide was first published on Aug 04, 2015. It was last updated on Oct 22, 2018.