The camera Pod
Before I went about making the FPV pod, I set aside a few goals I wanted to achieve. First and foremost I wanted it to be small and portable so that it could easily fit inside my ground station and be easily placed on smaller models. Secondly, I didn't want to give it an independent battery because this would make it too large and heavy. Lastly, I wanted the antenna to be easily accesible so that I could collapse it for transport. With these three goals in mind, I went ahead and started constructing the pod.
The first thing I did was measure out a strip of balsa that would attach to the back of my transmitter. I measured it so that it would be slightly larger than the transmitter's footprint.
Next, I cut out a section of foam that would sit in between the transmitter and the balsa. I did this because the back of the transmitter was not an even surface and would not sit square against the balsa unless there was some sort of medium in between.
After the transmitter was in place, I took some black PVC heat-shrink and wrapped everything up so that it would stay together. I also cut out a small square above the heat-sink for ventilation. I then went ahead and made some cable adapters for the camera. One was a servo-to-video cable and the other was a JST for powering the transmitter.
The last thing I did was mount the transmitter and camera vertically onto another piece of balsa. I cut a small channel for the camera to sit in and then used CA to connect both the camera and transmitter to the bottom plate of balsa.