Automotive rig

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  1. ccssk8ter11

    ccssk8ter11 TPF Noob!

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    Been thinking about trying to build one of these for awhile now and another thread i came across today reminded me of it.
    But does anyone know how or what you will need to build one of these (specifically) ive seen alot of different designs but im looking for something more like this one,

    Automotive Rigs

    Im sure it cant be THAT hard to make. And i have access to all the tools i would need. Just not exactly sure where to start..
     
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    Not difficult at all if you have the tools and the skill to use them. You'll need a lathe, vertical mill, bandsaw and MiG unit. A waterjet or EDM unit would make life really easy, but isn't available to most of us. Essentially you're making a tripod where each leg is capable of attaching to an odd/uneven surface. The key is to make it both light and VERY rigid. This means heavier than normal hinges and very closer tolerances in your machine work.
     
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    Yeah i got that basic part down, im just not sure of the details. For example, what to use to attatch it to the car, how to attatch the camera etc.
     
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    I have seen some pics of a rig that used large suction cups to attach it to the car in a few spots. I think they may have been made by manfrotto. The rig I saw also used super clamps and pipes as arms.

    Hope this helps a bit in your quest.

    Good Luck
     
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    I would build the rig such that you had a choice of easily interchangable feet. Suction cups, 'C' clamps, 'V' clamps, etc. As far as attaching the camera goes, just thread the business end for either 1/4-20 or 3/8-16 and mount the tripod head of your choice.
     
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    Dang $750 for that! Build your own man!
     
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    Factoring in your time, you're not going to save much, if anything.
     
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    I like the interchangeable idea.
     

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