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archer zephyr long plate zalex clipper

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Poll: Is there a need for this plate? (6 member(s) have cast votes)

Would you be interested in this?

  1. Yes (5 votes [83.33%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 83.33%

  2. No (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  3. No because I already have a Zalex Longplate (1 votes [16.67%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 16.67%

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#1 Benedict Heinzl

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Posted 25 March 2017 - 06:00 AM

Hello fellow Steadipeople!

I once saw that Chris Fawcett has a longer plate for his Archer2 and asked him where he got it. Turns out he had it made by a local machinist.
Then I saw that Peter Abrahm made the "Zalex Long Plate" and was amazed to find what I need.
Unfortunately it's not meant for my dwarf top stage. (also an Archer2) Even though there is a way to use it on my stage I wanted a solution that really fits.
So I decided to remember my classes on mechanical design and do one myself.
Now my questions to you are: 
Does anybody else want something like this? 
Do you have suggestions or improvements to the original design?
Status right now:
Basic design complete. (Safety pins still missing)
Lenght 42cm/16.5in
Same hole pattern as the standard plate.
(This plate should also fit Zephyr/Clipper/Aero?)
Attached File  fb-plate.jpg   28.82KB   13 downloads

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#2 Lisa Sene

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 12:11 PM

Hi Benedict,


This is great! I have a Zalex plate from Peter, which works very well, though having a plate that natively fits my Archer stage would be a time-saver when building.


May I suggest adding the two failsafe screws at either end of the plate that prevent it from falling off of the stage entirely if the lock on the stage ever becomes loose? The regular size plates have these and I think they would be a great addition to your design. 


Thanks for designing!



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#3 Benedict Heinzl

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 04:52 PM

Hi Lisa!

The safety pins were already planned :)
Here is the Version with all the suggestions incorporated.


Attached File  fp-platev2.jpg   49.27KB   4 downloads


6x 1/4-20 mounting points
2x slots for accessory mounting
2x M4 mounting points for a future rod clamp
Safety pins!

If there is anything else please let me know.

If there are enough people who want one I'll try and get a better deal for manufacturing.

I'll keep you updated!


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