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#1 Charles King

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Posted 03 January 2010 - 08:08 AM

Hi guys. Modifying rigs is what I love doing. Thought this thread will encourage those of you who have modify their rigs, to post pics of systems that have been modified. I know Charles Papert and if I'm not mistaken Rob also has a heavily modified sled. There are others but cannot remember the names. So if you like to show us what you've done please do so in this thread. I guess anything goes. :)

Just a friendly casual thread
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#2 Afton Grant

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Posted 03 January 2010 - 08:20 AM

I'm having trouble thinking of someone that hasn't performed some sort of modification to their rig.
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#3 Charles King

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Posted 03 January 2010 - 08:29 AM

Well, it would be really good to see these rigs all here. ;)
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#4 Brant S. Fagan SOC

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Posted 03 January 2010 - 08:34 AM

OK, Charles, I'll take the bait even though my sled is built from the ground up as a custom ride rather than a modified original.

Here's my BFX II sled:

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The only store bought items are the Donkey Box I, Preston system and the mini-dv recorder.
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#5 Charles King

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Posted 03 January 2010 - 08:47 AM

Looks awesome Brant but as a little difficult to see. Do you by any chance have a bigger pic?
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#6 RonBaldwin

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Posted 03 January 2010 - 11:57 AM

I have been lucky over the past year or so to have spent a good deal of time in NY working. The highlight to me was the interesting people and crew members I met/worked with (wonderful food laden with cholesterol was a close second). Larry McConkey did a good deal of work on additional units, and spending a bit of time with him talking shop (and booze) was a true pleasure.

Here is a few snap shots of his sled:
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Larry's sled next to Peter Vietro's Jerry Hill sled
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#7 Rob Vuona SOC

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Posted 03 January 2010 - 12:23 PM

Hi guys. Modifying rigs is what I love doing. Thought this thread will encourage those of you who have modify their rigs, to post pics of systems that have been modified. I know Charles Papert and if I'm not mistaken Rob also has a heavily modified sled. There are others but cannot remember the names. So if you like to show us what you've done please do so in this thread. I guess anything goes. :)

Just a friendly casual thread



Hey Charles,
eventually I'll post a pict, don't have the hard drive with the picts on it.

I'm out of the steadicam business for a little bit, this is my Ski Tour time

Strapping on the boards instead of the vest
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#8 Charles King

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Posted 03 January 2010 - 03:03 PM

Ron, that is one outrageous combo man. :) The mixture on that rig really eye jumping :lol: :lol: Great rig setup. I take it this setup is only used on extreme situations.

Rob, Enjoy your ski tour. will be looking forward to those pics. :)

i think these setups really give some ideas to others. Thanks for taking the time to post these great pics guys.
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#9 RonBaldwin

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Posted 03 January 2010 - 03:29 PM

Great rig setup. I take it this setup is only used on extreme situations.


not sure I get your meaning...unless by "extreme situation" you mean episodic television or features. I imagine it's his usual set-up.

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Posted 03 January 2010 - 04:11 PM

Hi guys. Modifying rigs is what I love doing. Thought this thread will encourage those of you who have modify their rigs, to post pics of systems that have been modified. I know Charles Papert and if I'm not mistaken Rob also has a heavily modified sled. There are others but cannot remember the names. So if you like to show us what you've done please do so in this thread. I guess anything goes. :)

Just a friendly casual thread



I have a lightly modified EFP sled. Panasonic lcd, added docking rings, added a small video transmitter to lower sled, removed lower battery cage to allow for newer AB, tape wrapped the gimbal handle. Wish I could say I found a clever way to mount the BFD receiver, but nope, gaff tape.

One of the best improvements I believe I made, deals with the handling. I added some (although ugly) weights to the monitor arm which helps get the rig much closer to dynamic balance.

That's the most excitement I got on my end!

http://www.flickr.co...N02/4242200984/
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#11 Charles Papert

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Posted 03 January 2010 - 06:12 PM

Just so I don't get left out of the fun, here's the link to my Nimblecam shizzle.

http://www.me.com/gallery/#100255
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#12 Charles King

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Posted 03 January 2010 - 07:06 PM

Kevin, great mod. What monitor bracket are you using? Don't worry about the gaffer tape. It is your friend. ;)

CP, your ink does not work but if it is the same rig that I've seen before then as always. you're a great inspiration. :)

Edited by Charles King, 03 January 2010 - 07:09 PM.

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Posted 03 January 2010 - 07:58 PM

Hi guys. Modifying rigs is what I love doing. Thought this thread will encourage those of you who have modify their rigs, to post pics of systems that have been modified. I know Charles Papert and if I'm not mistaken Rob also has a heavily modified sled. There are others but cannot remember the names. So if you like to show us what you've done please do so in this thread. I guess anything goes. :)

Just a friendly casual thread



I have a lightly modified EFP sled. Panasonic lcd, added docking rings, added a small video transmitter to lower sled, removed lower battery cage to allow for newer AB, tape wrapped the gimbal handle. Wish I could say I found a clever way to mount the BFD receiver, but nope, gaff tape.

One of the best improvements I believe I made, deals with the handling. I added some (although ugly) weights to the monitor arm which helps get the rig much closer to dynamic balance.

That's the most excitement I got on my end!

http://www.flickr.co...N02/4242200984/


Kev,
email me I can help you slick up your EFP, and make it a little more functional for more situations

RobVski@aol.com
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#14 Kevin Andrews SOC

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Posted 03 January 2010 - 08:21 PM

Kevin, great mod. What monitor bracket are you using? Don't worry about the gaffer tape. It is your friend. ;)

CP, your ink does not work but if it is the same rig that I've seen before then as always. you're a great inspiration. :)



CK, I believe it's the original monitor bracket that held the old CRT. Not much adjustability with it. But it has some handy "speed rail" type holes which made it very easy to add weights to it.

My ideal setup would be an XCS and Marshall 6.5".

I'm making sure that any improvements or add ons done in the future (top stage, arm, vest) contribute towards a new rig, which is why I haven't done any EFP specific upgrades like battery hangers or 3A gimbal switches.



Thanks Rob!

Edited by Kevin Andrews, 03 January 2010 - 08:25 PM.

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#15 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 03 January 2010 - 09:45 PM

The mixture on that rig really eye jumping :lol: :lol: Great rig setup. I take it this setup is only used on extreme situations.



What do you mean by that? that looks like a normal everyday working rig.

My working rig would probably disappoint you since it's pretty much a stock XCS Ultimate
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