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#1 Ian Thomson

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 04:20 AM

I recently purchased a 2nd hand Flyer LE Rig from one of the fine members on this forum (g'day Aaron)

He was kind enough to set everything up in the Airport carpark, and let me play around for a few hours; before making my final decision and buying the rig (should have seen the smile on my face)

Back home, while waiting for a practice cage to arrive via international mail; I attempted to mount my (very light) video camera with predictably hilarious results.

keep in mind that the video camera weighs less than 1/2 a pound... so it wasn't easy to get into static balance (even tried removing the battery and monitor from the base of the sled) - I resorted to strapping anything I could find around the house just so I could get some weight above the top-stage, and balance the damn-thing. once finally ready to fly it was extremely difficult to control (I'm guessing my inexperience is also a massive factor too)

Today, the weight cage from Janice arrived (quicker than expected); and I'm so very happy.

the plates are of excellent build quality (wouldn't think that there's such a thing as "build quality" when discussing hunks of metal; but believe me when I say that it's noticably good)

They're anodized black (for non-reflect-y goodness) and have smooth, rounded-edges, with heaps of precise threads and holes to allow for a whole bunch of mounting positions.

I bought a 6 pound and 2 pound, attaching together with some posts to make the cage. (only thing I would possibly change is to order some of the shorter posts, 9.5" is pretty big)

ahhhh, the joys of flying a light camera (in the middle of the flyers weight-range) - it's AWESOME.

Much easier to balance, and has plenty of attachment points, should I ever need to fly a DSLR with added stuff.

best add-on/accessory that I could have purchased (and well worth the cost)

I'm one very happy little newbie. :D

Cheers to both Janice for her awesome cage (shipped ultra-fast during the busy holiday period), and Aaron for taking the time (inbetween two-jobs no less) to coach a complete novice.

they've helped turn an interested outsider, into a life-long student of the art of flying-cameras.

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#2 Janice Arthur

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 09:06 PM


Heartfelt thanks.

Glad you like it.

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#3 Aaron Foley

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 08:01 AM

Glad it all worked out Ian, had me worried there for a moment :blink:
Enjoy the rig mate, she did me well these last few years!
Any yeah it does look like a nice cage, that may have to be my next purchase :D
Cheers mate
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