Seems like that post got lost somehow... or at least i couldn't find it anymore... so sorry for the repost:
Bye Bye Cart, Hello Cases...
So finally it's done... Steadicam cart #10... at least almost, still needs some refinement... but you'll get the idea.
That was actually my original idea, but the tech was not there at the time I wanted to build it. So cart #9 was it, a compromise (http://www.steadicam...pic=228&&page=2).
Aluminum cart with fitted cases... The cart alone weight in at 150lbs... just to hold my cases and act as a dock for my rig.
The cases had to be modified to still "work" as the 3 inch lip had to be taken in account when finding spots for drawers, etc.
Also building the cases out of wood would have made the cases way to heavy…
I had plans for Carbon fiber cases… (I might revisit that design for a future version… or not, we'll see) but was referred to this case company (The A&S Case Company in North Hollywood) that had started to use another exotic material the aluminum honeycomb carbon sandwich boards, they call it "Flyweight" , you walk on the same stuff when you board an airplane, half the weight of wood, three time the rigidity… a good start.
Here some pix: