I am new to this forum, but I am at my wits end... Ever since the movie Aliens came out, I have wanted to build a "Smart Gun" harness and arm (model 3A) for the local comic shows in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
I am not a professional, and definitely not wealthy, which pretty much guaranteed me never to own an actual steadicam harness and arm. I did manage to locate a 3A vest (from ebay, from India), which sell's for over $700 CAN, but it would take me a couple of years to save up for. The arm itself, I just wanted to build from wood, just so it "looks" like the real thing.
I have tried everything, and looked everywhere I could think of to find measurements or even simple detailed photo's of the arm so I can make one myself, but there has been absolutely nothing, and nobody seems to want to help a feller out.
As I stated above, I am NOT a professional photographer, I'm just a simple truck driver who likes to geek out with my wife and go in costume to local comic conventions as our favorite characters. All I am looking for is some simple basic measurements of the arm parts (not every single piece), but just the basic shape and size so it can look screen accurate, then I can try and build the rest from reference photos. If anyone could help me out I will pay what I can, for their hard work.
I realize and appreciate the cost and the amount of engineering and designing that goes into making these rigs, so I understand how a lot of people would be very guarded about giving out this information. But I'm not sure what else to do. Does anyone sell blue prints or plans for these arms?
I have included some photo's of what I am talking about.
Thank you for your time and for reading this. Have a great day!