Interest Death Star detention center camera kits - screen-accurate wood plate or idealized aluminium

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eethan

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O man this looks amazing i can't wait i have had all the cameras sitting in a box dying to do the build but never felt i could tackle the back plate. Thanks eethan for doing this. Also i was jut wondering are you planning on doing any trims for around the camera lens?
thank you very much for your nice comment, it's much appreciated :)
I wasn't planning to do the white trims. did some of your viewers lost them or something? There are a lot of variations to those viewers, I have had a lot of them over the years and documented them a bit, some have a light blue trim, some a white trim and some even a paper trim, they are all original and to me are all worth figuring on that cool prop :)
 

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3DImpact

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Yikes - don't know how I almost missed this! Very nice work - thanks for the offering!

Please put me down for one set with the wood back plate. Possibly two, actually... :)

Dan
 

eethan

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Ethan is this likely to be ongoing. Interested but timing is off for me?
Hey, I will keep them available on my website, just need to get an idea for starters of how many people are interested mainly to not overdo it on the aluminium plates as they are the most expensive parts.
no worries :)
cheers
 

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The Ninja

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Sweet kit buddy great solution for mounting the Viewers on the wood plate, same as Dustin if I didn't already have the other kit I would be on this run, but if you find a solution for the Lens and decide to offer separately I will pick up a few (y)
 

eethan

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Hello there,
here are a couple photos and explanations for the kit assembly :)

First of, painting the wood plate. Obviously you can paint it any way you like :) I used a flat black rattle can and did just two small coats with a light sanding in between coats with 220 sandpaper. The result is not something I would call "clean" but I really like the look, we can see fibers, the flat black has a nice natural satin to it and it just looks like what I imagine that prop looks like up close :)
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I'll include thick paper templates for the hole positions on the viewers, this is quite easy to use and works well, it follows the curve of the back of the viewers and I cut a hole in the center to let the closing snap through:
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I just used a center punch to mark the positions then drilled them with the column drill. This is easier that way but if you don't have access to one, a normall drill with do, just use something to drill straight :)
for the screws that I provide, a 1/8" : 3.2mm bit is perfect.
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also, make sure to go through the two layers of plastic of the viewers (especially in the large light side of the viewer)
the screws are long enough to go through both layers and this makes for a much more solid attachment :)

Now, I personally removed the intermediate glass part inside the viewers to gain quite some weight, just to be safe. gave the viewers a quick cleanup then applied black paper behind the front glass and attached it with blue masking tape, apparently they had access to that so why not use it there :) I'll try to include something nice and black for that purpose in the kits, i didn't think about it until now.
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after that, just attach the viewers one by one to the plate. The antennas can go afterwards, it's easier that way. Just put the viewers glass side on your desk, add washers or spacers on the holes if you need to, place the plate on the holes and put the screws by hand in the hole. Then, as for any 4 holes thing, I usually thread two screws half way diagonaly, then the other diagonal screws halfway, then go back to the first diagonal all the way.
Even if the holes are not perfectly alligned, it should not be too much problematic.

and there you go! (still waiting for those thin aluminium rod antennas!)
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the screws can be painted black if you like, I personally don't mind it that way :) (oh the prop is upside down on this photo, the holes for the VESA 100mm attachment are supposed to be closer to the up side, not the other way around ;-))
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I don't know what you think but appart from the fact that the viewers here are two toned, this is pretty much damn screenacurate! This prop is a prop that is very dear to me, I have been working on it for a long time and have been collecting those viewers for years, I already mentionned it before but it took me a year and a half to find my 6 all blue viewers. I'm really happy to offer this small run and to have achieved this result :)

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I hope you'll like it, don't hesitate if you have any questions :)
cheers

a couple studio pics for our enjoyment :)
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eethan

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thank you guys :)

Aluminium plates are now ordered and thin aluminium rods are still on the way. hopefully I'll be able to receive that quickly, get to work on it and can still put everything for sale around mid-june like I first hoped :)
cheers
 

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Markee

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Can't wait to get a kit. Should have all 6 slide viewers by then!
Are the VESA mounting holes going to be tapped for the metal plate option?
 

eethan

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Can't wait to get a kit. Should have all 6 slide viewers by then!
Are the VESA mounting holes going to be tapped for the metal plate option?
Hey, thanks :) I hope you'll like the kit, it's a super cool prop.

the aluminium plate will have tapped holes for M4. For the wood one, I realized yesterday that it might be complicated to use as they are not threaded and I assume that people would put a bolt from the inside and a nut on the back to hold the mouting bracket but there is no access from the front after the viewers are mounted.

I have two solutions this far, either people put the bold in the hole from the front before mouting the viewers or I need to put threaded inserts into the plates.
 

eethan

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OMG! I finally received those thin aluminium rods! I went to work right away on them :)
as you can see it's just enough for 8 kits, this is because of all the trouble I had lately and of Brexit, so I ordered just enough to make sure they were good and to avoid paying taxes, i ordered another batch right away now that I received them :)
Just waiting for the aluminium plates now but this is a trustworthy seller from Germany, so this should arrive fast i hope :)

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cheers
 

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