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Alastair Brown May 10th, 2008 07:46 AM

My DIY Dolly
Clip made with my DIY tripod mounted dolly.

If you are in the UK, and fancy one, give me a shout.


and another made using Dolly No 2 off the production line.




Pat King May 10th, 2008 09:11 PM

is it!
is it possible to post how to's on the dolly that has the pictures, because it looks really straight forward but I have no DIY sense at all! I've wanted to build a dolly exactly like that one for some time now, but haven't known where to start! could you email me?


Sean Seah May 10th, 2008 10:06 PM

Hi Alastair! Do u have a flexing issue when u reach the ends? I see that the panhead is mounted directly onto the shuttle without the bowl. So u cant adjust for flatness. Do u think that is a prob? I'm in the process to build one as well, inspired by u! :)

Alastair Brown May 12th, 2008 01:53 PM

Hi Guys,

I'm contemplating selling these if there is enough interest. As such, I'll hold off on the details for the moment...sorry!

Sean, as for flexing.....nope...not that I've noticed. The track is really solid and I'm not exactly running a lot of weight along it. The weak link in the chain is my tripod.

I think ideally you want one on which the feet are braced so that they can't spread. On my velbon, I make a point of making sure the feet are dug in or braced against my feet before sliding. If I don't, the tripod legs can sometimes skip a little as the weight shifts.

That said, you can see my shots look fine. Just a very small learning curve.

Alastair Brown May 13th, 2008 01:00 AM

Had a few people asking if the track flexes with the weight of the XH-A1.

Not that I am aware of. I think this photo shows no obvious signs of flexing.


Sean Seah May 13th, 2008 07:16 AM

Ah thks for sharing buddy!! In this case I will not cater for a bowl head adjustment. Anyway the indieslider doesnt seem to have that possibility.. not really sure but this is wat I deduced from the photo.

Pat King May 14th, 2008 08:26 PM

I would for sure buy this, so long as they are reasonably priced and I could put my manfrotto 701RC2 head on, or I suppose a Velbon, as those are cheap

David Robinson May 17th, 2008 08:36 AM

Any idea on pricing yet?

I'd definitely be interested, but being a poor impoverished (mature) student, price is an issue!

Vegard Paulsen May 21st, 2008 03:59 PM

Would be nice to get some sort of pricing :)

Alastair Brown May 23rd, 2008 02:47 AM

I'm working on it. In the process of speaking with the toolroom about getting end stops and carriage plates made.

Being realistic, what would you guys think was a fair price for this?

Pat King May 23rd, 2008 05:11 PM

I think you should sell at cost plus shipping

Vegard Paulsen May 24th, 2008 03:24 PM

It has to be cheaper than the indislider pro.
an ok price would be between 100 and 200 (gbp) + shipping.

The linear head and bearings are quite expencive though. Here in norway the price of one linear head with bearing is about 70 So i guess you have to buy a big supply of them to get the price down to beat the indislider in price.

Hopefully you have a better deal with your supplier in the uk than i have here in norway. ;)

keep us posted!

Pietro Impagliazzo May 29th, 2008 08:17 AM

I'd gladly pay you for building me one that could attach to Manfrotto legs.

How long is the track on the pics? 3.5 feet?

Alastair Brown May 29th, 2008 11:38 AM

Travel is 1000mm. I'm working on it guys. Should have something ready in a week or three.

Mugurel Dragusin May 29th, 2008 12:08 PM


Originally Posted by Alastair Brown (Post 885161)
Travel is 1000mm. I'm working on it guys. Should have something ready in a week or three.

What's wrong with two weeks? :)

Just teasing you.

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