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I've always traveled with 3 cases (2 checked, 1 carry on), but I added the Scout 31 to my travel kit for Rio after talking with the infamous world traveler, Rob Vuona. It's a handy little cart (under 70lbs which flys free in Delta First Class), and it's the same diameter as the Pelican 1650 cases. Everything stacks on top and rolls easily in and out of the airport.

 

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I fit everything except C-stand/arm/vest/tools in my sled case with custom foam from Innerspace. They put a million hidden pockets in the base of the foam making optimal use of all the space. Fiber/triax jumpers, G-zoom, PGM return, prompter monitor, BarTech w/ motor, spare plates and arm posts, spare arm canisters, you name it! And Patti's lid organizer at Camera Essentials is far more durable and spacious than anything Pelican offers. I fit every cable I own for each of my Sleds in the lids.

 

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Of course batteries are carry-on only, and I never try to check them. A Pelican 1510 fits 8 Dionic HC and a Quad Charger easily and is sized to most overhead bins. On regional jets it still fits under the seat just fine. I've flown over 125,000mi this year with them and never had an issue.

 

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Lately I've only flown in First where I get 3 bags free, so without the cart everything travels free (including my clothes). Before that, I always had success with my NBCUniversal ID getting the $50 Media Rate (under 100lb) on Delta. I was turned down once years ago by a sassy agent having a bad day but a quick complaint on the phone got all my money back. All in all, I find it pretty easy to travel with gear.

 

 

 

 

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Love that Sled case Michael!

 

Question did you have to provide them with all the details of how you wanted everything cut and laid out? Or did they have a steadicam template to choose from.

 

It looks like an organizers dream come true!

 

Liam.

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Love that Sled case Michael!

 

Question did you have to provide them with all the details of how you wanted everything cut and laid out? Or did they have a steadicam template to choose from.

 

It looks like an organizers dream come true!

 

Liam.

Innerspace Cases had custody of my sled for a week or two. But I walked in with all the gear I wanted to fit, plus some measurements for pieces I didn't have with me. I live in Orlando, I just happened to be in LA for work.

 

 

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I've always traveled with 3 cases (2 checked, 1 carry on), but I added the Scout 31 to my travel kit for Rio after talking with the infamous world traveler, Rob Vuona. It's a handy little cart (under 70lbs which flys free in Delta First Class), and it's the same diameter as the Pelican 1650 cases. Everything stacks on top and rolls easily in and out of the airport.

 

baefcfe92cd5113dc10df31ab38804b2.jpg

 

I fit everything except C-stand/arm/vest/tools in my sled case with custom foam from Innerspace. They put a million hidden pockets in the base of the foam making optimal use of all the space. Fiber/triax jumpers, G-zoom, PGM return, prompter monitor, BarTech w/ motor, spare plates and arm posts, spare arm canisters, you name it! And Patti's lid organizer at Camera Essentials is far more durable and spacious than anything Pelican offers. I fit every cable I own for each of my Sleds in the lids.

 

e2c617be2d87012732d9e2b06887f2d3.jpg

 

Of course batteries are carry-on only, and I never try to check them. A Pelican 1510 fits 8 Dionic HC and a Quad Charger easily and is sized to most overhead bins. On regional jets it still fits under the seat just fine. I've flown over 125,000mi this year with them and never had an issue.

 

64f3ef03a00f8e87af10dace0966c0e8.jpg

 

Lately I've only flown in First where I get 3 bags free, so without the cart everything travels free (including my clothes). Before that, I always had success with my NBCUniversal ID getting the $50 Media Rate (under 100lb) on Delta. I was turned down once years ago by a sassy agent having a bad day but a quick complaint on the phone got all my money back. All in all, I find it pretty easy to travel with gear.

 

 

 

 

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Your cases are looking good young jeti . . . . LOL . . .

 

You have the travel case for the cart, correct? I ask because having that much advertisement is asking for it to be taken.

 

As for your sled case and the lid organizer, is it attached with screws?

 

and what did you put in your vest case? and on the lid of the vest case?

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Thanks Rob! I learned a lot of the tricks from watching guys like you.

 

I got the travel bag from Inovativ almost immediately, otherwise you probably wouldn't see any stickers through the scrapes and dents from TSA! They already put 1 hole in the bag.

 

I specifically requested grommets in the lid organizer, so Patti mocked one up for me. There's no way Velcro would hold up all that weight. And sure enough, the grommets matched up perfectly with the screw holes in the lid on the first try.

 

The vest case is just an empty shell, nothing in the lid. I have a disassembled Gary Coleman stand in the bottom. Then I pack the arm inside the vest with a vest bag from Tiffen. My toolbag fits inside the waist strap of the vest too. Also crammed in there is my Moses Pole. Then some gaff tape, rain gear, and standby bag stuffed around the sides.

 

Today at the airport, the Arm/Vest case was 72, Sled Case was 75, and Cart was 62. With my suitcase, that was 4 bags and it cost me $100. I think my Delta Platinum AMEX got me the 2 free? Or the ticket agent remembers me. No complaints here!

 

 

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Mike,

Why Fly the Turtle Stand if your already flying your cart. ?

Just backup, you never know. Last week at NFL Kickoff, they didn't want my cart on the field. So the Turtle Stand was on the sidelines while my assistant carried the Moses Pole. It doesn't kill me on weight or space to bring it, so I just always have it in the bottom of the case.

 

I have my American Steadicam Stand in a tripod tube but the extra baggage is annoying for most brief short term jobs. I'll bring it on longer format stuff.

 

 

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