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removing the top plate on an old Flyer?


Neil Hodgkinson
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Hey. I’m, trying to get the top plate of an old Flyer so I can wire a new 3G SDI cable in there. I’ve removed this little bar that braced the top of the post (marked in red) and now the whole thing seems to be loose, held on only by this threaded bar (marked in green hatching) and red knob that controls the side to side movement.

 

 

The only way I can see to continue is to remove these tiny little pins (marked in green, second picture).

 

 

I don't like the idea of dismantling such a small component. I could just try and thread it through without taking apart, not sure.

 

I thought I’d come here and ask first to see if anyone has taken this top plate off to replace the cabling before. I’ve not found this old Steadicam to be very well made and I’m scared of braking it if I do something wrong.

 

I cant work out how to attach pictures, it just keeps saying I cant attach something with that extension but I'm guessing if you've done this job you'll know what I'm talking about.

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i was able to thread a generous sized SDI cable through the post and top plate without having to take everything apart... your mileage may vary, but I don't think a complete disassemble is really necessary. I did not re wire the analog BnC on the back of the top box, i just left a roughly 10 inch section of the SDI available out the top.

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Thanks Ryan. It's one of those skinny one's I've ordered so it should be easy to thread through. I think I'm going to re wire the BNC but maybe I can still get away with it, I'll have another look. Good to hear that it possible without dissembling the whole thing.

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Thanks but I wouldn't put you out just yet, I think I've got the idea. I found pictures of another one on eBay with the same wiring job on it you've done but I've redone the bottom bracket also and it wouldn't be so easy to replace the wire down the line. Because of this I'd like to wire it into the top plate socket if possible.

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Sight unseen, I'd say you should re-assemble completely if you can.

 

Buy HDSDI cable from Alan Rencher at Media Blackout. He is easy to find here- he advertises to the right of what you are reading right now !!

 

Get the thin cable from him. It's superb for this kind of arrangement. My entire sled is wired with this stuff.

 

Run 2 lengths, and buy high quality HDSDI rated BNC jacks top and bottom. Viola !!

 

:)

 

Peter Abraham, S.O.C.

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