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Hi Tom -

this was a pretty down & dirty job, I intend to clean it up a bit. Since the plastic inlay sits on an aluminum fork I think there is no loss of strength. About to start a 6 month job, so I’ll see how it holds up. 

 

 

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To Deke and all who try this.

One reason the dock supplied with the M1V is designed the way it is - is to avoid the potential of the balancing pin getting in the way of docking. It's quite possible, when the pin is slightly pulled out, that the motors and electronics can hit the balancing stud and break.

So be careful!

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On 2/26/2019 at 2:57 PM, Jerry Holway said:

To Deke and all who try this.

One reason the dock supplied with the M1V is designed the way it is - is to avoid the potential of the balancing pin getting in the way of docking. It's quite possible, when the pin is slightly pulled out, that the motors and electronics can hit the balancing stud and break.

So be careful!

Jerry - 

Thanks very much for that info. Another thing I learned quickly and unfortunately is that the pulley on the side of the gimbal is pretty easily susceptible to damage when hanging the sled up. In my first day of using the Volt (on my Pro sled) I broke said pulley - apparently it needs to be docked with the handle directly opposite the stand. Once it’s supported, the handle can be turned around, but docking with the handle off to the side is trouble. 

 

Cheers,

- Deke

 

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17 hours ago, Geoff Owen said:

Hey Jerry,

any news on the rain cover for the volt?

 

Hi Geoff - 

I got this response from Tyson in the Tiffen shop earlier this week when I asked the same question:

Hi Deke,
 
We still don’t have a rain cover from our manufacturer. The best option is to put a bag over the volt and tape or bongo tie spots to keep from any leaks getting in.
 
I’m hoping we’ll have a rain cover somewhat soon. 
 
Tyson Galland
 
 

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We still don’t have a rain cover from our manufacturer. The best option is to put a bag over the volt and tape or bongo tie spots to keep from any leaks getting in.

Thanks Deke,

Not a particularly good solution is it, but I can understand why it's taking Tiffen so long to come up with a suitable cover. Perhaps they should make them rain proof to start with.

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On 2/26/2019 at 5:28 AM, Deke Keener said:

Hi Tom -

this was a pretty down & dirty job, I intend to clean it up a bit. Since the plastic inlay sits on an aluminum fork I think there is no loss of strength. About to start a 6 month job, so I’ll see how it holds up. 

 

 

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Hi Deke,

this is what a skilled machinist did for my docking bracket now.

Works very nice and truly no loss of strength.

Just the little screw holding the plastic inlay through the bottom is a bit wiggly...

 

 

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Jerry, what’s the chance that Tiffen will make the soft plastic part of the docking bracket available so we can adapt our Moses poles?

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