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#1 Jason Anderson

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Posted 27 June 2008 - 11:59 AM

I began looking for the material that the french flags are made out of on filmtools.com http://www.filmtools...amfrenflag.html. I found that aquarium stores sell it, as well as a few places online, its about 5-10 dollars a foot comes in 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch
http://www.drsfoster...e=12-55321098-2
Also I have a plan to buy a pipe cutter and modify it so that it does not cut but clamps to the camera rods, mini cardellini clamps are about $50 dollars vs the 10 dollar pipe cutter.
http://www.buy.com/p...1/90140336.html
Ill post some pictures when I finish.
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Posted 27 June 2008 - 07:27 PM

I began looking for the material that the french flags are made out of on filmtools.com http://www.filmtools...amfrenflag.html. I found that aquarium stores sell it, as well as a few places online, its about 5-10 dollars a foot comes in 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch
http://www.drsfoster...e=12-55321098-2
Also I have a plan to buy a pipe cutter and modify it so that it does not cut but clamps to the camera rods, mini cardellini clamps are about $50 dollars vs the 10 dollar pipe cutter.
http://www.buy.com/p...1/90140336.html
Ill post some pictures when I finish.





That sounds cool but if you're making the clamp and arm are you also buying the $18.00 flag?
Granted, making everything else still comes in less expensively than $80.00 for the whole thing
but the flag by itself is as the site says an 8" X 13" piece of plastic. At that point you probably could buy
a couple of pieces of plastic or some other material, cut them to suit you and paint everything black or
whatever color you want.
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Posted 28 June 2008 - 12:11 AM

That sounds cool but if you're making the clamp and arm are you also buying the $18.00 flag?
Granted, making everything else still comes in less expensively than $80.00 for the whole thing
but the flag by itself is as the site says an 8" X 13" piece of plastic. At that point you probably could buy
a couple of pieces of plastic or some other material, cut them to suit you and paint everything black or
whatever color you want.


Another AC I work with has some plastic that has a metal sheet in between the pieces, good sturdy and not to heavy, I think I'll use some of that. I think it might already be black.
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Posted 28 June 2008 - 12:38 AM

I would stick with attaching the arm to a No.2. The idea for a clamp to go on rods is a good one but it's not very adaptable. There are a lot of different places you might want to put a frenchie other than on rods.
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Posted 28 June 2008 - 12:00 PM

I would stick with attaching the arm to a No.2. The idea for a clamp to go on rods is a good one but it's not very adaptable. There are a lot of different places you might want to put a frenchie other than on rods.


A No.2 grip clip? My first frenchie was made with a desk lamps bendy tubing, and a grip clip. I suppose your right about the adaptable features of a pipe clamp, grip clip is cheaper also

what do you think a good length is for the arm? I suppose I can always carry extra pieces to adjust it.
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Posted 28 June 2008 - 05:22 PM

Aren't we still calling them freedom flags?

This is precisely the kind of stuff that a MIG welder from Home Despot is good for.
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Posted 29 June 2008 - 03:01 AM

I would get a couple feet of arm to work with. I think 16 or 18 inches will generally be the length you'll want.

If you go with the No. 2 solution, line the jaws with tennis raquet grip tape. It will make it clamp much more securely to rods when you need to do it that way.
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Posted 08 July 2008 - 04:02 PM

The stuff you liked to from the "Dr." site are actually snap together coolant fittings. Instead of retail, try an industrial supply like MSC (Manhattan Supply Co), Graingers, or McMaster-Carr, www.mcmaster.com. The first and last company I listed will ship items to anyone.
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Posted 08 July 2008 - 04:43 PM

The stuff you liked to from the "Dr." site are actually snap together coolant fittings. Instead of retail, try an industrial supply like MSC (Manhattan Supply Co), Graingers, or McMaster-Carr, www.mcmaster.com. The first and last company I listed will ship items to anyone.


Already bought some from fosters, probably would have been cheaper at mcmasters, thanks for the info.
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Posted 13 July 2008 - 12:06 AM

http://www.coloradoplastics.com/ is going to cut me a black ABS plastic 9x11 sheet, for 10 dollars. Right now I am using a piece of FRP panel ( the fiber glass board found in many budget shower installations. ) I thought about spray painting it black, but by the time I buy the paint and the primer, its going to cost the same as the ABS plastic, which is a stronger material anyways, and is already black.

How thick is a standard flag 1/8th? 3/32nds? , Ill probably go with 3/32nds.

I'll have some pictures up by the beginning of next week.

I am coming in about 50% of the cost of a store bought french flag.

$10 dollars for 9x11 sheet
$1 misc nuts bolts
$2 grip clip
$26 Loc Line/Adjustable Arm

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 12:20 AM

Finished the French flag.

french_flag.jpg


ended up using a .1 inch piece of ABS plastic, very strong at that thickness.

Detailed steps on Instructables.

http://www.instructa...g-Freedom-Flag/
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Posted 16 July 2008 - 01:37 AM

Finished the French flag.

french_flag.jpg


ended up using a .1 inch piece of ABS plastic, very strong at that thickness.

Detailed steps on Instructables.

http://www.instructa...g-Freedom-Flag/



Just wondering if the thickness really matters? Are you worried about it holding up strength-wise, or light being able to permeate it?

My family owns a plastic company on the east coast, too bad I read this post now....though it does give me ideas to make some funky stuff of my own.
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Posted 16 July 2008 - 02:20 AM

Just wondering if the thickness really matters? Are you worried about it holding up strength-wise, or light being able to permeate it?

My family owns a plastic company on the east coast, too bad I read this post now....though it does give me ideas to make some funky stuff of my own.


even the thinnest ABS black sheet does not allow light through, yeah it was mostly for strength and then secondly weight.

Well thats handy that your folks have a plastic company! Let us know what you come up with.
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