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Dec 23, 2006 03:59 |  #1

Ever since got my first Alien Bees, I wanted a way to mount my home made modifier for the Bees. As this project progressed, few surprises popped up along the way.

The victim... Not my daughter, the green tub.

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Test Shot setup: master 580 in the tub with extended off shoe cord, 430 slave in a dish I made last year. Plus a white reflector.
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Dec 23, 2006 04:03 |  #2
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Wow clever craftsmanship. It looks as good as it works - and that's rare. :)


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Dec 23, 2006 04:12 as a reply to  @ cdifoto's post |  #3

Nice work!!! Impressive Mod. There should be a sticky or archive thread for DIY's.


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Dec 23, 2006 04:29 |  #4

Sweet. I see a weekend project coming up for me.

Did you paint the tub? Any kind of covering inside the tub?


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Dec 23, 2006 04:55 |  #5

Nice work, (and I love the last shot BTW - I can almost here her saying, "look, is that really it now?")

You don't appear to have a shot of the inside of the modifier, did you line it with anything - or just paint it?

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Dec 23, 2006 04:58 as a reply to  @ TeeJay's post |  #6

I'd be curious to see more of the design and method of mounting to the Alien Bees.


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Dec 23, 2006 13:02 as a reply to  @ TMR Design's post |  #7

Thanks all! Inside of the tub is painted gloss white. I could've added a round piece to cover the flash tube to make it beauty dish alike, but since this perticular tub has a flat bottom, I decided to use a cover/sock instead.

The polished stainless steel plate inside served two purposes: supports the weight and isolates the modeling light heat from the plastic tub.

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Dec 23, 2006 13:23 |  #8

VERY nicely done - you are quite the POTN Engineer...kudos!


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Dec 23, 2006 13:24 |  #9
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Really looks like something you'd buy.


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Dec 23, 2006 14:00 |  #10

Very nice job mate, infact you have inspired me to create something like that, you could have just gone out & purchased something but where is the fun in that? I get much more pleasure from making things than buying them.

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Dec 23, 2006 20:10 as a reply to  @ Nick_C's post |  #11

wow, thats really cool!! i really enjoy seeing these DIY projects. they're fun and inspiring. great results too!


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Dec 24, 2006 12:14 |  #12

The last time I tried painting that kind of plastic, the paint stayed on for about two months they it began flaking off. Didja use special paint or what?

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Dec 24, 2006 13:02 |  #13

Normal paint will always flake off, you need to key up the surface a little first with some sandpaper to remove any glaze, then use a "plasticiser" primer which is designed for going over plastic, then you can use the top coat of your choice.

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Dec 24, 2006 13:13 |  #14

Very nice job there... inspiration to experiment next year when I have the time and money :)


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Dec 24, 2006 17:54 |  #15

There are couple ways to paint the plactic. One like Nick says, use a plastic primer then paint over it, or use Krylon Fusion. I used neither, just some Walmart $0.94 cheat all purpose paint, made sure to let it dry a day or 2 before handle it, and I have been using them for couple years. They don't flake, but chip/scratch easy if banged around, so I keep a spare can for touch up.

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BTW, my original 'prototype' was to made a bigger reflector for the AB, to get better spread of light on the background. As you can see below, it's pretty simple to do: make an adaptor out of 1/2" plywood, cut the bottom of the 99 cents bowl out, screw it on, and paint. The tub is heavier and needs more weight distribution, thus more complex.

Like others have said, DIY stuffs are fun and productive, the best part is that I can make something precisely meet my need, and doing it relatively cheap:lol:

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