May 21st, 2013
Back a couple of weeks ago Vince DeStefano of Melbourne told us about his new UAV. As you can imagine, a $3500 UAV is not something that you want to just throw in the boot without some kind of protection and of course most UAVs don’t come with a nice carrying case.
So Vince built his own custom carrying case out of parts you can buy from penn-elcom.com.
It’s relatively cheap and easy to build a high end road case for your equipment and may be a good alternative to commercial case for guys just starting out. For example, this case in the photo cost a little under $220 (1 USD=$1.02 AUD=$1.03 CAD=0.77 EUR=.66 GBP) to build.
Penn Elcom is world wide so most people should have an office close to them.
While I mainly use pelican cases for my camera, I have a few sets of large red head lights that I have always wanted cases for, hence I will probably build a few for my lighting.
Building my own case was very rewarding as it saved me a lot and I was able to completely customise it.
Most important thing I learned when building this case was, make a box or cube first with all 6 sides glued together, then cut the lit off that. That way you will have a perfectly fitting lid every time.
Also with this case, while its super strong, I made it out of a ply with an ABS coating. I really should have made it from Aluminium wafer panel because that’s much lighter, and it’s a fairly large case. I will probably keep this case for interstate transport as it will handle any baggage handling departments punishment, but I will make an aluminium version for day to day use.
The ply is very strong, but the aluminium wafer panel that Penn Elcom sells is very light weight.
DYI is not for everyone. Vince is clearly a DIY guy. Over the years he’s shared several his DiY projects (here, here and here). There are some cases where if you don’t do it DIY you have to do without or pay more than necessary.