....It is for us Classic folks.
on to Foam Inserts
This kit only came with one of the four foam inserts, and it kind of temporarily worked by just keeping it centered in the box.
I did use one small piece of scrap foam to space it from the box in one spot.
Anyway, I was thinking of making some wood inserts and a accessory box like the older models, but a few things halted that.
1. Wood inserts might look out of place with this later kit.
2. To do it right I would need to know their measurements.
3. I don't have the best tools for the job.
4. The rest of the kit was basically done so it needed a way to store it now!
At one time I was selling stuff online so I was always hoarding any good packing materials I happen to find with boxes.
I had purposely saved this foam knowing it might come in handy for packing and storing a telescope.
These are actually some of the left over scraps ,but it helps illustrate what I was working with.
Some of it was already separate pieces that were glued together and that sort of served as inspirstion.
I began without any real plan.
At first I was just going to make two U-shaped pieces joined by a block (to hold the OTA) and not use the one original insert at all.
Then I thought why not use it and only make one simple support.
It actually started with an experiment on how to cut it, and then it escalated.
I used a coping saw to cut a U-shape out of a block of foam.
Once I saw that it was sucessful I cut it to the proper length using an X-Acto saw.
The shape of the block is outlined to show it's initial shape.
The notch and raised portion were already in the foam and was just something I had to live with.
The good news, it was the proper height.
This was all very unplanned so the next thought was, if I'm to procede how will I glue it?
I just happened to have a hot glue gun (a gift? and almost never used), and it worked very well!
It kind of melts the foam at the same time (which is good), but I had to be very careful doing it.
(there's one spot where it melted a bit too much along the top seam of the L-shape piece)
That lower L-shape was the next thing made and was from 2 pieces.
As I went along I kept testing to see how it fit and looked in the box.
At this stage it's made up from about 7or 8 pieces of foam.
I won't go into detail with each step, but it was all an experiment in cutting and gluing as it grew in size.
The last piece (at this point), being another scrap of very thin packing foam that was fitted where the mount's side bearing lays.
Another test fit with the scope and accessories.
At this point I thought it was done but then thought, why not try for a closer match to the original insert?
Plus the extra length should help keep it better in place.
This shot shows the additions and their seams
It looks better in the box
I am very happy with the results, but there's a bit more to come....
Edited by Kasmos, 31 August 2021 - 02:37 AM.