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 Post subject: MCM case build
PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:28 pm 
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After seeing a thread about these cases I decided to give them a try. I ordered 2 of the 10" cases which are almost a perfect match to the 1060 case in size and they look almost identical to the Pelican brand so I think Pelican actually makes them and MCM markets them as their own brand. They are made from a different plastic than the Pelican brand and the inner lining is also a different type of rubber. The plastic does have a tendency to heat up quick and melt easily from friction when drilling large diameter holes with a hole saw so you have to go a little at a time to avoid that. Also found out when cutting the rectangular opening for the slave flash with a jigsaw with a fine tooth metal cutting blade, the plastic did the same thing and would fuse back together making it a bit difficult to get a clean cut but ended up alright. Ken informed me that he had used a medium tooth wood cutting blade when he did his and it worked great, leaving a clean cut and no melting so that seems to be the way to go when using a jigsaw for cutting these cases. Goop sticks really well without scuffing the plastic and it takes spray paint well also. I used 3/16" rope seal to replace the original liner case seal and that worked out good. I was finishing up the build, all I had left was to get the camera wired in and would be ready to set it out to test the case when my original camera crapped out on me. Was going to be a day video with audio and night stills with slave flash. Ended up just sticking in an Olympus 140 for the time being just for stills so I could test the case to see if it would hold up in heavy rain with no leaks. I left it out all day yesterday in solid downpours and also through last night when we had rain. Just checked it before another storm system started to roll in and there was absolutely no water inside the case. Pretty sure I will be buying more of these and the price is way less than the Pelican branded ones.

Here's a few pics of the build as it is now. Got 2 3 bay AA holders for camera externals at the top inside of the lid, 4 C's for the slave flash and 3 AA's for the Safari board power supply. I added Joe's mount to it instead of using a pipe through and aluminum shelf for the camera to sit on. I will be replacing the camera so I didn't worry much about how the wiring was just for testing purposes.

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 Post subject: Re: MCM case build
PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 4:32 pm 
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Looks pretty darn good Ralph. Sounds like there may be another case to choose from when doing builds. On the bottom right hand of the oustside of the case is that where you have your external mic routed?


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ghosthunters wrote:
Looks pretty darn good Ralph. Sounds like there may be another case to choose from when doing builds. On the bottom right hand of the oustside of the case is that where you have your external mic routed?


Yes, that is the external mic. I use a piece of 1/2" pvc pipe that I cut at about a 45 degree angle and mount that over the mic to help protect it from rain. I also seal around the mic on the inside of the case with Goop to keep moisture from seeping inside the same as with any other hole that is drilled in the case. Seems to work pretty good this way.

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I'm wondering if you can fit anything else into that box?


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danpotter6 wrote:
I'm wondering if you can fit anything else into that box?


There was a little extra room Dan. I bet if I tried it would hold more stuff. :awesome

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I just checked this build case again after it staying out in heavy rains throughout last evening and last night and it was still dry as a bone inside. Looks like we may have a winner. I suspect if it was going to leak it would have done so already, we had some pretty good storms come through the past couple of days and I had it set where it wasn't protected at all from the downpours we got.

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Thanks for testing and sharing! I work in very wet regions (i.e. more than 20 feet precipitation per year) -- and so complete waterproofness is a must for my homebrew cameras.

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Glad it worked out for you!


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