convert suit case into equipemnt case?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by james, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. james

    james Guest

    I have several wheeled suit cases and they seem like a good way to carry
    video and audio gear around.

    Are there kits to create compartments inside a suit case so the equipments
    don't bang around?
     
    james, Jun 24, 2009
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  2. I like using old luggage as equipment cases for a couple of reasons...

    1) They aren't nearly as attractive as a shiny high-tech looking case
    with the word "SONY" (etc.) in big letters across both sides. To
    thieves, this means "Steal Me!" Safer to leave along the sidewalk
    or on the loading dock while you go get your vehicle to load up, etc.

    2) It is a form of reuse/recycling. I like prowling places like Goodwill
    for discarded luggage just for use as equipment road cases.
    I typically get a big block of foam (or one for the bottom and one
    in the top) and then carve places for the equipment and accessories.
    There are various clean ways of cutting foam to fit equipment. One
    of my favorites is to use an old "soldering gun" and replace the tip
    with a length of #14 copper "house wire" (just the bare conductor
    without the insulation!). You can form the wire loop (while cold!)
    around the equipment and then turn on the gun to heat up the wire
    and "carve" the appropriate cavities in the foam for the equipment.
     
    Richard Crowley, Jun 24, 2009
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  3. james

    J. Clarke Guest

    That's clever. Why didn't I think of that?
     
    J. Clarke, Jun 24, 2009
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    Steve King Guest

    | "james" wrote ...
    | >I have several wheeled suit cases and they seem like a good way to carry
    | >video and audio gear around.
    |
    | I like using old luggage as equipment cases for a couple of reasons...
    |
    | 1) They aren't nearly as attractive as a shiny high-tech looking case
    | with the word "SONY" (etc.) in big letters across both sides. To
    | thieves, this means "Steal Me!" Safer to leave along the sidewalk
    | or on the loading dock while you go get your vehicle to load up, etc.
    |
    | 2) It is a form of reuse/recycling. I like prowling places like Goodwill
    | for discarded luggage just for use as equipment road cases.
    |
    | > Are there kits to create compartments inside a suit case so the
    equipments
    | > don't bang around?
    |
    | I typically get a big block of foam (or one for the bottom and one
    | in the top) and then carve places for the equipment and accessories.
    | There are various clean ways of cutting foam to fit equipment. One
    | of my favorites is to use an old "soldering gun" and replace the tip
    | with a length of #14 copper "house wire" (just the bare conductor
    | without the insulation!). You can form the wire loop (while cold!)
    | around the equipment and then turn on the gun to heat up the wire
    | and "carve" the appropriate cavities in the foam for the equipment.

    That is a great idea. I know where to get the foam with the little pick-out
    squares, which I don't like very much. Where do you get OEM-type foam in a
    solid block?

    Steve King
     
    Steve King, Jun 24, 2009
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  5. Most larger cities have specialty shops that sell big blocks and
    slabs of foam, mostly for the uphostery trades. And there are
    several online sources.
     
    Richard Crowley, Jun 24, 2009
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  6. Another way to cut the foam is with an electric carving knife, the one with
    the two cutting blades that move in opposite directions.
    This works well on the very stiff foam.

    Regards,
    Martin
     
    Martin van derPoel, Jun 24, 2009
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