Camera tripod from card

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Camera tripod from card

Postby Paperengi » Wed May 21, 2014 1:07 am

Hello everyone,

Sorry this post isn't train related, but I thought I'd share a little thing that I've made. Whenever I try to take pictures on my layouts in tight spaces, it is hard to keep the camera still. However, a full size or mini tripod is still too large and I would have have to spend money :roll:. Thus, I made it out of card—completely free, and custom sized.

First, you can see the whole thing with the camera screwed onto the top plate.
If you look at the words, you can tell that it was shot in a mirror on timer mode. By using timer, I can hopefully get clearer pictures. In the shortest setting, the tripod is about 3.5" (8.9 cm) from the ground to the bottom of the camera

Next, you can see its fully extended height of 4.5" (11.4 cm).
The top plate can pivot about 15 degrees off the vertical fore/aft

Finally, you can see the tripod folded up.
It's roughly pocket-sized, though I'm not sure if it's tough enough to survive in one's pocket. (The camera is 7 oz. (194g) but it is made of copy paper and cotton swabs...)

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Postby Willow Creek Traction » Wed May 21, 2014 4:01 am

Yeah, that pocket thing could be an issue!
Card is such amazingly useful stuff. Funny that before coming here, I was looking at the model rocketry forum - in the sections about card rockets.

Timer mode is an excellent idea to get clear images.
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