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Old 07-10-2020, 08:21 AM   #1
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Designing pop top platform

My next project is a photographic platform on top of my pop top. I already have 60lbs of solar panels and 10lbs of a lightbar brackets and lights on the top, but there is still plenty of room for a platform. I have 1/4” angle aluminum for the brackets and crossbars, but can not figure what light weight platform to lay in the crossbars. It has to have minimum space between pieces so the tripod legs don’t fall through, strong enough to hold 200lbs of photographer and gear, but most of all light weight. I would want it permanently attached. Any ideas?
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Old 07-10-2020, 12:57 PM   #2
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I like dual purposes so I made a platform for my pop top that utilizes two aluminum sand ladders that are removable for those times when needed. Wider would simply be a matter of additional sand ladders. The sand ladders have plenty of strength on their own, if not designed to be readily removable something simpler than what I came up with should be possible.
Shown below is the platform being proof tested with my 210 lbs...




Details and additional pictures are in my build thread, Post 224, page 23.
https://www.sportsmobileforum.com/fo...tml#post193179
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What a cool idea!
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Awesome idea. I love dual purpose design also. Wish I could purchase these sand ladders in Belize. Maybe I’ll see if I can get them manufactured here.
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