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#1 Phoenix66

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 10:41 PM

Hello all,
I recently got a Nikon s6300 that takes very nice 1080P High def video. I wanted to do a simple tripod mount for my newest PumpSnap that could be removed easily, and is very easy and cheap to build.
First off, I'd like to thank EOC dragon and Make it Go for the original design and inspiration.
EOC did a Youtube video about it a while ago, so no writeup there as far as I'm concerned. MIG did do a writup on his version, but I can't find it anywhere.
So let's get to the main part of the writeup.
Almost every camera on the market uses a standard 1/4X20 screw to mount to a tripod. I wanted to do POV style shots, or something like playing a FPS game like COD.
So I wanted to mount the camera in the stock, so I did it very simply and easily as shown in the following pictures.
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That's probably what your PumpSnap stock looks like already.
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Start by measuring how long of a piece you can fit in your fitting.
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Transfer that mark onto a piece of 1 1/4 PVC assuming your fitting is for 1 1/4 PVC.
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3/4 inch flat cap, 1 1/4 PVC segment, and packing tape. Mesh these together with super glue, or adhesive of choice, these will have screws in them later, so the adhesive doesn't have to be super strong. A easier way of doing it would be to use a 1 1/4 plug, but I already had all the parts on hand.
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Finished product.
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Mark the center, and drill a 7/32nds hole, and tap for 1/4 20.
I inserted a 5/8s inch long screw which is too long, so I shortened the length of the threads by adding a nut.
I put super glue all over the bolt at the bottom of it before I tightened it down all the way. That's what keeps the screw from spinning around when you tighten it. You could cover the screw in Goop, but it's not essential.
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Than you just place that whole assembly into your fitting and your done! I secured everything together with some screws that run all the way through the fittings and that's what holds everything together. The camera is a little bit awkward to have mounted on, but I'll get used to it. I recessed the threads slightly so that the camera only had about 3/16ths inch of thread to screw into. You could reach from the bottom of the fitting to tighten the screw with a screwdriver if you decided not to tap a hole, but this was a easier, tool free process.
TL;DR here are some Photos I took with the camera. I don't have a SD card that takes good video yet, so when I get one I will take a video and put it up as well.
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And some more photos of the completed assembly.
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That's all! Thanks for reading and I hope you found this helpful.
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Posted 22 December 2012 - 10:57 PM

For the length of the bolt you could have just cut it down with a dremel and a cutting bit.
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Posted 22 December 2012 - 11:03 PM

The problem however, is that everyone aims their blasters differently... or some of us don't use Tees at the end of ours. I'd personally make a "pope-mobile" type housing for my camera if I was going to do this.
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Posted 23 December 2012 - 08:42 AM

It doesn't matter where you mount the camera. Anywhere you put a 1/4 20 screw is a place where you can put a camera.

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 04:27 AM

Ah yes, Filming Nerfwars in style. The lack of possible mounting points on these full cover pump slide blasters isn't really great for filming but this looks like it could work. You did what you could with the constraints you made for yourself in the design. I'm somewhat biased because I hate pumpsnaps. I would not use a blaster I can't hold/aim the way I like to, with my cheek resting on it. If I were to mount a camera like this on any blaster of mine all the footage would be of the side of my face.


The somewhat more versatile thing I did on the same premise, works for pull back blasters
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