Video of my Blimp 2.0
My cut out mockup and the newly cut LCD hole.
I used tape to outline where I needed to cut for the LCD screen. Be sure to measure thrice before you start cutting. It's especially important to make sure all your angles are at 90º and everything is squared away. This is easier said than done. I measured and remeasured and made sure every angle was exact before I started cutting. I used a Dremel 300 with the Multipurpose Cutting Guide and a metal cutting bit. With that setup, I just ate away at the edge until it was flush with the tape. Super easy, and the results look great!
I really like the Dremel 300 Kit because the "Multipurpose Cutting Guide" that comes with it makes cutting along edges super easy.
|Close-up of the unfinished LCD screen edge.|
|The edge is almost finished.|
|The finished edge.|
Here you can see the printed out mock-up taped down and prepared for cutting the viewfinder hole. I first drilled a hole in the center, then used my trusty Dremel to shave off the rest.
|Finished Viewfinder and LCD hole.|
|Left is a 4" diameter circle for the lens tube. |
Right is a 3" x 5 3/4" piece of glass for the rear LCD and viewfinder.
|Reverse angle of Viewfinder and LCD with glass installed.|
Back of Blimp with camera inside.
Front of Blimp. Showing the Lens Tube and Shutter Release (under the tape).
Blimp 2.0's lens tube and shutter design are almost identical to Blimp 1.0. It is able to extend with a PVC pipe attachment and fit a telephoto lens just like the original. The only difference is I was able to find black PVC pipe and matching black cap at my local Home Depot in LA. This is much more elegant than my original, where I used white pvc and spray-painted it black (which has since started flaking off). If you can't find the black versions locally, online I found black ABS pipe at Lowes, but you can find it here, and the cap here. (I have not personally bought from this website, it's just a place that carries the parts)