I've been looking at the prices of rail systems and couldn't really believe the prices charged (ProAim seem to be the cheapest but you've got to get it from India). I've hunted around and spec'ed what is needed to make such a system and reckon I could do the fundamentals of the thing myself.
I've watched some YouTube vids and on the whole they offer some practical guidance but the finished products looks a bit unreliable and not very aesthetically pleasing.
So having sourced some parts and owning most of the tools, I need assistance from somebody who either already has or has access to a rail system to send me measurements and then maybe try out the final product to see how well/badly it integrates with 'the industry standard'.
So far I know the thing that holds the rails together is 60mm from the centre of the holes and the pipes are 15mm but that's about all and I don't even know the right terminology for the bits!
I know rigidity is something to take in to consideration as is weight but I'm not taking the latter in to too much consideration on the prototype.
I'm not going to suddenly spring up a manufacturing business. I'm doing this because I can't afford to buy one but if I successfully make one obviously I'd be happy to share the experience and help any one wanting to do the same. Even if you can point me towards a decent site with dimensions and terminology would be helpful.
On a slightly off topic I'll be sharing the experience and even more mundane and pointless news (example 'the car has passed it's MOT') via twitter. Optheatrefilms (optheatrefilms) on Twitter