machinate, I will try and go over my wheel cutting process later in this thread, I do use a hot wire table so there is a bit of tooling that is needed. There are other ways to get there but the table works well.
stoked6.0, the lens is actually quite protected with the ply tounge, I have landed in some pretty hairy spots and the cam is still going strong. I even smoked a small tree on site and the plane bounced to the ground and broke in half. The lens and cam were fine.
vintagemxr, The foam is good ol' Menards 2" beaded foam
with aircraft ply in the areas that count. I have had the D5000 out several times on the ground and I am impressed, it is a nice upgrade from the D40X for the money