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Old Yesterday, 06:40 AM
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Modifying a Tic Tac container into a waterproof camera container

I have bought a Tic Tac container to protect my 808 camera from any splashes or sinking when mounted to my rc boat. The container is just the right size and the plastic is nice and clear. Very convenient...not to mention insanely cheap. However, the narrow side, where the lens would face, has a kind of small bubble in the middle with indentations on either side, as well as writing. Obviously, the closer I position the lens to the plastic, the more out of focus these distractions would become. Even so, there's still a chance that the bubble may be slightly visible as an out of focus blob.

I'll test the camera out in the container and see if there any issues regarding those distractions. If there are issues, I'm considering buying a second Tic Tac container and cutting a rectangular section from one of the sides, cutting out the narrow side of the first container and replacing it with the new rectangular section (glueing it in place.) Would anyone know what kind of tool I'd need to use to cut this kind of plastic? Alternatively, I guess I could go to a class cutter who could probably do it for me for a small fee.
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Old Yesterday, 09:31 AM
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My guess is your best bet would be to score with a utility knife and then keep going over the cut line until you're through. Going slowly with a small, fine bladed hand saw should work as well.

If you get too much scuffed plastic on the edges, trim one of the bigger sides to fit. Cut one free with the utility knife, then the deep score and snap method should get things down to size. Cut a bit big and you can sand it to fit.

Keep us updated on how it works out. I've got one of these cameras on order myself.
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Old Yesterday, 10:32 AM
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You might be able to use a dremel tool on slow speed with a really fine toothed saw blade. The slow speed is the key. Too fast and the plastic will melt from the friction. Can you post a pic of the camera you spoke of? It sounds like it would be tiny. A Tic Tac container is pretty small.
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It's a keychain sized camera that does video available for around $10. Micro SD card not included.



Find them on eBay, Hobby King, NewEgg, Amazon, etc.
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Old Yesterday, 12:59 PM
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Stumbled on this on the forums, looks like someone has it all figured out.

808 Tic-Tac camera with a tilt: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1736289

Build: http://heliblog.moller-ilsoe.dk/#post371
Theory: http://heliblog.moller-ilsoe.dk/#post367
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Old Yesterday, 07:48 PM
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It's a keychain sized camera that does video available for around $10.
I guess that $10 price tag refers to the SD models. I bought the 720p version (the #16) with ultra wide angle D lens for over $40.

Previously, I used a GoPro on my cheap rc boat but that was not a success at all. The boat quickly submerged and inverted! Obviously, too much weight, despite me adding wooden 'wings' to the boat. The 808 cameras are ultra light by comparison - they should be ideal for this application.
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