Please post ideas for security features, mounting brackets and stands. Please include photos and designs for everyone to see.
By picdic
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loving those. they have turned out great. something I have found, when painting my boxes, is that I get them done to where I think they look great, and almost every time, they are still way darker than their natural surroundings out in the woods. and i'll even consider that when painting, yet I still end up being much darker. there seems to be way more grey and lighter tones than I seem to realize.
By picdic
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here's my latest box that I found to use for my next cam. have had the box for a couple months now, waiting on my decision on my next cam to be made.
By picdic
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oops. that's the box with my new cam starting to fit inside. some of my pics seem to be too large a file size to upload.
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so here's the new cam fitted into it's new home. I went with the browning recon force advantage. and she fits like a glove.
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so some sketching and cutting and it started to take shape really well.
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then add some holes for my rope and python lock. and then a splash of paint.
By picdic
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I seal up any holes in the boxes with a glue-gun. make sit a little more waterproof, but will also help with the spiders that love to make a home inside.
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I added a sun-shade/snow-hood to the box. and it was very clear right away that it helps block the sun very well.
By picdic
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i'm expecting a bear to have that sun-shade torn off fairly quickly. the epoxy I have seemed to have gotten old and wouldn't mix like it is supposed to. so it didn't harden to like-steel as it normally does. we'll see how it holds up.
By picdic
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that little brother, strikeforce, won't do anything now when I turn it on. just bought it last year, and now when i'm ready to go set my cams out for the season, it won't do anything when I turn it on. just shows battery level and won't do anything.
consider this a big X in regards to browning t-cams.
I've said before that they make WAY too many cams. they have several models, and then a few sub-models of those models. i'm thinking they have gone way too far in mass-production, and have suffered in quality.
and sad that companies like TCP rave about them so much and rate them so highly, seemingly disregarding clear issues that they have.
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By snakelk
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That new box looks great! I like the rounded corners and the sun shade is a nice touch. Thanks for posting the pics. I agree with you about the boxes always turning out darker than anticipated.

I just got back from checking some cameras that have been out for a year, all without bear boxes. Although I did bring 6 boxes with me, I lost two cameras to bears, and most were not how I left them. Hopefully the boxes will do the trick!

I agree with you about Browning. Way too many models. I have (had) 4 of the old BTC-2 Recon Force cams, and none of them function normally now. Granted they are old, I still expect at least one or two to still be working.
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By Woody S
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"I just need some tips on what cutting bit I works best in a Dremel for cutting this relatively thin steel."

I've made 20+ lock boxes using steel 60 amp A/C disconnect boxes. The first I tried cutting with a Dremel and quickly realized that was not the way to do it; ever since I've used my scroll saw with a 10 or 20 tpi wood cutting blade. Usually I can do two boxes before the blade gets so dull it won't cut a straight line or breaks -- the blades are cheap and cut the steel really quickly, so if you have a scroll saw try it.

For 3D camo on all the boxes I use Loctite premium construction adhesive; it hardens overnight and then I paint the camo with a mix of Rustoleum camo dark brown, green and tan.
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