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Anyone know where I can find plans for an ata case? Im having a few illusions built inside of a base of an ata case to help with travel. Any suggestions?
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Check out - they put out an awesome tutorial DVD, plus they stock every part you could ever need.
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Amazing. Thanks
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Good link, thanks. Wish I'd known about it while I was writing my book... Smile
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This is an amazing source if you're really good builder. Probably not the best thing for a beginner, however! I've been building cases for years and I won't say it's necessarily harder than building illusions but certainly a different set of skills. Learning the right way to block and foam the interior, factoring in the compression factor of different materials and managing the various ways components can fit inside each case is a true art form. I wish there was some master secret to it but unfortunately it's just experience. It would be simple if there was some standard but every illusion and every prop has its own idiosyncratic needs. Every arena tour and bus & truck theatre tour have their own standardized tricks for road cases and loading the trucks. I love seeing the solutions others have come up with for specific problems and learn from all of them.

I can't wait for George's book to come out as I'm sure I will get a lot of other great information there as well!
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Ive used that website as a resource several times myself and it helped very much. also make sure tho that you compare the cost of building and purchasing an already constructed case because a lot of the times its a matter of a few dollars difference to get it already built.
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I want to build fiber cases. Any sources for that?
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You can get everything you need at They also have the fiber board material you asked for. The range of hardware, especially wheels, is fantastic. The quality is outstanding - they are the benchmark.
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