In today's tutorial we'll be going through some steps and things to consider when mounting a R5 dome from Sith Planet.
The first batch of these domes required alot of router work on the lower ring. I worked with them to develop a lower ring that needed less work to mount to the Rockler bearing that nearly all of us use in our Astromech droids.
You don't have to use aluminum you can use plastic or plexiglass. What I did was tape 4 holes and insert 10-24 bolts with the heads cut off. They are about 2 inches long. The 4 bolts are seen above in the photo sticking out of the top plate. The top plate is fasten to the Rockler ring by 6 bolts coming up from the Rockler that are also 10-24. The top plate is taped by myself and then I cut off the bolts so they are flush with the ring.
Solution? I unmounted the Pittman and put the shaft against my 6 inch disc sander and grinded down the shaft to what you see in the photo. I even grinded down the 4 allen bolts too. Look at close the clearance is? The dome plate just barely with a hairs distance clears the top of the Pittman. You'll probably also have to do this if you use a Pittman system or any other system.
My dome is a bit low. I can raise it up by simply adding more nuts to the 4 bolts on the top plate. After I've taken this on and off about 10 times. I'll probably use loctite on the 4 bolts when I get them just at the proper place I want them. This same top plate and 4 bolts also mount my Sith Planet R4 dome using pretty much the same system.
If you have questions feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org