I’ve been trying out several ideas for a type of Base to ‘plug’ all of my Gadgeteer modules in while working with them. I was after something that was bread board like where you could just pull a module out and stick it down on the Base, being able to easily move things around. After tinkering with several types of stand-offs, board sizes, hole sizes, etc, etc I think I found something that works really well.
The “Base Camp” is 1/4" Baltic birch aircraft plywood that is 20cmx17cm with holes on the proper 5mm centers so any Gadgeteer module will fit. The standoffs are a M-F type so they ‘plug’ into the base, the fit is easy enough to just plug in but snug enough to hold the modules in when the base is turned upside down. For a permanent placement a F-F type stand-off would be used. Using the aircraft plywood gives it a good weight and feel.
I plan on making up a few smaller ones this week for holding modules that you might want to separate from the “Base Camp”, like if you wanted to move the camera to a different position. These smaller (would they be called a “Bivouac”?) bases will probably be from 1/8" thick material with some mounting holes so you mount them easier (like to mount a camera in a forward position for a robot.)
If there is interest I can look at making these up to offer for sale. I imagine a kit that includes a “Base Camp” and a few “Bivouacs” with a good assortment of hardware would be handy.
Excuse the poor cell phone pictures. I’ll get a couple of better shots later.