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Instead of using a normal AS style QR plate I realized that there really is no need for such a wide plate.
Instead, I used a 3" metal corner bracket that is about 3/4" wide and cut down one side of it, making an very nice low profile L bracket that fits the camera perfectly and that adds no extra bulk. Drilled a new tripod hole and put some adhesive sided cork on it to protect the camera and prevent twisting.
For a clamp, I found that those little $10 hotshoe clamps with the adjustable jaws for using flashes work great as they have a dovetail bevel in them.
Took a couple of minutes with the dremel to bevel the edge of the L bracket so now it clamps and holds perfectly, just like a scaled down Acra-Swiss style system.
The smaller sized clamp makes more sense on my little travel ballhead as well.
about $15 in parts sure beats paying RRS etc $100+ for some bracket
I'm working on making a 2.0 version now where I am grinding out some material in the middle of the bracket to make it even lighter (it only weights a few ounces as it, but its steel, not aluminum so its still a little heavier than I'd like)
I couldn't find aluminum angle braces that where thin/long enough unless they were about 1/4" thick so went with the steel ones you can get at any hardware store. Made things much easier as I didn't have to built a way to get the right angle aspect.
Could just get a flat little piece for the bottom as well and make it even simpler than this, but I personally like having the L bracket design as I like to mount the camera vertically for a lot of tripod shots.
I'll post some photos when I get everything all done and spray painted. All and all it again ended up working better than I could of hoped and at such a low price and really so easy that anyone could do it at well, with parts anyone can. All the must haves of a successful DIY