I'm developing an Observation Hive exhibit for a local Science Center and need some advise.
I'm going to have an outside firm build the hive itself, but I need to work out the connection details and base on our end. What I would really like your insight on is how to create a tamper proof shut-off valve for the hive? When the beekeepers come to perform maintenance/ extraction demos they will need to remove the hive from it's base. I've seen a few design that break down to a rectangular piece of wood or plexi with a hole that runs through a slot between the hive and the exit tube.
This is a simplified version:
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I'd prefer to avoid this design as it can be tampered with by mischievous visitors.
Are there other options for this? I was thinking that a plate connected to a cam lock would work and be housed completely inside the base. There will be plenty of visitors seeing this hive daily and I can't have anything exposed that would compromise the safety and stability of the observation hive.
Thank you, I look forward to your advice.