To solve the tilt problem with the Westcott 28″ apollo softbox I constructed a bracket for two flashes. Why for two flashes? well that gives me more power and faster recycle times. To start with this is the end result and makes for a 45 degree angle.
This is what you need;
Two L brackets (from Home Depot or any other home improvement store) , a brass monkey, two cold shoes and a bold and a nut. In this picture I show the bracket upside down. The brass monkey will fit in a umbrella bracket.
This shows the bracket with a wireless trigger and a slave trigger. The brass monkey points towards the back of the softbox.
This is how it looks when the combination is placed inside the softbox. I left the zipper open so you could see how far you can tilt the softbox. By using this bracket you can stick the rod further into the umbrella swivel and that’s the whole reason it can tilt more. I can imagine to make a similar bracket just for one flash.
Please use the comments for questions and have fun building this.