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« on: January 16, 2009 06:12:28 PM »

I won an eBay auction last week of a lot of old cameras, and in it was this little gem:



I took it out of the box without thinking - it had been delivered in about 10 degree temperatures, and the leatherette, already in bad shape, just started flaking off everywhere.  The worst was this side:



Yeah, you really shouldn't be able to see that seam in the metal and the screws and stuff.

My first thought was to replace the leatherette with actual leather, but unfortunately, all of the pieces I had were too thick and looked weird.  So, after delving further into my fabric stash, I dug out a piece of old brown vinyl which seemed like it would work.  Some cutting and Gorrilla Glue later, here's what I had:





The job isn't quite as neat as I would have liked - I tried to make templates from the flaked off pieces of leatherette, but there were areas where I just had to kind of guess how to cut it.  However, from a few feet away it looks really sharp, and now I can actually use the camera without worrying about pieces flaking off of it.  Not too sure how the Gorrilla Glue is going to hold up, but if I ever need to replace the vinyl, I have some other ideas in mind to try using (one involves cut-up bumperstickers!).  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2009 06:31:24 PM »

very cool!
Is it display-only, or does it function?
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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2009 06:32:52 PM »

That's so awesome! You did an excellent job. I love the color, too.

Oh, and great camera. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2009 07:03:02 PM »

sweet camera! Wink
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« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2009 07:39:19 PM »

It's so much sexier and glamorous with the brown on black.  Nice choice!
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« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2009 08:21:16 PM »

Awesome job.  I hope the camera is functional.  It looks great.
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« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2009 08:37:03 PM »

I hope the camera is functional too, or else I'm going to be one sad Lufah!  I haven't run film through it yet since the leatherette kept flaking everywhere as soon as I touched it, but the shutter, viewfinder, film advance, and focusing all seem to work, so I don't really see why it shouldn't.  The lenses need cleaned, though, and I want to get some proper lens cleaning fluid before I touch them, but I may shoot a roll of film through it tomorrow anyway because I want to try it out so much.  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2009 08:49:26 PM »

Awesome job!!! Smiley Smiley

It's so much sexier and glamorous with the brown on black.  Nice choice!

It somehow does look sexier!
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« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2009 09:11:45 PM »

Awesome job!!! Smiley Smiley

It's so much sexier and glamorous with the brown on black.  Nice choice!

It somehow does look sexier!

It's like the Don Draper of cameras.  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2009 02:37:29 AM »

wow what a great idea! I have a few older cameras like that (one almost identical) and will definitely give this a go Smiley
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