2021-01-28

Refit camera #4Woodie

28 January– refinished the mount system and included a shelving system, workshop and field use ready.

Completed upgrades

lens board mounting refinishing
shelf carrier

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6 December 2020– Refitted with the new 4x5" frame holder and upgraded movement system. Also with new photo paper holders and tray system. Using the newly resewn dark jacket and a new lens mount system.

size of lens board
best method, top slot in bracket

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18 August 2020— it's ready! kamra #4woodie— Ilford photo chemicals, Ilford RC photo paper, trays, 30ml graduate, rags, 210mm lens, safelight, light meter, multi-tool, spare screws set, blu tack, bottle, dark jacket, talcum powder, Profoto strobe (on-loan!), trigger, surveyor tripod, light stand... ok i think thats everything

mounted to survey tripod
camera #4woodie ready for field use

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12 August 2020— mounted! some modifications needed, camera #4woodie has legs now 🙂 next for some eyes and projection! we're halfway there

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5 August 2020— Collecting photographic chemical safe bottles. now dark bottles for colour chemicals too! #10TGbuild and reviving #4woodie

#4woodie
Chemical bottles

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1 August 2020— Time to revive this old camera #4woodie. Heading for a trip to the east side, and i need a camera. ALL my working cameras are stuck in Taipei, since lockdown in February. 

2021-01-27

#11Toyolcam box carrier build

To make this camera field ready, I used my Manfrotto Stealth reporter, but being a softcase, it was secured enough to transport this fragile camera. Hence I made a specific size box to fit camera for transport long distance and storage. Built during lockdown.

27 January– Painting assembly, complete stage 1. Disassemble to prepare for finishing and painting. had a colour combination in mind, red orange with dark green, but all I had in the studio was matte black spray can during lockdown... ready for gluing and final assembly.

rear quarter
front quarter

interior with camera

Box Carrier for #11toyolcam

painted and ready for gluing & final assemble

Shou Sugi Ban with deep waxing
all the mounting hardware
matte black

disassembled for finished

most complex part
rail support
gripping holes

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26 January– complete closing, edge trimming, sanding

Lid installation and locking wood

inside hinge flushed
rear hinge

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23 January– Side beams, rail support and installation

framing & support 

with camera insert
exterior screw points

side beams & rail support

cutting station
scale
measurements, drawings

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21 January– Shell assembly, measurements and support beam design sketches

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27 December– box shell assembly, interlocking parts, which provide strength all round.

box shell assembled

cutting table
shell interlocking

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30 October 2020– review panel design, size and dimension

fits with about 20+mm clearance all round

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22 October 2020– Ordered outer shell wood panels for box, 8mm plywood, cost RM 21.50, delivery RM30.00

material cost

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14 October 2020– Start sketches for carrier box, for transport and storage

2021-01-20

#12Russkieкамера 13x18cm Здравствуйте

20 January– Completed stage 1 repair work done! film holder has been repaired as well, only need to patch light leaks in the bellows and it is ready for field test. Needs a dark cloth to shade camera, all cloth felts needs replacement. Stage 2 repair work after completing other build projects.

Stage 1 repair done– ready for studio test

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19 January– Adding wooden shim to moving boards. camera has water damage which cause wood to warp and joints to loosen. 

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15 January– Strengthening the base board and rear standard. replacing missing adjusting bolts and rear movements.

base rail
adding dove insert
finished assembly

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30 December 2020– Rebuilding the front standard. Unassembled the entire front standard to the base, glued and install dowels to strengthen.

disassembled
gluing down front base
strengthen front joint

reassembled

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16 December 2020– Acquired some acrylics to make new ground glass and for the film holder backing. 

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30 October 2020– Здравствуйте Say hello to my #12Russkieкамера 13x18cm camera
FKD ФотоКамера Дорожная (Field Compact Camera) thanks @goshakeymakh. Acquired my 3rd camera to rebuild my camera arsenal here in Malaysia. About RM300 (USD$72). Russian-made, appropriated German technology after WWII, Tailboard or Reisskamera circa~1860s, this camera probably from the 1950-60s... needs alot of repair and modification to get it to work. 

Shoots 5x7 format. 210mm f4.5 barrel lens with lens cap as shutter.


prism industra-51 210mm lens
bellow are still intact
fully unfolded

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23 October 2020– Visited Master Long to have a closer look at the Russian cameras he had. 8x10" and 5x7" cameras. 
Master Long Thien Shih

5x7" & 8x10" newer versions
5x7" older version