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making the film spool spacers

 

With a bench sander reducing the nylon washers is quick and easy. Actually, potentially too easy ....... care must be taken not to remove too much!

Removing the cone from what will be the camera body end of the spacer.

 

One cone removed.

 

The rather large hole on this side can be filled with epoxy when the plug is set in it.

Marked out to reduce their other ends. These will be the spool ends of the spacers. On the bench sander take care here as you approach the marked lines ...... stop and check fitting in the camera and ease the final millimetre or so. Very easy at this stage to reduce too much, have a loose fit and perhaps even have to start again. If you don't have a bench sander then cut off the bulk with a junior hacksaw, then finish by reducing on carborundrum paper.

Drill out to accept the plug, (Comments on the state of my workbench jaws are unnecessary. It's a workbench ....... and it's had a long hard life!)

The plugs are Araldite-ed (epoxy resin adhesive) into the spacers which are pushed through and into a spool, taking care not to get adhesive on the ends in the spool. The above arrangement of being held between bricks was used to ensure they're both fully home and maintained in alignment while the adhesive  hardens overnight.

With the adhesive set the spacers are complete. Just one more thing to do .......

....... to cut off the excess plug on the flat (non-spool) side. This done, if you think necessary, in-fill around the plug with more adhesive to fill the large hole to ensure the plug can't move.

 

 

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