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    I might re-visit the parts to show visually how it all happened.
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    Today, I realized the power of the 100 monkey theory of camera hacking.

    Put 100 monkeys in a room with old cameras, parts, etc, and eventually one will build a Hasselblad.

    By having 100 projects in flow simultaneously, the ideas feed off each other, creating a perpetual idea machine. None ever get completed, and thus never die.

    Alternately, one could call this parallel processing!

    I did net a 'deal' on a 120 back too, so I may allow for both options on this project.
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    OK, I was asked to go back & document the surgery. I tried to recreate it positioning pieces roughly together. I didn't want to snap the film gate back over the bellows as I didn't want to stress either one further taking them apart again.

    http://uptowngallery.org/Murray/AgfaFilet/

    I used a Sears Craftsman Dremel equivalent. A round spiral cutting tool was too difficult to remove material with and control (hence the wild scratches away from the intended area). A coarser cylindrical spiral cutter was faster and so aggressive I seriously contemplated stopping to get safety glasses, which I probably should have done regardless.

    The unfortunate choice of "#1" -"#14" for the photo names interferes with the 'Next' feature in the HTML...10 comes after 1...sorry...a quirk of computers.

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    Speaking of those darn monkeys above, one of them boogered up a shutter for me this weekend :O(
    Murray

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    If you're gonna do a panoramic, Doug Bardell's got some neat ideas:

    http://www.cyberbeach.net/~dbardell/panorama.html

    I like his rollfilm back. Simple design, cheap to build and no guilt about hacking up old camera bodies.

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    Thanks for the DB reminder.

    That Agfa back got epoxied to a 4x5 holder so I can use a darkslide. The ground glass spacer had to be 1.697", however! A friendly machinist (I'll call him 'Chip' to protect his identity) insisted on 'hogging it out' of a solid block of aluminum instead of 4 separate sides.

    The back of that beast is done but I'm still messing with the front.
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    Save that viewfinder!!!!

    Most of the Agfa Billy Records use a flip up finder. The finder from the ventura will replace it perfectly and add an accessorary shoe.

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    I looked inside the viewfinder. Man, you couldn't build something yourself that nice! Stepped sides, flat black, masked holes, nice...

    Another nice thing to hang on to is the flip-up rangefinders from the now-cheap 100-200-300 series Polaroid packfilm cameras. I saw a mod with a bolt, two nuts & a calibrated scale glued on...the screw moves the external actuator & you get your indication on the scale aligned with the actuator arm. Not sure how well it mounts on anything, but can be a hand-held accessory.

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