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    I've put all those useful links for rack & pinion on the Flickr 'Camera Building' site too!
    Creative Image Maker e-magazine is back! Find out more at http://creativeimagemaker.blogspot.com

    Thank you.

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    I need some rack and pinion to complete my latest camera. I tried MacMaster, they have exactly what I need. 1/4" sq. rack, but they will not post outside of america! I tried Smallparts website but they give hardly any information on sizes. Davall gears I used years ago, they were expensive then but I have not checked recently. I have found someone offering 'Delrin' racks. Has anyone any experience with this material. I dont fancy the white colour but if they do the job..... Can anyone advise me please?
    Thanks, Norman

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    Quote Originally Posted by sv@diycamerakit.com View Post
    ... but can't find or make? What was the part you had the hardest time procuring or manufacturing?

    It's an excellent question, I emailed you recently about a kit for 11X14 bellows but you don't have printer large enough for the pattern. If you could get a cheap printer then you're in business for the larger bellows sizes.

    I've made them in the past so I'm going to be making them in the future but i would like to see a kit, I'd try one.
    Everytime I find a film or paper that I like, they discontinue it. - Paul Strand - Aperture monograph on Strand

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    I almost forgot, camera back springs, all sizes, stainless steel.
    Everytime I find a film or paper that I like, they discontinue it. - Paul Strand - Aperture monograph on Strand

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    May be you can order some of your parts from SLA rapid prototyping , there are some cnc people who draws your part to CAD free if you are ordering part from their machines. May be RP guys do also

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    Lately I seem to have caught the fixing/rebuilding/modifying bug myself. There's just something fun about working with inexpensive and usually very primitive older cameras, or "toy" cameras; trying to get them functioning again as serviceable image makers. (yes, it's a disease; I know :rolleyes. It was modding my Holga that got me started off in the first place. Then I had to get a second one to try out a few more ideas I had. And then more recently I bought an old Universal Camera Corp. Meteor (now there's a quirky little camera for you!), and have been spending just way too much time disassembling it, figuring it out, and then rebuilding and modifying it.

    Anyway, to answer the original question, I find myself often fighting with the little torsion springs in the shutters on these cameras - bending and twisting them trying to get back to normal shutter speeds, or better yet a little faster. But they are fragile, and a pain to work with after getting twisted out of shape. So I wish I could get my hands on an assortment of appropriately sized torsion springs. I see that there are places where they can be purchased individually, but it is a pain to buy them that way and usually I don't know exactly what I need anyway. I just want to have a selection to try out.

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