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    Just thought I'd let everyone know that my bellows came in from Custom Bellows in the UK. I hope to have the 14x17 done this weekend. I'll be sure to post some new pictures.

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    I've been silently following this thread for weeks now... Now I'm ready to bust!!' can't wait to see it!!

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    It's worth the wait as I spoke with Jim today and the camera will be ready this weekend. Stay tuned.

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    I saw the bellows yesterday at Matt Blais home where I had it shipped. I have to say the bellows is fantastic. They put it on my frames perfectly. It has 36" draw and compresses to about 1 1/2". It really puts the size of the camera into perspective when I see it. Going to do final assembly this weekend. I hope to set it up in downtown Riverside on Sunday for its maiden voyage!

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    Good luck with it, Jim...can't wait to see it!

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    Paul, thanks I know we will get plenty of pictures of it to post.

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    Okay, here it is in all of its glory! When you build any camera there are things that just take time. This weekend was a long one and we managed to get the camera done but we were not able to expose any film. Just to tired and ran out of time and the wind came up. I still have some adjustments to make and some refinements but I could shoot with it if I so desire. My good friend Matt Blais gets a lot of credit for months of help and putting up with my insanity. The camera came in at 22 LBS. My walnut tripod and Gitzo head with Matt's sliding tripod block make it very stable. Setting it up is slow, (ya think!) and I'm not going far from the truck until I get the rolling cart built. It came out very, very nice.
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    That is completely inspiring Jim!! Congratulations!

    Marc!
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    Marc, thank you very much. I'm exhausted from this weekends final construction. It does feel good looking at this beauty on my dining room table. I'll post some better images later. Just wanted to get some out there for anyone who has been following this thread.

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    Amazing...congratulations...!

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