Thanks for the fast replies, those two artilcles made good reading.
knowing the way things work on eBay I've got a feeling that the camera will go for silly money even with these flaws, I may just take a punt on it, but a a low price.
quite like the idea of a baby Rollei, how hard is it to get the 127 film, I suppose I'd have to develop it myself, will it produce images of an equal character as a big rolleiflex?