The Quarter Plate Project

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While the standard was being made I had some glass cut and ground anew focus screen, details can be found here on how to make a screen. Once completed it was fitted it to the back. Now I felt the camera could be fully restored, the largest remaining job was the new bellows and brass fittings.

I drew up a bellows pattern in CorelDraw and printed off the folding templates and stiffening struts. The fabric for the bellows was made light proof with acrylic black paint, and based on how I'd repaired and also made shutter cloth in the past when repairing Thornton Pickard shutters. It took about 2 hours work to make the new bellows but subsequent sets would be quicker.

The camera folds compactly.


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