This is a Mentor reflex camera that was completely updated for using standard 9x12 cm and 4x5" film holders. Very nice and comfortable to work with. Allows maximum comfort while shooting portraits !
This is my 8x10 Kodak Century No.1
" truth is at its most potent when it is on the knife-edge between dark and light." -Graham Ovenden
I did not varnished the brass parts, because I like the natural look of it, even if it is a bit oxyded but, often, I have to clean it again with a soft polish liquid.
Now, this is a tremendous, beautiful, restoration work, did it yourself?
Many thanks Nana
Yes I do it my self (exept the bellow, I'll make a new one next summer)
So, My first job was Cabinet Maker French varnish maker and Violin and bow maker).
Varnish is french varnish (Vernis au tampon, in french).
For the Brass I used a Ultrasonic engin and after a polish engin (find in a special shop for gunner and bullets).
Like you I do not make varnish on brass parts
I made too the replica case, like Air Force case in 1930.
In french, you can fin more information at this link:
And more pics on my www page:
Have a good day.