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  1. #61

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    Re: TravelWide Repair Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Moe View Post
    Few Travelwide will survive decades. It was the cheapest new 4X5. So we bought it.

    I doubt any would break if solely used as a pinhole camera.
    That is what mine ended up as. Ultra light weight but since I had enlarged the hole in the 65mm plate for a M42 mount helical I couldn't use their included pinhole so I jury rigged my own. The helical had a too narrow opening to field the full light cone from the 90 Angulon and it wound up in another project. I've retextured the plastic GG and it has served me well on other u-build projects. Removed the fussy to load metal spring back and use my own design. Looks cobbled up but works great and is secure and easy to flip and change film holders.
    So, all in all, I've used many of the parts that came with it. Unlike yours mine had hard focusing right from the start and finally became unusable.

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    Re: TravelWide Repair Question

    Quote Originally Posted by evites View Post
    They said there was no cost effective way to fix it.
    From the view of a company like SK Grimes, they are totally right and I didn't expect others.
    The main problem for repairing is not the task herself. It's the base, the camera body, who makes things difficult.
    The given space for trying to make something better than original is approx. zero.
    On the other hand, doing the same like the "engineer" of this camera would be worthless.


    At the end of this week I probably present my solution.

    I tend to cover the original parts with cone aluminium parts to get half a millimeter to one millimeter more space for the screw borings.
    After doing the repair, the weakest area then will be the original nuts of the camera, but we didn't hear about any problems with this area, and my solution will not change anything there.
    If not overtightened by the customer, this seems to work fine then.

    Ritchie
    Last edited by plaubel; 4-Dec-2017 at 12:38.

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    Re: TravelWide Repair Question

    Sorry - for some reasons, I am late.
    Last days I made a CLA to my machines.
    Today i started with some measurements for creating new stuff out of aluminium.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails DSCF2509.jpg   DSCF2501.jpg   DSCF2500.jpg  
    Last edited by plaubel; 8-Dec-2017 at 06:09.

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    Re: TravelWide Repair Question

    Good luck!

    The attachments don't work, though!

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    Re: TravelWide Repair Question

    Thanks, Steve,

    I made some new adjustments to the pics , I hope this will work now..
    Ritchie

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    Re: TravelWide Repair Question

    The attachments work now, thanks.

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    Re: TravelWide Repair Question

    Thanks, Robert.

    Today I rounded some "layaround"-metal with my Boley 4L; I wanted to find out how many space is given between camera body(inside) and the later new part.
    Measuring only gave me no parameters for sure.

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    Unfortunately there is absolutely no useful space.
    Here's a tiny nut melted to the body (inside), with a thread of around 1mm:

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    Re: TravelWide Repair Question

    The TW guys wided the body a bit, for giving space to the Mickeymouse ears of the broken part:
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    Here you can see the body with my metal ring inside;
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    Crazy.
    No space.
    Body with original part:
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    Body, metal ring, original part:
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    My initially idea, either to cover both the broken parts with an aluminium ring, or to build a bigger sized aluminium ring, will not work.

    The last thing what I wanted to do is simply copying the original part ( and having way more difficulties and time issues in doing the job), but I haven't other ideas at this moment.
    The given situation is everything but perfect :-)

    So I prepared my mill for tomorrows making a copy out of aluminium.
    This way I will get an idea if the copy would be good enough for longtime-fixing the helicoil of the TW.
    See you,
    Ritchie

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    Re: TravelWide Repair Question

    Thanks for the illustrations. It makes the dificulty of doing a repair/improvement very clear!

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    Re: TravelWide Repair Question

    I would drill new holes to my own TW body, or milling the body a bit wider - one millimeter each side would be useful.
    But this is no solution for an "easy-install"-repair kit.

    Fortunately, the original srews are tiny, and they don't require much force for fixing the helicoil, so a copy of aluminium should work fine.
    But as a mechanic, this "wrong way"-solution doesn't feel good to me.
    But who cares about my feelings while shooting with the TW :-)

    Ritchie

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