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Dan Daniel
10-21-2012, 20:36
A friend sent me a Retina II that he was given by his grandfather 60 years ago. It spent tons of time in his pants pocket going everywhere. He had already stripped off the old coverings some time ago. I recently started work at a place with a laser cutter machine, so I offered to make some new panels.

Also cleaned the shutter and lens, aligned the rangefinder, glued the bellows back to the body, cleaned the wind mechanism. Working on the camera got me to appreciate how nicely made they are, and now I am looking for one of my own.

The leather is a bit thicker than the original, projecting a bit about the rims and such. It's a cabretta lambskin, nice grip with a bit of softness but very strong. No embossing, unfortunately.

The naked baby:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8326/8106894048_59143fe449.jpg

And the new outfit:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8186/8106882591_6360dd1266.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8476/8106883011_cd168d962e.jpg

Along with removing the leather, he had also removed the flash shoe and the bottom trim pieces. I might have a lead on a trashed body that I can get the parts off of.

Tony Whitney
10-21-2012, 21:17
Beautifully done! Wonderful work that completely enhances a fine old camera. TW

Davids
10-21-2012, 21:25
Wow! Beautiful work, Dan.
My dad gave me his Retina II this past summer and I think it's a beautiful camera and fun to use.
David

jwicaksana
10-21-2012, 23:11
Wow, you're getting really got at this! :)
Care to open a business?

Grytpype
10-23-2012, 10:39
If you fancy having a go at embossing the back, there are some very good instructions here. (http://licm.org.uk/livingImage/Project01.html)

Steve.

Pirate
11-18-2012, 15:03
That's a great job! Would you consider doing another?

farlymac
11-18-2012, 20:09
Fine work, Dan.

PF

jultou
11-19-2012, 03:44
A friend sent me a Retina II that he was given by his grandfather 60 years ago. It spent tons of time in his pants pocket going everywhere. He had already stripped off the old coverings some time ago. I recently started work at a place with a laser cutter machine, so I offered to make some new panels.

Also cleaned the shutter and lens, aligned the rangefinder, glued the bellows back to the body, cleaned the wind mechanism. Working on the camera got me to appreciate how nicely made they are, and now I am looking for one of my own.

The leather is a bit thicker than the original, projecting a bit about the rims and such. It's a cabretta lambskin, nice grip with a bit of softness but very strong. No embossing, unfortunately.

The naked baby:

And the new outfit:

Along with removing the leather, he had also removed the flash shoe and the bottom trim pieces. I might have a lead on a trashed body that I can get the parts off of.

Nice work, I like your leather choice.
Fantastic use of new technology to restore antique item.
Is your laser a CO2?