Surface Scanner Blueprint Project


Current Status
MAR
10, 2002 - Using measurements from the waist lever finder I've reworked the Surface Scanner CAD.  Turns out I was pretty close with the first pass, it only shrank slightly in the update.  As I promised, I'm putting up the Beta 0.2 version of the CAD files.  I've come to the limit of what I can do with the limited reference material available, so other then an "hood open" view and some tweaks here and there, is it. If anyone has any feedback about the prints... Comment, suggestions, corrections... please send it to The Questarian   NEWS ARCHIVE 

  CAD FILES

CAD FILES FOR DOWNLOAD - (466K)
The zip file contains the follow formats:
AutoCAD R14/LT97/LT98 Drawing .DWG & DXF 
AutoDesk QuickCAD .CAD
If you need another format contact The Questarian  REFERENCES

surface_scanner_001.jpg (12981 bytes)surface_scanner_002.jpg (13272 bytes)surface_scanner_003.jpg (15044 bytes)


Bronica ETR / ETR-si Waist Level Finder

  VIEWS

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REVISION  BETA 0.2
CLICK HERE TO SEE VERSION BETA 0.1

Current issues to be resolved:

1. The button.
I can't entirely make out the shape, size  and detail of the base of the button in the center. 

2. What is the shape of the side pieces?
I know they curve in at the ends, but how much?  I've made the curve shorter in the Beta 0.2 version, because in the reference pic's I've been looking at it didn't look as pronounced as it in the Beta 0.1 version... I don't know, it may just be me :)   It's hard to tell from the pic's I've been able to get so this is a real guess here.

3. What are the alternatives to buying the real hood?
Building your own hood is definitely cheaper then buying the hood, but if you want it to open like the real hood, that 's a bit of a challenge!  While I imagine building a replica hood is no big deal for the experienced scratch builder, I'm not sure how hard this would be for the novice... the pieces are simple enough, it the hinging and the springs which may be tough. 

3. Options in mounting the Bronica ETR / ETR-si Waist Level Finder
The hood waist lever finder is mounted on a plastic base that is meant to a Bronica Camera, but on the prop version use in the film it is removed from the base, or at very least the base is sanded down.  So, if your going to build the thing exactly like the screen version, you'll need to disassemble the finder.  In order to do that you have to remove the leather like vinyl on the top to expose the four mounting screws you need to remove before you can remove the rest of the screws that hold down the base... If you're comfortable with that then no big deal

There's a couple reasons to not completely remove or mangle the the base:

1. As it sits on the hero prop version, the hood looks horrid...  there are big gaps and it would look crappy if you tried to light the inside.  It looks way better in the base. 
2. If you like me, there's a good chance you'll stretch or tear the vinyl piece of the hood when you remove it during disassembly.
3. The hood's aren't Cheap!  they go for about $100 new and typically anywhere between that and $50 used.
4. If you at least save the base unmodified, it's possible to salvage the hood from your old version for use on a new/different version.

The choice is yours... 

The Scanner blueprints are based on reference material and not the original prop specifications... the dimensions given are base on measurement of the material I had to work with and a number of educated guesses.   Short of the release of a set of original prints, this is as accurate as we're about to get.


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