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Electro Iconograph
« on: August 15, 2009, 11:33:16 pm »
Oh, all right, it's just a fancy case for my pocket digital camera, mainly so I won't feel out of character taking pictures at the Asylum next month:


A box made out of 2mm sheet styrene, with added details, fake rivets, and cutouts for the view screen, autofocus device, controls and viewfinder.


The inside of the box, showing the holes.




Camera in the case, I still need to cut down the brass bolts, otherwise it could prove to be a lethal weapon...


The boilerplate 'door' is spring loaded, and opens as the camera is turned on and the lens extends. The shutter button is a turned piece of aluminium, which passes through a turned ABS plastic reel that also controls the zoom function.

None of the cameras functions are impeded by the case, all I need to do is give it it's final colour and install the buttons, which will be cut down brass headed picture hook pins.

A fun little project, only taken about six or seven hours so far!

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(Hang on, if my camera's in the picture, how did I take it?)

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Re: Electro Iconograph
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2009, 11:39:14 pm »
Goodness me, thats rather marvellous! Excellent work that, I like it a lot

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Re: Electro Iconograph
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2009, 11:39:43 pm »
Holy cow, the good Doktor does it again.

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Re: Electro Iconograph
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2009, 12:05:54 am »
Oh, now that is quite nicely done, sir.  Bravo! <clap, clap>
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Re: Electro Iconograph
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2009, 12:26:19 am »
i can't wait to see how this one turns out!
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Re: Electro Iconograph
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2009, 12:27:45 am »
That's spectacular.
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Re: Electro Iconograph
« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2009, 02:10:12 am »
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Re: Electro Iconograph
« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2009, 05:10:51 am »
The wanting is epic!  I've gotta start learning how to work plastic, stuff like this is just too cool :D
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Re: Electro Iconograph
« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2009, 05:19:07 am »
well done sir! i've been wanting to do something like this with my camera, but i have a D300, so it would be a bit more intensive process, and i have nowhere near your expertise

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Re: Electro Iconograph
« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2009, 05:51:05 am »
That is an impressive piece of work.
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Re: Electro Iconograph
« Reply #10 on: August 16, 2009, 12:00:37 pm »
That's quite impressive, I can't wait to see the finished product.
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Re: Electro Iconograph
« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2009, 06:25:14 pm »
Quite nifty!


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Re: Electro Iconograph
« Reply #12 on: August 16, 2009, 08:02:41 pm »
Another Herr Dokter classic.
In regard to your question:either you have two camera's,or you used a mirror and the camera on self-timer... :-\

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Re: Electro Iconograph
« Reply #13 on: August 16, 2009, 11:01:27 pm »
Lovely as ever, though if I may suggest; perhaps some fine brass chain instead of the current lanyard ?
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Re: Electro Iconograph
« Reply #14 on: August 16, 2009, 11:11:58 pm »
Lovely as ever, though if I may suggest; perhaps some fine brass chain instead of the current lanyard ?

Thank you, and yes, the lanyard is a concern- perhaps a leather loop with the chain?

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Re: Electro Iconograph- FINISHED!
« Reply #15 on: August 17, 2009, 09:11:56 pm »
Well, if you'll excuse me acting out of character, ie. I've finished a project in days rather than months or years, 'tis DONE*:











The buttons other than the shutter are brass-headed steel picture pins- bloody tough to cut, I had to use a carbide cutting disc in a dremel to get through them- and they all operate their buttons, apart from the two on the left hand side, I was getting bored and thought that five 'special' buttons were enough!

The paint finish was fun, I started with a matt black undercoat, followed by Citadel Tin Bitz and Dwarf Bronze liberally stippled and drybrushed all over, then I tried a technique I'd read about but not used: salt masking- essentially you splash water on the subject, then sprinkle salt over it, move it to the required position, leave to dry, and airbrush the top colour over it- in this case Tamyia matt black, then when the topcoat's dry, scrub the salt off with a toothbrush under running water.

I think it's turned out rather well, considering the idea only came to me driving home last thursday (the 13th), four days from start to finish*!

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*okay, I still need to sort out the lanyard and age the aluminium shutter button and the brass nuts'n'bolts, but it's as near as darnit!

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Re: Electro Iconograph
« Reply #16 on: August 17, 2009, 09:20:19 pm »
Marvelous! Absolutely Marvelous!
I've never worked with styrene before. Did you cast it? Or assemble the pieces. Such as the tube that hold the bolts, are they glued to the main body?
Any suggestions for finding a tutorial online???

Thanks and congrats on a great job!

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Re: Electro Iconograph
« Reply #17 on: August 17, 2009, 09:24:19 pm »
The finish is beautiful Dok ;D This is truly the best digital camera ever!
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Re: Electro Iconograph
« Reply #18 on: August 17, 2009, 09:41:57 pm »
The finish is beautiful Dok ;D
Ta! I'm very pleased with the finish, I'll have to use that technique in the future! :)

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Ooh, I dunno about that, JJ! I'm bit dissapointed that I couldn't be bothered to disguise the LCD screen on the back...

Marvelous! Absolutely Marvelous!
I've never worked with styrene before. Did you cast it? Or assemble the pieces. Such as the tube that hold the bolts, are they glued to the main body?
Any suggestions for finding a tutorial online???

Thanks and congrats on a great job!

No, Thank YOU! It's all solvent welded sheet styrene and tube- nothing too exotic! I've had a quick Google, and the best, simplest, tutorial I can find for making boxy things with sheet styrene is here:

http://tacticalrock.blogspot.com/2008/01/sheet-styrene-unwrapped.html

I use a steel straight edge, along with a steel engineers square, to make sure the cuts are at right angles, and I use a scalpel to score the styrene and snap it apart; I then use liquid cement applied with a paint brush to glue it together.

Hope this is of some use to you!

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Re: Electro Iconograph
« Reply #19 on: August 17, 2009, 09:59:52 pm »
Herr Doktor, I've looked at a lot of home-made stuff made with styrene and the like in my time.

This may top the list of things-that-should-be-garage-cast-resin-kits. 
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Re: Electro Iconograph
« Reply #20 on: August 17, 2009, 10:07:13 pm »
Herr Doktor, I've looked at a lot of home-made stuff made with styrene and the like in my time.

This may top the list of things-that-should-be-garage-cast-resin-kits.  

'Tis a fine idea, Mr. Utini, but it would only be fit for one particular model of camera, and then the shrinkage from having a silicone mould made and resin cast in it would probably mean it wouldn't even fit the camera it was made for  anymore! :(

PS: Just realised that was quite a compliment you paid me there! Thanks!  :-[

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Re: Electro Iconograph
« Reply #21 on: August 17, 2009, 10:15:51 pm »
I refer you to the continuation of conversations thread.
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Re: Electro Iconograph
« Reply #22 on: August 17, 2009, 11:52:38 pm »
Oh my!  That is quite the work of art *drools*

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Re: Electro Iconograph
« Reply #23 on: August 18, 2009, 01:52:27 am »
Pardon, please, my French, but that is un-be-freaking-lievably Amazing! It was cool as an unfinished hull, but that faux bronze treatment is over the top. Way nice, sir.

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Re: Electro Iconograph
« Reply #24 on: August 18, 2009, 06:01:17 am »
Marvelous! Absolutely Marvelous!
I've never worked with styrene before. Did you cast it? Or assemble the pieces. Such as the tube that hold the bolts, are they glued to the main body?
Any suggestions for finding a tutorial online???

Thanks and congrats on a great job!

I too have never worked with the stuff before.  But after seeing this and some of the other works of art on this forum, I will have to be looking into trying out the stuff too.

I found another link to a tutorial on working with styrene.
http://members.shaw.ca/sask.rail/construction/lsbuild/workstyr.html

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