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Subject: Darth J's WIP and Freebies (Take 2)
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Anyone wants to take one of my lesser worries away ? I need a UK-based person with a Paypal and Ebay account to buy on Ebay-UK a 9.95£ item for me. The seller suffers from the widespread fear for foreign postal services. All expenses paid by me of course. PM for details.
Well, I love it when an evil plan comes to work and thanks to a redshirted middle(wo)man I got the desired object. Thankfully the English seller didn't consider the wild territory above Hadrian's Wall (aka Scotland) as being foreign. Don't laugh, on Ebay UK it is possible to block bidders from the "Scottish Higlands and Islands", among a lot of other places. I don't know any other European Ebay where it's possible to block so many locations within their own country. Add to that that Ebay made some mistakes with the postal codes and the lack of geographical knowledge of some sellers. In Scotland even an enquiry has been opened concerning this discrimination of Scottish buyers.
And what was this preciousss object the seller didn't want to sell abroad ? An AM-winder, a badge-engineered Praktica B-winder meant to be used with the Jenaflex AM-1 camera, which in turn is a badge-engineered Praktica BC1 camera. Praktica's were often re-branded when sold abroad : Porst and Revue in West-Germany, Pentor in France, Jenaflex in the UK, Hanimex in the USA ... to name only a few. Note that all these winders were made in Japan.
While the original East-German camera and winder are easy to find, the Jenaflex are not. Even more unusual is a re-branded accessory, since all parts are compatible. Luckily the seller didn't realise what he was selling.
For those that know nothing about photography :
A winder cares for automatic film transport and allows burst shooting. Until the 1980s- 1990s they were separate accessories, nowadays they are incorporated into the camera.
These B- or AM- winders date from the 1980s and produce a very loud sewing-machine whine when used. Which I find very practical since it keeps other people at a respectable distance, even in dense crowds.
If anybody has Praktica or other East-German camera (parts) gathering dust on his/her attic, I'm always interested.
And no this post isn't OT, how else should I get textures or documentation than with a camera ? It's a tool of the freebie trade ...
Royal Mail charges the same postage everywhere except the Channel Islands (according to their Price Finder), but of course some sellers want to use private courriers and those won't miss an opportunity to charge more. It becomes problematic when Aberdeen is considered to be located in the "Highlands". And it gets ridiculous when people in southern England (Porthsmouth I think) are denied biddng because they share the same postal code as the Isle of Wight. All found in Ebay forums.
As for remote, up north they even have motorways and dual carriageways without passing places nowadays.
The lenses : of course I can clean any external dust or dirt but not internal since I'm not able to repair these devices : even if I had the knowledge I don't have the eyesight anymore. You can always send me a PM with your 'somewhere' findings, anything except the mummified cat in that dark corner.
Kind of continuing your earlier cold war espionage theme Darth... and just mentioning for interest's sake... I have an old ZENIT 12S sitting next to me here in a box of miscellaneous "junk" (as the wife calls it) next to my old Nokia 9000i Communicator (as featured in the film version of The Saint, starring Val Kilmer, which was filmed partly in Moscow).
I suspect the camera might still work with some TLC... but sadly the Nokia Communicator no longer seems to be operational (at least the clamshell PC part - no sign of life). The battery is shot... but the phone interface still switches on, when it is plugged into the mains... so I think the PC part being dead must be something else.
Like The Saint's Communicator, this one has also travelled to Moscow... during one of my former lives ;-)
I think its from the 80s... possibly even 90s, that Zenit 12S I have.
So unfortunately not yet a museum piece.
Funnily enough there is a Nokia 9000 Communicator just like mine in a display case in the National Museum of Scotland. But I don't expect they need a second one currently ;-)
Sorry to hear about the automotive mishap!
If only a Mitsubishi Space Star was quite as 70s/80s retro sci-fi as it's name suggests...
The insurance company decided to pay for the repairs, a "mere" 6000 Euro for a car that is worth less than 10000 Euro. They must have considered it as a unique specimen of automotive engineering that they didn't send it straight to the scrapyard.
Well, let's hope this incident will become only a minor footnote in the long-lived history of this car.
My Google-Fu disciple must be out camping in the highlands again. Hunting Haggis.
Anyway, this is the TELETIJDMACHINE, the time travelling machine from the Flemish "Suske en Wiske" comics. You may know them as "Spike and Suzy" or "Bob et Bobette" or as one of many other translations.
You get the interface, 2consoles and a cabin, of which the design was never consistent throughout the years. I didn't construct the machine itself, usually a maze of electric gear drawn faintly in the background.
A more detailed description of each part later on.
I think a Haggis got him.
Anyway, a more detailed look at the control console. Nr 1, 2 and 3 are based on the comics, I invented 4 and 5.
1 : black levers control position, red lever controls time.
2 : view screen showing position, doubles as tv screen where you can see what's happening.
3 : destination date.
4 : power source(s) control.
5 : "go" button.
And did you notice the louvres ? Real 3D, not a texture.
Ha ha! I'm back... albeit briefly ;-)
It wasn't / isn't a haggis... but rather a pair of haggis bairns. They don't have rocket packs. But they are equipped with sonic weaponry... and front and rear propulsion systems.
I've given them the slip, for a short while....
Anyway, nice model Darth! :-) Never heard of / seen Suske en Wiske, I don't think. Might have to look out for the anglicised version...
Here is a list of these comics translated into English :
The Willy & Wanda and Bob & Bobette series contain older yet better stories, of the Spike & Suzy series I would recommend "Highland Games", also an older story still written and drawn by original author Willy Vandersteen.
The more recent releases can still be found on sites such as Amazon or Ebay.