Cardboard Props: How to make a 1950's type Press Camera

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My last instructable of the 2012 Gang show year... I would like to make yet another apology for supplying an instructable where the finished artical appears to be unfinished... I had some major technical difficulties with my camera which led to it dieing prior to me painting this camera, but hopefully i managed to take enough pictures for you to see what i created and how i created it.

I am trying to track down an image of the camera being used in the show, but until then the cardboard unpainted version will have to do

I guess if you like it, and if you make one show me


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Step 1: Ingredients

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What you'll need:
  • Cardboard
  • Cardboard tube (Like that from the inside of cling film or Tin foil)
  • Ruler
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Knife/ Scissors
  • Glue gun

Optional extra if you can find it or source it:
  • Round plastic lens, I used one from a pair of play geeky glasses, but you could cut one out from a plastic tub or similar.

Step 2: Boxing!

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First you need to make a slim rectangular box... I cheated and re-sized two boxes i had left over from Christmas snacks, i won't insult you by telling you how to make a box...

Step 3: FOCUS!

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On the pictures of the cameras i saw, the lense section of the camera protruded out of a small square section, since props don't always need to be 100% accurate, i affixed a small square box to the rectangular box from the previous section ( i have no pictures of this sorry) Picture two gives you some idea as to how the shape was created. I just glued it to the center of the box with my hot melt glue gun
tinker2343 years ago
i was wondering is it possable to make something like this work as a camera
Biggsy (author)  tinker2343 years ago
you could probably make a pin hole camera out of it... all it is is a cardboard case that you cold use as a housing for any camera inserts... i would recommend painting the inside of the box black to stop light pollution... and i would make sure the edges were sealed properly.... but i suppose so?
Awesome! What kind of show did you use it for?
Biggsy (author)  Penolopy Bulnick3 years ago
Just a Scout Gang show