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
Padaro made it!3 months ago

this was great place to start. This page was basically my starting template to make my three vintage press cameras. I used three actual gift boxes (from container store) and shiny silver electrical tape for the embellishments. What was reallybfun, though, isnthat i constructed a cardboard iphone holder that positions the phone flash in the "eye" of the flash ... I downloadd an app that had a strobe feature. So camera now has a bright intermittent strobing flash when activated. And i used some thimble shaped corks and small wooden cubes that I painted silver for buttons. Very fun prop!

Biggsy (author)  Padaro3 months ago
Wow that looks really good welldone, glad i could help. I always love seeing what my ibles have created :)
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