A recently retired colleague of mine was kind enough to give me a couple of cameras before he disappeared to Thailand.

The first was a coronet midget. The second was an Olympus Trip.

The Olympus Trip was a successful mass produced camera. It boasted a built in light meter, making taking great photos a point and shoot affair. 

The great thing is, you can pick these up for about £15 on ebay. 

I had yet to get round to running a roll of film through this camera, and decided it needed a spring clean, and some slight improvements before I put it to good use.

Step 1: Materials, Parts, and Tools.

You will need the following:
  • An Olympus Trip, or other vintage camera in need of a new look
  • A stanley knife, Scalpel, Boxcutter, X-acto Knife, or a Sharpened flint rock. 
  • Plenty of new sharp blades on hand.
  • Scotch tape
  • Precision cross head screwdriver
  • Light seal foam (or something similar that will do the job.)
  • Pencil
  • Metal rule (a must for getting a nice cut without ruining the ruler or your fingers)
You may also find use for
  • Scissors
  • A soldering iron
  • Paper to make templates (If you intend on doing this to the same camera over, some templates may be handy)
Any chance you have a digital template lying around you could post for downloading please? If not a photograph of a paper one would be enough for me to start from. <br>I managed to trash the original leatherette as the glue was way too old, pretty strong stuff.
Very nice. My K1000 needs a new cover too, but probably a bit thinner. Have you considered tapering the edges for a more finished look? I can imagine that thick leather makes the camera a pleasure to hold, though.<br>
&nbsp;Is &quot;Metal rule&quot; supposed to be metal ruler?
&nbsp;Rule and ruler are interchangeable, specifically more so if there is a word before it 'e.g. Metal Rule'
&nbsp;Haha okay i was so confused when i read that. I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me again.
&nbsp;Wow, this make all the difference.
&nbsp;Thanks! More camera theme instructables to follow.
i love this cam!<br />
Great job!<br /> Very classic looking.<br />
Nice!<br />
Nice :) <br /> Looks cool !<br />

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Bio: I am a British Graphic Designer and Photographer, when I am not working, I spend my time making an array of projects, from electronic instruments ... More »
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