Well, maybe this only happens to me...??
The camera in question is the Polaroid Electric Zip in blue (they came in patriotic colors...red, white, blue and black). Although some ridged body Polaroid cameras could take both 100 and 80 series pack film, the entire Zip line was meant for 80 series packfilm only.
For those of you unfamiliar with the ins and outs of packfilm, the 80 series film was more square than the rectangular 100 series film. The key distinction however is that the 80 series film was discontinued when Polaroid went belly up whereas 100 series packfilm is still made by Fujifilm.
I wanted to convert the camera to sheet film, however considering the number of death threats I got from previous Polaroid to regular film conversions, I elected to stay "Instant."
In this Instructable, we will convert a Polaroid Electric Zip from 80 series packfilm to 100 series packfilm.
* "Packtastic" is the registered trademark of the Film Photography Project, Michael Raso - Benevolent Overlord.
Step 1: Camera Overview/Stuff You Will Need
Luckily, cyanoacrylate glue works wonders on the broken plastic pieces.
The camera is built along the same lines as other packfilm cameras, but takes the square 80 series film exclusively. This is a problem since Polaroid has stopped producing the film and current stocks are deteriorating quickly. To use this camera as I intend, I'll have to convert it to the readily available 100 series packfilm that is still made by Fujifilm.
For this instructable you ill need:
1. An Electric Zip camera (this modification will probably work with any 80 series film camera made by Polaroid).
2. One or more packs of Fujifilm 100 series pack film.
3. Small format pliers like needle nose.
4. Razor knife, box cutter, exacto knife (any one).
6. Rotary tool (optional).
7. Cyanoacrylate glue (superglue) if you break any plastic piece as I did.
8. 45~60 minutes of time.