Restoration

Mitchell 46 successfully fitted onto the disassembled rackover L-base.

Dove-tales of Woe

Somehow we find ourselves in July already (not sure how that happened!), so we decided to take a couple of days off for the 4th of July holiday and relax. Now though, we are back to work on Mitchell 46, along with the dozen other projects we have going at the same time. Much to …

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A Week of Many Projects

I took some time this week to catch up on a number of smaller projects while I carefully considered what my next step will be on Mitchell #46. Beginning with Mitchell #46 though, I spent a great deal of time considering how to set the camera up so I can begin machining the replacement bottom …

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The Dykstraflex camera in the Vista Vision shooting position with Nikon lens mounted

Dykstraflex Camera, Revisited

This past week I had the privilege of doing preventative maintenance on the Dykstraflex camera for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. I serve on the Academy’s Technology and History Subcommittee, and following the restoration of the Dykstraflex camera crane, subcommittee members were concerned that the camera may have developed problems after having …

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Dykstraflex camera

Dykstraflex: Preparing to Service the Camera that Shot the original Star Wars Trilogy

It’s a little late for Star Wars Day, but we wanted to share this latest project in anticipation of the premiere of “Obi-Wan Kenobi” tomorrow. Previously, in 2019, I completed a major restoration of the Dykstraflex camera crane for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The restored Dykstraflex was prominently displayed at the …

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A side-by-side view of a stock Mitchell GC and Mitchell 46 side by side, demonstrating that Mitchell 46 is now nearly returned to its factory dimensions.

Mitchel 46: The Glue Crisis

In order to move forward with the machine work on the replacement bottom plate for Mitchell 46, the front plate had to be installed so that three important things could be established: First, the proper thickness of the front plate so that the camera will slide freely on the rackover L-base and still light trap. …

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