If you want an easier way to wind your LomoKino, here is a method to build a battery operated power-winder. The steps are quite easy and there are 2 speed setups so you have options to choose from.
First, you will need the following items:
B. Strong glue (‘araldite’ type)
C. Electrical tape (and duct tape for later)
D. Two Tamiya ‘4-speed crank axle gearboxes’
F. Electrical switch
G. Battery pack and batteries
H. Sheet of plastic
Then, follow the next steps, numbered according to the photo numbers in this gallery:
1,2. Remove the lomokino winding lever.
3,4,5. Cut the lever and place half of it back using the wire.
6. Open your Tamiya box and smile like a child, you finally found a good reason to play with these.
7. Use these measurements to cut your plastic sheet. Note: ‘t’= thickness of your plastic sheet, mine was 1.5mm.
8,9. Cut the sheet.
10. These are the pieces which will hold the gearboxes. There are two different pieces because the gearboxes are in two different configurations (126:1 and 5402:1 gear ratios). Drill holes with an exacto, to fit the gearboxes screws.
11. Well done.
12. These pieces are going to be part of a rail which will hold your gearboxes.
13. My measurements were a bit tight, I had to trim a bit these future rails using sand-paper.
14,15. Glue the rails.
16. Drill a hole at this position and,
17. Insert one of the little gizmos provided in your Tamiya Kit. The axle extremity will be held in this hole.
18,19. Glue the sides and use electrical tape to hold them together.
20. Not surprisingly, my calculations were wrong and I had to trim the gearbox holders a bit…
21. It fits nicely, in the rail, and
22. The axle goes through the hole. Use a marker to draw were you will
23. Cut the axle.
24. Cut these out too while you’re at it.
25. Take a remaining piece of your plastic sheet and use a marker to draw a triangle fitting on the top corner of your box.
26. Insert the switch in this triangle.
27. Put some electric wire (provided with the kit) on each electric motor.
28. Here’s how the wiring should look like.
29. Drill a hole for a tripod screw.
30. Find back your winding lever and
31. Cut the little wheel at the extremity.
32. With a heated pen, press inside the little wheel to give it a conical shape, in the inside.
33. Using an exacto, trim and cut, to obtain a perfect internal cone.
34. Glue this piece on the axle hole, hold it with a screw while it dries. This extra piece will guide the insertion of the gearbox axle.
35,36. Duct-tape a little piece of plastic on the lomokino lever, to make sure it doesn’t lift during the rotation (which would stop the rotation).
37. I didn’t have proper electrical connectors, so I made them with duct tape.
38. Make a little hole in the tape and
39. Insert one of the wires.
40. Place the other cable perpendicularly and
41. Fold the tape. Your cheap ‘connector’ is ready.
42. Make another connector inside your box, and connect the gearbox by
43. Twisting the wires. Note: make sure you get the right rotation direction (they might differ according to the gearbox setup).
44. Remove sharp edges from the end of the axle to help its insertion.
45. Get some duct tape and
46,47. Cover the box.
48. Et voilà!
When you are ready to shoot:
49. Load a film in your LomoKino
50. Prepare your wire for an easy fixation to the gearbox, and
51. Twist it tightly.
52,53. Connect your wires.
54. Screw in your tripod mount.
You are now ready to shoot.
As a first test, here’s the view from my window. I’ll have to find something more exciting next time.
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