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LomoKino Power-Winder

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.

In his interview about his experience with the LomoKino, my friend disdis mentioned he was curious about what kind of experiment I was going to do with a LomoKino. This tipster is dedicated to him.

First, you will need the following items:

A. Tools
B. Strong glue (‘araldite’ type)
C. Electrical tape (and duct tape for later)
D. Two Tamiya ‘4-speed crank axle gearboxes’
E. Wire
F. Electrical switch
G. Battery pack and batteries
H. Sheet of plastic
I. LomoKino

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.

Enter a new analogue dimension with the LomoKino. Lomography’s own 35mm analogue movie camera allows you to capture action and immortalize your story on film! Shoot 144 frames on any 35mm film and create your own cinematic masterpieces. Want to watch your movie the old-school way? We also offer the LomoKino and LomoKinoscope package!

written by stouf


  1. vgzalez



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  2. mochilis


    Genius, as usual!

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  3. neurodiaz


    O_o HAHA, you're a genius :D

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  4. welland


    That is a lot of effort!

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  5. coolbober


    Sound is just mind blowing

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  6. graefin


    lomoFranknStein :)

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  7. crookedlens


    Wow, true innovation!

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  8. lomodirk


    Stouf is a awesome hero!

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  9. jodidopanki



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  10. adam-payne

    Sticking the transmission to winder with tape seems a little wonky. I'd try to work out an actual physical connection. Other than that, this is brilliant. I was thinking about using an electric screwdriver. This is miles ahead of my thoughts.
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  11. li4mc


    good idea but if i'm hoest i couldn't stand the noise.... and for me the winding is all the fun!
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  12. kylewis


    I wonder if you could add one of those little card sin-song things to counter-act the noise! Brilliant my friend!

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  13. itsdebraanne


    thats awesome!

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  14. gvelasco


    I have problems with steps 3, 4, and 5. "Cut the lever and place half of it back using the wire."

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  15. feelux


    awesome! Insanely creative!

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  16. basch75


    nice view ;-)

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  17. stouf


    Mmm I originally submitted this post with only one gallery to have steps numbered according to the shot number... Also, I forgot to say that the movies were generated using @mandi 's genius Autokino (http://www.lomograph(…)ography-way) Thanks mandi : )
    @iidiko, @tikismeekis, @feelux, @mcrstar, @paranoid_expectation, @hxloon, @wapclub, @kylewis, @syroneb, @alexentric, @elletra, @fletchinski84, @freshmeat_omd, @aleintheskywithdiamonds, @fpc, @kelana71, @hughh, @milkshaked, @jodidopanki, @lomodirk, @bloemetje, @daftsavant, @crookedlens, @biondapiccola, @ghuido, @mortal_wombat, @easilydistracted, @ereen, @trashpilotin, @reneg88, @simonh82, @megustastu, @funky69, @shuttersentinel17, @zoe191, @neurodiaz, @lu_bettyb00p, @recurving, @gvelasco, @mochilis, @tomas_bates, @vgzalez, @devoncaulfield, @adzfar, @graefin THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR LIKING THIS !!! You all motivate me to keep being a child ! : )
    @adam-payne The transmission is made with brass wire not tape : ) see shots 2 and 3 in the last gallery
    @kylewis Thanks dear Ky, what are these you're mentioning ? I wish I could make it less noisy !
    @gvelasco Sorry if it's unclear. The bit you have to place back is on the left in photo 4. The wire in photo 5 replaces the little axle you removed in photo 1. See also photo 2 in the last gallery. Is that clearer ?
    Thanks again friends ! You make me feel damn' proud ! : )

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  18. disdis


    definitely you are my f****** hero! This is unbeatable.... thanks for sharing it!

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  19. gvelasco


    The instructions were clear in the first place. What I meant was that I don't want to break the handle on mine.

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  20. rben675


    Not to be a debby downer but that is so annoyingly loud and whiny. ugh.

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  21. bridgetj


    Oh, well done!

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  22. stouf


    @disdis I'm very glad you like it my friend ! : )
    @gvelasco Thanks. Yeah it was a tough thing to do, you might come up with a better idea to avoid cutting the handle. Cheers.

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  23. yarah


    hahaha, it looks sooo easy ;) Mán, so great you made this!!! It's amazing :D

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  24. eva_eva


    this is freaking awesome!

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  25. johann_affendy



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  26. cwyeung


    It makes LomoKino a real Film Blender!!!!!!!!

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  27. stickyvinny


    That's awesome!

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  28. nicolasesc


    This is pretty insane! I want to see it used to shoot something with a lot of activity to see more of it's capability..Anyway to speed up to 8 frames per second? :)

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  29. susielomovitz


    want that!

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  30. liquorice



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  31. mikeydavies


    so amazing!

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  32. stouf


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  33. francisjunio

    Amazing! :D
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  34. phantomphoenixphotos


    GENIUS! This is legit!

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  35. marcustegtmeier


    Very nice and so informative; I love stuff like this!

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  36. swampwater


    I was thinking of an easy way to do analogue time lapses. Looks like you've solved the problem for me. All I need is a lomokino now! :-p

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  38. saidseni


    Awesome, it should be sold! I need this but not sure I can make it.

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