posted July 19, 2016 05:18 AM
Hello! I recently brought a Pathéscope Ace projector that I found in a charity shop. It came complete with films. the lamp and power supply and the spring belt and a take up reel. The first problem was that the sprockets did not engage with the film. I fixed this by moving the whole mechanism forward. Currently, the problem is that while the sprockets are engaging. the film is still not moving. The projector only works if I pull on the film my self as I crank the handle. The film feels like it is being held in too tight hence why it wont advance. Does anybody have any ideas on how the fix this? Any help is much appreciated.
From: Worcestershire, England
Registered: Dec 2015
posted July 20, 2016 04:17 PM
I would have thought that if the pulldown claw in the gate is located in the sprocket holes but the film does not move then it would rip a hole in the film, either that or the claw does not move. Can you see the claw coming in and out in the gate when you turn the handle? See this webpage, it has details of the Ace
posted July 21, 2016 08:58 AM
Yes. I read about that. I moved the whole mechanism forward so the claws do come out when I turn the handle. The problems start when I close the pressure plate and turn the handle. Nothing happens unless I pull on the film. It's almost as if it is being held in too tight.