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Wayne Archer
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From: Rockport, TX, USA
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 - posted July 10, 2015 04:48 PM      Profile for Wayne Archer   Email Wayne Archer   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I bought a Minisette viewer on eBay, hoping to view some old Super 8 films, but to my surprise found that the center hole on the film reels is too big to fit as it should on the spindle. The spindle rods on the viewer are about 1/4 inch in diameter, but the center hole on the film reels are about 1/2 inch in diameter. So that when I put a reel on the spindle, it fits so loosely that the reel doesn't turn when I turn the viewer handle. Everything else seems to be working fine.

I tried different ways of wrapping paper and tape on the spindle, so as to make it effectively bigger, so it would nicely fit the hole on the film reel, but all those efforts were unsuccessful.

I used to have a viewer a long time ago (as well as a Super 8mm projector), and don't remember ever having this problem.

Is there some kind of adapter (like there used to be for 45rpm vinyl records, to make them fit on the spindles made for 78 or 33rpm records)? ... Or does anyone have a suggestion as to how I can solve this problem and be able to view my films on that viewer?

Thanks!

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Janice Glesser
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 - posted July 10, 2015 05:02 PM      Profile for Janice Glesser   Email Janice Glesser   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
You viewer has a standard 8mm spindle and needs a super 8mm adapter or you need a standard 8mm adapter for your film reel.

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Barry Fritz
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 - posted July 10, 2015 05:58 PM      Profile for Barry Fritz   Email Barry Fritz   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Go to a hardware store and buy about a foot of 1/2 inch outside diameter clear plastic tube. Cut off a section of about a half inch long. Sand the outside of the tubing a little bit and slip it over the spindle it'll work fine.

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Clinton Hunt
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 - posted July 10, 2015 11:24 PM      Profile for Clinton Hunt   Author's Homepage   Email Clinton Hunt   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
As a newbie when I first came across this I tried to make it work! But it doesn't so you need to get the centre adapters or come up with a brilliant idea. [Smile]

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Terry Sills
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 - posted July 11, 2015 03:31 AM      Profile for Terry Sills   Email Terry Sills   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Wayne
The early Minette editor/viewers were Standard 8 only, which it sounds like you have. I don't think it will be an easy task to covert/adapt for Super 8 unless you can pick up some Minette Super 8 spares from someone here on the Forum. Why not just keep it for Standard 8 film and look for a Super8 editor, or even better a dual guage one. Then at least you could sell the Minette.

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Thijs de Kort
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 - posted July 13, 2015 02:05 AM      Profile for Thijs de Kort   Email Thijs de Kort   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hey Wayne,
If you are looking for a viewer you can try here
http://shop.van-eck.net/viewers/p-1a/ they are quite expensive but are always in perfect shape and form
Thijs

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Janice Glesser
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 - posted July 13, 2015 09:23 AM      Profile for Janice Glesser   Email Janice Glesser   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Wayne, unless you can find an exact adapter to fit on your Minisette viewer.. I would just order some of these off ebay:

http://www.ebay .com/itm/6-x-Super-8-to-8-mm-Movie-Film-Reel-Adapter-for-Projector-fits-Dual-8-Regular-8-/251847482330?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3aa3479bda

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Wayne Archer
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 - posted July 17, 2015 05:41 PM      Profile for Wayne Archer   Email Wayne Archer   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Thank you so much, Janice Glesser. I just went to that eBay link and it looks like that's exactly what I need. I will order some!

Thank you to everyone else, too, for such good replies to my question. I really do appreciate all of them.

Thanks also, Terry Sills and Thijs de Kort for your info and suggestions.

Barry Fritz, I will try your method, too!

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Barry Fritz
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 - posted July 17, 2015 10:11 PM      Profile for Barry Fritz   Email Barry Fritz   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Wayne, note that the adapters Janice recommended are intended to be inserted onto the film reels, they are not intended to be left on the viewer spindle.

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