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Joseph Morrison
Expert Film Handler

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From: Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Registered: Nov 2004


 - posted October 08, 2005 12:34 PM      Profile for Joseph Morrison   Email Joseph Morrison   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hey, how many of you use Craig (or otherwise) rewinds to rewind films rather than using the projector? I figure it saves on wear and tear and belts. Anyways, my real question is what to do with a handful of nice rewinds that have just bare shafts, with no hubs for Super 8 or even 16mm. I figure those crappy plastic hubs must have popped off long ago. Are there cheap replacements? I know that someone sells nice brass ones, but they weren't cheap, and they may have been designed to fit over 16mm shafts. What to do with these rewinds?
Joseph

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Jan Bister
Darth 8mm

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 - posted October 08, 2005 06:51 PM      Profile for Jan Bister   Email Jan Bister   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
That's weird, I have the exact same predicament. Two Craig super-8 2000ft geared rewinds, with the reel spindles missing and just a small ribbed shaft sticking out on each one.
I plan to use some spindles from my DOA/for-parts projectors and drill a hole in their back just large enough to fit them onto the rewind shafts - with superglue if need be. Hope it works out...

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Chip Gelmini
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 - posted October 08, 2005 08:39 PM      Profile for Chip Gelmini   Email Chip Gelmini   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
If these rewinds have the 16mm shafts (and the super 8 plastic adapters were squeezed on) you could probably use the Neumade 16mm to super 8 brass adapters. They fit snug with an allen set screw. Highly recommended to solve your problem but they will ONLY work if your rewind shafts are for 16mm format (i.e. square).

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Joseph Morrison
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 - posted October 08, 2005 10:51 PM      Profile for Joseph Morrison   Email Joseph Morrison   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Nope, Chip, the rewinds do not have the square 16mm shafts, they have nothing at all! Jan knows what I mean, and seems to have the same problem. I like that idea Jan of using some scavanged projector hubs, I'll give it a try as well. But that superglue is going to have to really hold when you get a full 1600' reel on those things....
Joseph

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Jan Bister
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 - posted October 09, 2005 02:46 AM      Profile for Jan Bister   Email Jan Bister   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I know. [Wink] It's only for support, though; the idea is for the hole at the back of the projector spindle to be just big enough to fit very snugly onto the rewind shaft... then use the superglue so it doesn't come sliding off again over time. To be continued... [Wink]

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Mal Brake
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 - posted October 09, 2005 05:20 AM      Profile for Mal Brake   Email Mal Brake   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I prefer to use manual rewinders, it gives you more control.
For 8mm I use the Elmo 1200/1600ft units, bought new in the 1970's for about £20. At one time these would cost up to £50 on the secondhand market.For 16mm I have the Premier 2200ft rewinders.
Mal

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Chip Gelmini
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 - posted October 09, 2005 11:03 AM      Profile for Chip Gelmini   Email Chip Gelmini   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
As an alternative, consider the Neumade hand crank rewinds. Reasonably priced new or used. The 16mm brass adapter will fit a pair of 35mm rewind shafts. You just align them to the folding fingerswitch to keep the reel on the shaft. They'll fasten tightly with the installed allen screw. You don't really need to have a square 16mm shaft to use the brass adapters. In review of your problem with the Craig rewinds, I feel your best bet is to start over fresh with new rewinders. The ones from Neumade are easily available, unlike super 8 or 16mm rewinds of other brands from years past no longer made and hard to find.

Craig always made a good product, so I'm not knocking what you already have, and respect the fact you are trying to get them going again.

CG

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