Thank you Roger! I really enjoy this stuff, even when my fingers get superglued to tiny sticks.
These are some pics during the construction. The camera is made of tongue depressor and Popsicle sticks, glue and some brass tubing from a 'grab bag' of scraps. No stir sticks. Oh, the tripod is made from cotton swab sticks, the long ones like the doctor has.
I think I built and rebuilt the tripod 4 or 5 times! It just wouldn't look or work right and got stuck to my fingers.
Then it ended up too tall!
This is before the camera got it's handle. I still need to make the ground glass and a good black cape for viewing. I got one made yesterday, but it was too small and wouldn't drape properly.
The bellows is a piece of wood, grooved by the bandsaw blade (could be filed) and stained black. I saw a prototype camera pic with a square bellows, so I copied that. A tapered bellows (more common) could be built easily too, just start with a tapered block of wood. I didn't think of it until I had this one made.
Now the photographer is griping for a cinema camera and his wagon and tent!