Lasercut-Template for Hasselblad 500 EL/M Body Leatherette

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Lasercut-Template for Hasselblad 500 EL/M Body Leatherette by fluetke Apr 13, 2013


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Template for (laser-)cutting your own replacement leatherette for the body of an old Hasselblad 500 EL/M camera.


After I got lucky to win the auction for an old Hasselblad 500EL/M in good working condition, I went to replace the fake-leather of the camera with real leather I had bought from a local tanner.
I measured the whole thing using a simple ruler and a lot of guesswork and recreated the dimensions and shapes in Inkscape.
After lots of test-prints on paper, this is as close as I could get to the real measures of the camera. The parts were then lasercut from leather and glued onto the camera using All-Purpose-glue(UHU).

Some parts like the front still need improvement, I invite you to adjust the parts as needed for your camera - drop me a line if you found improvements or major faults, so I can improve it further.

BTW: When lasercutting thin leather, I'd recommend taping it to a piece of MDF using double-sided tape, so it wont curl, shrink, or move to much during cutting(because of ventilation/heat).
Oh, and open the windows, burning leather stinks.

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This is fantastic! I've been working on a few things for my 500c/m, but never thought of replacing the deteriorating leatherette. Well done.

Thanks, I'm still trying to get my hands on an A12 filmback and a waist-level viewfinder to create templates for them.