127 film spool

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127 film spool by Hein May 25, 2013
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Spool for 127 film. This is a nearly obsolete film format, film in this size is hard to come by. It is possible to cut down 120 film to 127 size or to buy a bulk roll of 46 mm film and backing paper. Still, you need a spool to wind the film on. If you don't have old spools (or the slightly-too-wide plastic spools made by Efke jam in your baby Rolleiflex), this 3d model might help you.

This is the first 3d model I ever made. Not tested yet. Comments welcome!

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I wish to have a respooling tool 3d printed, like respooling 35mm/120 film into 127 spool.
Any idea?

has anyone tested this yet?

Hi. Where is it possible to buy the backing paper?

you may get the back paper from the used 120 film

Why didn't i think of that? SIMPLE BUT BRILLIANT. Shouldn't be too difficult, with a bit of care, accurately to cut it down to size. If in doubt, shade it a hair wide...

Thanks so much!

From what I know, if you cut the 120 film you could have a spool of 127 and a spool of 116...
all we need to do is to fix the blade in correct position and get two rollers to spool...
but I do not know how to draw these things....

Maybe you mean 127 and 16mm? 120 film is ~61mm wide (2.40 inches), so if you cut a strip of 46mm wide 127 film from 120, you are left with a remnant that is a hair over 15mm wide, which should work in 16mm cassettes – the widest neg frames are only 12mm wide (the later Minoltas). That is a great idea. I have a bench splitter that produces 16mm film from 135 ("35mm"), but it would be great to get 'free' film as a remnant from producing 127 !

I'm not aware of a 'true'16mm camera system that uses backing paper, though – I think they were all cartridge systems and windows had been obsoleted by the time 16mm arrived. 110 cartridges use 16mm film -- with backing paper -- but reloading is hugely problematic for several reasons, including that both the film and the backing paper need to be perforated, and the perforations aligned, for the film advance to work. Nightmare. I do not know of anyone who has done it successfully.

In any case, it was the backing paper for 127 that I was sorely lacking, and your idea to cut down 120 paper – free after processing! – is simple and brilliant. Thank you again.

116 film was 70mm wide, like 616.

yes, 110 i mean, thanks for correcting me!