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Clover-Six adapted for 35mm

I found my old red Clover-Six.
It is about 70 years old.
I have had it a very long time, from early days of collecting from some long forgotten weekly flea market.
Lens was in fairly decent condition after cleaning, shutter functional at high speeds, and a few drops of Ronsonol got it working again at slow speeds.
But the bellows, made of oil cloth type material, are thoroughly rotted.
So I decided to leave it erected and filled the bellows from the inside with a composite of materials to seal out light.
Then I got carried away with it, and made modifications to run 35 mm film through it instead of 120. The clamping cradle on the right meant to hold supply side film spool holds a 35 mm cartridge perfectly. 120 spool on left works as a takeup spool for 35 mm. New image gate size at film plane is 1 1/4 inch x 2 1/8 inch. A turn and a half on the wind knob will advance enough to avoid image overlap, yielding about 12 images to a 24 exposure roll.
Minimal extra light sealing was necessary, just the hinge area and the rear window. It already had a nice pressure plate.
Film can be loaded in daylight, then unloaded and rewound in a changing bag.

The Clover-Six with Vester 3 shutter is a pretty uncommon camera. I have never ever seen another Clover-Six.
It was made in Japan by Ginrei sometime between 1941 and 1943, during WW II.
But the camera's name on top front of the body is cast in relief in English, all other numbering and lettering is in Western alpha-numeric characters, and the focus scale is marked in metric measure. Why so? One could speculate.

Front cell focusing lens, 1 meter to infinity, N.L.Venner No. 26138 F=80m.m. 1:3.5 in VESTER.3 shutter, with T, B, and speeds 1 through 200.
Single window for reading exposure on back with sliding cover (I covered it up to run 35 mm film through the chamber).
DOF calculator on top right knob.
Accessory shoe built into top body, standard sized tripod socket in bottom.

After my adaptations I loaded it with a roll of Kodak ASA 400 35 mm film.
I think the camera performed quite nicely.

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All images are 2013 E.J.Kowalski.
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