Well it's gone hasn't it.
This blind leaked light very badly and would snap anytime. The added problem, as with any damaged blind, is that it doesn't wind-up or run smoothly. Accurate shutter speeds cannot be achieved and photographically they are useless.
29: This one has suffered from water damage, the curtain is brittle and perished. As soon as I touched it, it began to crumble.
FED 2 Replacement blinds are straightforward to replace...if available?
If you have some, then your job is going to be much easier.
Russian camera parts are very similar, and the shutter cloths are no exception. I suspect many are interchangable (this is my opinion only) and so far I've found this to be true.
A Zenith E will provide a working replacement in this case..
AT THIS POINT AND BEFORE YOU GO ANY FURTHER, CONSIDER:
Pondering on the thought of using non FED parts opens up a whole debate. My take on it goes something like this:
How collectors view what they are holding is, as with anything so subjective, a matter of personal taste. For me, the choice between a functional good condition FED camera or a never seen a roll of film ‘minty’ one would be simple. My reply would be do I want a piece of new machinery or a survivor of yesterday’s life?
If you wonder how I come to that conclusion, read on, if not skip the next bit.
a) Western consumer goods deemed disposable on the basis of mass production/low cost (I still don’t understand why we accept such depreciation on cars?) marketing/sporting functions that make these goods desirable or a ‘must have’ rather than necessary or useful. Bought as a luxury for occasionally use, on the premise of being ‘useful’ in the long term, rather than a need basis. Repair of these items, occasionally preferred by the owner on a cost basis, than a full replacement. However, faulty/broken parts need be authentic factory parts to maintain an ‘integrity’ of the item . Hi tech Japanese cameras (such as the EOS range onward made most repairs uneconomical). Indeed the Canon ethic of the 1980’s demanded mass production to make any profit. These cameras where designed to be replaced not repaired, the principle of them being ‘disposable’ technology which need only last until the next technical development made them ‘obsolete’. In a capitalist consumer culture that’s how it works?
b) The Communist/Soviet system viewed its consumer goods very differently. Firstly, while accepting a level of consumerism, ‘desirability’ was not a good reason to buy. Secondly a camera would be expected to be a functional, robust and hard working tool. In addition at considerable cost pro rata it would be repaired constantly until it was beyond any service. More expensive original parts, where available, would only be used if absolutely necessary. Make-and-mend being an integral part of its life.
So, when holding a genuine 50-year-old FED in your hands, that was/is a working camera and therefore not a pile of spare parts what are you holding? A factory serviced cherished personal possession that spent its life in the sun, or a hard working battle scarred functioning tool?
So here we go.
The left hand blind (or 1st blind as I will refer to it) has to go.
The Zenith E curtains are approx 5mm wider than the FED2 also the curtain metal strips are wider. However they are approx. the same length.
From here I'm assuming your ability to handle these instructions and tools, give it some thought before you start.
28: I removed the ribbons from the roller 30 first, but it's up to you.
26: Firstly CAREFULLY and with a thin long blunt blade (I used a blunted Stanley knife blade) open the metal strip and remove the old curtain. Don't open the ends.
Cut off the metal strip of the corresponding Zenith E blind and trim to the same width as the FED 2 one. I use a circular blade craft cutter for this, it's just more accurate I find. Next glue (small amount) the curtain into the metal strip.
GET IT STRAIGHT and IN THE MIDDLE! Then close up the strip.
31: it should now look like this.
33: remove the old curtain from this roller REMEMBER THE DIRECTION IT WAS WOUND. Clean the gunk and old glue off 33 and glue the end of the new curtain to it. *This roller is sprung loaded and independent of the ribbons so the circumference and start position of the new curtain will have no effect. JUST GET IT CENTRED AND STRAIGHT
30: check the glue/condition of these ribbons now, just in case