My friend Martin, a whizz at all things mechanical, has just bought an old Czechoslovak three wheeled Velorex to reconstruct. His last project was a vintage tractor. Once the Velorex is rebuilt with a new canvas frame it will look funky, plus massively increase in value, as only 15000 were ever produced. A seriously retro bit of kit.
A new toy, and almost mint condition! This is a Czechoslovakian Meopta Admira A8GO 8mm wind-up movie camera from 1965. It was found in a store cupboard and now has a new home. I just need to get some spools, 8mm movie roll and a projector. And then a complex video transfer device so I can convert to digital.
I’m really looking forward to making some movies with it. Filming the forest – or even a short horror film – will give the footage an excellent and authentic retro look.
Compared to modern handicams, this feels heavy and robust. I love older technology as it was built to last – plus it didn’t need recharging.
This is a classic example of socialist realist architecture, and a sight which is ubiquitous throughout the former Soviet Union and Warsash Pact region. These flat blocks are constructed from huge panels of concrete. Taken in Svidnik, East Slovakia