The Diary of a Motion Tracker


The Motion Tracker is something I had never really thought about getting until Deck 36 (RIP) decided to produce one.  Since the unfortunate death of that company there has been talk about us getting the parts on their own and assembling them ourselves.  Eventually, after seeing other peoples trackers I thought I would have a go (someone posting a link to an auction of 10 of the slide viewers kick started me off).  Then I got various other pieces after that.


28/03/2003

I get my first piece - The Hama Slide Viewer.
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05/04/2003

I got a black & white pic of the Motion Tracker screen off Harry Harris and coloured it in.  I added a few test Alien blips which looked quite good so I printed it out and put it in the viewer as a temporary screen:
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I might try to get the display to turn somehow (a small electric motor and a belt driven axel maybe).

Here is the picture of the display.  Print it out and stick it in your slide viewer.  If you want the Photoshop version so you can edit the text and switch on the "Alien Blips" layer then e-mail me and I'll send it to you.


09/04/2003

The Vivitar flash arrives.  It's a bit tricky to pull apart.  It will need some bits sawn off so I will leave it for now.
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12/04/2003

The self timer arrives.  I got this from a German eBayer. It seems to be easier to get some of these MT parts from Germany.
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15/04/2003

The T32 panel arrived. It's not the correct one, but is close enough. The proper one is hard to find.
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04/06/2003

I now have a Jobo Minilight :-)
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