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Need some help with my Nikkor steel 4x5 tank

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Hi !

I had this dream that came true a few weeks ago, IOW got my Nikkor steel tank to process my 4x5 sheets without my Jobo. Last week I decided to use it for the first time at my workplace with the kids I work with. I brought a view camera exposed ten HP5 with the kids that went creasy using this equipement. They were also very pleased to learn about how to process films but unfortunetly the fun stopped here...

When we opened the Nikkor tank, we were kind of disappointed when we saw the mess inside. The sheets had slipped from the reel and were stucked to each other and even folded ! Only three sheets were saved and some portraits could be printed with some heavy software post-treatment...

Then I googled to find what went wrong and understood that my nikkor tank came uncomplete. The steel belt "stair shaped" (sorry don't know the word for it neither in French) was missing.

Knowing that this great piece of darkroom equipement is better known in the US I thought about asking you some advice.

How can I replace this missing part ? Can a simple rubber band do the trick ? Do I have to shape one using some steel and giving it this "stair shape"

Any help would be much appreciated on the other side of the great pond.

Thanks

Laurent


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