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Advice On Vintage Boeing 16mm Film Degrading, More

Wed Sep 19, 2012 9:38 pm

I found this discussion board while looking for information about a 16mm film I own a copy of entitled STORY OF THE STRATOCRUISER. This is quite a precious film made right after WWII, about how Boeing took the B-29 design and adapted it into the Strat. Anyway user of this board named KNK posted about a print of this same film which he owns; unfortunately I can't seem to be able to contact this individual as the thread has expired. If anyone out there has a way to contact that person, it would be great to speak to him. The version of the film I have is a special timing print, which looks absolutely beautiful and is in full color, but unfortunately it has no soundtrack. So I would love to use the track from his print to make a full version of the film to put on the internet.

The film that he owns by the way is suffering from what is known as "vinegar syndrome", where the film is rapidly turning acidic. Over time the film will shrink so much, and begin to crystallize, that it becomes unplayable. Many films are susceptible to this problem and so it is important, if you own 8mm or 16mm films, to take proper care of them. Store them in areas without high heat or humidity, and open the cans at least once a year to let built-up gases dissipate. You can also use Kodak molecular sieves to absorb some of the acid emitting from the film, and that can stabilize a print.

I'm an aviation film collector -- there are a few of us out there -- and I enjoy collecting both industrial films (like this one from Boeing) as well as home movies with aviation content.

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