Kevin: A tape splicer does two things: 1. cut the film on the frameline 2. hold the two ends in place so you can apply the tape.
The press-tape type splicer is very useful for task two. The press-tapes don't require the kind of trimming and cleanup a less-than-perfect guillotine splice is likely to leave, and they're easier to line up the sprocket holes than the perforate tape for a Rivas since they have a paper backing you peel off on one side while holding other other in place. But as Tom notes, you don't want that curved slice cut for several reasons. But you can use the Kodak to make the tape joint if you can up with another way to cut the film. I've done it with scissors, but I wouldn't recommend it, especially to a newcomer. It might be possible to remove the curved blade from the Kodak, and jury-rig some kind of straight blade in there, but I think that would be more work than it's worth. What I would recommend is looking for a cheap splicer that can cut the film on the frameline, and then using the presstapes, probably with the Kodak serving as the alignment block. There were a number of inexpensive splicers for making (non-hot) lap/glue spice back in the day. I know Craig made one. There are several on ebay.co.uk now: http://tinyurl.com/78w7d92 These will cut the film on the frame line, or with a lap for a glue splice. No reason you can't cut both sides on the frame line. Making a glue slice with one of these things is awfully dicey, since the scrapers aren't the best, and getting a solid glue job is hard enough even with the heat from a Mair Hancock. But this was the setup I had for emergency repairs in my school's projection room: a cheapo Craig to cut the film and a box of presstapes to make the joints. Not knowing any of the individual models on that UK ebay page, I might go for the Minette just on the basis of brand name and appearance. Other Frameworkers might have opinions on how well these things do for simple job #1, just cutting the film straight and reliably on the frameline... _______________________________________________ FrameWorks mailing list FrameWorks@jonasmekasfilms.com https://mailman-mail5.webfaction.com/listinfo/frameworks