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09-13-2016, 11:45 AM   #1
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Part needed for AF-540fgz

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I am painfully aware of the Pentax repair part availability. As a long time Pentaxian, (my first SLR was a Honeywell Spotmatic) I remember when we could get some repair parts. In any event, times have changed and I am in need of the rear housing for the base of my flash. I have never had an issue with the battery door but when someone at work knocked the flash, which was in its case, off my desk and onto a box two of the tabs on the housing broke off. this was a fall of about two feet. I assume the weight of the batteries must have been a contributing factor. The flash works fine if I tape the door closed but it is intermittent at times and not reliable for tripod or consecutive shoots. What I would like to find is a cadaver unit with a good back half of the base that I could cannibalize to replace the broken one on my unit. I have checked eBay but have not had any luck. I would greatly appreciate any ideas any of you might have. I am an engineer with experience in repairing electronics and micro-electronics so I am capable of accomplishing the task. The flat rate charge from precision Camera coupled with the shipping is about $200.00 plus a very long wait time so I am looking for other options. I would greatly appreciate any ideas or suggestions any of you might have.


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09-13-2016, 12:14 PM   #2
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Maybe 3d printing would work? Otherwise I would post a wanted ad in the wanted section (requires support membership) and hope someone has one. I have seen one or two busted AF540FGZ's flow through the forums over time.
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Do you still have the tabs? You might be able to DIY repair with JB Plastic Weld. I fixed a broken tab on a Yuzo flash. There was plenty of room on the receiver slot for the tab so I glued a shim/splint on the tab made from the erase protect tab of a VHS tape cassette. Plastic Weld is a polymer epoxy that is designed to stick to many plastics (hint: as per instructions rough the surfaces up with sandpaper first). It also has better flexible strength then regular JB Weld epoxy. The only problem is that it dries a cream / off-white color but you shouldn't see it with the door installed.
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or use sugru - bonds with plastics and turns solid like rubber. Lots of colour options.

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Thank you for your suggestions. I had not considered 3D printing...that may be worth pursuing. Posting in the "wanted" section is a good idea as well. Unfortunately gluing the tabs is not an option as they have disappeared. I put them in a small plastic zip bag on my desk and when I returned in the morning to a nice clean desk they were not there and I was unable to track them down. I may try to make some.


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https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/62-do-yourself/296343-flash-door-diy-repa...g-legos-2.html
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Now that is very clever! I still think that the all the money that I spent on Legos for my sons was the pest toy money ever spent. The hours that they spent in creative play was great.


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The cover is fine...it's two of the tabs on the body that have broken off.


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