I stumbled upon this French website that highlights a personal project by a user that goes by the name of denis MO: to build his own SLR camera from scratch. That's right, from scratch, by machining almost all the parts.
Although the creator compares his camera to something that would have been on the market in the 1950s, the fact that he made all the components himself -- with the exception of the screws, ball bearings, shutter, curtain fabric and interchangeable U.S.S.R.-era lenses -- still makes this a pretty impressive achievement. Most amazingly, the camera isn't a replica of any existing model: it's entirely his own design.
Be sure to check the photos he took with his camera at the end of page 2 of the forum: the warmth in the colours down to the vignetting added a level of vintage nostalgia rarely found in modern photos -- at least, not without the help of Photoshop.
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