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Top specs for Queen guitarist’s 3D book

By Anthony Clark
Posted 15 September 2009
Brian May and Tony Weston with the 3D viewers
S B Weston, a plastic injection moulding company based in Sunbury-on-Thames, has been working on the production of a 3D stereoscopic viewer with Queen guitarist Brian May, who designed the instrument.

The injection moulded viewer will accompany May’s second book, co-written with photo-historian Elena Vidal, titled ‘A Village Lost and Found’, which will be available mid-October.

The book features a series of cards created by pioneering 1850s stereoscopic photographer T R Williams, whose work May has been researching for the past 30 years.

The plastic stereoscopic viewer is essential to appreciate the depth element of the images in the book.

May, a keen supporter of UK industry, insisted that all the design, tool making and manufacture of the viewer be performed in the UK at S B Weston’s West London premises – a decision which allowed him to be involved in all parts of the project’s development.

May, now owner of the London Stereoscopic Company, which is co-publishing the book, said: “Working on this injection moulding project has been a whole new voyage of discovery for me. Tony Weston and his team have been a joy to work with, always willing to stretch their design and technical skills to the max; this will be the Rolls-Royce of stereoscopes.”

Manufactured in polypropylene to allow for numerous integral live hinges, the viewer presented May and the Weston team with a series of challenges – not least the fact that the whole instrument has to fold flat to 6 mm, in order to fit into the book’s package.

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