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1942 World War II G.E. Carbon-arc Lamp Mechanism for 24" Searchlight

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  1. mandrew222

    mandrew222 New Member

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    Hello,

    My father has a Searchlight Mechanism. He does not have the actual spotlight but has the engine. Not even really sure what to call it. It is a 24" searchlight. I have done some research but can't find much on the 24" searchlights. The information is mostly for the 60" searchlight. I have attached pictures of what my father has. Does anyone know anything about what he has? Is there any value to it? Any information is much appreciated. Thanks for your time...

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  2. mandrew222

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    I am still wondering if anyone might have any information on this mechanism????
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    There is a manual for that somewhere, and I'm betting it would be in the National Archives. You could contact the College Park, Maryland, branch about getting a copy of the manual. Give them all the information on the plate and they will check. If it's available they'll tell you how much it would cost to get a copy.
     
  4. Takao

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    A later 1944 USN model: http://www.maritime.org/doc/searchlight24/index.htm

    You will want to hunt for:
    TM 5-7104 Technical Manual, , 1942. Parts and Price Lists for 24-inch Searchlight Equipment,
    Model 1942, Portable Power Plant (Manufactured by General Electric, Schenectady, N.Y.), 81 pages.
    PB 85513 - BSIR 8(5):412; 01/30/48

    TM 5-7107, Technical Manual, 1942. Operator's Manual for 24-inch Searchlight Equipment,
    Model 1942, Portable Power Plant (Manufactured by General Electric Co.), 57 pages.
    PB 85512 - BSIR 8(4):320; 01/23/48
     
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    Wow thanks so much for the information. I really appreciate it...
     
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    Interested in Searchlight Mechanism if you want to sell. thanks
     
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    Still wondering what the considerable gears are for..?
     
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    They provide a consistent speed and constant feed for the carbon arc rods to burn evenly. As the carbon rods burn away the proper gap must be maintained to stay lit. The gearing allows the rods to move together as they burn and can also be manually adjusted. Hope this helps
     
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