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Old 10-30-2011, 08:37 AM   #15
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It said in the technical manual that it can damage the eyes at 320 meters. I might not try that point backwards.... But it would be good for finding your camping spot at night, especially if you are pulling in after dark at an astronomy gathering - hehehe.

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Hi, it would be cool to mount this on your motorhome, facing backwards, for the vehicle behind you with his high beams on.
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Old 10-30-2011, 09:35 AM   #16
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Maybe you could also broil steaks under it! Let us know if it is effective at chasing bears off. :-)
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Old 10-30-2011, 09:53 AM   #17
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Well......on my 40 acre property - I also can do pretty much as I damned well please! Including illuminating my little flashlight. As long as I do not illuminate planes on the Mustang 5 approach, I am good.... That plus I will let the sheriff and volunteer fire dept know I am lighting this baby so they can deal with the calls that are sure to come in.

Ummm, yes. Some might fear a spaceship has landed.

Seriously, what are you REALLY planning to do with it? You could light up an entire campground with that thing!

Might be great for boondocking.


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Old 10-30-2011, 12:27 PM   #18
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Well, right now, I am only planning to play with it and get it running - have some fun with it. It is just a toy for now.

I am sure that I will be able to find some more serious uses for it later.
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Old 11-09-2011, 10:42 PM   #19
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I got it!!!

It arrived yesterday. The box it came in was damaged, but hey - its a tank light, it was fine.

Now all I need is a couple of deep cycle batteries and some cable and I can fire it up... Hmmm, lets see, where can I get 2 deep cycle batteries?
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Old 11-09-2011, 11:46 PM   #20
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Oops...wiped out my own picture.
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Old 11-09-2011, 11:56 PM   #21
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Hey Tim, that's way this side of 'cool'....

You could use your new 'toy' to spot a buck when you're out huntin' - only problem is that you'd be able to spot him way before he's in range!

Back in the dark ages (pun?)...I used to fly in an old Navy SP2E 'Neptune' when I was in a Reserve unit out of Alameda NAS - we were Sub chasers - kept those Ruskee Subs out of the SF Bay...

Just as a point of interest, those old Neptune's were the only navy aircraft that had two radial engines and two jet engines...the jet's were designed to burn Av-gas, and were used for extra thrust during take off, and were lit off and in 'idle' when we were flying down on the deck, for emergency power in case one of the big radial engines had a hiccup!

The old Neptunes had an arc-light mounted in the Starboard wing tip, so when were down on the 'deck', crusin' over the waves, we could torch up the arc lamp to see just how far away we were from spinning one of the props through a rogue wave! Yikes!

It was really cool to play with that arc lamp, that sucker was BRIGHT, as I'm sure your new toy is...Ours had a mechanical barrier that prevented it from being angled toward the cockpit and wiping out the co-pilot's night vision!

There's probably still a few old fishermen in the Bay Area that talk about some 'nuts' in a low flying airplane with a really BRIGHT light that scared the crap out of them, off the Northern Californian coast!
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Mexray, I just interviewed a retired RCAF pilot who also flew the Neptune and then the Argus on Soviet sub patrol off the east coast of Canada and the USA during the Cold War.

The Argus had four powerful Wright 3350 radial engines with a sixteen-man crew.

Fascinating stuff - scarey times. He once emerged from a fog bank and spotted the entire Soviet fleet - subs, tenders, and supply ships off the coast of Newfoundland. I asked him if either side ever divulged any post-Cold war information. He said movies like The Hunt For Red October were pretty accurate, so some information had obviously been gleaned.
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Fly...Yeah, flew a lot of hours in those old birds during my six year hitch...I was an AD, engine mech, and got my hands greasy more than once working on one of those 3350 radial's!

I rode up front, behind the plexiglass nose and had an unbelievable view when we flew - just imagine taking off from Alameda NAS on the SF Bay, over the SF-Oakland Bay bridge, then over Alcatraz Isle, then heading right over the Golden Gate Bridge, all spread out in front of you! I wish I'd had an IMAX camera, as I would have some unbelievable shots, sunsets, migrating whales, rocket runs on some rocky isles, etc, etc...those were the days!

On long trips I'd sit on a jump seat between the pilots, lean out the engines and keep up the fuel logs...even got to sit in the LH seat a few times and fly the old bird when the skipper wanted to take a siesta in the back!

Back to the arc lamp I mentioned above...one summer we were on our two week active duty up at Whidby Island NAS...we were cruising around the mountains doing some 'sub chasing' sight seeing...The Capt. decided to see if our old bird would get up to it's 'advertized' top speed in a dive...he advised me to leave the nose seat - didn't want anyone up there in case the nose plexiglass caved in! What we didn't count on was that the plexiglass cover over the arc lamp cracked, failed, and shattered the arc lamp's dish shaped mirror...

When we returned to base, all those nice sharp shards of glass and plastic came flying out as we landed, spilling onto the runway! The regular Navy guys didn't appreciate we Reservists littering their nice clean runway! Our whole crew had to go out and walk the entire runway for a couple of hours picking up all the bit's we'd deposited - not a fun job!

Being in the Reserves, we never had any Ruskie encounters - the Regular navy guys were flying the P-3 Orion's by then, and they got all the 'fun'...We got to look for some of our own subs during annual service wide training missions, and we found a few - AFTER they surfaced and called us on the radio! We had some sophisticated gear on board, with sonar-bouys, etc., but our sub-boat guys can be VERY quiet when they want to be!

Those old Neptunes were great, while crowded inside, reliable aircraft that just kept on flying till they finally retired em' a couple of years after I got out...They even put together a few 'stealth' conversions without the jet engines for service over in Viet Nam - they had ground avoidance radar and a couple of Gatling guns for night raids on convoys, etc., I saw em' being built there at the Alameda repair facility - cool, nasty looking killing machines, camo painted, Carbon Fiber Props, etc...never heard if they worked out over there as planned...they might have been too slow to get away from the SAMs, don't know...
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Old 11-10-2011, 07:46 AM   #24
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It's quite lovely, Buttercup!

I want to see it in use.


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It is nice to see an off topic post that meets with the moderator's approval. We all should be so blessed!
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Holy Bat s@#t, you have the "Bat" signal..........Buttercup = Alfred
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Buttercup wins for the coolest toy of the year!

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I like it! I love the idea of mounting it inside a special housing covered with a flush grille of some kind so it wasn't obvious, pointing to the rear of a MH. Don't limit your imagination to just the bozo with the high beams behind you....think of the local town cop who is going to hassle you about something and pulls in behind you with his bubble gum lit up. it would be like one of the scenes from Men in Black when they asked him to describe what he saw before he screeched to a halt in the middle of the lane for five minutes.

hey did anyone else ever lay in a field of clover on a summer night with a high powered flashlight trying to talk to extraterrestrials?
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