Revere "Eight" 85 8mm Projector from around 1946-7
A while ago, I was at a Thrift store, when I saw something that caught my eye. It was an old-fashioned case for something. I opened it up to find and old projector sitting inside the case. I was wondering if it was 8mm or 16mm. and found out in the instructions that it was 8mm. This is a good thing, because I already have a good pile of 8mm films. So, I tested it, and it works! So, I bought it. It was $15 (US). This was a really cheap projector (my mansfield cost 26 dollars with shipping on ebay).
The Projector, with its cord, manual, and a takeup reel.
The Projector with a takeup reel.
The back of the projector with speed control, and the power switches (motor, lamp).
The side of the projector with a takeup reel. You can see the takeup/rewind switch (silver thing at the upper left hand corner of the projector, by the top reel arm.) and the clutch switch (the small silver thing at the top in the middle). The clutch starts the projector (the sprockets and the takeup reel (during playback of films) or the feed reel (during rewind), but the fan is always running. If the Clutch is off and the lamp is on, a still picture is projected using the fire shutter, which blocks some of the rays of light from the lamp to prevent blistering or melting of the film.
The front of the projector. You can see the projection lens and the takeup/rewind switch again.
This is the mechanism that projects the film. The film comes off the film reel and the sprocket teeth of the top sprocket are engaged in the sprocket holes (or perforations). This pulls the film. The film then is pushed up in a loop. Then, it passes through the film gate. Inside the film gate, there is a tiny peg that is the size of a sprocket hole. Inside there is a blade, which looks somewhat like a fan blade, but the individual blades are flat, and not curved. When the blade blocks the light, the small peg moves the film 1 frame downward. This happens over and over so fast that you are given the illusion of movement. Then, the film is pushed down in another loop. When the film is finished in the film gate, it is pulled along, where it is pulled by the turning takeup reel. As the sprockets are pulling the film smoothly, it is moving choppily through the film gate. The smoothness and choppiness are balanced out. When the film is pulled ahead by the sprocket, the top loop gets bigger. Then, the peg in the film gate pulls the slack. As the top loop gets bigger, the bottom loop gets smaller. When the slack is taken up by the peg, the bottom loop becomes bigger. This happens over and over again really fast! Most projectors work in this or a similar way.
The projector and its manual.
The projector and The film, Crossed Wires.
The projector projecting the film.
The projector's case closed.
The projector's case opened.
Mansfield Reporter 8mm Film Editor from the 1960's
I was at a thrift store one day, when I saw something that had a reel. It was a film viewer, which is what I wanted, so I bought it for $10, along with a 1940s fan which was $12. The reel arm are on with bolts, one of the cranks is missing, and the lamp in this viewer is not the right one, but i still like this viewer. It's easier to use than a projector, because theres almost no threading, and no screen to set up.
The viewer with nothing on it.
The viewer with its pieces.
The viewer with its reel arms.
Film editor with reel arms and lamp turned on.
The film mechanism.
The film mechanism while the lamp is on.
I have another film viewer, which has a large screen. It works with 8mm and super 8 film, which is good. Unlike this one, that one doesn't have many, if any problems.
Posted at 03:36 pm by jvega