Hi Conntrary, glad you liked the report. Yes, having sight of the TAT manual would be of interest, definitely.
I have lots of photos, if they're of interest, and I'll also need to figure out why my photos have disappeared from this thread ... I must have rearranged them in Photobucket ...
I am brand new to this site (which is tremendous). This is a brilliant thread.
My interest is in the Torpedo Attack Trainer (TAT) which is a legendary piece of kit amongst ageing theatre lighting bods. The lighting and servo lens system system and all the lights and projections, which are well described here, were made by Strand Electric. I have most of the operating manual and some of the kit.
I would like to correspond with anyone who has pictures of the Crail TAT, which was the first made and therefor the best documented. Maybe the official manual that I have would be of interest to you?
Yes, IIRC, it was a Miles "Link" trainer, which is a glorified cockpit in a plywood box.
I've a few shots too, drop me a line
No problem, happy to help. I see that Photobucket is playing silly beggars though, and has rotated some of them randomly.Thanks Wolfism for re-posting your photos.
There is/ was a photo somewhere on the web (taken by Norwich Paul IIRC?) which showed the lighting/ projectors/ epidiascope(?) still attached to the circular framework.The lighting gallery access ladder is great and I think the circular metal on the floor is the lighting bar that held the projectors, spots and floods at high level.
That makes sense, as Crail was a Barracuda base, and the Barracuda was the Navy's standard torpedo bomber for a while, effectively the Swordfish replacement.Strand employee's memoirs report the trainer as being modelled on the Fairey Barracuda in some cases.
No problem, happy to help. I see that Photobucket is playing silly beggars though, and has rotated some of them randomly.
There is/ was a photo somewhere on the web (taken by Norwich Paul IIRC?) which showed the lighting/ projectors/ epidiascope(?) still attached to the circular framework.
That makes sense, as Crail was a Barracuda base, and the Barracuda was the Navy's standard torpedo bomber for a while, effectively the Swordfish replacement.
The photos were here –
- but seem to be password protected now. That's unfortunate, but the guy who took them may be a member on here, hopefully?
Was there not a similar find in a derelict scout hut in edinburgh or something? I can't for the life of me find an online reference.
We had an epidiascope at our primary school, I've never seen another one before or since. We used to use it to project pictures from books onto a piece of paper, then we would draw around them.
It had a 1000W bulb in it, I dread to think what size of bulb a military spec one would have.