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Author:  stimpy [ Sun Oct 22, 2017 8:52 pm ]
Post subject:  FANMADE: Real part marine shoulder lamp build (complete!)

Hey guys. So after many months of searching i finally got a lucky break and found all of the main parts to build a colonial marine shoulder lamp. A reflecta 3002 lamp, technisub vega torch and not one but two superswitch alarms!

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The shoulder lamp is still a work in progress but after spending a good amount of time spent on it over the weekend i have got it to a stage where im very happy with the results. So I thought I'd share the what i have done so far.

The first part i made was the bracket that attaches to the armour which i made at work out of 3mm steel. I drilled an countersunk two bolt holes and attached the bracket to the alarm box. I also added an allen key bolt for the bracket on the side.

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I then went to work on the reflecta lamp and stripped it down to juat the necessary parts needed. I made the front plate out of tin, flanged the sides and drilled the four holes, one in each corner.

The technisub torch was next to get stripped to bits. The plastic of the body is around 10mm thick so it was alot harder work to cut the handle off with a hacksaw than I first thought.

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Author:  stimpy [ Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:08 pm ]
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I had to order the lamp arm from chef as im pretty sure its one of those parts that still hasn't been identified yet, and even though i tried i had no luck searching for it!

When the arm arrived i thought it seemed a little short so i added and glued in place a disk of plastic to make the lamp head sit a bit taller. I still have to fill and smooth that part of the arm.

I have now attached the handle and the lamp and lamp arm in place. For the handle one countersunk bolt is hid discretely under the sliding switch and the other side is held in place by chefs lamp arm bolted through. This is where i am at the moment.

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Author:  stimpy [ Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:20 pm ]
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And a few pictures of the shoulder lamp attached to my armour! Still a long way to go but its been a dream since i was a kid to have a set of armour so im going to take my time an do the best job i can. I hope you like what i have done so far!

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Will update with more progress shortly.

Author:  Corp Hicks [ Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:58 am ]
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Nice work, respect!!

Author:  stimpy [ Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:49 pm ]
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Well im glad someone likes it! Thanks corp hicks :wink:

Author:  Moosh89 [ Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:41 pm ]
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Super jelly! Thanks for sharing in the excitement! Nice job!

Author:  Feide [ Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:09 pm ]
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That's awesome! I am trying to do a similar build. Still need a Vega handle (I would even settle for a black resin cast until I find one). Also currently working on a 3D model of the lamp arm parts. Would like to cast them up in aluminum once I get a decent print.

Author:  Corp Hicks [ Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:35 pm ]
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If u do the arms in aluminum, let me know!
:-)

Author:  bigbisont [ Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:08 am ]
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Looks too pretty to paint. Very nice work

Author:  Noble [ Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:18 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Real part marine shoulder lamp build (wip)

Original arm is plastic+metal.

It's majority plastic,top tube section is metal.

Author:  Feide [ Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:58 am ]
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cool, was the part ever identified?

Author:  schotti [ Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:37 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Real part marine shoulder lamp build (wip)

Excellent job there mate well done,and it looks pretty nice on that armour ;)

Author:  TripD [ Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:24 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Real part marine shoulder lamp build (wip)

Great build!

Author:  Russ Krook III [ Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:03 pm ]
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Great looking build! Nice that you were able to find original parts. I gave up on that dream years ago. :)

Author:  stimpy [ Fri Oct 27, 2017 12:58 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Real part marine shoulder lamp build (wip)

schotti wrote:
Excellent job there mate well done,and it looks pretty nice on that armour ;)


Thanks schotti. It does doesn't it? An i have you to thank for that!

Russ Krook III wrote:
Great looking build! Nice that you were able to find original parts. I gave up on that dream years ago. :)


Thanks I'm so glad i found the parts. I searched for a year i would say and the hardest part to find was the technisub torch!

I should hopefully have the lamp wired up tomorrow so will update when done.

Thanks for all the comments everyone!

Author:  veektohr [ Fri Oct 27, 2017 4:27 am ]
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Amazing! This is on my list this year... but will probably get pushed. I got hung up on the arm between the lamp and the superswitch. Can't wait to see it all lit up!

Author:  retrogarde [ Sat Oct 28, 2017 3:01 am ]
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Awesome to see it all come together!

Author:  nick-a-tron [ Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:34 am ]
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Looking great! Dont forget through there is a 7th grill that sandwiches the lamp cone in place.

Author:  stimpy [ Thu Nov 02, 2017 1:31 pm ]
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nick-a-tron wrote:
Looking great! Dont forget through there is a 7th grill that sandwiches the lamp cone in place.


Thanks for the info! I didn't know there was one. Do you have any pics of the part you mean. I can't really find any really good screen used props to look at.

Author:  nick-a-tron [ Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:26 am ]
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Sure! Here's a close up of a screen used lamp head. A seventh grill from a reflecta stack was used to secure the cone in place.

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Author:  bigbisont [ Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:43 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Real part marine shoulder lamp build (wip)

I never really thought about this prop so in-depth before, but these are great images. Forgive the potentially silly question. Where did the 7th grill come from? The actual 'found item' only had the 6 'small ones' and the large ones look too large to have been used.

In that image it looks to have more advanced rust than the basic 6 and the corners look sharper. This indicates it was from another source and not one of the original powder coated pieces? Possibly cut to order for this purpose? Or do I just have an over-active imagination?

Also the very most outer stack (the 8th with the ridges/borders) is not found on a real Reflecta 3002, correct? That may have been custom fabbed as well?

Author:  stimpy [ Sat Nov 04, 2017 2:07 am ]
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Thanks Nick. Ive never seen these pics before. Ill have to back track a little it would seem.
It looks to me as the main front plate and the 7th plate are added extras probably made from mild steel. I will fab something up at work next week and be back with some pics shortly.

Author:  stimpy [ Sat Nov 04, 2017 3:13 pm ]
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Ok so it turns out i didnt need to go to work and fabricate anything after all. Ive found the 7th fin! :D . The part wasn't hard to spot once i began to look at all the left over parts from the reflecta lamp.

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Can you spot it? :shock: . So i whipped out my handy angle grinder and began hacking!

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Taaa daaa! The elusive 7th fin :lol:

That got me thinking then about the pictures of the screen used lamp nick supplied and what looks like ribbed supports in each corner. Im pretty sure ive found those parts too. Sandwiched inbetween the fins on the leftover bigger lamp head are little spacers slid over smaller copper or brass pipe.

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Four stacked on top of each other with a cut down bit of copper pipe looks about right. Much better than the pipe i was using before anyhow.

Author:  stimpy [ Sat Nov 04, 2017 3:19 pm ]
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Here is the updated shoulder lamp now!

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Thanks nick for making me aware of the 7th fin :lol: it looks so much better and alot more accurate now!

Author:  Moosh89 [ Sat Nov 04, 2017 5:43 pm ]
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OK that is amazing!

I'm gonna go ahead and be the first to recommend this thread moves to the Archives in the future!

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