Toys


TOY STORY 1

 

 

This page has an alphabetical listing of those I have come across or people have kindly sent - thanks to them all. If you are big into "toy" projectors/film viewers, Trevor Adams site http://www.filmstips.com is the place to go (note no "r" in filmstips).

Ace

 

 ace     Ace2     Acebw     ace300     AceFancy

Some Aces. First is a complete, working Ace. I have placed a small tranny in the resistance case to provide power for a 12v 10w QI lamp, but left the resistance in place in case anyone should want to convert back. I have also carried an earth connection thru the resistance and onto the projector, bearing in mind the invariable rule that you cannot trust old wiring too far. It all works fine, but I wouldn't want anyone using a thing like this for anything other than demo purposes. The last one is fancy, but it's still an Ace.

Alef

Alef1     alef2dh

A toy 9.5 Alef from Dave Humphrey. See also the Alef page.

 

Astor

 

AstorCine-Viser     astor cine_viser1    Cine-Viser2a     Cine-Viser3a 

 

These pix above of the Astor Cine-Visor are from Trevor Adams. I had never heard of this one before, but it's a beaut, more like an editor/viewer than a projector.

 

Toys 005     Toys 007     astor2a     toys 002a     astor1a     astor2a 2     

 

 This Astor (tho' who knows if it is at all connected to the Astor company of the Cine-Viser?) has the added advantage of demonstrating one of the finest examples of bodgery in its class, with an attempt to fit sprockets using Meccano (TM) etc. (Actually, better executed it might even have worked.) Note how the retaining rollers are held - TIGHT - against   the sprockets (if one can call them that), by a single spring for both sprockets! The Super Arms are missing but you can   see where they would have fitted and the drive pulley for the take-up. Being a classy machine, it would have had a condenser lens (removable like B&H and so, naturally, removed from this one). The chitterling picture shows that, although there is a bit of casting right where the hole would be for a rear-mounted lamp as in the Bingoscope and Hunter versions (see below), this has not been bored out and we have instead a lamp mounted on the side. I even have some Astor instructions, which show clearly how this variant lamp arrangement has simply been added to the basic drawing. Below is the smaller, much prettier Astor Junior, folowed by its Instructions.

 

 Astor1     Astor Jr_Instrs

 

Bing

I have been taking a closer look at the Bing. The first four pix are courtesy Bob Andrews. You can see just how basic the mech is. At the top, a spindle with a metal strip bends up and swings out of the way to insert a film. This enters and leaves the gate by way of the curved parts you can see protruding from the front of the gate. A simple bookleaf/spring arrangement allows the gate to pivot open. A single point claw, the small eccentric driven by the big gear. Note the slot where the claw arm pivots on the centre of this gear, providing in and out movement. The take-up is on the front of the big gear, giving ample opportunities for oil transfer. A tiny bulb, a fixed lens, so no focussing. Most especially, no shutter! The mind boggles. The last three pix are courtesy Trevor Adams in NZ - I didn't even realise there WAS a clockwork Bing! The mech looks even more basic - no big gear! Where do all these collectors dig them up? I suppose they spend all their time on the internet and at car boot sales instead of trying to keep web sites up to date.

 

 

bing 007a2     bing1a     bing4     bing 008a     bing clockwork     bing clockwork_2a     

            

 

Bingoscope

bingo 002a     Bingo1     Bingo

 

 I found a Bingoscope lurking in the recesses. You don't have to look that closely to see it's the same as the Hunter/Astor (or vice versa), whatever the label says. I wonder if there was a Gamages version? Has anyone got a machine of the same pattern but yet another badge? Middle is another minor variant. Other machines were (or might have been) Bingoscopes but were quite different. Here are some pix.

 

bingo3     bingo2     bingovariant1a          Bingo weird1     Bingo weird2_

Hard to imagine anyone wanting them, but here are some instructions for a Bingoscope. They seem to be only a photocopy, since a printed admonition that the lenses and film guide-way "are apt to collect dirt", which should be removed, was over the top corner of the leaflet. I have removed this and re-constituted what would have been underneath. Enjoy. I simply have not been able to make out what the word was under a particularly awkward blob on the copy (see 2nd pic below, RH column. Anybody know?

bingoscope instrs001a2     Bingoscope Instrs003

Below is an article on the Bingoscope machines from the New Zealand cine collectors' club mag that Trevor has provided.

TABingo1      TABingo22     TABingo3     TABingo4