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> My new catch, a Spitz NAVEXOS P-954, Celestial Identification Trainer
pielock373
post Mar 24 2010, 03:13 PM
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Here's a neat find that I just purchased. This is the US navy's version of the A-2. It came from the New London CT. US Coast Guard Academy. It has all the parts of an A-2 but the Navy insisted that Spitz deliver it with an A-1 type planet cage projector. The other curious thing about them was that the Navy Department insisted that it have a Blue Dodecahedron!

It has the A-2 latitude crank but the A-1 daily motion motor and clutch assembly. Also note that the console is quite different then the A-1 or A-2 consoles, another thing specified by the navy department. The machine did come with it's Owner's Manual. It's reads very much like a Military publication! Other paperwork that came with it talks about one run of 8 units that was purchased by the US Navy Department in 1952 by special request to Spitz. I have no Idea what happened to the other 7?

The machine has a lot of chipping paint and will need a total strip down and new wrinkle finish paint job. There is no desk so I am pondering what to do about that, but in general it's in very restorable condition and will require minimal work to restore it. The biggest problem is most of the star lenses are missing so I will have to machine lens cells, apertures and get some replacement lenses. Has any one found a good replacement lens for the stars on a model A-2?

Enjoy the pictures, I would be happy to take close-ups by request if you want to see some specific close-ups of different items.

Steve

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post Mar 24 2010, 03:37 PM
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QUOTE(pielock373 @ Mar 24 2010, 02:13 PM) *
Here's a neat find that I just purchased. This is the US navy's version of the A-2. It came from the New London CT. US Coast Guard Academy. It has all the parts of an A-2 but the Navy insisted that Spitz deliver it with an A-1 type planet cage projector. The other curious thing about them was that the Navy Department insisted that it have a Blue Dodecahedron!

It has the A-2 latitude crank but the A-1 daily motion motor and clutch assembly. Also note that the console is quite different then the A-1 or A-2 consoles, another thing specified by the navy department. The machine did come with it's Owner's Manual. It's reads very much like a Military publication! Other paperwork that came with it talks about one run of 8 units that was purchased by the US Navy Department in 1952 by special request to Spitz. I have no Idea what happened to the other 7?

The machine has a lot of chipping paint and will need a total strip down and new wrinkle finish paint job. There is no desk so I am pondering what to do about that, but in general it's in very restorable condition and will require minimal work to restore it. The biggest problem is most of the star lenses are missing so I will have to machine lens cells, apertures and get some replacement lenses. Has any one found a good replacement lens for the stars on a model A-2?

Enjoy the pictures, I would be happy to take close-ups by request if you want to see some specific close-ups of different items.

Steve

(IMG:http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg227/pielock373/CIMG6320.jpg)

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Hi Steve,

Congratulations on you find!

Looks like you have your work cutout for you.

"O"
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post Mar 24 2010, 04:14 PM
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Steve- A great find indeed! There are some unusual mixes in that machine for sure. The dodec is still in the cradle rather than the dog leg style yet it has the latitude hand crank. As to that console panel. I've never seen one with the switches made like that. Perhaps the blue metal is the most unusual. If ANYBODY can bring it back to life YOU can.mm
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post Mar 24 2010, 04:31 PM
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Some other quick Spitz facts from a Spitz installation list document I have recently obtained dated 10-28-65. As of that date; here are the production numbers for all model A series machines.

20 Model A's (much less then I thought it would be)
60 Model A-1's
32 Model A-2's (Interesting that the A-2 run was half the size of the A-1's)
8 P-954 Trainer
8 Model A-3's (This is 3 more then I previously new about)
142 A-3p's (Please note there were more then this made but this is how many as of 10-28-65. This model line was made until around 1970 and exceeded 200 units)

I now for a fact that the A, A-1 and A-2' were all numbered in the same "run" so the P-954 trainers (Mine being number 80) was built right at the end of the A-1 transfer over to the beginning of the A-2 production. It's no wonder then why it has features from both machines.

Steve
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post Mar 24 2010, 04:37 PM
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QUOTE(moonmagic @ Mar 24 2010, 05:14 PM) *
Steve- A great find indeed! There are some unusual mixes in that machine for sure. The dodec is still in the cradle rather than the dog leg style yet it has the latitude hand crank. As to that console panel. I've never seen one with the switches made like that. Perhaps the blue metal is the most unusual. If ANYBODY can bring it back to life YOU can.mm


Yes mm, a strange bird indeed! It almost looks like Spitz had some A-1 parts left over so they got rid of "OLD STOCK" by selling it to the government. (IMG:http://www.observatorycentral.com/style_emoticons/default/tongue.gif)
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post Mar 28 2010, 03:15 PM
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I started collecting supplies for the restoration, I found a very close paint match for the dodecahedron. It's krylon satin Oxford Blue, take a look. The dodecahedron is very grimy, once you look past the brown grime it is a very good color match! The Satin finish will be a good match to the original finish as well.

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post Mar 28 2010, 03:54 PM
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QUOTE(pielock373 @ Mar 28 2010, 02:15 PM) *
I started collecting supplies for the restoration, I found a very close paint match for the dodecahedron. It's krylon satin Oxford Blue, take a look. The dodecahedron is very grimy, once you look past the brown grime it is a very good color match! The Satin finish will be a good match to the original finish as well.

(IMG:http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg227/pielock373/CIMG6355.jpg)



I believe I used that same color for my Venus control panel.
I may be a little brighter than you think, I was actually looking for something like IBM Blue when I discovered that Krylon paint at the local hardware store.

"O"

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post Apr 4 2010, 03:12 PM
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Hi Guys

Sorry I don' t hit Observatory central as often as I should, I have to many hobbies...

Here is a sample spraying on a piece of paper, it looks close enough for me, now to find time to work on it.

(IMG:http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg227/pielock373/CIMG6395.jpg)

One of my other hobbies is restoring old televisions, this is my current project with that hobby.

This is a 1958 21 inch Philco predicta television that I am restoring.

(IMG:http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg227/pielock373/IMG_1790.jpg)


And this two are 3 inch Pilot 37 Televisions from from 1947. Both are restored to "like New condition.

(IMG:http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg227/pielock373/CIMG6279.jpg)

Inner workings Tpo side, 21 tubes to make the magic happen.

(IMG:http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg227/pielock373/CIMG6214-1.jpg)

Inner working underside. 31 new capacitors and 23 new resistors to get this tv going.

(IMG:http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg227/pielock373/CIMG6316.jpg)

Here is the first image from it after 50+ years of sitting in someone's attic. Both of these had no picture and did nothing but "Hum" when I received them. To watch the video it requires flash player.

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post Apr 4 2010, 05:34 PM
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QUOTE(pielock373 @ Apr 4 2010, 02:12 PM) *
Hi Guys

Sorry I don' t hit Observatory central as often as I should, I have to many hobbies...

Here is a sample spraying on a piece of paper, it looks close enough for me, now to find time to work on it.

(IMG:http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg227/pielock373/CIMG6395.jpg)

One of my other hobbies is restoring old televisions, this is my current project with that hobby.

This is a 1958 21 inch Philco predicta television that I am restoring.

(IMG:http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg227/pielock373/IMG_1790.jpg)
And this two are 3 inch Pilot 37 Televisions from from 1947. Both are restored to "like New condition.

(IMG:http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg227/pielock373/CIMG6279.jpg)

Inner workings Tpo side, 21 tubes to make the magic happen.

(IMG:http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg227/pielock373/CIMG6214-1.jpg)

Inner working underside. 31 new capacitors and 23 new resistors to get this tv going.

(IMG:http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg227/pielock373/CIMG6316.jpg)

Here is the first image from it after 50+ years of sitting in someone's attic. Both of these had no picture and did nothing but "Hum" when I received them. To watch the video it requires flash player.

(IMG:http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg227/pielock373/th_CIMG6351.jpg)


Steve

Amazing! I have done complete restorations on several Predicta sets and a couple of Pilot TV sets. I went through getting the metal replated, getting identical replacements for all the knobs, restoring all the wood finishes, restoring the finish on the picture tube housings, replacing all the caps and out of spec resistors, realigning, and on and on. I used to have tons of parts for those sets, and 1940's vintage Admiral, Hallicrafters, and Motorola sets, including good picture tubes for those sets. I could talk for hours about all the anguish involved in getting a Predicta back to original condition. I finally got burned out on the Predictas with their lousy reliability, and the difficulties involved in working on those PC boards. I cleaned out the last of all that stuff about 3 years ago (about the same time as I got the Spitz Model A Deluxe from you). All the Predictal stuff went out in 8 large boxes and crates to a guy in Texas. I cleared out a couple of dozen sets from the 1940's prior to that. A number of those were completely restored as well.

I totally understand your lack of spare time.

Ken
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post Apr 5 2010, 03:36 PM
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Steve- Your work is just amazing! mm
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post Apr 6 2010, 04:11 AM
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QUOTE(moonmagic @ Apr 5 2010, 05:36 PM) *
Steve- Your work is just amazing! mm


Hi mm

When it's fun then it's not even work. That is the key to life!

Steve
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