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Flashlight Collections / Re: The Bykfixer collection
« Last post by bykfixer on June 25, 2017, 09:59:03 PM »
I like it a lot Johnnie. It arrived with nearly all of the chrome gone from the clear plastic reflector. I thought I was stuck with a room lighter with only a slight bit of throw unless I invested in some kind of re-chrome materials.

Well I lucked up and found some new parts for LA Screw lights including a metal reflector made by Qualtech back then. I noticed the like new reflector in the LA Screw light looked awfully similar to that B-Lite reflector that I had painted white (to boost the throw a bit). Lo-n-behold it was the same reflector!! It also turns out that a Maglite lens works. It now has a Mag White Star bulb and a ultra-clear glass lens. And it beats the pants off of my 2D Maglite for brightness and throw. Only my 4C Mag with 3 cell krypton bulb can beat it.

But my favorite part was the "super star" sticker on the taiicap.

I like to think it came from a policemans kid. But it was an eBay item so I don't know the actual history.

The plastic Pro-Light I showed has the officers badge number on the bezel and the charger, while that Sigmalite has FPD engraved from a Fresno California police mans estate.
General Flashlight Discussion / Re: Mystery bulb
« Last post by bykfixer on June 25, 2017, 09:31:15 PM »

Let us know please.
Flashlight Collections / Re: The Bykfixer collection
« Last post by JohnnyMac on June 25, 2017, 06:13:10 PM »
Wow! Fantastic information! Thanks for sharing.

I'm digging that Bianchi B-lites 2D
New Member Introductions / Re: Hello to all.. New Member!
« Last post by JohnnyMac on June 25, 2017, 05:53:21 PM »
Welcome, Chris!  There is lots of information here for you. What kind of lights have started the bug?
General Flashlight Discussion / Re: Mystery bulb
« Last post by natman on June 25, 2017, 12:47:24 AM »
Neither of those are quite right, but thanks for the tip about Bulb town. I think I found it there, #368:

It pushes into a collar from below, hence the need for a flange on the bottom.

Now that I have a number, it's time to see if I can find one locally.

Again, thanks!
General Flashlight Discussion / Re: Mystery bulb
« Last post by bykfixer on June 24, 2017, 11:35:14 PM »
Yikes!! That's a tough one.

Ima see what Bulb Town dot com shows. Be right back...
This one may work.

If you could provide some pix of how the bulb fastens to the light that can help us help you.

Could be a simple #222 or 224 could work as well.

I hope it's ok to provide links. I just figured PM's to a member with 1 post may not be possible.

General Flashlight Discussion / Mystery bulb
« Last post by natman on June 24, 2017, 10:56:37 PM »
I need a new bulb for an incandescent 2 AA flashlight. The only marking on the flashlight is KOREA. The only marking on the bulb is 2.4V KOR. It's a small bulb, only .62" long and .24" in diameter at the body.

I'd prefer another incandescent bulb because this flashlight is used to navigate around the house / hotels at night and I don't want a really bright light for this application. Thanks for your help.
New Member Introductions / Re: Hello, My name is Chris and I'm a addict
« Last post by ChrisDanWell on June 24, 2017, 06:21:20 PM »
Hello Chris, gotta say u got one of the best names around iam the same way (lol). 
For me it started with Knives, flippers, assisted, manual, auto, expensive, US made, steel types etc   Now it is grown to flashlights. 
I just canceled an order for the ThruNite mini Tn30 bundle
Mainly due to just how much I was spending. Plus I could not find any valid comparison texts with the TN30 to any other lights (except from the big brother compasrison but they aren't even in the same category. 
New Member Introductions / Hello to all.. New Member!
« Last post by ChrisDanWell on June 24, 2017, 06:07:59 PM »
Hello, my name is Chris W. and I am thankful that a forum like this exists. I am Just beginning with Flashlights and could use all the help I can receive. Any and all suggestions, ideas and comparisons will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you
Flashlight Collections / Re: The Bykfixer collection
« Last post by bykfixer on June 24, 2017, 05:23:42 AM »
Just scored a minty Stewart R Browne F-81x with less than a minute to go.

A WW2 era, Army issue light that was used in places where static electricity could ignite a bunch of fuel. Miners, gas and oil pipe workers, phone company workers in manholes, railroad yard workers, pilots, and lots of other intrinsicley safe uses were met by the F-81x.

The Navy version has USN on it where this one has US.

Stewart R Browne lights are in the Smithsonian in a "first plastic flashlights" display from stuff Mr. Browne was using way back in or about 1918. The company still exists today.

Also recently scored a Laser Products 6R, which was the 6P with a rechargeable battery.

These were reportedly nowhere near as popular as the 2 cell version but that means they are rare... and cheap.

I managed to score a GT Price Smoke Cutter for less than the shipping cost.

Formerly a company called LA Screw made these lights that contained a 're-reflector' setup and some other proprietory tech that aided a fireman in a burning building. In time  famous for their TL-122 and MX-991 light maker GT Price acquired LA Screw. Reportedly later Don Keller acquired GT Price and rekindled Kel-Lite briefly with some 2x AA lights.

A genuine LA Screw Code 4 3+2= 5D with a never produced in mass toggle switch. LA Screw used a switch assembly that could be placed between barrel segments for better balance on the longer lights. GT Price designed a no "click to on" toggle switch that had LA Screw distributors say "not no but hellno!!" so it never went into serious production.

East meets West,

Next to the green Mag is a 4D Streamlight made from the 3rd generation Kel-Lite design shortly after Norm Nelson sold Kel-Lite designs to Streamlight to pay off debt... Norm was hired by Don to help get the company out of debt and at one point ended up running Kel-Lite so founder Don Keller left in 1973.
For clarity I do not say that to tarnish anyones name or reputation. See, Kel-Lite's success was a problem. Selling lots of lights meant more equipment was required to keep up with demand, which led to more success, that led to more equipment required, which led to more success, which led to....
Streamlight had the resources to keep up.

Meanwhile Tony Maglica was making some over flow stuff for Kel-Lite and Bianchi B-Lites. He was a shrewd man who had been making stuff for the US government and had acquired a stellar reputation as an exellent, dedicated machinist. When Mag Instruments was founded in '74 Tony was ready for the task of making flashlights. He also had the know how to produce much of the machinery required. So with flashlight veteran Don Keller along side Maglite changed the world of flashlights by 1979.

The photo shows that parts of early Maglite and Kel-Lite stuff could be interchanged. It also shows Streamlight made in both Pa and Ca.

Back to Don Keller,

A pair of early, very rare Brinkmanns
Don went to Brinkmann and developed a bunch of lights after parting ways with Maglite. The pair shown are low production numbers being an Eddie Bauer promo 3C and a gold plated 3x AA executive model.

Another Keller company, the Sigmalite

Only made for about a year, this was the answer to the minimag folks were begging for. Clicky tailcap so their favorite beam could be saved or stealth tactics could be used with one hand.
Even more rare Sigmalite bulbs.

A pair of Justrite aviator lights. Top is WW2 issue and bottom is Korean Conflict era. 2x AA lights using #222 or #224 bulbs and a sliding device which slides a red cover over the bulb. Both have a signal ability or full time on/off. The top one is an alluminum tipped Stewart R Browne Tuffite body with a pocket clip sliding switch. The bottom is all alluminum with a twisty tail cap switch akin to 1990's 2x123 cop lights.

The light that led to Polyester Streamlights

The Pro-Light Phaser Lights PLC20 rechargeable. All plastic except for the reflector module that strongly resembles the early Streamlite SL20.

Last but not least,

The Bianchi B-Lites 2D. This little heavyweight throws a pencil beam like it was shot from a rifle while providing tons of spill.

And an nip switch assembly.

That's it for now...
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