Picture key, "Kim's corner2".
Left to right, back first. Laboratory vane type capacitor. Interesting outside, but stunning inside the box!
Wheatstone bridge for testing resistors of unknown value.
Front row. A Smiths Mk II autopilot as fitted to Meteors, Canberras etc. Found the correct test gear for it at Detling - talk about serendipity ;o))
Centre. Flight surfaces servo test gear for English Electric Lightnings.
A 1970's transistor tester from the days when you could still SEE transistors!
Engine visible in the other pic is a Coventry Victor flat twin. Smashing little engine, very smooth & quiet but a third as heavy again as the Norman T300 of the same power and capacity. Guess which goes out the most .........
"Table display" pic.
You can see some differences - a 1940's gyrocompass still in its original packing.
A BIG spotlight (probably 1920's got "Chicago" on it. Thin sheet brass nickel plated with a 21w bulb & very eye catching. I think it's better than a row of bulbs ;o))
You can just see the heavy duty AVO I 'd bought that day for three quid. It had the traditional dead battery in it, so I washed the alkaline salts out of the case and put it out to dry. Works just fine now.
In the background, the Norman T300 marine engine.
None of the electronics stuff cost much at all - perhaps a tenner for the Lightning servo tester. I get a lot of interest in the old electronic stuff, especially from older men who have used it in their work but there was one elderly lady who used to service gyro compasses and knew all about them. Very worthwhile carting it about and setting it up. Ultimately, I'd like to have a control panel powered from a stationary engine or APU for interested members of the public to twiddle knobs that will load the generator, causing the engine note to deepen and dials to move, so they can see cause and effect.
Well, it keeps me out of the pub ;o))