Cant wait to see beamshots.
Mighty impressive work there - brilliant will probably be a good adjective to use !
Love the mould making and all the hard work researching and designing the profiles etc.
Can't wait for the finished item and beamshots to rival the old WW2 searchlights . . .
ps. How much is postage to the UK for a mirror kit ?
Was looking at your 24" searchlight project and found this thread linked...I must say, "Awesome work!" For you to create a powerful light with ordinary materials the common man has access to, kudos! I've found myself recently searching out yard sales and flea markets for the "perfect" reflector, which could very-well be some stainless steel kitchenware (salad bowl 18 - 36" diameter with that ideal shape) I had a question for you:
I noticed that your 24" reflector is much deeper in proportion compared to your new 50"...is that due to the size of the light's arc being used, or just a product of physics meaning the larger you go, the shallower it must be?
Watching this thread with great interest. That is going to be one crazy reflector!
I once saw what I believe was a 75W XeRay at Milky's PF8, and man, was it bright! Took about 30 seconds or so for it to warm up, and the output was definitely something to be seen. "The Monster" though, with even just a measly, wimpy (hehe) 400W system, and that reflector... I wonder if the XeRay's beam could even be seen inside of this one's.
I'm hoping that you stick a 1kW in there instead, just for the sheer bombastic-ness, but if 400W saves money that will eventually go toward purchasing a small arc, then I think it'll suffice for now.