Recently my wife and I travelled down to the south coast of South Africa for a much needed getaway from the city. Something that we do each time we come down this way is to stop over in Nottingham Road, a small town (although growing rapidly each time) past Mooi River, just off the N3. It’s a great place to experience warm accommodation and people, albeit with a bit slower service than we’re accustomed to in our native Johannesburg/Pretoria side of the world.

While around Notties, we popped in to a small antique store on the way to Rosetta, where something caught my eye. A 1930’s Kodascope projector in an unknown condition. Outward appearances looked fantastic, so with that in mind, I shelled out the R500 (roughly $46.50) for it in the hope that it will be more than just a showpiece above my bar one day.

Boxed up from the store

Boxed up from the store

Bear in mind, I don’t know much about projectors, certainly no more than my research into modern data projectors on lamp-life and so on, but I think my love of things Steampunk and similar has inspired me to take this on as a restoration project. Coupled with my Rotary club‘s interest in possibly screening some old movies, I think I have a winner here, particularly if I can get it running (and find film)!

Information Plate

Information Plate

On first inspection, it’s a 110V, 600W projector, which means I will need to invest in a decent enough 220-110 step down transformer. Also noted, is that it needs a bulb that does not seem to be available in SA. Luckily, the USA has some specialist bulb stores where I have managed to track one down. The shipping however, is another story, which combined with the bulbs (I’m buying two just in case) come to almost four times the price of the projector!

Projector in full

Projector in full

I’ll definitely need to do some saving to carry on with this project, but it sure sounds like an interesting one to continue with! As and when I manage to do more investigation into it, I’ll be sure to post details up here.

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