A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Brad Morris
Date: 2016 Jan 15, 02:28 -0500
As to your reproduction, back some years ago, a fellow in Germany (?) produced a set of mechanical drawings and even offered up the cardboard tubes that are used. I'm hoping he's still on list. That would be ideal, as he offered the tubes and plans.
I still have my un-used tubes (maunly because I have an MHR1 and have little need of a repro). If that individual is sold out of the proper tubes, we can work something out... I don't want to undercut or otherwise fiddle with his good works, so he goes first!!
Gary has made several reproductions, and they are quite enviable.
I’ve got the loan of a Bygrave Position Slide Rule MkIIA from the Royal Institute of Navigation for a couple of months (photos below). Apparently, they had two, a good one and a poor one. Unfortunately, I was only able to find the poor one; nobody seemed to know what happened to the good one. It carries the inscription that it was produced by the Air Ministry Laboratory South Kensington in August 1920. If the number was ever filled in, it’s long since rubbed off. I’d like to teach myself to use it prior to possibly making a copy for myself with plastic piping. Is the best set of usage instructions those on Gary’s Freddie Noonan page? Also, does anyone know where I can find a photo or print out of the explanation off the side of the MkIIA? Finally, does anybody know what went down the inside of the cylinders? All I can see is the remains of a brass chain. DaveP
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