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Thanks, I knew that about lens fitting but this is as close as I can get and since the whizz-bang bust isn't exact, I'm not going to split hairs ... for now.
Don't mean to rain on any's parade but I'm rebuilding my Whiz Bang bust and I believe these are the correct lamps. The white one is too white & too short but the seller sells more lenses here and has the taller translucent lenses (make sure they are smooth inside too). If you contact the seller he will put together the lamp socket and the proper lens. You'll have to get a 125 volt bulb but those are easy to find. I can give a source it you're stumped.
I've attaches a pic of my lamp and Chris's switchplate and handle (fantastic work Chris!!) together and also a pic of the real switch and lamp for the show. If it seems too white in my pic, I've also attached a pic with it lit(with a flash) so you can see that it is slightly yellow when turned on (in real life it's not a reddish as it appears int my pic). If you look closely I believe that you'll agree with me.
Now, anyone want to share any tips on repainting Bill to be closer to the original?
I've also attached another pic of the original bust opened where the lens is missing. The assembly for the lamp looks like it's diameter matches the OP's pic instead of the smaller lamp assembly and lens in my pic. I'm wondering if the smaller lens is the original and it was replaced at some point during the series with the larger amber lens. Perhaps the smaller lens was in the pilot episode and then changed.
I'm guessing that the smaller lamp assembly was used first because going from larger to smaller would have required replacing the piece to which the lamp and switch are mounted but going from smaller to larger would have merely needed a larger hole to be drilled.
I don't own the DVD's of the series but I'm guessing many of you on this forum do. Perhaps one of you could review the "To the Batcave" scenes and see if there is any change in the appearance of the lens as the series progressed.
Also, upon rereading my last post, I feel I came across as somewhat cocky which was not my intent. Please excuse the overconfidence in my statements. I clearly didn't do enough research and there is more mystery in the true design of the lamp assembly than I was aware.
I'm still interested is discussing how to refinish Bill to get his suntan right if anyone would like to share.
Thanks for replying, Chris.
So, the original lamp was only shot for the first episode(s)? Do you know if the first episode(s) was the pilot? Some of the props changed between the original pilot for Star Trek (The Cage) and actual series. Perhaps this is a similar situation.
I'm going to rebuild my Bill using this original lamp. If i ever decide later to change to the larger amber lamp enlarging the hole would be easy. I'm planning to mount the piece the switch and lamp are mounted to using magnets instead of glue so I can open him up any time I need to.
Where can we get the correct lens.
Still looking to have it repainted to match the original but haven't found a good option to have it done yet. Any info anyone wishes to share would be appreciated.