Coleman 200A Airfield Infrared Lantern

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Re: Coleman 200A Airfield Infrared Lantern

Postby Teardropsrock » Sun Aug 03, 2014 2:22 pm

I have one. Mine is missing the outer lens. I don't know anymore than you do about it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuBbxgUnu5A
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Re: Coleman 200A Airfield Infrared Lantern

Postby Wolffarmer » Sun Aug 03, 2014 2:39 pm

Cool lantern and hunk of history

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Re: Coleman 200A Airfield Infrared Lantern

Postby Teardropsrock » Sun Aug 03, 2014 2:41 pm

They could have used them on aircraft carriers and block the infrared light in the middle of the landing strip. Fresnel lenses are used in lighthouses to shoot light out for miles. I'm not sure if infrared light could be directed that way. I know the lantern I have was made to block all visible light and must have taken a few tries to get it right.
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Re: Coleman 200A Airfield Infrared Lantern

Postby Teardropsrock » Sun Aug 03, 2014 2:47 pm

There is a reply on my video telling how the outer lens was made. I'd like to have a replica of the original to work as it did originally. Or have an original lens, which probably isn't possible to find.
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Re: Coleman 200A Airfield Infrared Lantern

Postby Teardropsrock » Sun Aug 03, 2014 3:05 pm

This was the comment on my video.

The outer lens, according to the diagram, is "butyrate". Sheets of this plastic is laminated. It looks like several of the inner sheets are painted, while the outer layers are clear. The total thickness of the outer lens is about 1/8"
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Re: Coleman 200A Airfield Infrared Lantern

Postby PresTx82 » Sun Aug 03, 2014 4:09 pm

Since I wrote this I have picked up another one. Between the two I was able to make complete lantern with all the parts including lenses. I do have spare parts including lenses.
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Re: Coleman 200A Airfield Infrared Lantern

Postby Teardropsrock » Sun Aug 03, 2014 4:26 pm

Do you have the innermost and outer most lenses to sell?
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Re: Coleman 200A Airfield Infrared Lantern

Postby Teardropsrock » Sun Aug 03, 2014 4:38 pm

How many are there now known to exist?
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Re: Coleman 200A Airfield Infrared Lantern

Postby Teardropsrock » Sun Aug 03, 2014 4:41 pm

I don't know if my infrared lantern was already documented. It is complete other than the outer lens.
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Re: Coleman 200A Airfield Infrared Lantern

Postby PresTx82 » Mon Aug 04, 2014 12:58 am

I want to say I have the outer lens. I have it boxed up for protection. I'll check.
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Re: Coleman 200A Airfield Infrared Lantern

Postby Teardropsrock » Sun Jan 25, 2015 8:31 am

I made another video of mine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bB0hKffJviI

I'm thinking about using metal flashing and painting it black to block the light for the outer lens.
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Re: Coleman 200A Airfield Infrared Lantern

Postby Teardropsrock » Mon Feb 09, 2015 7:03 am

I made an outer "lens" out of aluminum flashing. I could only see a very very very small amount of light after lighting it. The very small amount of light could only be seen close-up looking down. I'm going to paint it black and see if that solves the problem.

Here is a video of it burning; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EVFUteY8Ds
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