The Short Sunderland Lamp
This lamp is a variation of the 5C/1079 design. It is similar in concept - but the details and materials of construction are different.
There were only about 750 (S25) Short Sunderlands built. As installed in a flying boat the arms and fittings are brass to better resist corrosion due to maritime duty.
Retro3a received an enquiry for a restored 5C/1079 lamp. This was to replace a similar lamp that had once been installed in a famous 1960's ocean going racing yacht undergoing restoration in Australia. The rare Sunderland lamp that Retro3a had available for restoration seemed to be a perfect match for this thoroughbred......
The interesting story behind this restoration will doubtless become more widely known when the yacht is relaunched - and she will doubtless appear at Cowes in due course. The Client came to the UK to collect the restored lamp in person.
A custom made filter and holder bezel was designed. However, that upset the delicate balance of the lamp. No problem. All Retro3a springs are custom made, so a set of heavier duty springs were designed and manufactured. Equilibrium restored.
The restoration was more complex than for a 5C/1079. But these lamps are very special and Retro3a took the opportunity to custom manufacture various spares for future requirements.
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