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Mysterious torpedo director

 
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2007 2:53 pm    Post subject: Mysterious torpedo director Reply with quote

I just obtained some kind of early torpedo aiming device. Even though I've been studying these for awhile, I'm not sure what model this is. It appears to lack any provision for adjusting the speed of the torpedo.

I have yet to take delivery of it, but I think the 3 pieces I obtained probably fit together into a single assembly.

It's primary characteristics seem to be:

1. enemy speed adjustable by knob up to 50 knots.
2. enemy crossing angle settable, apparently by simple direct handling
3. it is either constructed for a single torpedo speed, or a piece is missing
4. a sighting telescope (presumably with crosshairs within)
5. an adapter to illuminate the crosshairs in the scope for night use (this is my guess)
6. The whole sighting assembly can be adjusted in pitch. This leads me to guess this is for use from an aircraft which might be at some elevation, but that seems illogical to combine that with a telescope.

Any ideas? I'll post more when I have this all in-hand.

Main assembly, allowing enemy speed and crossing angle to be set:


Sighting scope to be attached to the above


Adapter to fit a lamp to the telescope for night firing (?):


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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2007 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is an interesting piece. To the scope i can say that scopes were used on torpedoboats.
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