Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: Eagle Light Box
Re: Eagle Light Box
Malcolm T Hughes
Mon, 2 Nov 1998 21:56:21 -0500
On Fri, 30 Oct 1998 16:09:24 -0600 John Yantis <jtyantis@FLASH.NET>
>I'm looking for examples and plans for a display to be used at Eagle
>Scout Courts of Honor. I envision a type of "light box", where a
>picture of the Eagle ribbon award was drawn on a translucent
>and backlighted (backlit?). Ideally, the backlight would be segmented
>so that each major part of the drawing could be lit independently.
>During the Court of Honor, the symbolism of each portion of the Eagle
>ribbon (red, white, blue, eagle, scroll) could be given, and the
>appropriate segment would be lit up. By the end of the description,
>entire drawing would be lit.
>Does anyone use such a prop? If you've built one, what would you
>repeat, and what would you do differently?
>Yours in the Spirit of Scouting,
>Scoutmaster Emeritus, Troop 123
>Longhorn Council (Ft. Worth, TX)
My name is Malcolm Hughes. I am an ASM with Troop 246 in Englewood,
I was interested in your Eagle Light Box idea. For more years than I
care to remember I have been involved in community theatre as a lighting
technician and more recently as the Lighting Designer with my church's
Drama Ministry. If you are planning to use the Light Box in a large hall
(or even outside) and have to use high-wattage bulbs then you should
consider using theatrical lighting color gels instead of cellophane.
These come in hundreds of colors and shades. If you are in any reasonably
sized town there will most likely be a theatrical equipment supply store
nearby. They can supply you with sample booklets for you to decide on the
Theatrical gels are made to withstand very high temperatures (we use them
on 500, 750, and 1000 watt lamps) for extended periods of time. Gels come
in sheets approximately 24 inches square and are not very expensive
(around the Dayton area they sell for about $5.00 each).
Good luck, I hope this is useful.
T246 Englewood, Ohio
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