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The Story of Mechanical Television




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Shows who was involved, how they did it and how you can do it too.

More good useful information than you'll find anywhere else!

This book provides information for building various types of cameras and receivers, which together produce operating systems that really work, with all of the attributes of early equipment.

BOOK, " The Mechanics of Television" by Peter F. Yanczer (1987, 180 pgs)  The story of mechanical television. Soft cover. Everything you need to know to become an expert on the subject. Over 100 illustrations photos and schematics. Written for beginners or engineers.

ISBN 0317560549 (0-317-56054-9)

Just USD
34.00 post paid in the USA

Peter died on March 16, 2014, so his items are no longer available for sale

Announcing a special, NEW 12 inch diameter, 32 line scanning disc with
xtra image holes to provide a monitor function for the camera operator.

This is a metal NIPKOW scanning disc with 4 spokes, made to high precision standards.  It is a steel, Laser cut disk with a 3/8" center hole.  It is suitable for either a direct view camera with monitor or a flying spot scanner and of course, any 32 line television receiver.

The center hole on this disc is 3/8" diameter and it includes four holes for mounting the disc to a hub with screws.

one piece hub for this disk is optionally available to fit a 5/16" motor shaft.

Indicate if you want the Hub included with your order.
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Scanning Disk
USD 115.00
Scanning Disk with HUB
USD 155.00

Scanning Disk Hubs:
For All Shaft Sizes
Used to connect the scanning disk to the motor shaft. The disk is clamped to the hub
without stress or distortion. These are of a o
ne piece construction, made from machined
aluminum. With four clamping screws and set screw.

Available in o
ne motor shaft size:  .3125" (5/16")
USD 45.00


Disk Assembly   Early Television

This is a special request - made to order Disc Assembly that consists of a disk hub, belt pulley and ball bearing shaft assembly made from a VCR tape head/motor unit, just as described in the second of nine installments on this website, about building your own monitor. All of the precision work has been done. The Hub will fit disks with a .750" center hole and four screw holes, like the one pictured above.

Being made from existing VCRs of various makes, the appearance of the assembly may differ slightly from the photo on the right. In every case, the function will be the same.


Miscellaneous Items
Large Area Silicon Photo Diode. Good frequency response. (2 x 2mm)
Receiver Reflex Light Source Assembly. With 16 LED's. Image area approximately 1.25"

Complete Drawing Set, build your own "Visionette" Receiver Kit

Complete Drawing Set, build your own "Visionette" Camera Kit
USD 36.00


4” Mirror Screw for 32 line resolution
4” Mirror Screw for 60 line resolution
6” Mirror Screw for 32 line resolution
6” Mirror Screw for 60 line resolution

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Above photo iis an example of the 4 inch
- 60 line Mirror Screw with direct mount
to a motor (motor not included in



These costs are based on the actual efforts and the direct costs of developing these items and associated materials. All of the “mechanical parts” are hand made, using the same or very similar methods and techniques as were used to produce the originals. As in the original mirror screws, all of the mirrors are constructed of stainless steel.  The mirrors are Laser cut.

Mirror Screws listed here consist of a complete assembly including the mirrors and an axle.    

Screws are available in two sizes. The 4” inch diameter size provides an image measuring approximately 3” by 4” inches.  This Mirror Screw is available in either 32 or 60  line resolutions.

A larger mirror screw, 6” inches in diameter is also available. It will provide a image measuring approximately  4” by 6”. This mirror screw is also available in the 32 or 60 line resolutions.



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