- Thanks Herman... Very nice Segue! I was hoping this would turn into an active discussion and it appears to have brought back a wide and flighty selection of memories for everyone! - Here's a photo of Mike Nelson with that Jet Air double hose regulator from Episode 1 where Mike Nelson saves the trapped pilot from the sunken jet aircraft... 60 Feet Below.
- JB, Very nice set of Voit A6 fins you pictured. I have some reproduction Rondines I bought from VDH and am planning to wear them sometime during Sea Hunt Forever. But, I also just made a major (and expensive) score of a NOS (hopefully) pair of Voit A6 fins in my hard-to-find large size. If those babies are wearable, I'll be sporting them under the crystal clear waters of Silver Springs March 19-20!
- The seller says they still have the factory preservative on them... My fingers are crossed!
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I'm curious whether this first episode is the one which got AMF Voit's attention, and because of it they became the major sponsor and provided all-Voit gear for the series. I noted at the end that Mike Nelson was dressed in full scuba, and wearing a set of triples from USD too. Of interest to me, the set of triples had a reversed J-valve on the right side cylinder, with the reserve lever pointed forward.
I have a set of Voit A66 fins, black, but they are so stiff I cannot wear them in the water. I had one set in 1070 of the blue ones, and converted them into my scoop fins. I may do that with this set sometime in the future.
Anyone else notice that Mike Nelson was wearing a Squale mask? DRW?
PS, 'Sorry for hijacking the thread to show that jet, the Sea Dart, but it was very interesting to me. I learned a lot from those videos.
John, I was lookin' at those fins too wondering about them being Cressi Rondines. My HW catalog shows some with a strap called the Genoa, as I did see a strap... just like what ol' Clutch has on his'n...
I think Lloyd Bridges only wore the Squale mask for that first few programs. After that, he always wore a Voit mask, which is shown here in the cover photo for the book he and Bill Barada authored titled mask and flippers, the story of skin diving.
I do not have any specs on this mask, but to be authentic Mike Nelson, this mask is a necessity. I did use it in the 1950s, and rejected it as I really did not like it. It did not seal correctly for me unless I tightened the strap, and in doing so, because the keeper was on the skirt at the temple, it caused me pain. I think I got to use it at the YMCA Camp Silver Creek, and only used it once. It hurt! At least for me, I could not use it.
By the way, note that on his twin 38s, the reserve valve is reversed, with the reserve on his right shoulder instead of his left, and the lever facing forward. So if any of you participating in the Sea Hunt Forever Event want to use the reversed J-valve on your twins, it should be authentic.
- Yeah I may have to settle for the VDH Squale mask. Sea Hunt Jerry has a like new Voit Mask identical to what Mike Nelson wore and it cost $400... Apparently they're very rare and highly valued. He says he knows another guy who paid $700 for one. Usable masks from 50 years ago are pretty rare... Much less Sea Hunt masks. - With regard to the J-Valve, fortunately there are lots of episodes where the J-Rod is on the other side so I don't have to change that around on my 38s. Usually, the lever is down and he doesn't use a pull rod. But, I checked with Jerry and they did show levers up with pull rods in several episodes so I'm okay with that set-up.
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Here's a Sight You Don't See Every Day... Sea Hunt Forever Diver Jerry Lang with his Vintage Voit Porta Sub
- Jerry Lang (Sea Hunt Jerry) will be showing off his Voit Porta Sub at the Sea Hunt Forever event in Silver Springs Florida on March 19-20. Jerry's Porta Sub scooter may be the only one of its kind that's in fully functional, diving condition. Spectators can watch the Sea Hunt Forever show from glass bottom boats! - Note that Jerry is completely decked out in equipment that was seen on the Sea Hunt TV show back in 1959-61. The Porta Sub played a prominent role in many Sea Hunt episodes. - For more information, visit Sea Hunt Forever
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Voit A6 Fins Clean-Up... - The Voit Viking A6 fins I scored were expensive and supposedly new in the box... The seller said they still had factory "smuck" on them. These fins are hard to find with decent, usable rubber foot pockets much less in my size Large 11-12. They were expensive for "old" fins but really not so expensive compared to buying modern fins. - Well anyway, they arrived and the rubber is excellent. The fins fit me perfectly and are very comfortable. But the "smuck" coating was really difficult to clean off... Kind of like a shellac that was yellowed with age. I tried Spic and Span, Dawn detergent, Wesley Bleche White tire cleaner, and vinegar... Nothing made a dent in it. I know acetone or gasoline would probably dissolve the stuff but it wouldn't be so good for the rubber. - Well low and behold, I tried a squirt of good old WD-40 and rubbed it with a white cloth... The cloth showed signs of the same color yellow residue as the smuck but no blue or black from the rubber. Long story short, the WD-40 completely cleaned the old Smuck coating off these fins and revealed the original deep blue and black rubber. - I don't know if WD-40 is good to leave on the fins so I finished off by cleaning off the WD-40 with Dawn detergent and rinsed them real good. I'll put a little food grade silicon on them now. These babies are ready for Sea Hunt Forever.
Eb, reading that gave me the willies, I would use other words, but... I can't help but wonder if that yellow ca-ca was Armorall or something like it... I'm not sure if you've ever worked on a REALLY old car, but when petroleum products get super oxidized, they turn into a type of shellac, especially those ones that are good solvents, or hot/fast chemicals: old gasoline that's been sitting in a carburetor for over twenty years--yeah, it's some icky do-do! The WD-40 will probably soften those fins up to, reactivating some of the petroleum on the surface, but over time it will turn your fins to goo. I seriously doubt you've done any harm to them, but please be careful...
I had a friend who taught me everything I know about cars, including how to paint them: he would always give me do-do when ever I used a respirator when shooting a car. Let me say that he looked like a vampire when he died. But working on all those cars I was able to glean a lot of knowledge of what happens to things when it come into contact with various forms of petroleum products...