The projector is unusual because it is only model, which was never produced. The projector has never been implemented in production.
The prototype was constructed before 1960.
The designer of the projector was Johnny Foster – Works Manager of Pathescope in London
The constructor was a visionary man. At the time he constructed the projector, he had a feeling that aria, period of 9,5 mm was nearly at its end. The new size of film – 8 mm will be a dominant and leading on the market.
Ken Valentine was a witness of the projector construction. He was working at Pathescope, at the time, as well.
Ken Valentine remembered:” the Directors of the Pathescope were not interested in 8 mm. A year after Foster died they descended on his workshop asking for this projector. I thought they have been so mean, that I hide the projector that they could not find it. As they would not give him credit when he was alive, I would make sure they would not have it, when he was dead”.
It is all history of the projector creation.
Let’s look closely at the projector construction. The body is the same as 9.5mm projector; the shape was unchanged. Only all mechanisms were adapted to 8 mm width of the film.
Here are pictures of both projectors: 9,5 mm and 8 mm: