I recently purchased a Bell and Howell 254RS 8mm projector. This is my first 8mm projector. After a thorough cleaning I turned it on and it powered up fine and the lamp works. Unfortunately I don't have a 8mm take up reel yet to test my 8mm film in this projector. While I'm waiting for a take up reel to arrive I wanted to see if anyone had a manual for this projector? I think I see how the film should be threaded, but it would help if I had a diagram. I didn't see a manual for this projector in the manuals area of the 8mm Forum website. Any assistance appreciated. Thanks!
From: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Registered: Feb 2006
posted July 01, 2010 12:14 AM
Hi Jerry, the photos that Doug show are a good threading instruction and probably clearer than the manual. There are many similar looking models to yours, but some have the auto-thread option adapted to this design like mine. Make sure you find the instruction manual for your model.
posted July 01, 2010 08:24 AM
Thanks for the photo's. Much appreciated! I will be watching a home movie initially (hopefully a take up reel arrives today). I see a manual for this model on eBay ($18, seems pricey, but maybe not?). I recently also acquired a 16mm B&H (2592) which I was able to repair and have been purchasing/watching mostly baseball related films and cartoons, so far. I hope to get the B&H 254RS working so I can now purchase/watch 8mm film. And then I suspect I will eventually purchase a Super 8 projector As an aside from my original post, what kind of films can I expect to find on 8mm and 8mm Super 8? Or more specifically maybe, what do you all watch? I see a lot more home movies on 8mm (compared to 16mm). As you can tell...I am new to both 16 and 8mm film Thanks!
posted July 03, 2010 04:31 PM
Today I finally received a take up reel for my B&H 254RS 8mm projector and showed my first 8mm film (a home movie). Everything seems to be working OK, but I am still in need of a manual for this projector. Anyone have a copy? If not, I see one ending on eBay tonight for $18. That seems high priced, yes? I wanted to thank Doug again for the pictures that showed me the proper way to feed film on this projector. Much appreciated!