Odd size Capcolite globe body

Several years ago I bought a globe on ebay that had gill lenses mounted in a modified yellow capco body. It’s a fairly common practice to cut the alignment tabs out of a repro capco body and sand the mating surfaces of the body so the body will 13 1/4″ unnotched Gill lenses.
I put the lenses on a different body. It turns out the yello body was an original with the alignment tabs cut out. I attempted to mount some 13 1/2″ lenses in the yellow body. They were too big. Then it hit me….the mating surfaces had not been sanded down. This body was made to hold 13 1/4″ notched lenses!

We had a discussion about this on the Shop Talk forum on Oldgas.com. Globe gurus Lonnie Hop and Scott Benjamin shed a little light on the subject. Lonnie has had several 13 1/4″ Capcolite bodies. His were the old style (male/female) marked Capcolite, and were made of the rigid plastic that was used in the old style Capcolite bodies. Scott posted that Sunray used some notched lenses that fit in the 13 1/4″ bodies.

My 13 1/4″ body was packed away until recently. As it turns it’s marked “Capcolite” like the old style bodies but each half is the same like the newer “Capcolite 216” style bodies. Unlike the ones Lonnie has, this one is made of the more flexible material.

You can see it’s marked “Capcolite”…..
odd capcolite markings
But it’s the newer style……
odd capcolite

Now I need to find a pair of 13 1/4″ lenses that would look good on a yellow body!

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