View-Master Model 12 Lighted Viewer
 

 

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MODEL 12

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The View-Master Model 12 was produced only in Belgium between 1976 and 1978. It was made of plastic and was available in three colours, grey, red and blue. It is the lighted version of the Model K (also known as the Model 11).

Model 12's are very rare because they were only manufactured in low volumes during their short production life. The red and blue are the scarcest, although finding one at all is an achievement. When one is found they generally sell for a reasonably high price compared to other viewers. It is one of the most sought after viewers in the View-Master range.

The small round hole, visible in the upper right-hand photograph is the socket for the power transformer (show below).


A view of the inside of a Model 12

An exceedingly rare Power Transformer for the Model 12.
These were only ever available for 220v as the viewer was not marketed in the USA.

The Model 12 has a reputation for being extremely difficult to open. Most Model 12's display some sort of 'nibbling' around the top slot where people have tried to open them, to replace either the bulb or batteries. I have found a much easier (and safer) method of opening which I demonstrate below.

WARNING: Never exert too much force or you risk cracking the plastic or slipping and scratching the plastic.

Fig 1. Using a fairly broad screwdriver, insert the tip about 2mm and gently raise the cover, very slightly

Fig 2. whilst using the screwdriver as a lever, gently pull the cover of the viewer away until the catch de-latches.            NOTE: You do not have to raise the cover very much to achieve this.

Fig 3. Finally pull back the cover, detaching the two retaining lugs that are located at the bottom.

Fig 4. A close-up of the top latch

Fig 5. A close-up of the two retaining lugs found at the bottom of the battery cover

Reassembly is simply a case of replacing the cover starting by locating the lugs at the bottom and then gently clipping the two halves back together. Never use excessive force.

Follow these instructions at your own risk, I cannot take responsibility for any damage you may cause

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