I got a 200b and checked the circuit. The two switching transistors (that carry the heavy load) are 2N3771 ... which are hefty. Rated for continuous 30 amp load. They are also heat-sinked to the case of the 200b. Well done.
I used by 12-volt 18Ah SLA battery that I was using for the inverter, and WOW. Recycle was under 1-second at 200WS.
This power circuit could EASILY be put in a monolight head and then all you need to power it is a 12-volt battery and cable. A jillion times more versitle than using the high-voltage Quantums or Jackrabits. If you want lots of juce - use a car battery. If you want lightweight, there are a bunch of different alternatives from led-acid, gell cells, NiMH, etc., at Batteries Plus.
Know anyone with some dead monolights I can buy to throw away the guts and keep the case?
A little math shows it is pulling about 400 watts, which is only about 16 amps for each transistor. Well within spec.
I'll do an adaptor for the Norman to fit a Novatron head since that is what I use in the studio and I have modifier and speedrings for them.
I may custom build me a case using the 200b power supply. Mount the transistors on bigger heat sinks and fan-cool them (maybe upsize to a 60-amp version in a T-03 package), and add more capacitors.
I ordered the Cinch connectors from http://www.newark.com
... Do you know which Amphenol connector the Norman uses so I can order some of those?
I remember seeing some older style studio strobes that were in a case sort of like a small piece of hand luggage in that they had a lid that open to reveal the controls, and a built-in lightstand on the side. That would be really nice for my project. Know where I might could get one to rip out the guts and use the case and controls?
Again, thanks for the ionfo about the 200b.