1950s Col-Max 333G Hong Kong

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  1. Mackburner

    Mackburner United Kingdom Founder Member Subscriber

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    Just acquired this Col-Max 333. It was missing the pump knob which I have now replaced with one from an Anchor lantern. The vent hood is slightly bent but I can't remove the cap screws without damaging the enamel to straighten it. The globe is possibly original which would date it to the 1950s. The threads on the Coleman jet were stripped so I fitted an Anchor 500 which sealed OK. It appeared to be in working order and after a pressure test it fired up OK. I was a little worried that a 500 jet and the air gap at about 13mm would make it over fueled but it gives a good strong white light with a Coleman 21a mantle which should be too small but performs well. After test firing the lamp I cleaned it and when I fired it again the globe cracked although it is still intact. ::Neil::

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  2. David Shouksmith

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    Absolute bummer, Neil - original Coleman, too, by the looks of it... :-& :(
     
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    Yeah I should have left it grubby. Those globes are 1959 and earlier so quite desirable. Not the worst broken globe here though. You just have to accept it's glass and fragile so breakage happens. ::Neil::
     
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    A good find and superglue will hold the glass together.
     
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    I've seen adverts for glass repair glue. Haven't tried it myself. But I guess it wouldn't hurt for shelf use?
     
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    Glassbond or equivalent UV-setting type glues are OK for display but will melt if exposed to heat...
     
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    Nice find, Neil. I had an Eye Brand glass in my Eye Brand lantern and after a third light up the damn thing cracked! Extremely thin glass! Should have removed the original glass and put it aside, but...:cry:
     
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    Pretty nice find, Neil.
    Too bad the original globe cracked. I'd guess its not easy to find that globe around.
    A lot of glass globes have a tendency to crack upon heating/cooling once they're cleaned. I don't know exactly why's that the case. Perhaps its the way they had been cleaned or the chemicals used to clean them.
     
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    Poor glass, in my opinion.
     
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    I'd believe that's obviously one of the reasons too. The thing that baffles me sometimes, is why only after the wash?? I had those that had been operating without problems for years with all the stains and grime on, but gave way on their first-use after they had been cleaned:-k.
     
  11. Mackburner

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    Yes and I should know better. This globe was washed with cold water and a little washing up liquid. I have had glass crack after washing but just placed on the draining board drying. That happened twice after an hour as well. I get safer results from cleaning by just using a fine steel wool to polish the dirt off. For some reason the water seems to do the damage.

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