Hi all, Here's an AL15A I bought off E bay recently, it arrived with a track work stand, but as I needed that one for another AL15A which was without that particular apparatus, it'll maybe be appearing slightly half dressed. This one here came equip with the large hooded cowl, bracket & doofer wing-nuts; but as the cowl was in very rough shape indeed, I thought it a good enough idea to fit the proper hood, cage net & onion globe to an AL620 model . I did have to give it some thought first, as I don't entirely like to separate part components from old timers (unless breakage forces it), but I'd have been looking at the other AL15A for another few years, before I got around to ending up joyously sequestering, "just" the single track work stand sought, in any other auction find/ bring & buy, or E bay UK. It sort of looks nice enough to me, any way, here it is, a little bit the worse for wear . . . .. (hiccup) ! I was very surprised when I'd started removing its original white or cream coloured paint, to be looking at what appeared to be a steel tank ! I had a tip given, to boil them in a pan of water, which then makes very light work of the complete paint removal process. Well, that worked & it certainly was steel, as I'd suspected it could have been an under coat, as the boiling had begun, but later on the clock, apart from the heavy pitting & rust at the founts crown, most of its sides were thankfully in quite good nic, with no dings or pit runs to be seen round the 360'. The manufacture date is stamped on the base, to me it looks like 1968, the month of August ? I can't see this dating to the mid eighties , but another question was why or what, at that late 60's date, were Tilley using steel for with the tanks. The usual brass roll, possibly thin on the ground for what reasons, I haven't a clue there ? I just enjoy fettling these types of lamps, and that's not just for their diminutive size, they have a certain charm about them, that's brought to light as you move through the cleaning up process. Eventually, on 'clunk clicking' all the parts back together again, the photo session looms 'a near'; & it's this reward in itself, that makes these AL's also, a lot of fun . . . . I find 'em a very photogenic lamp, they catch the light well, from any angle. . . . . Any further info on these models, including how to easily acquire "another track work stand", would be very interesting to hear, hopefully so ? I haven't dared to light this one yet, I usually enter a scan with the lamp, during 'burn'; but I hope it's enjoyed regardless. I might give it a shot, around this crimbo time. Cheers , Jon.