Bialaddin 300x Air Ministry 1949.

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  1. DP2

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    I bought this lamp some time ago as part of a job lot, at first I thought it was a standard early 300x which had been badly resprayed mid grey by the previous owner, on closer inspection I noticed it was stamped AM Ref No 21C/2503 1949 and bore the crowd foot stamp. Although not uncommon this made the lamp a bit special.

    As bought:
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    The restoration was fairly standard and started with a full strip down.
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    The tank and cage were stripped of old paint and re-finished in BS381c RAF Blue/Grey semi gloss finish which I consider very appropriate given the lamps history.

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    I then let the paint fully harden for a few days, a few days turned into a week as life got in the way of my lamps! Finally got round to re-assembling this lamp using a new viton seal kit.
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    A blue flame test to prove the vapouriser and burner before final re-assembly and fitting a mantle, I also fitted the correct plated spirit cup as the lamp had gained an incorrect aluminium type at some point in its life.
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    Note the brass work, cleaned up but not highly polished which is how I like things.
    Final re-assembly and a new mantle fitted.
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    I fitted a good Bialaddin marked glass to this lamp and lit it for the first time, it is running very well.
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    Another completed lamp for my collection and one that I am very pleased with, I might treat it to a reproduction black hood cap as the original is missing much of its enamel.
     
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    Great job, DP2!! Fine restoration.:D/
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    @DP2
    Dear Brother
    Congratulations & Very fine restoration, I am also trying to do of my own. Let see
     
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    A splendid restoration!:thumbup:
     
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    It cleaned up nicely. Congratulations :clap:
     
  6. ColinG

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    Another fine old lantern ready for another 50 years! Well done!
     
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    Looks so god in RAF blue, great job!
     
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    God??? Good!
     
  9. AussiePete

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    A good fettle giving a really nice restoration of a fine lantern. You’ve documented the fettle very well @DP2.
    Well done.
    Cheers
    Pete
     
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    Beautiful !

    Very well fettled ! love to see the whole restoration on this one !

    Fred,
     
  11. Tony Press

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    I just found one of these, in pretty rough condition, but complete, at Bungendore, a little town in New South Wales (Australia).

    @DP2

    Was the original glass on your lantern marked?

    Cheers

    Tony
     
  12. DP2

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    I don't know about the original glass as mine didn't have one when I purchased it.
     
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    Very well fettled.:thumbup:
     
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    Very nice restoration
     
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    Thanks, @DP2.

    I thought that the glass in the first two photos could have been the original glass.

    The glass in mine is unmarked.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    No, the glass came from a very rusty 305 that I bought cheaply for the glass and other useful spares.
     

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