Collins Brothers Radiant Star, #4

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  1. Darryl Durdin

    Darryl Durdin Australia Subscriber

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    Hi fellas, this is #4 in my collection, i have tried to keep it as original as posible, ive given it a good wash and cleaned up some shiny bits.
    As i recieved it,
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    A bit bent at the font and fuel valve.
    I stripped it down.
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    I didnt remove the eccentric lever as it was soldered in
    It all worked fine, i washed / flushed the system with brake cleaner,
    Cleaned and shined the parts
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    I had an isue with the pricker breaking off from the pricker support.
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    The actual pricker is of steel .5 of a millimeter.
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    I set about making another one. You can see my thread in the fettle page.
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    I put it all together.
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    I re assembled the frame.
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    I made a mica globe for it just to set it off.
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    The assembled lantern
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    Its all good, few minor ajustments, and away it goes.
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    I like the original look.
    VERY COOL.
     
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    Well saved!:thumbup::thumbup:
     
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    Done well, good to see it running again. I have never seen a Radiant Star lantern.
     
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    @Walkop

    If you do see one, nab it. It’s an interesting piece of Australian pressure lamp heritage.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    Impressive! Well done @Darryl Durdin !


    I’m about to make mine for Primus 1001. I’ve never worked with mica - how did you convince it to bend so sharply? Is it heat? Hot-air gun?
     
  7. Darryl Durdin

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    @Kuman . Hi there and a merry Christmas to you.
    I bought the mica from Germany, it is the biggest and clearest i could find, mica is rated like diamonds, some better than others. It has a cost of 200 €
    My mica is quite stiff but flexable.5 x7 inches x .10mm thick
    1. Worked out circumstance of circle + 3 cm for room to play join etc. You can trim later

    2 . I cut lengths 10mm wide × 300mm long
    Enough to compete the circumfrence in 2 halves as it has to suit the mica with joints of 10mm, its to make it even in appearance.
    3 . I folded my brass strip (shim) in halves so i landed up with a 5mm rim top and bottom pieces.
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    4. I layed it out flat ,the lenght of my circumfrence placed everything together to see how its going to go.
    5, i measured the height of my globe and cut it to suit, you need to very economic due to cost.
    6. Once i have every thing in place i used a dart just like a hole punch it helped keep things in place a bit like a crimp, i use these holes later i final assembly.
    6. When i was happy with everything i used my jewlers anvil and hammer to flattern all the brass strips flat as and as tight as possible,
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    7, i then used a tin can a bit smaller than the diameter of my globe secured one end of my globe then proceeded to bend it around the can giving it a few taps with my small hamer as i go, it keeps a good curve.
    8. I have a near rounded cylinder, cut any excess brass trip off but allow for how you are going to join the ends.
    I make my own pins see picture.
    Use your dart puch to enlarge holes big enough to put pins through, join and flattern down flat as possible.
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    Do this for all your joins, they should look like this.
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    I hope this helps, im making one for a optimus 200, ill post in the fettle section when i do it, pictures and all.
    Merry Christmas
     
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    Indeed it helps @Darryl Durdin ! Thank you!
    Great job!
    If you manage to bend mica even for such small radius as for Optimus 200 then this is really gonna work for my Primus 1001.

    I wonder however why you make it also for Optimus 200? Glass is readily available - you can get it from Fogas.se or I can send you one, if postage price will not kill the idea.
     
  10. Darryl Durdin

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    @Kuman , i thought i would just make one just to be different, thank you for your generous gesture, i like tp make things and practice my skill sets ive lernt, and learn new things. Im always in awe of the generosity of the fellas in this lantern community, if its a piece your looking for or information on something some fella is going to step up.
     

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