Ditmar maxim 506

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  1. James K

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    I have just finished fettling this lovely ditmar maxim 506. It arrived in pretty cherry condition and looked like it had only been lit a few times.
    I was able to find a handle online and the horizontal cage bars I made from fencing wire. It was a pretty straightforward fettle but it did spend some time on the naughty step after I turned the nrv barrel into a blob of molten metal while cleaning. The only other minor issue was the pump forming a vacuum on the upstroke by not letting air flow.
    It fired up first time lighting itself on the preheat without a single pump.
    I have no idea for a date but to me the all steel construction hints at wartime compared to the lovely nickel plated brass tanks of some other 506's
    Enjoy the pics

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  2. Brenneman

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    Nice lantern!
    I really like the look of that chunky, ribbed generator, giving it an industrial vibe.
     
  3. WimVe

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    These are nice well made lanterns. But what is this piece of metal doing on top of the vaporiser?
     
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    It's working well.:thumbup:
     
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    That is a very nice lantern :thumbup:
     
  6. James K

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    @WimVe
    The piece of metal is some sort of extra heatsink made from aluminium.
    Not really needed and often missing.
    Regards James
     
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    That lantern should be from the pre-war or war era, since all the models I could date after the war have Bakelite hand wheels. Unfortunately dating of the models with steel tanks is difficult, because most of them have no date stamp, unlike the models with brass tanks.
    That vaporiser (and also the preheater) works fine with kerosene/paraffin, although preheating with alcohol is recommended.
    Fine lantern, and take good care of the needle, jet and burner, as they are becoming quite rare.
    Regards, Martin
     
  8. James K

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    @Martin K.
    Thank you for your message, any help with putting a date to this lamp is much appreciated.
    I was aware of the difficulties in finding ditmar service parts, esp the jet, needle and ceramic nozzle. I have not tried running one but a 150cp petromax nozzle sort of fits and is certainly better than nothing.
    James
     

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