Newly Acquired Early Vapalux 300 1943

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  1. george

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    Hi! I just purchased a 1943, Vapalux 300. It appears to be an early one. The gray reflector (top) is just like the E41 tops. There is no pressure tit present. Not sure what the tank is made of. It will be a while before I get it; it's coming from the other side of the pond. Perhaps by the time I get it, I will figure out how to post pictures from my phone to the site!:D/
     
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    @george
    Congratulations George, I’ll just use my imagination. Boy O’ boy, I do have a a creative imagination :lol:.
    Cheers mate
    Pete
     
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    Still waiting for that Vapalux 300, circa 1943. Can't wait. This will be a birthday lantern! I think I've managed to figure out how to load pictures here, but only time will tell. :?
    @AussiePete
    Pete, the suspense is killing me! Imagination can really run wild. It looks good from the pictures and with the E41 hood this could be a real winner! Be still my beating heart.....:-({|=:mrgreen:
     
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    The Vapalux arrived today. It's dated 1943, no pressure tit, tank is made from steel, and the top/lid is the E41 style. Appears to be an early Vapalux 300! 20191213_142026.jpg 20191213_142017.jpg 20191213_142038.jpg
     
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    Nice lamp!
     
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    Globe is Bialaddin so will have to hunt for some other globe; love to find one with a hole in it....;)
    This is going to require some work to restore but the price was right! I have to take my time!
    One of the bail fasteners has broken loose from the case and will have to be soldered or brazed. Some of the screws are not correct but for the price, I can't complain.
    :D/
     
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    A fine restoration project!:thumbup:
     
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    That’s a very nice lantern :thumbup:
     
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    Thank you all! I will post photos when restoration is finished. Won't be any time soon, though.;)
    It's freezing in the work area and my old bones won't take it!:mrgreen:
     
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    That's no excuse, get the heating on George :)
     
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    A couple of tilley bowlfires heat up my work area superbly
     
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    A "bonfire" would work in my area!!!](*,)
     
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    There is some other deviation, like the fuel cap, which is a later type.
    But what a fine find; even the original Bialaddin glass is (now) priceless!
    Does the bottom show the original colour?


    Finally, the price George, the price.
    I think I can handle it.
    Mike
     
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    @M.Meijer Mike, I knew the fuel cap was wrong, it belongs on a Bialaddin. I have one, NOS, that I will use and keep this one in reserve for another lantern. The globe is a very nice early (?) Green lettered Bialaddin. I ordered two generic globes and I'm going to try to drill a lighting hole in one of them, better yet get my son to drill it. That way if it breaks, I can blame him! lol

    Well, the price was around $100. I didn't think it was too bad!
    :whistle::doh:
     
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    Bottom is the RAF blue/gray color!
     
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    George, a 100 bucks is not bad at all, but secretly I feared a nonchalant 12.00 or something....
    Seriously, these early lamps are gaining momentum on a market where members here might look, but do not likely drive the prices. That is done in the Newest World, mark my words.

    I love that green logo, that still was to be seen with the T-20 table lamp in the late fifties (although a red one with lettering like on the ubiquitous 315 and 320 is in excistence).
    But in cylindrical form I believe the Mk1 version of the 305 was the last model with that green logo.
    Not cheap anymore to get one, and usually only brit ebay is the logical hunting ground for us 'foreigners' if you find a broader minded seller that is.

    With RAF colouring (Rapidal Grey) you should have little trouble to find an acceptable shade of grey Stateside.
    But go easy with the buffing wheel; any lamp this age should not look tarted up, and the Air Ministry certainly would have none of it!

    Enjoy winter! Mike
     
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    One question: does anyone know the diameter of the hole in the glass? I want to order a drill bit but would like some idea of the diameter.
    Thanks to all!!
    :clap:
     
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    George, hope I can help you. A metric tape measure shows a diameter of 22 mm.
    I measured the holes on both globes I have.
    Wish you will obtain success.

    Matthias
     
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    @LatMag49 Thanks, this will help me order the right drills.
     
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    Glass cutting drills arrived today, now I wait for the globes... they're coming from the UK. According to tracking they're in New York. With any luck I should get them sometime next week.:mrgreen:
     
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    The result of your experiments will be interesting.
     
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    Great looking lamp!

    A birthday lamp is always special, so really nice to have the date stamp, well done! :clap:

    I have only ever drilled flat glass but that was tricky enough... had to make a circular dam of putty, use paraffin as a lubricant, and use a hand crank old skool drill, diamond bit.. when the tip broke thru, turn over an drill from t' other side..

    I would really practice first on glass tumblers before turning my drill onto the real deal globes? :-k

    Best wishes,

    Tim
     
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    Time for action! The globes arrived today! As soon as the garage warms up a bit I will try my hand at drilling the hole in the glass.
    [-o<
     
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    “You’re a better man than I Gungadin”
    Best of luck drilling the glass.
    Cheers
    Pete
     
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    I chickened out drilling the hole in the glass myself, so I talked my son into drilling it. He's busy as hell right now so he told me he will give it a try when can get the time. He's always good to me on things like this so I'm more than willing to work at his pace. :p:thumbup:
    He sandblasted the cage on one of my Coleman 220B (Aug '39) models and it came out super!
    This will give me time to get started on the restoration itself.
    ;)
     

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