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by TheSOXMania
Fri May 18, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!
Replies: 64
Views: 5342

Re: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!

Great stuff! Looking good. Certainly a timeless classic! No kidding! I for one am so glad to see this thing in full working order complete with bowl. Just needs a gear tray label and I'm also considering seeing if I can get hold of some repro parts to reinstate the older style bowl ring and amber m...
by TheSOXMania
Fri May 18, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!
Replies: 64
Views: 5342

Re: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!

Update 11: Sealed up n' ready to go!! At this stage we're pretty much complete with the Amber minor!! Thanks to paul for sending the bowl over! Great to finally have one after scouring the net to minimal success! It's not totally complete as I want to re-make the gear tray label but it at least look...
by TheSOXMania
Thu May 03, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!
Replies: 64
Views: 5342

Re: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!

The L4045 might be a tight fit, you'd probably have to remote-ballast it. On the other hand, you wouldn't need that ignitor..! A 60W SO lamp would look good in that fitting, though :D With it being a larger canopy I don't think it would be too bad a fit. It would at least be long enough to reach th...
by TheSOXMania
Wed May 02, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!
Replies: 64
Views: 5342

Re: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!

Update 10: IGNITION!!! not much has really happened on the run up to getting an igniter hence the lack of updates. I've been focusing on screwing with a HID porta-flood concept while I wait for Paul to send his spare bowl over (thanks BTW... you're a godsend!). I thought it'd be a good idea to stick...
by TheSOXMania
Sat Apr 21, 2018 3:07 am
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!
Replies: 64
Views: 5342

Re: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!

Update 9: e-rectin' a lamp post!! I have most of the wiring done for the lantern bar an igniter. I have a capacitor of doom that I use to generate a pulse though so it's not all bad. Also, although it's not visible here I got a dummy photocell to plug the hole in the canopy it looks pretty darn stea...
by TheSOXMania
Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!
Replies: 64
Views: 5342

Re: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!

Micro update b: a new beginning I have the new lamp that's going in the amber minor! It's a Radium RNA 35w. I just finished up breaking it in a couple hours ago. Works a treat!! The amber minor is currently on hold until parts arrive to finish it off. Here's what's coming; Waiting on the wire to gea...
by TheSOXMania
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!
Replies: 64
Views: 5342

Re: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!

Looking good, that ballast will handle a 55W lamp as well, pity one of those wouldn't fit :P Won't fit with a bowl on... would look kinda daft with a 55w lamp in but the fact the ballast and igniter will be able to handle it gets the gears whirring... XDD Although to be honest, I already have anoth...
by TheSOXMania
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!
Replies: 64
Views: 5342

Re: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!

MissRiaElaine wrote:Looking good, that ballast will handle a 55W lamp as well, pity one of those wouldn't fit :P
Won't fit with a bowl on... would look kinda daft with a 55w lamp in but the fact the ballast and igniter will be able to handle it gets the gears whirring... XDD
by TheSOXMania
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:41 am
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!
Replies: 64
Views: 5342

Re: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!

micro update! The ballast arrived yesterday and I got round to installing it. it's a tad undersized but there ain't nothing a bolt and a couple washers can't fix!! Still a little bummed I didn't go for the L4045BX that was on eBay a while back but I'm not gonna beat myself up over it. This is a ligh...
by TheSOXMania
Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!
Replies: 64
Views: 5342

Re: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!

update on that, the thinners I have atm might actually work on it because they changed the recipes. If not, there are 2 other methods for removal: 1: the hammerite thinners 2: gentle heating and peeling with regards to the thinner, I looked at the COSHH datasheet for it and it doesn't have any menti...
by TheSOXMania
Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!
Replies: 64
Views: 5342

Re: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!

Its a shame you can`t make Kevs meet?, I have an original Acrylic bowl for these, (its what the early lanterns would have had), though not the original `squarer` Amber one, its totally without cracks. However, you`ll notice its got paint on it!, its what I use to sit Beta 5 canopies on to paint the...
by TheSOXMania
Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!
Replies: 64
Views: 5342

Re: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!

Update regarding wire!! I found some switchgear wire. I'll be ordering that when I have the money to (I've just ordered a new igniter, so that's put ordering wire on hold for now) https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/0-5mm-0-75mm-Tri-Rated-Cable-All-Colours-1m-5m-10m-15-20m-25m-50m-100m-/262079612300?_trksid=...
by TheSOXMania
Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!
Replies: 64
Views: 5342

Re: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!

This really is shaping up superbly! Regarding internal cabling, Tri Rated Switchgear wire is your best bet, in 0.5mm or 0.75mm. (all sizes available right up to 25mm!) It's heat resisting at 105C and available in several colours, including the aforementioned red and black for old school authenticit...
by TheSOXMania
Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!
Replies: 64
Views: 5342

Re: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!

Paul wrote:I have a Thorn Beta 5 chunky available for free, only problem is it has a small crack.
I'm fine with small cracks as long as it doesn't hugely affect the structural integrity. do you have any pictures of the bowl?
by TheSOXMania
Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!
Replies: 64
Views: 5342

Re: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!

Top job! Looking good! What sort of bowl are you looking for? Got a pic example? Something along the lines of the Atlas or Thorn Beta 5 if not an original amber minor bowl... annoyingly enough, slimline bowls won't work here or I'dve taken Ria up on her offer. Amber minor : http://www.lightgb.myfre...
by TheSOXMania
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!
Replies: 64
Views: 5342

Re: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!

Update 8: oh, what a feelin'... when yer lantern's got a seal in!!

Chopped to fit and looking fresher than factory. The only thing she needs now is control gear and a bowl to be mostly complete. What a glorious bit of kit this lantern is turning out to be!
by TheSOXMania
Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!
Replies: 64
Views: 5342

Re: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!

I'm also going to be wiring it up using the old British colour coding system (black = neutral, red = live and white for the ballasted line) because why the heck not!? Why not indeed, that's a good idea, I think we'll rewire ours, don't have any red/black wire though, where's the best place to get s...
by TheSOXMania
Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!
Replies: 64
Views: 5342

Re: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!

Update 7: *seal noises intensify* The neoprene has arrived!! I'll have to trim it to width but it's as thick if not thicker than the old stuff that was there before. Also, as i don't want to do any irreversible modifications to the gear tray or canopy and I'm gearing the lantern with a more complex ...
by TheSOXMania
Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!
Replies: 64
Views: 5342

Re: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!

My main plan column-wise (haven't worked the ins and outs yet) was to get some 89mm OD 608 stainless pipe and have that either welded to a baseplate or bracketed to it and then get an outreach arm for a regular column and attach that to the top. then, run the cabling, wire the lantern and have a to...
by TheSOXMania
Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!
Replies: 64
Views: 5342

Re: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!

I'll be leaving it well alone now so the paint has time to harden and while I wait, I think I'll get round to designing a 1.8-2m column to mount it on. Yes. The end goal isn't deploying it outdoors, it's to make the world's best standing lamp without ruining a perfectly good amber minor!! That's ou...
by TheSOXMania
Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!
Replies: 64
Views: 5342

Re: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!

Update 6: I trolled. I actually got the gear tray finished up this morning!! As I'm impatient and didn't wanna wait for the paint to cure got round to reassembling the canopy and BY GOLLY DOES IT EVER LOOK CLEAN!!! Probably the second cleanest example I've seen besides that brand.new in packet one t...
by TheSOXMania
Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!
Replies: 64
Views: 5342

Re: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!

Update 5: bzzzzzzzzzzzz!!! Just a quick one because I have a fair bit to do today: Since the weather's shoddy today I haven't been able to finish the gear tray... however, I have had an idea and it pertains to gearing the lantern!! I have ordered a new ballast (a brand spanking new Philiips BSX-355L...
by TheSOXMania
Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!
Replies: 64
Views: 5342

Re: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!

MissRiaElaine wrote:That looks good, hope we can achieve something close to it :woohoo
If your spray painting skills are better than mine (which wouldn't be too difficult to imagine) you'll get a decent result with it I'm sure :) :woohoo
by TheSOXMania
Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!
Replies: 64
Views: 5342

Re: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!

Update 4.5: watching paint dry Just finished up with the first couple coats and now the paint has dried, it's a good time to do the corrections and prep the surface to accept more paint. I've just spent the past 20 minutes meticulously wet sanding the excess paint off to smooth the surface and this ...
by TheSOXMania
Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Street Lighting
Topic: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!
Replies: 64
Views: 5342

Re: [repost] Amber minor restoration project!!

It's certainly looking good so far. We're about to start a thorough clean of the casting on our Beta 5. It's not too bad, but will need a couple of pots of elbow grease and a tin of Brasso to get it looking its best. I need to think about the best way of tackling the ballast though, it's looking de...