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Dear all , I have a sad tale.

i recently aqquired a lovely late war M42 , slate grey aluminium oxide finish nice liner rivers and washers all good. No chin strap but hey ho.

one little niggle was one rivet was no t as tight as it could be.

” I can sort that “ I thought , one trip to the hardware shop and I had my G CLAMP !!! You must be starting to sweat now.

i carefully glued ply to both jaws , the piece that went over the exterior river head I counter sunk so as not to damage the dome.

clamp carefully positioned I started to tighten , slowly, slowly,,,

i then felt something very slightly give.

yep you’ve guessed it . A tiny crease had been created.

why am I telling you  this and laying myself wide open to doubtless abuse?

as a warning to anyone who thinks they can in some way enhance a piece, DONT DO IT!!!!

its still a lovely M42  but I’ve damaged it .

Gutted

ps I also have a lovely camo  single decal combat M35 , the only thing is it’s got a few drips of paint from being under a Work bench or similar ,, perhaps I can remove them ?,,,,,,,,,

WILL I HECK AS LIKE !!!!!!!!

lesson learnt

 

 

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4 hours ago, Martin2 said:

why am I telling you  this and laying myself wide open to doubtless abuse?

as a warning to anyone who thinks they can in some way enhance a piece, DONT DO IT!!!!

Kudos to you, Martin, for fessing up and offering the unwary a salutary lesson! In fairness, it can't be said enough times.

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Thanks trooper

my new rule of thumb is , if your not happy 100% with a piece don’t buy it , leave it for the guy who will be happy with it as it is

Best Wishes

Martin2

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