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Habicht 7x42 Question

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Old Tuesday 20th November 2018, 18:59   #26
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Originally Posted by John A Roberts View Post there ‘Made in Austria’ or some other marking on the front axle cap? John
The former! I'm relieved that it sounds like the bridge pieces are aluminium ally, 'cos I'll be able to paint them myself, rather than have to get a professional metal finisher to do the job, as I would have had to have done if the pieces were mag. alloy. I could see difficulties with doing that, 'cos the bridge pieces appear firmly attached to the steel tube elements of the construction and getting them apart is going too far down the road of deconstruction for my comfort and skill level. If it's aluminium alloy, I'll be content with masking off the interior and steel elements, applying my Dremel brushes carefully and repainting with a suitable primer.
I'm not seeking to recreate an 'as new' finish, which just wouldn't be appropriate for an item of this age, but rather to make good the most badly damaged elements and leave the least worn areas as they are.
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Old Saturday 1st December 2018, 08:49   #27
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...the battery acid test

OK, so the hot news is that I've done the acid test, with a drop of battery acid and there was no change in the drop of acid, placed carefully on the freshly cleaned area of the arm piece, so the conculsion I draw is that the pieces are almost certainly made from aluminium alloy not magnesium alloy. Onto the next stage - masking and cleaning... How Exciting!
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