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Oh the magic surprises we find in 100 year old stuff.
I went for the elevating mechanism first just because it looked like fun.
Pin out!
Open up and WOOOW!
Grease!
Lotsa grease everywhere except where it should be.
Degrease, clean, wire wheel, oil, grease, reassemble, and done.
ready for paint.
NOOOOO I didn’t polish it to make it shiney, but I reeeeally wanted too.
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almost makes me (ALMOST) want to tackle my two 1914 US tripods. I have enough to do without making more work though. I need to re-assemble the guns and go shoot. seems I need to install a scope mount too.
 

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Kinda looks like peanut butter fudge coming out of the mechanism. Lol
 

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That elevation wheel is a trip! It's HUUUUUGE! You'll be able to get from "shoot the dirt" to "shoot the airplane" with a quick spin now! :)

What did you use to remove the paint from the exterior of the gearbox and the wheel?
 

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The paint was pretty soft. It was coming off with a fingernail so I used a soft steel wire wheel and it just fell off. You want to use a soft wire wheel or it will take off material. You definitely don’t want that.
 

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I like CitriStrip for removing crappy paint. It’s non toxic, no fumes. It will remove Yugo and Israeli paint, but not underlying German or FN. It will not readily remove friggin Austrian paint. Sorry for the off topic but maybe it will help here.
 

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I’ve got citristrip. It works good. I plan on using it on the tripod itself.
 
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