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#1 archwire

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 02:52 AM

Hi everyone, I have a luftwaffe drilling case that need a good restoration. Can anyone help me to find a person who can originally paint it. The case made of alluminim. This is not a vehicle of course, but I thought whoever can repaint and restore military vehicle, can help me to restore the case.
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#2 archwire

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 01:53 AM

guys your are not much of a help. Anyone knows anyone who restores military items?

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 03:31 AM

Not everyone checks the forum every day.

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 03:35 AM

archwire,
Guess the 'restoration' forum hasn't seen much action lately.
Sometimes if the "relic" is in good condition you may not want to (or need to), restore it. Any particular reason you want to 'spruce it up'? Looks to be in good condition. I don't have the expertise but someone will be along and hopefully be able to help you out. Of course they will need to know where you are. Nearly every country on Earth is represented here and you might not want to ship it half way around the World for a 'paint job'. Good luck.

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#5 AndyPants

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 06:02 PM

hello archwire,welcome to the forum,

in my own opinion, I think it looks great 'as is', and personnally wound'nt paint it or enhance it in anyway. if you do you risk loweing it's value, and even more importantly it's historical accuracy.

if you want a 'perfect' looking example for display/comparison, Im sure you could have one made, with a fresher paint job.
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#6 brndirt1

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Posted 08 August 2010 - 06:08 PM

As the others have mentioned, it may be to your "disadvantage" to "spruce up" or restore this item. Sometimes (more often than not) that operation is of a detriment to the value of the item.

Unless it is in danger of "disappearing" to age, rust, corrosion, or something. Leave it alone. The historical "patina" is something that cannot be replaced once "restored".
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Posted 10 August 2010 - 04:48 PM

You should leave it as it is with the exception of the carrying handle. This could be replaced with the handle from an old leather suitcase (check your local thrift/charity shops). I looks as if all you need do is unscrew the end shrouds, probably accessable from the inside of the case, and Bob's your uncle. A pic of the inside would be interesting. Is it a Luftwaffe issue Drilling? Looking again at your pics I would suggest that the swastika was added at the same time as the stencilling. This you should look at to see if it would come off using a mild abrasive cream cleaner as used in kitchens.




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