WIP: NASA Apollo ACR Penlight

Mr. Nagata

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I've always wanted one of those little brass flashlights that the astronauts carried on the Apollo missions. You can see them throughout the Apollo 13 movie.

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I've been working on my A7L spacesuit replica here:

http://www.therpf.com/f24/build-thread-my-apollo-a7l-space-suit-229923/index2.html

I decided to machine a few of these lights. The originals were magnesium powered and had a big flashlight bulb inside. I'm making mine cosmetically identical, but the internals are modernized to fit regular AA batteries and an off-the-shelf Maglite xenon bulb and reflector. Testing the knurling pattern on a piece of brass pipe:

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Machining the parts to fit the reflector:

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Did an acid-etch test on a scrap of brass pipe. I got some custom vinyl stencils cut and soaked it in an acid bath for 10 minutes. It's a little shallow, so 30 minutes will probably do the trick:

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