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    Dec 3, 2017, 1:24 PM - Re: Graflex Variations: Facts and vs. Replica #551

    The clamp screw (and rectangular internal nut) is(are) indeed an original part of the flash. Seems to get lost in regular (non-Star Wars) use something on the order of half the time.


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    Dec 3, 2017, 6:51 PM - Re: Graflex Variations: Facts and vs. Replica #552

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    Hey @kevin926 ! Bummer about the two extra holes in the forward section, that was definitely a mod to hold the GRAFLEX onto a different style camera mount, or some other accoutrement.

    The little screw in the clamp screws into a little flat nut that slips into the tab slot on the upper half of the flash. Once you unlock the clamp lever, unscrew the screw, twist and pull on the upper half of the flash, the little flat nut falls out of the tab slot (and often into oblivion if you're not aware you're about to lose it).

    As far as cleaning goes, I assume you're trying to make it look more uniform and less like a Wooly Bear Caterpillar, so...

    Pick up 3 products (if you don't have them anyway)
    1. A tin can of NeverDull (available at most autosupply stores)
    2. A can of Original Bike Spirits Spray Cleaner Polish or Honda Spray Cleaner Polish (available at motorcycle dealerships and Honda dealerships (car and bike).
    3. A microfiber cloth and/or a diaper cloth (autosupply again).

    NeverDull is a cotton wadding soaked in chemical solvent that will kill and remove rust and tarnish. You can apply it directly to the metal, or wrap it in the diaper cloth (or T-Shirt material) and squeeze it a bit in your fingers to let the chemical leach into the cloth before wiping the cloth (instead of the wadding) onto the metal.

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    Spray Cleaner Polish (O.B.S. or Honda - used to be the exact same stuff, O.B.S. is the Original and now the better of the two, long story) where was I? oh, yeah... is a product that you can spray directly onto whatever you want cleaned and simply wipe off. It will break down and remove rust (to a degree), grease, adhesive, asphalt, dirt, bird poo, dust, bug guts, etc. and leave behind a protective film that will help prevent further corrosion and will repell (to a degree) everything that tries to land on your object after you've cleaned it with Spray Cleaner Polish. I'd spray a microfiber cloth or diaper/T-shirt cloth very lightly (1-2 seconds, or just long enough to spray from one edge of the cloth to the other and then back again as if you were Zorro doing half a Z), rub the cloth against itself to help the cloth absorb the spray, then wipe your flash where it needs it.

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    Now, for a great as these products are, and considering you have a sort of pristine stripe flanked by corroded areas, they might not get you 100% where you want to get to with the appearance of your flash. If that's the case, you might try a product called Simichrome Polish...

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    ...just be forewarned that Semichrome polish, often used to remove 'bluing' from chrome exhaust pipes, does infact remove a micron or so of chrome (maybe nickel in this case) and should be used sparingly and infrequently! Put on nitrile gloves. Take a dab of Simichrome 1/2" or less, onto a diaper/T-Shirt cloth and rub it across the surface to be cleaned. Using your finger, with the cloth beneath it, gently rub small cirlce swirls round and round through the rough surfaced areas. Wipe off the Simichrome with a clean cloth to see what progress your making. Repeat as necessary until you have cleaned/removed the rough areas.

    If all of that STILL doesn't get your flash where you want it cosmetically, I'd stop trying. But that's just me, you could try polishing rouge and a buffing wheel, just be super carefull not to put too much pressure on the flash so as to not scour right through the nickel and down to the brass beneath it.

    Good Luck in your endeavor to get'er clean! Post up your post cleaning picks once you're finished!
    This is some great info right here!!
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    Apr 12, 2018, 10:57 PM - Re: Graflex Variations: Facts and vs. Replica #553

    While combing through eBay for vintage clamps I stumbled upon this funny 3 cell bottom...



    Anyone ever see this oval stamping before?


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    Apr 12, 2018, 11:04 PM - Re: Graflex Variations: Facts and vs. Replica #554

    halliwax said: View Post
    While combing through eBay for vintage clamps I stumbled upon this funny 3 cell bottom...

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    Anyone ever see this oval stamping before?


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    Saw that one too. And same: never seen that before. Maybe a photog modified it for some reason? Or itís just plain fake?

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    Apr 12, 2018, 11:09 PM - Re: Graflex Variations: Facts and vs. Replica #555

    I think itís legit, someone probably modíed it in its life




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    Apr 12, 2018, 11:17 PM - Re: Graflex Variations: Facts and vs. Replica #556

    But the brass is not exposed through the nickel plating.

    halliwax said: View Post
    I think it’s legit, someone probably mod’ed it in its life
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    Apr 12, 2018, 11:21 PM - Re: Graflex Variations: Facts and vs. Replica #557

    Jedi Reali said: View Post
    But the brass is not exposed through the nickel plating.
    I donít know if denting this oval in would expose the brass? I totally understand what you mean though

    Itís very intriguing isnít it!?

    Maybe you are on to something!


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    Apr 12, 2018, 11:31 PM - Re: Graflex Variations: Facts and vs. Replica #558

    is it 3 cell length? Maybe one of the longer cell versions????
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    Apr 13, 2018, 5:28 AM - Re: Graflex Variations: Facts and vs. Replica #559

    Totally legit. I’ve owned one and seen several over the years.
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    Apr 13, 2018, 7:23 AM - Re: Graflex Variations: Facts and vs. Replica #560

    teecrooz said: View Post
    Totally legit. Iíve owned one and seen several over the years.
    Wow!!! Iíve never seen this before


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    Apr 13, 2018, 7:24 AM - Re: Graflex Variations: Facts and vs. Replica #561

    scottjua said: View Post
    is it 3 cell length? Maybe one of the longer cell versions????
    Yes I believe so Scott, I freaked out right away, Iím freaking out more now knowing treeco said heís seeen this before


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    Apr 13, 2018, 9:05 AM - Re: Graflex Variations: Facts and vs. Replica #562

    I've never seen that before, but my 4 and 5 cells had NO stamping...

    That said, it looks legit to me... If Chris says he's seen them before I believe it.
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    Apr 13, 2018, 9:07 AM - Re: Graflex Variations: Facts and vs. Replica #563

    Never a dull moment in this thread!
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    Apr 13, 2018, 11:07 AM - Re: Graflex Variations: Facts and vs. Replica #564

    Hey, sorry if this is stupid, but so, what about this one? the rest of the flash looks legit at least to my newbie eyes but the bottom is really...
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    Apr 13, 2018, 11:11 AM - Re: Graflex Variations: Facts and vs. Replica #565

    The top is a Folmer but the bottom is something I've never seen.

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    Apr 13, 2018, 11:16 AM - Re: Graflex Variations: Facts and vs. Replica #566

    eethan said: View Post
    Hey, sorry if this is stupid, but so, what about this one? the rest of the flash looks legit at least to my newbie eyes but the bottom is really...
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    The glass eye looks wonky to me.......but I'm a noob athe this too
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    Apr 13, 2018, 11:44 AM - Re: Graflex Variations: Facts and vs. Replica #567

    eethan said: View Post
    Hey, sorry if this is stupid, but so, what about this one? the rest of the flash looks legit at least to my newbie eyes but the bottom is really...
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    That bottom (as well as top) could be a GRAFLEXREBORN without his number ... has also the same nut to attach the clip ... I have a Vader ROTJ made by GRAFLEXREBORN ... you can see another letter right after the 'X'.

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    Apr 13, 2018, 11:45 AM - Re: Graflex Variations: Facts and vs. Replica #568

    Sym-Cha said: View Post
    That bottom could be a GRAFLEXREBORN without his number ... has also the same nut to attach the clip ... I have a Vader ROTJ made by GRAFLEXREBORN ... you can see another letter right after the 'X'.

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    What's a Graflex reborn?

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    Apr 13, 2018, 11:51 AM - Re: Graflex Variations: Facts and vs. Replica #569

    GRAFLEX REBORN was also a maker of replica lightsabers based on a G R A F L E X



    Another tell in the top is the circular opening instead of rectangular for the side-switch

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    Apr 13, 2018, 12:01 PM - Re: Graflex Variations: Facts and vs. Replica #570

    Sym-Cha said: View Post
    GRAFLEX REBORN was also a maker of replica lightsabers based on a G R A F L E X

    http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/z...J.jpg~original

    Another tell in the top is the circular opening instead of rectangular for the side-switch

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    Ahh....learned something new.

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    Apr 13, 2018, 12:04 PM - Re: Graflex Variations: Facts and vs. Replica #571

    eethan said: View Post
    Hey, sorry if this is stupid, but so, what about this one? the rest of the flash looks legit at least to my newbie eyes but the bottom is really...
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    And that side-switch is lacking in above picture and it seems a circular opening.



    Sorry for my lack of a picture of the GRAFLEXREBORN bottom section with text

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    Apr 13, 2018, 12:08 PM - Re: Graflex Variations: Facts and vs. Replica #572

    Definitely a reborn

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    Apparently I have more Reborn pictures than I have posted on my site? Guess I forgot to upload them
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    Apr 13, 2018, 12:17 PM - Re: Graflex Variations: Facts and vs. Replica #573

    Thanks for confirming with those pictures Brage The serial # on mine is : GR0031

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    Apr 13, 2018, 12:35 PM - Re: Graflex Variations: Facts and vs. Replica #574

    cool, thank you for indentifying that guys!
    another picture, that's weird, because it does have the side switch
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    Apr 13, 2018, 12:41 PM - Re: Graflex Variations: Facts and vs. Replica #575

    It's possible we are seeing just a small part of the underside of the side-switch and not a left-over circular opening, so that switch seems still attached and that means the top could be genuine

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