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#26 Bugme

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Posted 20 August 2017 - 04:39 AM

Do you have a link to where these are sold..,great looking tool!

You can find these on eBay, just do a search for: magnifiers. 



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Posted 25 August 2017 - 03:40 PM

I just bought a great one on Amazon for under $5, it's super compact and works like a charm..here's the link

https://www.amazon.c...x Magnification

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Posted 26 August 2017 - 12:19 AM

I just bought a great one on Amazon for under $5, it's super compact and works like a charm..here's the link

https://www.amazon.c...x Magnification

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Got the exact same one and it's excellent , great pick up

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 02:42 PM

Rick, I just picked up the exact same magnifier from Amazon and it's awesome! You can see micro cracking as clear as day. Only tricky part is taking a photo through that loupe.

 

Here is an example of my original MP helmet magnified as a model for what to look for

 

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#30 Burning Hazard

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Posted 23 September 2017 - 02:58 PM

Another example, paint looks pretty smooth from a distance but, under magnification, it's got micro cracking.

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 02:05 AM

Hello

 

Very interesting thread...

 

I agree with the high % of  age cracking when paint is vintage

 

I have noticed that is more present and noticeable in white paints. Others does not crack so evident

 

Here you have the visible age cracking in the white paint but not so noticeable in the red paint on this medical helmet where cracking seems to be caused by the white pain coat t under the red one

 

Have also a 90th Div with similar evidences. 

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#32 Burning Hazard

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 10:12 AM

I believe that's because vintage white paint contains lead carbonate which, over time, produces those distinct geometric cracking patterns. When exposed to the elements, lead carbonate oxidizes over time and forms that yellow color you see on old white paint.

 

Other factors to take into consideration for cracking is that some paints just don't adhere to each other and crack/flake easily afterwards.

 

Here's a pretty cool WWII pic of a US medic white cracking paint on his helmet, it was already a problem back in those days

 

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Posted 26 March 2018 - 09:41 AM

Not just helmets..magnified lighted loupes are useful for ALL sorts of things..a solid and wise thing to have in my humble opinion..



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Posted 15 October 2019 - 08:23 PM

I wanted to throw out another recommendation for anyone looking for something to view the paint on their helmets. I just picked up a handheld USB microscope called the Carson zPix 300 and so far it has really met my needs. It's a bit on the higher powered side (I think the minimum magnification is based on your monitor size) and won't replace lower magnification tools, but if you want an easy way to get a reasonable closeups of the paint I've found that this does the trick. The camera quality is not bad for the price (about $50 at the time of writing this) but it's really easy to set up and use and it has zoom, focus, and a button for snapping pictures. I've tried using one of the cheaper options (amazon's recommended one) for a USB microscope and it did not work nearly as well. I wouldn't expect to get professional quality pictures out of it, but it makes it really easy to see details in the paint on your monitor.

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