Here we’ve got a fun box of grenades, pretty ladies all in a row. I never thought that I’d be opening a box with 4 grenades inside…. for any reason.
The first one that is getting a massage is the painted one. The frag body is in great shape on the outside, but it’s pretty rusty on the inside. The phrase “beauty is only skin” applies here because the neck and the bottom plug are frozen in place. I tried all kinds of different stuff trying to get the neck to unscrew, zep 45, 321 oil, put in the freezer, heated it with a heat gun, and tons of elbow grease. In my defense there is a tiny bit of damage on the top of the frag body that looks like it might have crimped the neck on. But eventually I had to give up.
And the same for the bottom plug, it would not come off, but I had no option that one had to come off by any means. Since it’s not a part that is needed I was given permission to get medieval on it. Which of course means drilling, grinding and punching it out. You can see all that rust.
All that rust disintegrated once I hit it with a wire wheel. I didn’t get it on camera but I poured a piled of powdered rust on the floor. It took some doing to get all of the paint off the frag body, but I got it all.
If there is a little bit of rust or paint left and you apply blueing, it will still darken the metal through whatever is on the surface. It actually makes it easier to see those spots.
I also applied some brass black to the neck below the windvane and some on the ring of the windvane itself to match the reference photos of Obi-Wan’s lightsaber. In the end it came out real pretty even though I couldn’t get that neck off. I’m still trying though.
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