The Start of a New Wild M20

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The Start of a New Wild M20

#1 Post by Charles » Thu Feb 04, 2016 12:21 am

Disappointed in losing a rare 7 objective turret Zeiss Standard, but this came in the mail today! :D
http://www.ebay.com/itm/361476933291?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT

Looks complete except for the head and power source. Has a 1.3 NA flip top condenser, two fluotar objectives (40X and 100X) and everything seems to move right. Now to clean it up and fit it out. The start to becoming something wonderful!

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#2 Post by rnabholz » Thu Feb 04, 2016 1:14 am

Excellent!- Watching for regular updates please.

Don't spare the details.

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#3 Post by KurtM » Thu Feb 04, 2016 1:20 am

^^^ What he said...
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#4 Post by charlie » Thu Feb 04, 2016 2:37 am

I am glad that came for you Charles. I was concerned about your mental state after your loss! :-)

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#5 Post by billbillt » Thu Feb 04, 2016 2:41 am

I am also looking forward to watching this come together...

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#6 Post by mrsonchus » Thu Feb 04, 2016 4:07 am

Now look! You've got us drooling again :D - make it happen Charles! :D
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#7 Post by Charles » Sun Feb 07, 2016 6:06 pm

Finished up on the new M20 addition. Initial check revealed that everything functions as it should...a real surprise! Did a minor break down taking off all optics and lamp. Removed all the stickers. The large one on the top wasn't bad but a couple of smaller ones towards the bottom of the limb took a bit of time. Cleaned, polished and lubed everything up, cleaned the optics and reassemble it. I decided to make this primarily a phase scope, so I swapped the 1.30 flip top condenser on it for the phase condenser I put on the M20 EB, which has the 6 fluotars and therefore is a better match. I already had a four objective turret with 10x, 20X, 40X and 100X phase objectives on it. I also needed a binocular head, but I have two spare M20s which I can take parts from, which had a binocular head, although it has badly fogged prisms inside. I was able to open the head up to get to the prisms and they cleaned up real good. Next problem was the bulb in the lamp was burned out but as fortune would have it, I had received four extra hard to find bulbs in one of my previous Wild M20 purchases. So put the one of the spare bulbs in and connected to power...and it worked!

Here are some pictures of the before, the spares, the tools and the work area:
Before and broken down.
Before and broken down.
01Wild M20 Before.jpg (69.77 KiB) Viewed 3993 times
A couple of spare M20s
A couple of spare M20s
02Wild M20 Spares.jpg (59.63 KiB) Viewed 3993 times
You never have enough tools. I didn't need to use the rubber mallet but sometimes it comes in handy. :D
The Tools
The Tools
03The Tools.jpg (87.83 KiB) Viewed 3993 times
As you can see, my work are is crowded. I share it with Christmas decorations and gym.
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The crowded work area.
The crowded work area.
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#8 Post by Charles » Sun Feb 07, 2016 6:12 pm

And here is the finished product:
Before assembly
Before assembly
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06Wild M20 Phase Front.jpg
06Wild M20 Phase Front.jpg (50.47 KiB) Viewed 3993 times
07Wild M20 Phase Left.jpg
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08Wild M20 Phase Right.jpg
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#9 Post by Charles » Sun Feb 07, 2016 6:14 pm

And finally, the new lineup! The new phase addition is on the right...the short one! :D
09Wild M20 New Line Up.jpg
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Looks a little out of place being so short with photo tube or epi-illuminator...but I do have a spare epi! :D

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#10 Post by billbillt » Sun Feb 07, 2016 7:31 pm

WOW!!... Thanks for sharing, Charles... This is great!!..

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#11 Post by gekko » Sun Feb 07, 2016 8:35 pm

Charles, thank you very much for sharing all this with us. I enjoyed it very much.

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#12 Post by mrsonchus » Sun Feb 07, 2016 9:32 pm

I'm weeping with envy Charles, what a superb craftsman you are! Beautiful - absolutely beautiful! I'm drooling even more now - even the dog's starting to give me funny looks! :D
Thanks for this treat! :D
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#13 Post by KurtM » Mon Feb 08, 2016 12:05 am

I like the little short guy on the end! I can see where you may be tempted to do something to make the set look more uniform, but the difference in configuration is much more interesting to my eye.

Also love the tools and work space shots! I also have several sets of gunsmith's screwdrivers, and particularly like the little Chapman sets - mostly because the company is right here in the USA and sells all the bits separately so you may easily replace any that are broken or lost. I keep three of them: one in the big shop, one in the indoor shop, and one in my travel tool kit. I've heard people object to them being modular, but it's another thing I particularly value in them because the versatility allows getting into really tight places and still being able to apply lotsa torque.

http://chapmanmfg.com

Where did you get the spanner wrenches? Are they as nice as they look? I'm getting tired of fighting my chinese cheepies.
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#14 Post by rnabholz » Mon Feb 08, 2016 2:28 am

Fantastic work Charles.

I love seeing a rescue like this. I hate to think of a quality instrument like that one sitting in a dirty heap. You have certainly remedied that!

Looks really great. And thanks so much for taking the time to take the pics and share them.

Rod

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#15 Post by Charles » Mon Feb 08, 2016 1:26 pm

Thank You All! It's a joy to work on these vintage microscopes.
KurtM wrote:I like the little short guy on the end! I can see where you may be tempted to do something to make the set look more uniform, but the difference in configuration is much more interesting to my eye.

Also love the tools and work space shots! I also have several sets of gunsmith's screwdrivers, and particularly like the little Chapman sets - mostly because the company is right here in the USA and sells all the bits separately so you may easily replace any that are broken or lost. I keep three of them: one in the big shop, one in the indoor shop, and one in my travel tool kit. I've heard people object to them being modular, but it's another thing I particularly value in them because the versatility allows getting into really tight places and still being able to apply lotsa torque.

http://chapmanmfg.com

Where did you get the spanner wrenches? Are they as nice as they look? I'm getting tired of fighting my chinese cheepies.

The Chapman set were my first set of gun smithing tools I got to work on my guns but when I started working on microscopes, found they were great for those as well. But now, I mainly use the Wheeler set (although they are not as well made as the Chapmans) because there is more variety in blades and it also gives me a variety of Allen and Torx bits. The mini-Wiha set (to the right of the Wheeler set) is also great and well used for smaller screws and fittings.

I got the two spanner wrenches a long time ago, I believe on Ebay. One set has pins and the other blades and have worked great for most of my spanner needs.

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#16 Post by charlie » Mon Feb 08, 2016 6:43 pm

While you guys are looking at the tools, I am seeing microscopes in every nook and cranny! :-)

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#17 Post by Charles » Mon Feb 08, 2016 7:11 pm

charlie wrote:While you guys are looking at the tools, I am seeing microscopes in every nook and cranny! :-)
And how many do you see? :D

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#18 Post by charlie » Mon Feb 08, 2016 7:15 pm

I admit that I am ASSUMING each of the covered items is a microscope Charles.

Would i be wrong? :-)

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#19 Post by Charles » Mon Feb 08, 2016 7:17 pm

No you are not wrong. There are nine visible and covered but you don't see the other walls and the other rooms and garage and attic...

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#20 Post by charlie » Mon Feb 08, 2016 7:23 pm

While I have considered asking you for a count of the microscopes that you own, I assumed the number was fluid, ever increasing, and difficult to pin down! :lol:

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#21 Post by Charles » Mon Feb 08, 2016 7:26 pm

A few hundred...

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#22 Post by Charles » Tue Feb 09, 2016 1:37 pm

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Re: The Start of a New Wild M20

#23 Post by ChapmanMFG » Tue Jun 28, 2016 12:37 pm

Hey Charles, nice Chapman kit! We haven't had the red cases since the late 80's, the company that made them went out of business but yours looks to be in excellent condition.

Kurt M, thank you for posting a link to our website! We're a very small company (there's less than 15 of us here) so recommending our products online makes a big difference to us because I only have a small ad budget. I got a lot of referrals from this website so I traced them back and found the link you posted.

A couple years ago we came out with the 5575 Master set that has 51 screwdriver bits, Phillips, all the slotted bits, inch & mm hex, Star (Torx) etc. It's our best selling set to the microscope/dental/lab/gunsmithing market because it has all of our hollow ground parallel sided slotted bits and the new short extension & spinner which gives you more control when working on delicate fasteners.
You can use the code microbe to save 10% on the Master Set and we'll include a free two tone red, blue, black, or orange electroplated ratchet. If you don't specify orange will be included, and the code is good until 7/8. http://chapmanmfg.com/products/master-kit-5575

Are there any screwdriver bits/tools that we don't currently make that are necessary for microscopes? Any feedback is appreciated.

Thanks again!
Joel Camassar
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[quote="Charles"]Finished up on the new M20 addition. Initial check revealed that everything functions as it should...a real surprise! Did a minor break down taking off all optics and lamp. Removed all the stickers. The large one on the top wasn't bad but a couple of smaller ones towards the bottom of the limb took a bit of time. Cleaned, polished and lubed everything up, cleaned the optics and reassemble it. I decided to make this primarily a phase scope, so I swapped the 1.30 flip top condenser on it for the phase condenser I put on the M20 EB, which has the 6 fluotars and therefore is a better match. I already had a four objective turret with 10x, 20X, 40X and 100X phase objectives on it. I also needed a binocular head, but I have two spare M20s which I can take parts from, which had a binocular head, although it has badly fogged prisms inside. I was able to open the head up to get to the prisms and they cleaned up real good. Next problem was the bulb in the lamp was burned out but as fortune would have it, I had received four extra hard to find bulbs in one of my previous Wild M20 purchases. So put the one of the spare bulbs in and connected to power...and it worked!

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