Silk purse from a sow's ear? Any advice?

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A very nice restoration to a level that look right for using rather than sitting on a shelf and being for looking. Well done
 

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Thats as near to a silk purse as could be done. Great restoration.
There is however one thing you have not done. It is a serious breach of forum law to do up a plane and not post pics of it making shavings:)
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John
 

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Can i ask how you cleaned up the lever cap? That's the one thing i generally leave alone. Thanks

I removed all corrosion etc as usual. Then flaking parts of the metal electroplating removed using fine grade wet/dry. WD40 degreaser, followed by two coats of hammerite smooth silver. Purists may be horrified by this, but this plane is never going to be a museum piece. The paint reduces corrosion as well as being nicer to look at than ugly blotches. For the logo backing, I used Humbrol gloss enamel in the closest shade I could find to the original.

When I get around to it I will "up my game" and teach myself electroplating.

Filing the cam on the lever to a usable shape was probably the hardest part to get right.
 
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