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#26 FrankL

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 11:35 AM

Hello Hutch,
As I think somebody wrote before try Surplus Shed. They usually have quite a few parts for the US WW II binoculars.
http://www.surplussh...larparts_5.html
In addition to parts, they have a copy of the Army Manual for servicing the M3. I have a copy and it's very good. Here is link to the manual.
http://www.surplussh...item/b1059.html

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 12:07 PM

Hello Hutch,
As I think somebody wrote before try Surplus Shed. They usually have quite a few parts for the US WW II binoculars.
http://www.surplussh...larparts_5.html

In addition to parts, they have a copy of the Army Manual for servicing the M3. I have a copy and it's very good. Here is link to the manual.
http://www.surplussh...item/b1059.html

Hello Frank,

Surplus Shed does have a lot of goodies, but not an eye guard nor a beauty ring for my uncoated M3. They do list M3 bodies which Hutch may need.
Happy collecting,
Arthur

#28 Simon S

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 12:21 PM

Regarding them being hard to work on, I have had some difficulty removing oculars that corrode in to the binocular body.
But you way well find the job easy, and you can tell me i'm wrong !

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 12:46 PM

My friend, when things corrode together, it's not any easy job for anybody.

If you find you are needing eyecups, just contact Captain's. We had some, made to spec.--except in hard plastic--a number of years ago.

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 03:10 PM

Thank you Bill very useful to know.
I do Like the M3 models particularly the later /modified coated Bausch & lomb models.
Watch you the wire shims that locate the prisms in their housings Hutch, easy to drop them on the floor and wonder why the prisms are loose afterwards.

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 01:04 AM

Some good info coming through guys.. taking it all in. Much appreciated. I bought a TM publication, or shall I say "the book" on the M3 and various other binoculars tonight off "that auction site". It is on the way from up north here in California, should see it soon. The outstanding news is while trolling for a parts donor bino, I found an absolutly beautiful pair of '43 Westinghouse 6x30s...WITH the M17 case. The set is just in OUTSTANDING condition! Buy it now! And by God I did, with a quickness! They had only been up for 5 hours or so. I am still going to rebuild my 1st pair though, as soon as I get the book and study it. Then I will start the process. As soon as I get the new one I will post some pictures, they are nice!
Thanks guys... looking forward to restoring these binoculars, your advice is appreciated!

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 01:13 AM

Here is the photo of the M3s from the sale, I hope they look this good in person. They are said to have clear viewing.... :jump:

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