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Well, I was wrong on the auger:) but I'm pretty sure that fuselage is not a P-61 Black Widow. It looks like a Martin B-26 Marauder bomber, my father worked on building them in WWII.

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Thanks for replies! 

The B26 lacks the swollen cockpit. The P2V Neptune however looks to be it. Swollen cockpit and the little window on the nose. The pic I posted seems to be painted over.

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10 hours ago, DHarris said:

 curious how he knew. 

Just been in a deep love affair with aircraft for 78 years.  :D

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15 minutes ago, Irondragon Forge & Clay said:

I completely missed the VP 9 on the fuselage.

Lol. I totally thought that was graffiti.

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Found me a second leg vise. 5 inch jaws. Missing spring and mounting bracket but that's no biggie. Screw and screw box in good shape. With prices around here the way they are I couldn't pass it up for $40. Now just gotta clean it up and make the missing pieces. 

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You lucky dog. I seen one in Mt orab for 65$ but it was only four inches. They claimed it was in good shape but who knows. It's a bit out of my driving range for a while.

Pnut

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Yeah it's hard to drive that far and not know for sure what shape it's in. Luckily this was only about 10 minutes from my house and the missing pieces helped me haggle down the price a bit. 

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You definitely got a deal. I don't have anywhere to put one anyway. My forge is in a little patch of woods that's owned by the landlord of the apartment I live in. Every one here has as much access to it as I do.

Pnut

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Another successful Sale Saturday at the industrial surplus warehouse. A material handling rack (for the steel and the casters) for $7:

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A piano dolly for $2.50  and a box of tools for $10:

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Considering that the Garland rawhide-faced hammer retails for about $65, I think I did pretty well. 

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So today I found a flatter in what must be the least likely possible location... a prop warehouse having a going out of business sale.  It was part of the mining display props.  Bought it for $20, thought it was a great find (been wanting one for years).  They had welded a tab to it for positioning or something, should be easy to break/cut-off and reface.  It was surrounded by giant tiki heads, mummies, pirate ships, leprechaun gold, and all sorts of miscellaneous bizarre crap. 

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It makes pretty good sense to me. I'm surprised there wasn't an anvil. You're likely to find anything in a prop warehouse. A lot of props are poor replicas but not always. It's their job to collect as wide and varied an array of objects as possible. I used to have a friend who had a prop business in North Hollywood. I never knew what I might see when I'd stop by. It was one of my favorite places to visit. I sold quite a bit to him also. Good find. Any time a prop business is selling it's inventory it's worth a look.

Pnut

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Those little guys frown on gold theft. He didn't want him showing up at his door interrupting dinner. :o

Pnut

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That is what the shillelagh by the door is for. A good stout blackthorn keeps the wee ones at bay. ;)

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Nothing like a cudgel to emphasize your point every once in a while.

Pnut

A stout cudgel in one hand and a stout beer in the other shows you mean business 

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Picked up a few tools for $60. The socket for the handle on the Beverly Shear is broken off, but that is only a 5 minute fix.

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Good deal indeed. The handled punches are worth that.

Pnut 

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Pnut, depends where you are. I find them for $3-$5 each.

The Beverly shear is the prize here, how are the blades?

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Very good, 1 small nick that I can polish out, I got about 60# of various metal drops also just didn’t picture that. 

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10 hours ago, BIGGUNDOCTOR said:

Pnut, depends where you are. I find them for $3-$5 each.

I meant new punches.  Once again I was trying to see it in the best possible light. Always looking for the silver lining. At three bucks a piece for the other tools he got the shear for six dollars, sounds like a steal to me. I always look for deals like that unfortunately I rarely find them.  I did get a blower shipped to me from a very generous member here yesterday by the name of Laynne. I'll post some pics as soon as I get around to it.

Strangely enough I haven't seen a single used punch or really any blacksmithing tools for sale around here. I don't know where they're hiding or who is hoarding them all but decent hammers and such are in short supply at the flea markets and second hand stores in my area. I had to buy   a new hammer and three other ones made by a smith I found on Craigslist that lives near me. When it comes to punches  I'll just have to make em as I need em I guess.

Pnut

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Unhandled punches/drifts often get scrapped out as folks don't realize they are tools.  Handled ones often a snapped up by the antique crowd as ornamental objects. I've noticed that people not planning to use stuff seem a lot more willing to pay high for stuff than folks who want to use it...

I recently bought a bit over 100 pounds of used wrenches and sockets at the scrapyard; someone cleaned out an old shop and threw it all away.  I was happy to take advantage of their idiocy.  I'm going to sort them and send each grandkid a set of "beater tools"  to use, abuse and lose; so when they get new tools they will take better care of them.   All the unplated stuff stays in the smithy!

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