The Awesome 1200


markdambrosio@...
 

Hi, Folks, Addressing the paint chipping on the 1200, Under close
examination, i had noticed slight chipping on Roland's 1200 GTO at the
Astrofest party. This was in areas which a cap bolt tightened down on
the mount. (Just a couple of small areas, and was very minor) I'm
quite sure this was not the first time Roland used this mount. After
noticing this, i immediately asked Roland if touch-up paint would be
available to a customer, and he said "Yes it is". Possibly, and owner
could utilize thin nylon washers at these key areas to prevent cosmetic
damage. Something i will be looking at when i recieve mine. After
owning a Losmandy mount, i did grow tired of the all black anodizing.
Bang this up, and there is no real way to properly fix it. Iv'e tried
on a couple of areas with Aluma-Black from Gun Shops, and Black Magic
Marker, and it just doesn't look right. I prefer the paint finish
myself, as it will be easier to repair in case of a mishap. Mark


Mark B. Wilson <markw@...>
 

Rubber/nylon washers are a must, but not just for cosmetics. They greatly
reduce image shift when tightening down. After I purchased my nylon
washers - alignment was much easier.

-----Original Message-----
From: markdambrosio@webtv.net [mailto:markdambrosio@webtv.net]
Sent: Monday, October 11, 1999 2:33 PM
To: ap-gto@egroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] The Awesome 1200


Hi, Folks, Addressing the paint chipping on the 1200, Under close
examination, i had noticed slight chipping on Roland's 1200 GTO at the
Astrofest party. This was in areas which a cap bolt tightened down on
the mount. (Just a couple of small areas, and was very minor) I'm
quite sure this was not the first time Roland used this mount. After
noticing this, i immediately asked Roland if touch-up paint would be
available to a customer, and he said "Yes it is". Possibly, and owner
could utilize thin nylon washers at these key areas to prevent cosmetic
damage. Something i will be looking at when i recieve mine. After
owning a Losmandy mount, i did grow tired of the all black anodizing.
Bang this up, and there is no real way to properly fix it. Iv'e tried
on a couple of areas with Aluma-Black from Gun Shops, and Black Magic
Marker, and it just doesn't look right. I prefer the paint finish
myself, as it will be easier to repair in case of a mishap. Mark


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Paul Gustafson <drgus@...>
 

Rubber/nylon washers are a must, but not just for cosmetics. They greatly
reduce image shift when tightening down. After I purchased my nylon
washers - alignment was much easier.
Where did you get the washers? Anything special?

Paul Gustafson


John Gleason
 

If touch-up paint is available, that's very good news. I need about a pint.
;-) I refer to paint chipping along any of the leading edges of the
mount. Any slightest bump, and the paint is gone. Another problem with
the balck anodizing is that it fades with exposure to strong UV. Just try
leaving your G11 out in the sun all day. :-/

John Gleason, dvj@earthlink.net
http://home.earthlink.net/~dvj/


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From: markdambrosio@webtv.net
To: ap-gto@egroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] The Awesome 1200
Date: Monday, October 11, 1999 2:33 PM

Hi, Folks, Addressing the paint chipping on the 1200, Under close
examination, i had noticed slight chipping on Roland's 1200 GTO at the
Astrofest party. This was in areas which a cap bolt tightened down on
the mount. (Just a couple of small areas, and was very minor) I'm
quite sure this was not the first time Roland used this mount. After
noticing this, i immediately asked Roland if touch-up paint would be
available to a customer, and he said "Yes it is". Possibly, and owner
could utilize thin nylon washers at these key areas to prevent cosmetic
damage. Something i will be looking at when i recieve mine. After
owning a Losmandy mount, i did grow tired of the all black anodizing.
Bang this up, and there is no real way to properly fix it. Iv'e tried
on a couple of areas with Aluma-Black from Gun Shops, and Black Magic
Marker, and it just doesn't look right. I prefer the paint finish
myself, as it will be easier to repair in case of a mishap. Mark


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markdambrosio@...
 

If touch-up paint is available, that's very good news. I need about a
pint.
;-) I refer to paint chipping along any of the leading edges of the
mount. Any slightest bump, and the paint is gone. Another problem
with
the balck anodizing is that it fades with exposure to strong UV.
Just try
leaving your G11 out in the sun all day. :-/

John Gleason, dvj@earthlink.net
http://home.earthlink.net/~dvj/


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From: markdambrosio@webtv.net
To: ap-gto@egroups.com
Subject: [ap-gto] The Awesome 1200
Date: Monday, October 11, 1999 2:33 PM

Hi, Folks, Addressing the paint chipping on the 1200, Under close
examination, i had noticed slight chipping on Roland's 1200 GTO at
the
Astrofest party. This was in areas which a cap bolt tightened down
on
the mount. (Just a couple of small areas, and was very minor) I'm
quite sure this was not the first time Roland used this mount. After
noticing this, i immediately asked Roland if touch-up paint would be
available to a customer, and he said "Yes it is". Possibly, and
owner
could utilize thin nylon washers at these key areas to prevent
cosmetic
damage. Something i will be looking at when i recieve mine. After
owning a Losmandy mount, i did grow tired of the all black
anodizing.
Bang this up, and there is no real way to properly fix it. Iv'e
tried
on a couple of areas with Aluma-Black from Gun Shops, and Black
Magic
Marker, and it just doesn't look right. I prefer the paint finish
myself, as it will be easier to repair in case of a mishap. Mark

Hi John, Touch up doesn't deem like it would be too hard provided
the paint matches. Getting the "Textured Look" may take a bit of
practice. I guess contacting AP would be in order to find out
availability. As far as anodizing goes, yes i guess it makes sense to
protect it as much as possible. I'll probably get me a nice big Desert
Storm cover. AP's anodizing is the best that i have ever seen. Vastly
superior to Losmandy's work IMO. My HGM-200 had very beat up legs,
(Custom Ordered 60") from when they were brand new. Complaining to
Scott did no good, he said they are all like that. Other dings, and
scratches elswhere too. He did replace the complete Saddle, and the DEC
gear cover. (Due to damage, and very shoddy anodizing) I was always
somewhat dissatisfied with the mount. His QC isn't as good as it should
be. Looks like stuff gets thrown around after it's manufactured. Mark


Mark B. Wilson <Markw@...>
 

Home Depot - about 2 cents a piece. Very special.

At 09:22 PM 10/11/1999 -0400, you wrote:
Rubber/nylon washers are a must, but not just for cosmetics. They greatly
reduce image shift when tightening down. After I purchased my nylon
washers - alignment was much easier.
Where did you get the washers? Anything special?

Paul Gustafson

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Mark B. Wilson


Paul Gustafson <drgus@...>
 

Home Depot - about 2 cents a piece. Very special.
Thanks.

Paul Gustafson