FA and also of general interest - Brunning-Wallace aircraft Protractor

this is part shameless shilling for an item I'm selling and part a generous offer -
The shill part - I picked up (at an estate) a very pristing drafting engine,
packaged as a "aircraft protractor" - If any of you folks can add words of insight to my auction description so this thing will make me wealthy beyond my wildest dreams, please let me know - here is the auction link http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item00283573074 . From the Military order number and the fact that it refers to the army air corps not the USAF, I am guessing that this is a 1942 vintage item - am I right?
The generous offer part - I scanned the manual pages, there are only three pages, including an exploded view and installation instructions - if anyone would like the files sent to them, drop me a note off the list, with a valid email return address and I'll send the files to you - it's about 1/2 meg total - these are probably of interest to WWII buffs as well as those who might have a manual drafting machine kinda like this one.
The metal working part - the whole thing is non-magnetic - it's aluminum of course, but the ball bearings are all berillium copper and the bands are monel - of course this is important in an aircraft to avoid disturbing the compasses, and would be unheard of in a ground environment. I really hadn't given this much thought before, but berillium copper ball bearings can't come cheap. all in all a very cool unit.
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Bill, One man's junk is another man's treasure. Yes, I would like the file. Please remove the nospam from my address. I must ask the question. Where did you find this? Steve

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I picked this up at an estate garage sale - the prior owner was a non-degreed engineer who worked aerospace companies in the southland - Northrup, Lockheed, Boeing, and so on - he was a member of the alpha romeo club and built models and stuff - had some small machines. The folks cleaning the house filled a dumpster with stuff - I went through the dumpster and found a nice starrett square part, some material and several other things that were of more value to me than much of the stuff they were selling (mostly clapped out cheap tools) - there is a moral there for estate sellers

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Bill Noble wrote:

Estate sellers need to educate themselves or try to find someone that knows about tools. I've helped out a couple widows when I stumbled across estate sales laden with nice tools.
But the mentality of some sellers is interesting. I recently got a pair of real nice Proto 6" Crescent type wrenches dirt cheap. I like the Proto's as they are thin. Seller had some larger cheap (and I mean really cheap) adjustable wrenches that he wanted $10 ea and more. But when I asked about the Proto's, "Oh, those little ones? $1 ea." Sold....
Jon
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    --Very nice. What's the distance between centers on the arms? FWIW I just replaced my left-handed Mutoh which had served me for 35 years. Managed to find its twin on ebay for around a hundred bucks. Curiously they're still available new, but prices have gone up a bit since the seventies: the equivalent right-handed unit costs over $1,300 and left-handed ones aren't available. Wish I knew how to repair what broke: it's the metal tensioning ribbon; probably needs to be spot welded then heat treated? Dunno.
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the metal ribbons are available still - this one is special since its non-magnetic - for a "regular" unit, stainless steel will work fine - just use a bandsaw blade welder to repair the one that broke and reset the tension arms appropriately

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Ed, measure your bands center to center and Ill check mine. Ive several Mutohs, and if the bands are not "handed", Id be happy to sent you either the bands or a complete unit for just the shipping. All mine are right handed of course...shrug. No scales...Im always looking for scales....
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    Wanna swap a scale for a band? I've got at least one spare..
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