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What AP Franken(s) do you have in the works?!

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    What AP Franken(s) do you have in the works?!

    Hi everyone,

    I've been thinking recently of creating a thread on member's stock of AP spares as to be able to help each other in our little projects - exchange ideas, share experiences (and sources), and probably even trade parts. Then I decided against it - it would be probably hard to keep this inventory up to date plus maybe such a thread would violate a few RWI rules...

    So today I'd like to share with you another idea: why not post here AP franken project you're currently working on, or even things you're only considering or have just completed. This can then serve as a semi-resource knowledge base and may inspire other members to pursue their own projects and save them from unintended headaches.

    Do let me know what your thoughts are - hope you'll take on board the idea and contribute to the thread. Well-known members and modders may also find it appealing to post here to share their progress on different custom projects, so let's see/

    I'll be the first one to post something here. Below is a photo of a few AP parts that will likely result in 3 separate projects:
    1. a 15703 diver;
    2. a 15400 dress watch;
    3. and an upgraded Bumble Bee (not included in the photo, but the idea is generally to replace the LWO movement with the stock 3126).

    Now, as you'd notice I have 3 projects and only 2 movements, so I'd have to make concessions, which I'm not necessarily ready to make, not just yet. I too am missing hands for my 15400 project and a rotor for the BB project. But 2 out of 3 is not a bad success rate in this little hobby of ours, so I'll not complain.

    Welcome to this new thread; hope you find it useful! Thanks for looking (and contributing) - as always

    P.S. due to PB being down, the original photo is no longer available. I’m including a worthy, I think, replacement to serve as an inspiration in our franken journeys... welcome to this wonderful franken world...


    #2
    I love your dedication, and I really applaud the efforts.
    On my own behalf, I must say that even though I would like to contribute, I probably won't. Many of us are "competing" for the same parts, and I have chosen to take on a rather obscure build because of this. I would not want others to get the same idea. Sorry. I am more than happy to share any resources that may help with others' builds tho'.


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      #3
      what about using the Gen 3126 in a 15400? :O that would be awesome

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        #4
        Originally posted by TimeDelux, post: 3272286, member: 0
        what about using the Gen 3126 in a 15400? :O that would be awesome
        Yes, that would be groundbreaking - I'm sure AP would be happy about my improving of their non-chrono ROs

        @Rabbagasten - Sir, I too am never keen to, say, lose a BB dial to a fellow RWI member; but then again with time I discovered that we are sometimes better off cooperating on our projects as opposed to keeping things to ourselves. Without wanting to sound too Game Theory freakish, realities are that we all over-stock, i.e. buy more spares that we need atm - one way of finding those spares is constantly looking through the parts sales theeada, but then again sometimes we just hold onto spare we never use either because we have no time to sell or just because we like scavenging and keeping our trophies.

        I guess many people would not be interested in this thread, but then again even if only a few members subscribed to the idea we may have an interesting read every now and then. Let's see (live a little, see a little, as the Russians say).

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          #5
          please use the sales section for trading parts.
          but its a very good idea to share some experiences about franken builds here.

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            #6
            Great idea you have there @tosoboso I've been less involved with AP franken building than before due to other interests, but I'm still waiting for a white themes to be completed and got another lone black themes dial, pending what to do with this... therein lies the overstocking problem hahaha.
            Current Collection

            Done counting. Madness.

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              #7
              I was working on this Franken ... yesterday. (finished)





              Today I am working on this Franken .... (not finished)




              Tomorrow I will be working on a fantasy Franken .... again.

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                #8
                Originally posted by slaughterer62, post: 3273573, member: 0
                I was working on this Franken ... yesterday. (finished)





                Today I am working on this Franken .... (not finished)




                Tomorrow I will be working on a fantasy Franken .... again.
                Sir, I'm torn between two things - not sure if I like your work bench more than your Franken builds or the other way around Great stuff, great stuff!! Wonder who's crazy enough to order fantasy frankens that cost more than a mid-tier Rolex

                Thank you for the great input - as always!

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                  #9
                  He he, thanks T. My work area is covered with a new surface with every build. The black centimeter square is made of three layers of rubber and helps organize little parts visually as I am working. The lume pots are used over and over for storing groups of components. The plastic boxes are dust protection. I am using two watchmaker horizontal lamps on each side usually, two different types of Rodico. etc. You can even see the little wooden tools I make out of peg on the lower right. I am hyperaware of fragility and susceptibility to cosmetic and mechanical damage in reps.

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                    #10
                    Great idea! Currently building 1x 15202 and 3x 14790s. Thinking about 15400 and 15300 next b/c dials aren't as hard to find and the dials really make thoes watches (+doesnt need much case mods)

                    @slaughterer62 I find the gen 14790 dials to be a bit narrower in diameter which makes new case ring/bezel necessary. Was this also the case for you or did you find a way around this?

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by harpen, post: 3275753, member: 0
                      Great idea! Currently building 1x 15202 and 3x 14790s. Thinking about 15400 and 15300 next b/c dials aren't as hard to find and the dials really make thoes watches (+doesnt need much case mods)

                      @slaughterer62 I find the gen 14790 dials to be a bit narrower in diameter which makes new case ring/bezel necessary. Was this also the case for you or did you find a way around this?

                      Thet is alot of 14790s! There is some variation in the 14790 dials, but I have only had to machine a new ring once, for a severely deteriorated dial. It is a finicky build, and the BP case does not help much.

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                        #12
                        Chris is tweaking my panda and working on my fantasy build. Next project is to look for parts for a Ginza build with open back or rgrc build. prob impossible but worth a try lol

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                          #13
                          I will be working on this in the next few months:





                          Movement service and chrono hands alignment; or even a new movement (if I can find a rotor for my 3126)

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                            #14
                            Very nice Bumblebee. First I have seen of it.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by slaughterer62, post: 3277169, member: 0
                              Very nice Bumblebee. First I have seen of it.
                              Sir, I still like your work bench better When I grow up (or finish middle schole - which ever comes first) I will start saving for one

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