Burrell Top Flight… with wings

Discussion in 'Razor Restoration' started by TestDepth, Sep 26, 2021.

  1. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    Picked up this American made Burrell Top Flight, knowing the scales were toast.

    I had an idea for a tribute to WWII Army aviators, and the bay presented me with a lot of aviation badges. I thought the Army Master Aviation badge would be a cool touch, as I think the Army authorized these back to 1947… so close enough for me.

    Here is what I’m thinking:
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    I’ve been going back and forth with the design to the scales, and landed on a simple transparent design of blue to a smoke grey… at least that is what I thought.
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    The hardener has a yellow tint, so it is doing some weird things with the initial color…
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    The greenish color is changing, so hopefully the brown fades away.

    Now I wait.
    Enjoy your projects.
    Tom
     
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  2. battle.munky

    battle.munky Has the menthol.munky on his back!

    Can't wait to see how this goes!
     
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  3. Hembree

    Hembree Not as pretty smelling

    Cannot wait to see it completed. Should look amazing!
     
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  4. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    Fingers are crossed. ;)
     
  5. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    A Saturday update:
    Spent a lot of time with a coping saw, dremel and sand paper… but I enjoy it.
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    Other than being the wrong color and about 30% thicker than they should be, I would say I am getting close. :)

    I am digging the effect that it gives the pilot insignia.
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    I need to give the sanding arm a break, which will give me some time to decide if I thin them out or just keep them like they are and see how transparent I can make them.

    Enjoy your projects.
    Tom
     
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  6. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    The finished razor…
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    Went with the nailhead pins, which are super easy. Also reused the original wedge, after some flattening and reshaping.

    The scales are too thick and the color was not what I was going for, but I like the result.

    I really like the effect when the blade is behind the insignia, as it gives it depth:
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    And one more:
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    Time to sharpen her up and take for a spin. :)
    Enjoy your projects.
    Tom
     
  7. brit

    brit in a box

    that looks really cool Tom..nice work..:cool::happy096:
     
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  8. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    Thank you Gary. I appreciate it. :eatdrink047:
     
  9. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

    That. Is. COOL!!
     
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  10. TestDepth

    TestDepth Well-Known Member

    Thank you. :signs001:
     

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