Dont think the studs were machined anything. Pretty sure theyre a found item we have yet to track down. They appear to be hollow underneath even.Very interesting, Shoulder studs and Jp stuff maybe?
Not many things test my patience.... but attaching the RF topper always does.Some more updates from John:
I call this photo "I've seen the light"
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Some of the prototype RF Stalks have been drilled from top to bottom making them a hollow stalk for the wiring to pass through. The side slot for the wires will likely have the slot extended to the base like the original pieces.
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The original RF Stalk has a hole from the bottom and a hole from the top, which makes it easier to drill the channel - we may utilize that method in the future... but John was able to get a hole drilled from the top without having to also drill from the bottom because they are bosses over there in the UK. Pretty amazing feat.
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John had suggested studs and nuts for the RF stalk like I have seen some people utilize on their builds, but he decided to try out this alternative method. In the pot of old hardware at Elstree, John stumbled on these lovely knurled (socket head) BA bolts of exactly the correct size & length.
He says that he is happy to use these. What do you guys think? Would you prefer to use these or have a threaded bolt piece coming from inside the top of the RF Stalk with nuts being secured from inside the RF Topper?
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Oh and he also couldn't resist creating a custom tool to reach these hidden bolts... If you have ever tried to install screw from inside the RF Topper housing down into the stalk, then YOU KNOW how much of a help this is...
"I can include one with every kit. Took me a matter of seconds to fit." - John
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The texture you see on the RF Topper is John experimenting with trying to reproduce the transition edge seen in some photos.
Let us know what you think! More to follow.
Steven and John