Part of the luster of aluminum is the result of there being a transparent layer over Aluminum oxide over the pure metal. This fact led to the strange science legend in Star Trek and Star Trek the Next Generation where it was asserted that the ports on the ship were made of "transparent aluminum." They even went so far as to make a transparent aluminum tank in one of the movies.
Interestingly enough, some years ago, a German firm actually caused a minor sensation when they created a hard tile of an Aluminum compound (Aluminum Oxynitride or AlON) that was transparent enough to read through. Internet news stories assert that it is undergoing trials by the military because it is half the weight of similar thicknesses of glass and twice as projectile resistant.
Transparent Aluminum Armor
Thank you for this minor chance to geek-out.
Grimdog has arrived!!! Nice avatar
This is a very impressive thread ~ I had no idea what went into this...beautiful work!
Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life.
The end product clearly demonstrates the skill and care of the talented hand that produces these beautiful devices. Thanks for a glimpse into your shop, Dave!
Hello David, It looks like a Lee 1000 reloading press next two the buffing wheel, I have reloaded 1000's of rounds on a Lee. I have 4 of them set up because I do not like changing Die's also have one single stage for reloading My 454 Casull and other big boomers.