Thanks Al. Your gato also turned out great. I feel for you with the 110 deg garage. You should try building at -30 up here. Actually today was the warmest recorded on record for this time of year 60 deg F. unheard of for January. I have the whole basement to play in,planed it that way when I moved in.
On to the perescope buildup.
Chucked up a piece of 1/8 brass rod in the lathe,used the dremel with a sanding drum to shape it using the plastic one as a guide. Lathe turns slow with dremel spinning fast, you could also do this in a drill press.
Then chucked it in the drill press and polished it with fine emery paper at high speed using slight pressure between thumb and index fingure
Then cut a 1/16 dia. piece of .014 wall brass tube about 3/16 long and slide it over the polished down end and soldered in place
Then chucked up the other end of the rod and drilled a 1/16 hole to slide on the perescope mounting pin.
Slide in on the mounting pin and secure with ca when ready to install.
This gives an exceptable looking scope that should take a bit more abuse than the kit supplied plastic one,which i broke in the construction of this brass one. At least with a brass one it won"t droop in the 110 deg. Florida sun