Thanks. I'll check out the "shafts" thing. As far as chrome removal no problem. I was very successful at removing the chrome on a little Olympus 35RC I recently painted with black enamel using the method you refer to...electrolytic de-plating, using dilute HCL and a weak (1 or 2 amp) automotive battery charger. It worked very nicely, removing the chrome and not damaging the brass in any way. I'm not sure the WLF is brass underneath and may not go the same route with it's chrome removal but I'm really more interested in how to get the bugger apart without destroying it. I was hoping someone might have a diagram or had done it before. I appreciate your reply.