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Hello all!  I stumbled on this site from seeing some of Mark's Youtube videos.  Now he's got me wanting to assemble a custom, and maybe play with making a few faces with different personalities.

I've also got a ~1980 Lucien Piccard pocket watch whose stem has come out, so need to figure out how to open the case to fix that. 



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