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Re: Mercury 'Venzuela'
All the Mercury models that I have tried to repair or restore over many, many years have had iron or steel masts. Apart from snapping off at deck level owing to ill-treatment, corrosion also appears to be a factor and and paint around the junction of the two metals bubbles and flakes. There are no cheap and easy fixes but I usually put a small collar over a cleaned up stump and put a new rod into the collar. Nowadays I usually use Plastruct rod for masts and derricks etc. and disguise the collars as deck houses in plastic card or strip.
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