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Brand Introduction: Swarovski Optik

The Yearning to be Able to See into the Distance

The human desire to see clearly beyond the limits of the naked eye and to be able to see into the distance is as old as humanity itself. In no small part, it was a fascination for the stars and planets that led to the development of mathematics and geometry in the days of antiquity. Early in the modern age, these principles were applied to the lens systems used in the very first telescopes. Most notably the first simple lens systems were built by the Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei and his Austrian counterpart Johannes Kepler. Today, binocular optics are still based on Kepler’s invention of 1611. Frequently regarded as merely a convenient, everyday device, this instrument born out of humankind’s reach for the stars in fact made the age-old human dream of achieving a near-to godlike power of vision a reality.

The Hour of Swarovski’s Birth

The story of Austrian entrepreneurial history also began in 1895 when, after inventing the world’s first electric grinding machine for jewelry stones, Daniel Swarovski established the family-owned company in the province of Tyrol. Since then, the name Swarovski has become synonymous worldwide with clearest crystal, precision grinding and a brilliant spirit of innovation, as the original enterprise continued branching out into additional lines of business. Today, the companies of the Swarovski Group supply the world with polished jewelry stones and crystal products, grinding and cutting tools, as well as sports optics. Even if at first glance the product range seems quite diverse, all companies in the Group share an important unifying link, namely the formidable production and engineering knowledge that has grown out of the Swarovski family’s quest for ever higher precision.

The Founding of SWAROVSKI OPTIK

In 1935, Wilhelm Swarovski, son of the original founder, was 17 years of age. Already an avid hobby astronomer, Wilhelm’s passion “to be closer to the stars", as he himself described it, awakened his ambition to build his own, improved binocular. With access to the specialized glass production and finishing technologies already used to manufacture jewelry stones in his father’s factory, Wilhelm managed to develop a novel prism fabrication and grinding process that he applied in constructing his first 6x30 binocular. Wilhelm went on to found SWAROVSKI OPTIK KG in Absam, Tyrol, in 1949 thus laying the foundation stone for a sport optics company with a global reputation. His company’s first serial product, the Habicht 7x42, is still an industry standard in the field of hunting optics and continues as ever to be produced by SWAROVSKI OPTIK in the best tradition of its founder.

Progress and Innovation From a Historical Point of View

Progress through precision and technology is a philosophy ingrained in the Swarovski family’s genetic code, and their companies have remained true to this day to this shared principle and the values of the founders. After the legendary Habicht, SWAROVSKI OPTIK introduced its first rifle scope in 1959, its initial extendable spotting scope in 1967 and, in 1971, the world’s first rubber-armored binocular. In 1976, another worldwide premiere saw the launch of a rifle scope equipped with a proprietary shock absorber for preventing recoil injuries to the eye. In 1994 SWAROVSKI OPTIK introduced the first telescope. And, in 1999, the SWAROVSKI OPTIK EL binocular with the world’s first wrap-around grip captured Field and Stream Magazine’s Best of the Best Award, making it the development of the decade. Since 2007, the Z6 rifle scope range with the first 6x zoom has received international acclaim among the world’s hunting fraternity. In all, over 30 national and international awards pay tribute to the company’s innovative strength, the superior precision and uncompromising quality and also to the elegance and the innovative design that go into the SWAROVSKI OPTIK brand.

 
Tourist Attraction

Many people visiting Okinawa, seeing the militray planes at the airport, and if you have time, this is a must for collector to visit!

 

 
Replacement or Missing Parts

Replacement or Missing Parts

Please read this before communicating further with us.

First of all, we are the distributor for AFV Club in Hong Kong, and we are not the manufacturer. They are in Taiwan.

However, as part of the customer service, we are authorized to deal with request of ‘Replacement’ or ‘Missing Part’ as we can communicate better and faster in English.

If you are making a claim, please contact the shop or seller who sells you the kits, as they took your money, NOT us!

If you have a complaint about the kit, we are more than happy to listen and we will pass it (and translate them) to AFV Club in Taiwan.

If it is about fault parts, you also have to bring it up with the shop or seller, a proof of purchase is normally required before you do anything else.  Garage and 2nd hand sale or discount kit usually have problem such as missing parts or something else if you are paying less than normal price, therefore, you will have to consider the risk before taking the chance.

If you have legitimate request for replacement parts, decal or even instruction sheet, you will have to pay for the cost, if they are still available, plus handling and postage.

Give us the kit number, tell us the problem, and what are you after in an email, sent it to info@anc-creation.com as message from Facebook is difficult for us to track what had happened.

Please note we only accept Payapl as method of payment!  As Paypal, packaging and postage which all cost, and please be prepared to pay a minimum of US$10 to begin with.

It may also take a while for replacement, so please be patient and if you are willing to accept the above, then write to us.

 
The Making of Ghillie Suit

The Half Cut is just a base for building a ghillie, obviously its features help with adopting to Asia tropical environment.  In order to complete a ghillie, you will have to knit another layer on top.There are many options out there, so keep your eyes open and use our guide as a reference.


Human shape stand out in natural environment, especially in dense jungle. On the right hand side, you see how Half Cut Ghillie in MultiCam© Tropic breaks the outline and blend in.

1. The purpose of a ghillie is to break up the outline of a human body, namely head and shoulder. Thus along the hood and shoulder area, there are paracord nets where you could tie the jute on .


Before and After, Red Arrows highted all the possible attachment points (Note the randomness).


In our package, we provide 3 main color of Jute (Olive Drab, Light Brown, Dark Brown)

2. To tie the jute, pick a handful of jute (6-14, be random) fold them in half. Tie them randomly along the net. Don’t forget to spread them along the net.

 
A) You can attached to the Paracord or the Knot.  B) Go thru the loop.  C) Tighten it.    Remember to revert the loop every now and then.

3. Those webbings are here for attaching vegetation, tie rubber band on it. At the location of concealment, cut vegetation, and use the rubber band to hold.


D) Webbings are sewed randomly on the Half Cut.  E) Thick Rubber Band seems to work best.  F) You can then use the rubber band loop to attach.

4. After all these being done, time to give it that natural look (A.K.A. Chaotic Look), Wash it!

5. You will notice how the jute becomes fluffy and have that "volumne" after drying, and there you go~

 
MULTICAM®

HOW IT WORKS

MultiCam® patterns take advantage of the way the human eye and brain perceive shape, volume, and color. Since only a very small portion of the human eye perceives color, the brain does a lot of “filling-in” for the eye. The unique high resolution design of MultiCam® takes advantage of this principle and helps the observer to “see” the pattern as part of the background.

The MultiCam® family of patterns rely more on a blending effect than a traditional contrast effect to disguise the wearer. This effect allows them to perform well in a wide range of environmental conditions. It also helps maintain the patterns’ effectiveness even at close ranges where low resolution patterns often stand out against the natural (non-pixelated) environment.

HOW MULTICAM® WAS DEVELOPED

We spent a lot of time studying how camouflage works in nature, t aking into account where it is hardest to hide. We also studied which terrain elements were most common across the widest range of environments. We documented how light affects environmental features and tracked the seasonal and elevational changes in different regions.

We then factored all that together into digital composites of our observations and began testing them. We spent extensive time discussing our approach with users, factoring in their observations and concerns. Digital images where then created, encompassing everything we had learned. After printing each pattern, we field tested, tuned, and re-tested them until we achieved exactly what we were looking for.

MULTICAM®

The MultiCam® pattern was developed to effectively limit the visual and

near-IR signature of a person operating across a very wide range of physical

environments and seasons. After many successful evaluations, after being

proven in combat, and after becoming the officially issued pattern of the

US Army for all Afghanistan operations in 2010, MultiCam® is the proven

multi-environment concealment solution.

 

MULTICAM® TROPIC

The MultiCam® Tropic pattern was developed to effectively reduce

the visual and near-IR signature of a person operating in dense jungle

environments, areas that predominantly consist of lush vegetation that

remains relatively unaffected by seasonal changes. The MultiCam® Tropic

palette compliments and overlaps portions of the main MultiCam® pattern;

so pairing MultiCam® gear with MultiCam® Tropic apparel results in a well-

coordinated concealment system.

CONCEPT

The MultiCam® patterns were developed to provide maximum effectiveness across diverse operating environments with a minimum logistical burden. The patterns all have distinct roles but are designed to work together as a system to meet the needs of nearly any operating environment, all while helping the wearer do so with the least amount of kit possible.

A FAMILY OF CAMOUFLAGE PATTERNS

The same user now has more system-level options. For instance, a MultiCam® chest rig can be paired with a MultiCam® Tropic uniform for a known jungle deployment. Similarly, a MultiCam® vest and pack can be paired with a MultiCam® Arid uniform for activity within an open sand and rock desert. MultiCam® Alpine is best suited for any environment that encounters significant snowfall, while MultiCam® Black is designed to offer domestic agencies a distinct and authoritative presence suited to law enforcement operations.

 
2016 Update

A&C Creation has established for some time now. In order to stand out individual brands and also to consolidate the "A&C Creation", here is a quick intro to each of the brand that we have!

 

 

A&C Tactical Division has been and will continue to bring new idea to Tactical Solutions for special units / law enforcement in Hong Kong and overseas. One of the highlight is Swarovski Optik.  We carry the entire series of Swarovski Optik, from Leisure Binoculars to Professional Spotting Scopes.

At the mean time, we are offering a wide range of Nylon Gears, mainly Multicam related items.  One of the crown jewels must be the Half Cut Ghillie!  Also we are offering a series of apparel for combat environment, speak to one of our sales representative in Tactical Division to know more!

 

Hong Kong Creation Workshop was established over 20 years ago, unfortunately the company was shut down few years back due multiple reasons. But the reputation built over the years, from Law Enforcement figurines to 1/35 scale injection and resin kits. We would like to keep the brand alive so we will still be bringing in new scale models under the name of HKCW. Some of the 1/35 scale injection kits may still be available, do let us know if you are interested.

 

AFV Club is a reputable scale model maker in Taiwan. A&C Creation is proud to be its Hong Kong distributor. You can find them (In Alphabetical Order) at CML / HobbyEasy.com / LuckyModel.com / SincereHobby.com If you are interested in Military Scale Model made by AFV Club, do check it out!

Last but not least, A&C Creation will focus on providing Souvenirs to units, either in the way of Statue Figurines, Patches, Apparels or any other form suitable! Stay tune!

 
Saracen Police Armoured Car

Extract from Post Magazine - South China Morning Post with permission from the author Simon Parry (24th Jan, 2016)

 

 
Swarovski Optik Distributor in Hong Kong 2016

On 24th September, 2015, Swarovski Optik continued to appoint us as distributor for law enforcement unit and sales channels in Hong Kong market. Swarovski Optik has been providing high quality Austrian made optical products for decades. We will continue to promote this brand and sharing their products on our company website frequently. Should you have any questions about Swarovski Optik, let us know!

 

 
Eye Protection

Eye Protection could easily be one of the most important protection gear among a lot of daily activities. When we are selecting the suitable goggles, we are not just picking the style or comfort, more importantly is the level of protection! Three are a lot of markings on the lens, but do you know what they mean?

Lets look at it from two perspective:

1)Impact Protection
2)Light Protection

1)Impact Protection (Debris):During outdoor activities, users are exposed to wind, water or even dust. Under these circumstances, we can easily protect wearer by soft cushions around the frame. But when it comes to Chemical or even Fire, Splash proof and flame resistance will be the key, hence special made foams are needed. As for Debris, there are various countries standards out there.

ANSI Z87.1 is a standard by an American civil organization (American National Standard Institutes ANSI), in their 2003 edition, they divide protection into "normal" and "highimpact"protection, and in their 2010 edition, they simplified the system and call it Z87 (Not for High Impact)and Z87+ (For High Impact) Standard

MIL-PRF 32432 is the military specification, for Spectacles, it must be able to withstand .15 caliber at 640fps or for Goggles to withstand .22 Caliber at 550fps

EN166 is the European standard, mainly applicable to NATO equipment, got 4 different level (S / F / B / A) for different caliber and different weight of steel balls to hit from different height.

2)Light Protection : To protect from physical object is one thing, protection from light is another. Outdoor activities involves sunlight, those ultraviolet (UV) light that may are not visible to us could damage our skin, not to mention our eyes.

Visible Light
Sunlight significantly affect our visibility during the day, direct /indirect glare would affect our situation awareness to the surroundings. By blocking visible glares, it could increase the comfort of the wearer, and but also lower the visibility when transitioning into indoor or under shades, hence we offer a wide range of lenses for different usage, the transparency varies from 18% to 85%!

Invisible Light
Our retina could easily damaged by ultraviolet lights, even we are not directly looking into the sun, there are still a lot of glares from the environment and sometimes other man-made light sources (such as welding and flash-bangs), the threat of cataract and other eye diseases increase exponentially. Effective blocking UVA / B / C is a very crucial consideration when it comes to lens on eye protection.