Thanks for your review. I've been wondering about this pen ever since reading about it on Frank Underwater's pen blog (a blog focused on modern Chinese pens and the state of the pen market in China; there are some pretty fascinating reads in there.)
Interestingly the Moonman 80 seems to be getting mixed reviews in the Chinese fountain pen community - on PenBBS as well as the Chinese blogosphere. Just yesterday I read a scathing review here (note: linked blog is in Chinese), which criticized the Moonman 80 primarily on grounds of poor finishing, plus some concerning weaknesses in build quality. Specific points of criticism included:
- Poor grade of steel used for the nib resulting in excessive softness and fragile, easily-sprung nibs
- Metal pitting in the clip resulting from poor finishing of the base metal before plating
- Poor surface finish of plastic in the section, resulting from the use of coarse molds in the injection molding process
- Abysmal, coarse finishing of the feed
- The manufacturer appears to be attempting to market the pen primarily by hyping up nostalgia for the P45 and Hero 800 (which this pen is based on), while diverting attention away from QC issues
It seems your experience with the Moonman 80 was at least somewhat better than this?
Is acquiring a new section all that's needed? Someone is selling them for $22 on ebay - seems a bit steep.
Yes, that's all you need to restore your father's old P45. My usual source of P45 spare parts was Five Star Pens, but I just checked and they seem to be out of replacement sections in red. Another site, Dayne's Vintage Fountain Pens, seems to currently have red P45 replacement sections in stock for $10 each, but I have not dealt with that seller before, so I don't know if they are reliable.