Guys, I came across a product called Sugru on the net, it comes in little foil sachets and is available in different colours ( black, white, blue etc) It is a putty like substance which is firstly kneaded like dough and can then be shaped as desired before it sets through a slow chemical reaction. It solidifies over a period of about 24 hours and basically sets like rubber , once set it is not hard or brittle but flexible.
It literally has hundreds of uses, this got me thinking, could it help strengthen the extremely fragile Butler Creek scope covers??.... Results are looking good so far! I carefully moulded and shaped the product over and around the hinges checking that the hinge would still open before leaving it to set. I am confident that this has considerably strengthened the ridiculously poor quality plastic that the hinge is made out of .
If you have a set of Butler Creeks that haven't yet fallen to pieces then I would recommend you give this product a try, I have also used the white colour to fix small broken plastic parts on vertical window blinds with great results!
I am not sure how well it shows up in the attached photo but it blends in pretty well too.