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No Adrian, not entirely, or at least I don't think so.
I've found a way, not necessarily the right one. At the outer ends there are as you say bars just to keep all aligned whilst you solder the slide bars together. However in the middle of the etch, where you'd normally just bend them double it is more complicated. Imagine two bars, top and bottom slidebars. In the middle at the end of one half of the slidebar they are joined by a letter I with small tags top and bottom, Roman I style if you like. That's immediately followed by another I and then the second half of the bars. Bar ends and both 'I's are separated by half etches. Now the really clever bit. Bend one I to the bars with the half etch on the inside. Fold the other I 180 degrees back over and flat to the first with the half etch on the outside, bend the remaining bars at right angles with the etch also on the outside. The bars line up and you have a small tab at right angles which then solders round the edge of the motion bracket.
It is so simple but took a genius to think it out and a deal of contemplation to realise what was expected.
I'd send you a picture but it is soldered up now.
Aren't they supposed to hold the slidebars apart until they are fitted to the cylinders and then to be cut/filed away?