I've posted my 5500CT and 6500CT on another thread.
These are extreme distance NLW versions of Ambassadeur, which I built on custom AKS barstock frames, and used Zzeta side plates on my 5500 surf-lure reel.
kept bait-clicker on the 6500 stake-out reel.
Ever since I discovered Zzeta offered 4500 CT frames, this project has been on my list.
They also make CT frames for 3600, 5600, and 6600, which, like the 4500, no others offer.
Compared to AKS frames, Zzeta really contour-cut thickness and mass from the hidden insides of their frame.
I built this without a reel, buying the parts I wanted, had most of the drive parts I needed, added new Abu brake plate, spool spindle and handle spring.
The only color 4500 frame Kwang (SurfCastProShop, MD) had in stock was gold, so I decided to work on the Conquest look.
Conquest is a reel I'd love to own, but never justify the use, which is why I have a Tica Caiman in offshore jigging niche.
Unlike this reel, which I can use as BFS on my 8' ML surf rod, and already has the split reel seat to match the long reel foot.
Reflection makes a tough photo subject.
Inside, the left plate doesn't have a post for a LW idler gear, and has the built-in bronze "bullet" that accepts the spool spindle. Mine has Avail mag brake added.
The barstock frame foot is longer than a normal reel foot, the spool is also 8 mm closer to the rod, and brings it that much closer to your thumb.
I've always liked the CNC-mill swirl pattern on Zzeta side plates, which needs reflection to photo.
You can't feel this, even with a fingernail, but it shows up in the reflection.