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Blasting things

by BigFatCat » Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:17 am

Hello,

Now I've cleared down my costume job list ( yes, that TIE pilot bucket padding nearly had me in tears ) , I can start to do a little work here and there on other things to improve the accuracy of what I've done so far.

I've had a partially done A280 for my ERT for a while but the realisation that polypropylene pipes can't be glued properly eventually bit home and work stalled. I've picked this up again and now I've 22 metres of PVC pipe in 5 different diameters to work with, I'm starting to progress once more.
I removed the old barrel pipes off the gutted BB firing M4 receiver, leaving the stock with the modified butt plate. Lessons learned building the scope shroud on my A300 helped in getting a new shroud made to go over the Singlepoint scope constructing from PVC pipe, styrene sheet and plumbing cement. A similar construction technique was used for the vaguely triangular piece on the stock.
A cut down plastic test tube through a 16mm hole in the front face makes the probe bit at the front of the sight and M16 washers epoxied together create the boss around the tube. Square section styrene tube sits along the bottom edge and is bolted into U section aluminium to make the scope rail, which then bolts onto the top tube of the barrel assembly.
A piece of wooden fence post has been sanded out for the foregrip and has grooves sanded out of it. The bolts onto the underside of the main tube.
A cut down M4 magazine sandwiched between 2mm styrene pieces goes next to the magazine well, with another section of pipe and sheet U section to separate it from the foregrip.
1mm styrene sheet will make the foresight. I've got some more work done since I took this.
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In a related development, I've got a 3d print of an A300 under way. A printed stock, forward receiver and scope will fit onto another BB M4 receiver and I'll make another barrel up from 40mm pipe to go onto to front. A couple of printed modules start to look recognisable already. The usual surface finishing will be needed.
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Re: Blasting things

by BigFatCat » Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:12 pm

So with a little extra styrene to seal up the gaps and you get the idea after a bit of shaping and sanding.
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I now have 8 different diameters of pipe in stock. Putting most of the bits together starts to give a recognisable shape.
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And it seems my A300 print parts will be with me on Wednesday. More toys to assemble.

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Re: Blasting things

by BigFatCat » Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:44 pm

Scope just needs the washers epoxying on to the probe to form the boss and maybe some 1mm styrene shapes laid over it to give it the patterning but it's nearly done.

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Might get taller scope rings at some point but not crucial.

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Re: Blasting things

by JediKnight Mik Law » Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:15 pm

Looking great so far, nice work :thumbsup
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Re: Blasting things

by BigFatCat » Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:11 am

3d printed modules for my new A300 have arrived. There's a little prep work here and there beyond the expected surface sanding but I'm very happy with the results.
Now I just need my 9th different diameter of pipe to fit into the parts, fit the M4 receiver and make a new barrel. Clock is ticking.

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Re: Blasting things

by BigFatCat » Sat Sep 16, 2017 4:39 pm

Can you see what it is yet?
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Re: Blasting things

by dragonhawkz » Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:57 am

Cool

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Re: Blasting things

by BigFatCat » Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:17 am

Cosmetically, not a lot changed over the weekend but I've now cemented and bolted the barrel assembly and scope rail onto the receiver. The scope shroud is now also bolted onto the drilled out rail. The main tube, upper tube and barrel were a unified assembly, bolted together before mating with the receiver. All the pointy bits line up down the barrel, pretty much.

In the process I dropped the pew pew onto the wooden floor which aged me somewhat before I opened my eyes to survey the damage. Luckily only the flash hider behind the scope had escaped its superglue bond and made for freedom. It was apprehended, sanded down and cemented properly into place.

Slightly countersunk the bolts for the foregrip into the upper tube which has a bit of dowel inside to reinforce it.

The cut down, fake magazine ahead of the mag well was sanded to fit against the bottom of the barrel and cemented in place. Styrene sheet side plates, three layers of 2mm thick sheet, will be epoxied onto this and hopefully have the two fat horizontal channels sanded into them. The right hand side plate is assembled and needs trimming. The left hand side needs two more plates cutting out, cementing, trimming and the channels sanded into them.

There's a little filling needed on the stock shroud and between the upper tube and receiver.

The bulk of the tasks remaining are to complete to magazine side plates and make the spacer between those and the foregrip, then make and fit the foresight. A few bolts need cutting down and maybe some layered sheet decor on the shrouds will see the construction finished. That would leave any surface finishing to be done before priming, then spraying black, drybrushing and sealing in satin lacquer.

Doubt I'll finish it for Saturday.

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Re: Blasting things

by BigFatCat » Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:24 am

Side plates are completed with 2 channels of sorts ground into them. Foregrip spacer assembled and needs cover strips over the joints on the inside to reinforce. Should get both those parts epoxied in place tonight.

Need to make a blanking plate over the end of the main tube where the barrel protrudes and get that foresight done to complete the structural side of things.

Maybe Saturday after all if I shortcut the paint process and leave the cosmetic additions until another time.


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