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Old 4 February 2011, 06:31 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Thanks for the pics John and Jeff. The last post by John (This post) shows the casting most clearly. Jeff, the guns you posted are the later versions. I will do them later.

It holds the assist roller that the cocking lever works with to cycle the action.

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Old 4 February 2011, 06:36 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Thanks Tom. I'll keep them in mind. I am proofing the casting in aluminum. The shrinkage and draft for the pattern are basically the same. Who knows, a little mild abrasive blast, coat of gold paint then an overcoat of semi gloss clear urethane may just look like a bronze part. If others can make plastic look like bronze, I should be able to make aluminum look like it too!

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You might contact Reliable Bronze. I recently bought some parts from them and they have a very capable operation, perhaps they could help?

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'nother photo

And here's my small contribution to the thread. This is from the AWM in Canberra.

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And here's my small contribution to the thread. This is from the AWM in Canberra.



Thanks Alex. All pictures help in one way or the other. I can hardly wait for my next photo /measure session in a month or so.

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Obvious question

Tony,

Your work is making some people out here salivate.

Any thoughts of productizing?

Keep going- you're doing great!

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tony you do know you can make it all from steel if you want????????
the things BATF frown on are being able to install a live bolt in the receiver.
the receiver is what is considered the gun no other part ... to add to the non gun just drill out a portion of the front of the barrel solid barrels cant fire

these are looking great though keep up the pics
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Your work is making some people out here salivate.

Any thoughts of productizing?

Keep going- you're doing great!

Jim

Productizing? That's a new twist

Yes, I have given it some thought. For now, I'll just keep posting as I go.

Thanks!

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tony you do know you can make it all from steel if you want????????
the things BATF frown on are being able to install a live bolt in the receiver.
the receiver is what is considered the gun no other part ... to add to the non gun just drill out a portion of the front of the barrel solid barrels cant fire

these are looking great though keep up the pics
I know I can do steel and it would be a tad more authentic. It would also take me about 4 times longer and cost about double. I live in a state that makes painting, plating or coating any metal almost a crime. Aluminum is so much easier to work with and the shavings aren't nearly as rough on your fingers and clothes. They also weigh about 20 plus pounds less that way also and that is a big concern for the non FAA standard pilots

I might get ambitous in my second or third lifetime and make a steel set. I know a gentleman in S. Africa I believe does a beautiful set in steel. A friend of Jim Bruton has a set coming. I am pretty frazzled and can't think of his name at the moment.

Thanks for the compliments, I'll try to do something on a weekly basis and post pics.

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Old 7 February 2011, 10:54 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Tony , I made all my Repro' , Spandau , Vickers and Lewis , MG's in Steel ( See photo above here & elsewhere on the DrI thread post #3570 )...You get the right feel & finish etc , they are stronger , and any weight saving , if you are tail heavy , would be better served in the location of the pilot
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Tony , I made all my Repro' , Spandau , Vickers and Lewis , MG's in Steel ( See photo above here & elsewhere on the DrI thread post #3570 )...You get the right feel & finish etc , they are stronger , and any weight saving , if you are tail heavy , would be better served in the location of the pilot
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I agree the pilot is the easiest CG modifier We spend 100.00 or more per pound reducing race car weight when the movable lump can go on a diet I don't think anyone will mind lighter aluminum though Plus, working with aluminum is generally finger friendly I really hate steel splinters.
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