Your fibreglass Bondo method worked very well. And definitely repitition is key. I've got to make 5 for my Italian group, and then a few extras for people that wanted to buy them. The assembly line has begun.
I built 6 more, for a total of 7 completed. The next batch are stained walnut, the appropriate color instead of the previous hickory. I won't post more pictures of the construction process since I feel as that is pretty well detailed.
Here are pictures of 3 of the 6 completed ones. These 3 don't have the metal pieces added as of yet, just a matter of ordering the original butt plates and sling swivels. Overall i'm pleased, i feel like they look pretty close. I'd love to hear some compliments/criticisms from you guys on what is done well and poorly, always looking for some constructive criticism.
Looks quite good. Your butt stock alterations are very convincing. It was no doubt nice having an original to go off of. Conversions that leave the action and feed systems unaltered are consistently the most reliable and skirmishable conversions.
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Thank you. And yeah, I was trying to mess with it internally as little as possible. Once the metal pieces are on and the slings, it'll help. Also in currently working on the folding bayonet, it'll be rubber and safe to fight with, functioning like a socket bayonet to extend and sheath it. I think that'll help hide the final inaccuracies.
Here is my work on the prototype bayonet, it needs some work still but the concept is there. A "socket bayonet", i'll send it off to one of those LARP weapon makers that'll make a safe to fight rubber/foam one. I think it helps hide the length and some of the inconsistencies with my airsoft version.
I've made it more aesthetically closer, sadly forgot to take pictures of prototype #2, it's more about proportion than actual size, so when you see it alone you see the characteristic folding bayonet of the cavalry carbine.
Here are two photos from a recent open play skirmish at a local airsoft field, this shows the current mock bayonet on the rifle. It definitely helps hide the overall length, but it's just foam/wood so it's survivability is low. One enemy combatant was bayoneted at the game, so it does work.
I have made a few more now, totaling around 10-12 I think since our Italian unit is around 15 men now. We used them at my Gothic Line 3-day event back in June, and they all performed extremely well.
Moving Forward: Working on 3D printing a few parts to get a few more features closer, most notably the barrel to the correct diameter and length, which will be a huge improvement I believe. I either need to order a smaller length barrel and replace it, or to figure out a way to cut down the current one. Most likely order a smaller tight bore for the VSR's. Then 3D print the bayonet lug, the sights, and possibly the top hand guard.
Here is a photo showing a completed one side by side with a real one, I don't think I've posted clear photos like this. Side by side you can see a few inaccuracies. However I have made ~8 I believe so far, and overall I am pleased. The recent addition of a 3D printer will just help me make them much better and more authentic I hope!
I finally bit the bullet and sat down to fix the barrels. The last part of the conversions that was not as convincing.
I cut the barrel, put a copper pipe with spacers (45-70 government spent brass with the primer knocked out) and JB Welded it to the gun. Re gel-stained them walnut as over the last year they've had some scratches and whatnot. Performance has no noticeable change which is great.
My last step is to 3D a more accurate front sight and bayonet lug, than the bulkier one previously used. Finally though they're now the correct length and overall just look leagues better in my opinion. I'm running out of things to tinker with them, we have mass produced 6 for my Italian squad at this point.
stuka: well the forum is and should still be useful for updates on guns, creating groups/events and building kits
Jun 18, 2018 1:33:29 GMT -5
Cpl. Hicks: I haven't been here in years, but I'm glad to see this forum is still kicking! So much great info on here.
Jun 22, 2018 14:00:12 GMT -5
savoy6: anyone know if anyone still carries the enfield?
Jul 15, 2018 18:47:08 GMT -5
Dracul: I think Redwolf has a Enfield. If not or not longer, then not until G&G releases theirs. The old gas Iron Airsoft brand SMLE isn't carried by anyone anymore and was such piece of crap. Not worth trying to track one down.
Jul 19, 2018 5:55:35 GMT -5
setho: Looking for games in or near Vermont
Jun 10, 2020 16:34:26 GMT -5
ajman: I don't think there's gonna be anything in northern New England anytime soon, and as far as I know there hasn't been in a while, but if you're willing to drive to Connecticut there's usually some decent sized battles a couple times a year.
Jun 11, 2020 20:21:22 GMT -5
tootall2: Looking for any fellow ww2aa guys around the Evansville area.
Jul 3, 2020 11:46:06 GMT -5
boz: Happy 4th all, despite pandemic! I'm looking for a boneyard S&T Springfield M1903A3 for a beta test on retro conversion to A1 or Mark 1 (WW1) configuration. Pop me a message if you've a broken S&T (or G&G, or Apple Soft) M1903 you wish to unload.
Jul 5, 2020 14:33:36 GMT -5