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  • Airsoft Replicas Owned
    Proprietor, Catbird Defense Industries (CDI, LLC) CDI M612A anticyborg flechette pistol, GBB, semi CDI BR55-HB Battle Rifle, AEG, programmable burst/automatic CDI VSS Vintorez, AEG, automatic "Frankenstein" CAR9 submachinegun, AEG, automatic CA RPK-7, AEG, automatic Well R2 Skorpion AEP, automatic
  1. VERY carefully scrutinize the description, NEVER buy an upgraded gun EXCEPT for parts, and NEVER use anything but PayPal and take care of disputes the moment you accept the package.
  2. It certainly is! And really, all you need is a basic working knowledge of geometry, a halfway decent ruler, and some basic hand tools. After that, you basically do a walkthrough on a pre-designed gun to get the feel for it, then you've got the idea of how to build your own ground-up custom based on another chassis. Have you seen the other stuff I've done? I like to think they're pretty cool, but in the end of the day, the only thing you really need is time and space. You are more than society and consumer culture may have led you to believe, man, you are awesome! It's just a matter of letting it show. :D I don't mean to harp on it. But if you're ever interested in, say, an AA-12 or USAS-12, or something a little more classic, like an M1919... Or if you've had this idea for something really wicked in the back of your mind that just *needs* to exist. The world needs more cool stuff!
  3. I was at Codename Thunder X, weekend before last, showcasing the new HALO Battle Rifle I'd just built and was preparing to sell. My team was trying to create a skirmish line across the field, with our epicenter at one objective point in a small basin full of rocks and trees. Our boys were being mauled by enemy fire, and were just barely managing to hold the enemy off because for the most part, our tactics consisted of "Sit behind sparse cover and wait until OPFOR has dialed us in." You know how that works. Our JTACs were behind relaying field information to HQ, but due to intermittent enemy fire, they couldn't push up far enough to begin triage on our wounded. I decided I'd had enough of just trying to cover the objective until we got the points for it; we needed to lock it down to keep everything behind it safe, too. I called to let JTAC know I was going to put some heat on OPFOR so they could start working on bringing our wounded back into play, and repel the enemy unit trying to move in on us. It was gonna be great. Except, I had to pick a spot full of giant rocks to trip on. Two steps. Ate s#!t in another pile of giant rocks, coming down right on top of the brand-new prototype gun. I had to make a joke out of it because otherwise I would have looked like a big baby. But inside, I was crying like a toddler whose icecream fell off the cone. The world had basically come to an end five minutes into the game. Until I fixed it, of course. The mag release was totally knackered, and I had to make a new one by flattening out a spare cylinder I had in my parts bin, (ran it over with my car because I couldn't find a hammer) cut a chunk out big enough to replace the damaged section of the release, cut a slot in it with a file (Took an absurdly long time to do, mind you) and then broke the rest of the mag release trying to put it back together. Fortunately, the field was just being built, so the staff had a tube of pipe cleaning solution in one of the trailers that I was able to use to fuse the unit back together, then superglue the brass element into place. I will be reengineering this in the future.
  4. WHy be envious when you can be one of us? The VSS was my first custom gun, back when I thought, like everyone else, "I have no idea what to do, and I really wish I could be like those guys who make their own stuff". Killbucket changed everything for me. THe guy is an artist in every definition of the word, and much of his media ends up being heavily customized airsoft guns. The VSS Vintorez plans are free on air-sharp's website, and my modifications to the design are just open-source improvements to a free design. So tell me; would you like to be a real bad<AT>ss and make something your friends will envy? Maybe even something other than a Vintorez, since they're now in pre-order from half a dozen different companies? I'd be more than happy to help you where Killbucket's information can't. And trust me, the start-up costs are minimal. You need a coping saw with a good reach and some good blades ($12-16 for a kit), a good straightedge (I recommend two, a 6" steel ruler and a yardstick made from metal, a T-square would amso be handy, less than $30 for the both of 'em), a good craft knife and lots of #2 blades (easily found for less than $5), a machinist's square (little angle thing used to check 90-degree corners, very handy for fabricating parts, about $6.99 at Menard's or Ace Hardware or even Lowe's. Home Depot staff might not know what you're talking about. Sidenote: if you want a really fun game to play, walk into Home Depot and ask for friction tape, and see how many different names you have to give them for the stuff before they finally say, "Okay, we've got that.") It really helps to have access to a drill press and a scroll saw, but if you don't have a scroll saw, the coping saw will make due just fine. It'll just tire your hand and arm out after a while. If you haven't got a drill press or a buddy who has one, I recommend picking up some kind of hole-boring tool (such as a cordless drill or some kind of handheld holecutter and a hand-reamer with multiple sizes of bits, very handy for making holes for barrels in your new construction, as well as access holes to get at screws and stuff). YOu may also find that it's handy to have a dremel on hand with a variety of tools and bits. A dremel or suitable clone can serve as a rotary shaping tool, sander, cutting tool, polishing/grinding tool, drill press, router, engraver, and any number of other things. Not strictly necessary, but after you have one and all of the nifty little bolt-on gadgets for it, you'll understand exactly what I mean when I say you'll forget how you ever lived without it. A set of hobby files is also excellent for detailing and shaping pieces, and while they offer less versatility than the Dremel, they offer much greater precision with shaping and cutting. They also cost about $10-20 instead of $75-80.
  5. On the contrary, it was *super* easy! THe blueprints are available free on air-sharp.com and I'd be happy to detail the modifications I made to my own. THe fact that it uses a JG AM as the core is a double-edged sword. On one hand it guarantees super easy maintenance and upgrade, with plentiful parts. On the other hand, it guarantees that you'll never really have a perfect replica. Certain parts will be offset, disproportionate, angled incorrectly, et-cetera. Would you like to see some of the build photos?
  6. My problem with Isosceles shooting is that it's intended to adapt a large gun for shooting in areas or situations where having a large gun is a serious liability, for example, indoors. Imagine a special version of center-axis relock shooting designed specifically for revolvers with a 12" barrel. That, and my primary weapon is a replica of the HALO 3 battle rifle, and my fingers would need to be 14" long to go thumb over bore. :D
  7. As a matter of fact, I am! THis poor gun went down no more than five minutes into the game. This couldn't have been more than a month after I'd finished building it, and three days after I finished building the custom gearbox. I forget what had happened, but I think it had something to do with the piston head coming off inside the cylinder and turning sideways. I'd neglected to bring another rifle, and all of my Vz. 61 batteries had died in the insufferable cold, so I spent the day trying to recoup the costs of my entry fee by fixing other guys' guns. I got pretty close, actually.
  8. I'mafraid that the AUG is basically the skeleton of the thing. What you're asking would be tantamount to asking to have a G&P Pulse RIfle kit to mount on an M16 core. It'd be super cool if I could do a drop-in kit! Unfortunately that'd be awfully tricky to do and would require the buyer to very precisely mill-down an AUG to fit inside. This is a bit less like a bolt-on body kit and more of a total reconstruction. Let me elaborate by showing you how I build it. First I had to decide on a base gun. I had a lot of factors going into the decision. How much will it cost? Can I get upgradeable and replacement parts for the innards? What's it made of, and can I work with the material? My first idea was to use a plastic-bodied FAMAS rifle, but the reason I avoided this was twofold. For one, the FAMAS has a very complicated shape and would be difficult to fuse plastic plate to, Second, the design is so old that nobody makes replacement parts or magazines for it anymore, which means that I wouldn't be able to service my creation after building it. I settled on an inexpensive Steyr AUG Civilian model rifle that featured select-fire capability, a modular gearbox, and plentiful aftermarket magazines to play with. Stock photo for reference: The BR55 for comparison: The first step was to draw out some concept work. Most of this didn't end up getting used, as it would have badly interfered with the way the magazine release works with the magazine. I'm leery to make a mechanical part like this, just yet, due to issues with the precision of my tools. It helps to have an idea before you start, even if that idea changes. The next step was to take and hacksaw off any part that I didn't need or want, in order to streamline the build process. After this was done, I started framing the rear of the receiver and added an extension to the existing magazine release. When that was done, it was time to start building the cheek rest. SInce this gun is getting knocked around a bit, on the field, I added a bulkhead reinforcement everywhere the build stopped, started, or changed direction. Then came framing out the sides with flat plate stock, machining out holes with my Dremel to ensure that I'd be able to disassemble the gun again for maintenance or upgrades once I finished. THen some cosmetic detailing, the siderails in particular, along with some reinforcement to the side of the stock. THis was especially necessary given how much of the original gun I'd just cut away. Skip ahead a week and I'd begun to build the front half of the gun from scratch, given that there was no base to work from. This proved a bit tricky, but it looks and feels solid at this point. And as of the end of the last wave of construction, I'd framed out the sides of the front end, cleaned up the interface, and devised a way to attach and remove a foregrip to allow for convenient battery placement inside the gun. At this point the gun is functional, but unfinished cosmetically. Not long ago I picked this project up again, we'll call it one month ago. In between then and now were almost three weeks of "vacation" which I was none too pleased to be stuck with. Neatened up the carry rail and fixed the front end, finished my milling and drilling. At this point it's mostly the right shape. Three weeks later and "vacation" is finally done. Got right to work on her, filling voids and imperfections with Bond-O glazing putty. I haven't got pictures of this, as I was doing everything in my power to avoid human contact after two weeks trapped in a hotel room with my overly-amorous brother and his neurotic girlfriend, and my homicidal, exceedingly hormonal, and willfully stupid sister, and a cumulative six days in a minivan with them. In one night I detailed, sanded and painted the thing, to produce what I have right now. Velocity is right around 340-350 with .20g pellets, just a hair over 1j output power. Works great with .25's as long as they're not biodegradeable. We had some trouble with the Biovals that we were using over the weekend. And to answer the rest of your question, PretzelMan, I started last November, put it down early December, and didn't pick it up again until about three weeks ago.
  9. If I had to give a flat price right now, I'd say $850, but like I said, that number drops when I have more to build, and there's a nonrefundable deposit for materials of $350. Of coursethat's $150 cheaper if you find a JG Steyr AUG for me to use as the base gun and ship it my way. Internal upgrades are extra, base model includes metal bushings but no spring upgrades or burst computer. If that number doesn't work for you, then PM me and maybe we can work out a deal.
  10. I'm working on some things right now. And I absolutely would make more if I had buyers. Are you interested? The gun just survived a pretty horrific spill during a shakedown run this last weekend, showed me where the last remaining vulnerability was, in a very weak factory mag release tab. I've since replaced the shorn-off plastic tabs with a solid plate of brass made from a cylinder I flattened out. Couldn't find a hammer at the game so I ran over it with my car and then "borrowed" a parking stopper from behind another car to use to smooth out the surface by smashing the mostly-flat cylinder against another parking bumper. This took no small amount of time or effory, but the system works a lot better than the old one on mag release, but due to a geometry flaw, no longer allows for slam insertion. This will be remedied shortly. Engineering the gun took about a month and a half. I could probably do another one in about a month's time, but if I had access to a CNC router table then it would be a lot faster. As it stands, if I could do about three or four at once, that'd really help cut my costs on labor.
  11. Hey guys! This was my first custom gun, from a couple years back. A simple modification of Killbucket's free VSS Vintorez pattern. At the time, the only Vintorez available was the vaporware Zeta Labs model that cost $1,400 and never really seemed to materialize for the longest time. This one, by contrast, cost under $200 to build and took largely standard AEG parts. My build is a variation of Killbucket's VSS pattern, incorporating a custom Warsaw Pact dovetail rail for scope mounting, a front sight post with a barrel tensioner, and a socket for the 11.1v three-node lithium battery pack up inside the rear bulkhead of the mock suppressor. The mock suppressor incorporates ports and airgaps designed NOT to suppress the shot, but to stabilize the pellet by acting like a barrel port buffer and to protect the carefully crowned tightbore barrel. Velocity is 360fps with a .2g pellet, and fire rate approaches 28 rounds per second once the battery charge has stabilized. This is amazing considering that it's also equipped with a functioning airbrake piston head, again, NOT to suppress the shot, but instead to reduce the strain of the piston head on the gearbox. The final youch is helical gears, which ALSO do NOT serve to silence the weapon, but instead, reduce operating friction, leading to a much smoother-operating gearbox when properly shimmed.
  12. I'm with you there, I started doing my own tech work 9 years ago because there were no locals for me to go to. An R-hop is not difficult to install if you take your time and use the right tools, and don't try to take shortcuts or re-use bad files or craft knfe blades. You get a pack of three in a kit, so you have two extra chances if you garf-up the first one you do.
  13. Madbull barrels are all I use because they come lapped from the manufacturer. THe drawback is that they're a softer metal so you have to be very careful with them if you play in a sandy area. It is my opinion that they offer plenty of precision when combined with good hopup, ammo and airseal tuning, that you won't need more unless you're going for competitive shooting rather than airsoft combat.
  14. Having trouble identifying this one, can anyone tell me what it is? :D Homebrew HALO 3 BR55-HB battle rifle based on a Steyr AUG.
  15. 4:16 to 4:51 is inactive, now? Let's be realistic. Your post came at a time when what I'd guess to be 80% of the players on the forum capable of affording an RS SVD are leaving their jobs, and before the Associated Press' polls say that even half of them have arrived home, you've decided you've waited too long. Let's take a step back and look at what you're saying, for just a minute I was about to say, I have a couple of friends with RS SVD rifles and I can probably convince them to take any angle of photo you could possibly want, in addition to any other measurements or comparisons you might need for fitment of exotic components or repair, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that you may have already spent $700 on new wood furniture, the approximate cost of a whole, functional real-steel PSL-54C rifle, I might add? The offer stands, I won't even ask for the $5, you just have to try to be reasonable in the future.
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