Firstly I'm going to try to document forum updates and other work completed to the site here in my forum blog. This will keep all the forum related updates in one place.
I've completed several updates to the forums today. We're now running the latest IPS versions for Gallery and Blog. There should be several bug fixes and feature adjustments with these new versions; I don't get a list I'm afraid or I'd publish it.
I've also taken comments on the trading system on board and we now have a feedback system installed for people to rate traders. I'm also inviting comment on whether we should update the sales system entirely or stick with topic based trading.
If there are bugs, problems or you just have an idea or input you'd like to see considered please do use the suggestion area to tell us!
You can find a topic covering these updates here.
Oh I must enter a post must I? More demanding than my girlfriend this thing. *grumble*
What with my life being totally consumed by trying to move the entirety of it from the lower scottish highlands to suffolk, there's neither time nor money for airsoft shopping at the moment sadly. Of course I still browse the various retailers because it's like looking through the toys section in the Argos catalogue as a child, you might not be able to buy it all but, as with 'adult activities', the anticipation and thinking about it is half the fun. This practice however has resulted in me doing an awful lot of contemplating about all the many, many guns/things I'd like to buy, so I've decided to compile a short list for the sake of putting my thoughts on pixels. It is as follows, going roughly in order of preference:
A good HD video camera that's capable of some nice slow-mo stuff for YouTube'ing
Sell TM G36C and replace with TM EBB G36K, then 'M4 it up'
King Arms AK-47, replace stock and front end with AR-15 parts using appropriate adaptors
Wait for TM EBB SCAR-L and replace with AGM SCAR-L
Put together another upper/lower set for the G&P WOC project, going DMR/long barrel style with lots of gear sector stuff
Turn one of the TM 1911s in to a pistol carbine
G&P SR-25k, magpul up, PMAGs included of course
KA Sig 556 standard model, magpul up
Holster for the TM Night Warrior with Element M3x attached
Esstac Load Bearing Boar
KSC G17 and put a load-out together for the FPG
Continue to wait on the RIS for the ICS L85
A USGI style M4 to just keep plain and simple
4x ACOG with Docter red dot
Some sort of AR-15 with MOE mid-length handguards
Real Sword Type 97
Put racking up on my bedroom wall to display everything and save on floor space
G&P DMR type M14 in OD
Some sort of MP5SD6 with an Aimpoint M2, just like in ghost recon
Finally get the madbull AGX and attach it to some MOE handguards, as I've meant to for about 2 years
I could definitely come up with more, but I'd say that's all the stuff I've seriously/properly considered, many of it coming to putting stuff in the basket but not quite clicking check out.
I actually uploaded this yesterday, and i'd imagine there's a good chance that anyone reading this blog has already checked out the YouTube channel. But, if you haven't here's some footage of me slamming the VFC EGLM, and then 'dry' firing 4 shells full of propane out of my ARES EGLM.
Fun stuff 40mm.
Reminds me of a time at a skirmish actually, I had the ARES launcher mounted to my 14.5" CASV Marui SOCOM, and no word of a lie, some chubby dude covered in 'POLICE' badges sporting the worst teenage facial hair I've ever seen, comes over and asks, "does that noob tube work then?". Now, I certainly didn't say anything to him at the the time other than "yes mate, it's just like a big shotgun really", but come on...
If people want to use 40mm launchers in CoD/Battlefield/whatever then bloody let em, calling it a noob tube in a game doesn't even make sense; but bringing that kind of talk out to airsoft? Really?
It's double posting madness today apparently. Other than building stupidly pimped-out Magpul guns, I also decided to finally get around to recording some airsoft chatty/reviewy/shooty stuff for YouTube. The first thing that came to mind, since I'd received a RS AR-15 buffer unit with one of my orders, was to compare a heavy recoil setup in one of the WA rifles to one using much lighter parts. Now lets see if I can get this embedding lark to work...
So yes, if you'd like to see me doing some srz discussion about WA rifles and firing my new toys then watch the above. If you want to watch something a bit more light hearted and not see me fire my new toys, but rather break them instead, then watch the following.
Well, the new builds are basically all done, they've been assembled, played with, checked, tested, and of course there's always more to tweak and tune (especially with WA's) but they do at least look very nice. Anyone wanting lots more pics of the guns or info, check out the magpul picture threads.
On a 'showing people your stuff' note, I'd like to mention that I coughed up for a 'pro' account on photobucket the other day, $25 for a year and it's a pretty sweet deal for anyone out there looking to upload loads of pics and store stuff online. About £15 and you've got unlimited storage space and bandwidth, all the annoying ads removed and you can see all the stats about how many views each of your pictures has had and from which site those views have come. Admittedly, the free account does give you a lot and for most people I'd recommend that, but if you just want to upload to your hearts content then I think it's good value for money.
On an airsoft purchases note, just the day I fly back up to Scotland and leave my guns at home, this pretty lot turn up from DragonRed:
I know, what a pain eh? They were intended to go on the WA gun project, but guess that'll have to wait for a few more weeks (only 3 to go until I'm posted back to the right side of the Scottish border, whoop, etc). Do need the proper riser mount now for the T-1, whether there's a decent one out there that isn't Dytac and their ######-take prices we shall see.
In a thinly veiled attempt at increasing the number of people that read this blog from 2, to the giddy heights of maybe 3 or 4, I have decided that I shall be posting up all my latest stuff here first rather than the appropriate picture threads in the pictures forum. So, since I'm in a rush and getting dragged out the door to the cinema by the missus right now, I'll keep it simple.
Where there's a will, there's a WA
Hope you enjoy.
Well, I flew home on Saturday and have been working on turning the massive pile of boxes full of stuff that greeted me, in to some sort of correctly assembled set of airsoft weapons. it's been a bit of a pain sufficed to say, as per usual with any airsoft project manufacturers standards of tolerances and dimensions have been off here and there and not everything just slots together as it should; although not having bought anything ACM for this project has lessened that particular headache to some extent.
I would have like to blog about it each day as things progressed with pictures etc, and that was that plan. But between the huuuge amount of time that the actual building has taken me and the fact my girlfriend and family to want to suck a lot of my precious time away from airsoft (how inconsiderate of them), that wasn't possible.
Anyway, the project is now put together (externally at least), whether the assembled weapons will shoot satisfactorily, or even shoot at all, remains to be seen; and shall be investigated, hopefully with videos and more pictures, in the coming days.
After over 2 days waiting in UK customs, the box full of RS magpul parts from the states has finally passed through. Bit of a tense moment there, the actual items themselves are perfectly legal to buy within the UK and obviously they're not made here but you can buy them from Midway UK so they must be ok to import, but US retailers reckon they're ITAR restricted so quite lucky I had a 3rd party to help me out on that front.
Had a bit of bad news the other day, in that the 4 GHK magazines I had been planning to use for all my WA based weapons from now on do not fit in G&P receivers, so I've got two of the 'Gen 2' G&P WA mags on the way and we shall see how those fare. The last 2 G&P ones I ordered from redwolf were caked in grease on arrival and both leaked green gas from the release valves, so fingers crossed between this new purchase, the 2 mags that came with the 2 new guns and the other dodgy ones I'll be able to piece together a load-out's worth of serviceable magazines. The order from WGC containing said mags was 'out for delivery' both yesterday and again today but no sign of actually turning up which is weird and confusing, but I'm pretty sure UPS will still deliver over the weekend so shouldn't be a problem. Lord knows what possesed me but I also couldn't resist putting $120 worth of replica Elcan Spectre scope in with the order, totally pointless as I already have not 1, but 2, 4x ACOGs, but it'll look gucci at least. Also on the optics front decided to pick up some more stuff from DragonRed since they do good scopes with awesome looking trades, those should look pretty sweet on top of the new project guns.
I've actually of course ended up over spending by a fair amount and with the FedEx import bill for the actual WOCs turning up over 2 weeks late my bank account is getting worryingly close to the big fat zero, so anyone out there please do cross your fingers for me that these 2 incoming packages won't get taxed in to next week.
And so it hits, a lovely lovely import taxes bill from FedEx this morning. I actually can't even remember off the top of my head how long ago the guns turned up, suffice to say it's a fair old while. Their speed of shipping is great, the tracking system works great, they get things through customs incredibly quickly, even 2 WA GBB rifles which are about as close to the RS as you can get short of a de-act, so on the major criteria that you'd judge a courier by they're pretty awesome really. The system they currently have implemented for getting the letters out to inform you that you owe money however is pretty ######, no two ways about it.
I shall continue to use them as they have managed to sneak things through without charges a couple of times, something TNT never once managed after using them for every order I placed for probably pushing 2 years of airsoft purchasing; they're also a hell of a lot better than using EMS/HK post/Speedpost that many retailers offer as their only option, because once packages sent via that get to the UK then royal fail get their grubby hands on it and you're in to a world of excessive charges, annoyance and waiting.
That aside, I'm now left in the situation of going home for a week, for the first time in over 2 months, and having not a penny to spend, when usually my wallet is more secure than a Vegas casino vault. Annoying, but I am hoping that the very large shipment of RS magpul parts currently winging its' way to me will at least slightly ease the pain.
How long should a blog entry be? I mean, obviously there's no actual defined limits, but is there a sort of convention? Is it considered not-cricket to write lots of short entries? Will people not take an interest in your blog if they feel it's more like a status update? I wonder. Considering the nature of airsoft and building guns and skirmishing, it seems to me like a paragraph or two and maybe a picture would be the sorts of things you'd put in, as your builds progress and you go out to games, but perhaps once this feature becomes more popular these things will be discussed further and I'll get some answers. It strikes me that we have the status updates which could be used for very small 'hey, look what I got' sort of things, but then you're limited to maybe 10-15 words there and no images, so I think I'll be continuing to look at this blog as a sort of 'extended' status update feature.
Anyway, as for the actual news itself, all the plastic hardware parts for the current project have just gone in to the post from the states travelling this direction, a couple of minor parts are also (slowly) on their way from Airsoft Global, although the tracking for that particular package is proving to be awful, "The package left Hong Kong for its' destination on the 13th of October" does not help me all that much. Is it on some kind of solar-powered plane that takes days to travel any distance? If that one goes anything like it does last time, after waiting a fortnight or so I'll query the order with AG who will submit a form to the post office who won't reply to it for another 2 months or so, the package will turn up around 3 months late at which point I'll have won a dispute with paypal over the order and AG will then try and get the money back off me. Though, fingers crossed it won't work out that way.
Luckily I have also done some maths wrong (in a good way (for a change)) and I'm currently much more flushed that I was expecting to be at this point, so that should mean more gucci optics for the guns I'm building. If the 1-4x Elcan thing was out I'd be all over that but sadly not, so it's a toss up between a T-1 and a Comp M4 aimpoint at the moment, then again might just get both...
Here's a few in-process shots:
Three M2HB's, two are for Colonel Oberon at Nepa-Airsoft. The M1919 (and another) are shipping out this weekend. The third M2HB is mine, all mine! They're all sitting on the ShopBot after a long, HOT day in the garage cutting parts.
A trio of two's...ya know, I still have yet to build a twin setup?
However, one of my customers has done TWO setups!
The thee holes in the receiver front allow the barrel to be trued to the body: up/down, left/right. This was a fixed structure on my old designs. The new layout allows the entire barrel to come off and the receiver to be knocked back down.
With this batch, I've now made over 50 M2HB's. Although I'm probably off on the actual count, I'm going to consider the "keeper" I've made to be THE "50th Fifty". Notice the assembled barrels in the background- these are now the largest parts of the assembly, but weigh half as much as my older designs. While a real Fifty Cal weighs a bundle, these only gain a lot of weight if you add it. Finished weight of the M2HB Model Kit is about 10 lbs.
Well, the vat majority of the metal hardware for the new rifle project has rocked up, first time I've used UPS as a courier and I've been fairly impressed to be honest, HK to here in 4 days and that was the 'saver' option which wasn't much money at all. Always far better than using EMS and getting your stuff stuck in some depot while Parcel Farce snail mail you a snotty letter demanding money out of you before they'll deliver the stuff you paid for. Wankers...
Anyways, picture of lots of nice bits and pieces for the WAs:
Won't do a list because that'll all be up once I post the finished project in the weapon picture threads, think of it as a parts ident. challenge sort of thing.
Well, that's everything for the project finally paid for. I've got a shed load of WA rifle parts and all the other metal hardware on the way from WGC, and all the plastic accessories (stocks, grips, rail panels etc) will be on their way from the states shortly. It's all been paid for using paypal, and I'm glad it's all in $ because if the actual £ value was right there in black and white to plainly see I'd probably cry myself to sleep tonight.
There has been a glimmer of hope with the 2 WOC rifles, in that hopefully I won't be getting an import tax bill for them. When the package arrived the plastic sleeve holding all the paperwork hadn't been opened and all the papers will still folded with the value of the items covered up, so keeping my fingers crossed; would save me about £200 if I'm lucky. From now it is 1 week and 6 days until I fly home for a weeks leave and get my hands on everything I've been buying thus far, provided it gets there in time that is, Hong Kong and Michigan aren't exactly that close to Harrow. Looks like it's going to be another one of those weeks where I'm checking up on tracking numbers every 5 minutes, frustrating, but kind of fun in a way, watching the things you've been wanting to long gradually getting closer to finally being in your hands.
And it happened again.
I posted a topic and the first replies were ' use google', or 'after five hits on google' and similar. As much as I sometimes get annoyed with people posting questions on '1+1', I always invest that 5 seconds and write the answer (which is '2' by the way). What's the point of a forum, when all your asnwers are 'UTFG', 'find this', 'find that', 'moron, use search function' and so on? Maybe someone doesn't have as much time or it just doesn't occur to them, so we who have the spare 5 seconds at that time do the search for them.
Is it such a big problem? Honestly.
Bloody TMC, costing me unnecessary money. A strong word of advice for anyone out there reading this, whenever you've got a sort of e-mail 'trail' going with a HK airsoft shop because you want something specific with an order, make doubly sure to remind them again of exactly what you want just before they ship it out, else they'll have forgotten.
Can't progress on the project now since I may (or may not!) be about to receive an enormous customs bill through from FedEx. If any of you could possibly cross your fingers for me that by some miracle these 2 guns, with "Value: $1000" written on the p/work, have slipped through without charges then that'd be awesome.
Part of me doesn't want to reveal what I'm doing just now before it's ready, but I don't think many people will be looking here so just a quick preview. A picture paints a thousands words after all, so here's what rocked up at home today:
Obviously, they won't be staying like this for terribly long.
What DETERMINATION looks like, to a Web Developer.
Getting over 650 pages to co-exist without something showing up here, is a good feeling, after the 250+ hours it took to set up.
2.43 GB/day average is streaming out, wow!
Seeing XHELI and other 'copter site ads scrolling onto the pages, a GREAT feeling.
Now building up the sitemap, and going back through the MANY mini-gun designs.
The minguns will ALL become part of the massive miniguns how-to taking shape here:
lots of sweeping yet to do, but have a looky, anyways.
I've counted up about two dozen distinctly different multi-barreled creations that...I apparently built in the last few years (parts do get blurry with age).
Now at 604 pages!