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Over one year later...

Well, I guess it is slightly obvious I forgot all about this blog.   It's a Sunday, I'm not really doing a whole lot, so I figured why not make an update entry of what I've been up to since the last entry. I love Bank Hol weekends !   Lets see...   The 07 GZ weekender was an interesting and fun weekend. I haven't made it there this year unfortunately but it looked to be even bigger than the last player wise.   I finally got the hassle with my written off Honda Prelude sorted in November, and bought a new car after some serious hours working. I chose an imported Starlet GT turbo in the end, which is pretty much better in every way than the Prelude. Quicker, smaller, cheaper on tax and petrol, and a fair bit less common too which is nice.   Christmas was good, more so because I had it completely free of working due to quitting my job (out of hours merchandiser at PCWorld).   I started playing down at UCAP in Portsmouth from the start of this year. It is a truely superb urban site to anyone in the south looking for a dark, up close and personal game site. The site staff and players are sound,the game scenarios are a good laugh, and the ever improving game area makes it a great place to play.   Up until Feb of this year I was still unemployed while I made a serious attempt to get a job related to my degree. That idea crashed and burned after 2 months searching with little to no luck. It seems in Marine Biology demand far outstrips supply and many prospective employers don't even see a BSc as that desirable. If only they told you that when you signed up. The lying dogs.   March time I yielded to an ever growing need for cash (and an upcoming car tax renewal) and signed up with an agency working as a temp from March til the start of June. This was as you'd expect minimum wage *suitcase*, and not at all good in any way. 3 months, 40 hours a week, in a small windowless room sticking address labels on software update CD's does turn you slightly crazy. I'm surprised I hung on to it for 3 months, but it gave me some cash while hunting for a proper job.   N.B. *suitcase* eh, that is a new one to me, I thought *fruitcage* was the only swear word subsituted...   The proper job finally came to my rescue in June. I saw an ad for a company called Subspection. They deal with Cathodic Protection Services (In simple terms stopping offshore platforms and pipelines etc from corroding away) and the role I applied for was the first I'd seen that I felt I could probably have a good crack at. It also offered full training, and required a science based degree so potentially I had at least completed 3 extra years of education for something...   I sucessfully got the job a week or so after the interview and started as a report writer / data processor on June 23rd. Cue 3 weeks holiday while waiting for it to start. Good stuff. My basic tasks include learning a shed load of inhouse software used to process survey data, and trying to get my head around less than simple electrochemical reactions and goings ons in order to interpret what I find, and make it into a good report for the client. It is a bit of a struggle when you haven't so much as even looked at a chemistry book since back at secondary school, but I'm getting there.   Now about 3 months in to my job, it is going pretty well, though there is still a hell of a lot to learn and lots of questions daily from myself to just about everyone else. Unfortunately the senior report writer is leaving in a week taking 7 years of experience and knowledge with him, which will make things a little less comfortable than they have been for me up to now. In a further 6 weeks the second report writer is off travelling for 3 months leaving me to go solo in the office. I'm more than a little nervous about this but I guess we will see how things go.   I've also as a requirement of my job had an offshore medical examination, a shed load of immunisations for various diseases (inc yellow fever, hep a & b and typhoid all at once the first time) just in case I have to travel offshore somewhere in the world for a job, and in 2 weeks have a 3 day offshore survival course where I get to learn how to fight fires and escape from a simulated submerged helicopter crash amongst other activities. Good stuff   Airsoft wise I've been playing more regularly than ever, at least once a month since the start of this year. My M249 para is fully sorted and running a dream now at over 1100 rpm @ 320fps My MP7 still needs a new cylinder head, I might well sell it after I fix it up as it doesn't get enough use. My MP5K is up for splits as I fancy a change and it has seen better days cosmetically after a years hard service.   As usual more money tempts more purchases and once again I'm considering changing my loadout or buying more shiny things...the same as always.   I think that about covers it.

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Been a while

Yeah, I've not really paid much attention to this I must admit.   Anyhoo, since the last entry main events / goings on include:   Graduation ball - It was a decent night though I was pretty ill and struggled through the hours I was there thanks to a few pints before having to admit defeat early on in the night. It was a bit of a shame I had to leave early but I'm glad I got some use of the £40 suit rental I'd stumped up for it. It was probably the last time I saw some peeps from uni too so that was a good reason for going!   I had a game down GZ for the first time since the xmas game last December. It was a good day and I got a few sneaky kills in. It was also nice to be back running around and getting more stuck into things since jacking in the VSR end of last year / start of this year.   Having my car written off. Yup, not even 4 months of ownership, and it is gone thanks to a securicor van shunting a ford KA into me while I sat stationary in a queue of traffic. Currently I'm awaiting the situation to be sorted and get a cheque through to get a new car. I'll also likely be out of pocket compared to what I paid for the car back in March too . Also worse given the set of alloys I had ready to refurb for it that are now useless to me unless I do them up to sell on, as are the replacement headlights I was about to fit at last too. Grrrr.   Buying a second hand PS3. The offer was there and I couldn't resist. No games as of yet due to finances being slightly tight. The purchase of a 32" HDTV might have contributed to that slightly *ahem*. It was a finishing uni pressie...and of course I can't have a next gen HD capable console running through a CRT tv now can I ?!   Getting uni results through, and finishing with a 2:1 (just!). Graduation is on July 23rd, though I won't be attending as for the sake of a handshake and a silly gown at my expense (£40 for a few hours use - rip off merchants). It is nice to have finally done it, though without uni things do seem a little empty / lost.   And now I'm mostly not doing much with my time, as extra hours aren't available at my p/t job currently, of much detriment to my bank account’s health too.   My MP5K has been a tricky little gitt lately, with possible causes of a mystery non-firing problem being eliminated one by one. I think I now have it down to a *fruitcage*ed battery so a new one is en route to hopefully bring closure and have the wee beastie up and running once more. Important given the ever closer coming GZ weekender end of August. I have just today also got the stock adaptor painted up again after the mods needed to make it work with the MP5 folding stock I bought. It is looking pretty cool I reckon, I’ll get a photo up soon.   I’ve also got a couple of other small bits on the way, namely 2 more HSGI PMP singles at last. Still a fair bit to get before the weekender, so god knows where the money will come from – hopefully the last few items I have for sale *hint hint* !   Otherwise it has been a little bit of something here and there but on the whole just relaxing for the first time this year really      

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Festival fun

So now I've recovered slightly, had my first shower & shave in 5 days, slept for an uninterupted 8 hours in a proper bed & downed a decent meal alongside a drink that wasn't alcoholic - what a *fruitcage* amazing weekend.   For those of you thinking "what's he on about?" I speak of the Isle of Wight festival.   Because I'm feeling lazy, I'll keep things short ish, but needless to say I spent from Thursday afternoon til very very early this morning over there.   Highlights included:   Getting very very drunk (and slightly sunburnt) in lovely sunshine. Arsing about and generally enjoying the company of a great bunch of people and the awesome atmosphere. Seeing some amazing performances from the likes of Snow Patrol, Muse, Kasbian and the Rolling Stones.   Plenty of funny and really cool moments and memories, a great way to celebrate ending uni, and I'm left with an awesome impression of my first festival - I'll definitely be attending again next year.   While I'm here, I'm also hoping to get my *albartroth* down to GZ for a much needed airsoft fix this coming Sunday too. Once I rebuild my MP5K's gearbox and probably try and find all my kit which is currently littering my room in various places that is ! Lots to fit in to the next few days as per my previous post !

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I don't think I've been that busy...ever

Just a quickie to admit I’ve been extremely slack on the updates lately, though that’ll change in a week or so as I finish uni as of this Thursday and will probably be bored within a week or two of doing so.   Still, it’s a packed time ahead even with uni taking a more than welcome farewell.   Today: Exam Tomorrow: Exam, followed by silly amounts of beer and fun Friday: P/T Work (8 hrs, likely with a hangover from hell) Sat: P/T Work 9 hrs Sun: P/T Work 6 hrs Mon: P/T Work 9 hrs Tues: P/T Work 9 hrs Wed: Rushing like a madman to get *beep* ready for Thursday (See below) Thurs: Off to IoW in advance of Friday Friday – Monday IoW Festival (Beer, music and laughs, hopefully in sunshine not the ###### rainy crappo weather of late) Tuesday – P/T Work normal shift hours Wed – Graduation ball, more alcohol and fun Sunday – Airsofting god damn it, I haven’t been in a couple of months !   And so on…   I’ve also got to get a few things on my car sorted amongst many other plans (Getting airsoft kit sorted for GZ weekender in August being another important task, as will be a trip to UCAP asap) And sort a tux for the grad ball somewhen between 1st – 13th And maybe get a PS3 if cash allows. And some other stuff I’m sure I will forget…or already have.   Good stuff

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Glad that's over

The dissertation was in as of wed afternoon, just before I was about to kill myself. Good good.   I went out last night and got really quite drunk to celebrate getting rid of said dissertation. That was a good laugh.   I have an entire work free weekend to do sweet f/a. Oh yes !   I can at last have a lie in after probably a month plus of not having had more than 1 day up later than 8am. Superb.   It's nice to have life back as it should be   Now, only 2 exams and about a month of lectures left, and uni is done and dusted. Roll on summer    

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Huh ? Where did 10 days go...

As is often said, time flies when you are having fun.   The thing is, I'm really not having fun currently, and it is still rapidly passing by without me really noticing from one day to the next. The dissertation is due in 6 days time (probably technically almost 5 by the time I finish writing this) and today my 1st draft got a little ripped apart. I’m all for constructive criticism and the benefits of being told what to do to get a better mark, but my god when a fair few hours work gets slated, it isn't too uplifting. Still, hopefully after this weekend I'll be back on track for next Thursday's deadline.   In other news I'm royally ###### off with my MP5K. One day, it looks as though my hard work in getting the CA metal body to fit, getting the 9.6v battery to fit, getting my scope mount through from HK and just generally on the verge of having a badass MP5K were nearly complete.   Then without warning and while just handling the gun while fitting the scope mount, the left side of the f######g cocking tube area only just f######g imploded. Superb, there goes the metal body. That is unless a gaping big hole along the front left of the gun is your idea of "unique" styling.   Frankly, with that I took the piece of turd off, and refitted the TM body. I'll enjoy using the dremel I bought just to fit that b####d thing when I cut it into little tiny pieces and bin it some when later. Really people, regardless of my previous post that showed a degree of positivity towards the CA MP5K metal body, stay clear of it.   Just to reinforce that   Stay the hell away from the CA MP5K metal body - It is no where near a straight fit out the box - It is badly cast, both regarding detail and dimensions - It is weak - It is tradeless - It is badly finished - It is no where near worthy of $76 or more (!) of your money - It is, as an "upgrade", (suggestive; improved part) laughable - It is the worse airsoft item I've ever purchased - It is a joke that CA can re release / re produce something that was recognised as *beep* the first time around, and not make ANY effort it improve that.   Erm yeah, that'll do, I could go on but what's the use, I'm sure you get the point. I seriously think that whoever took measurements for the MBK didn't use a ruler, but their finger, and hadn't actually even ever seen an MP5K for reference purposes or otherwise.   It must be said my current impression of the quality of airsoft kit isn't stellar. Hey ho, least I have my little MP7 faithfully serving me with no hassle at all.  

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Less than enjoyable times

So while it is sunny and altogether a lot more summer like outside, I'm stuck at a PC working away on my dissertation.   Yes, I at last have started the write-up part, which as most will know amounts to 10,000 words. Practical stuff was finished last week, a few months later than it should have been, but I wasn't the only last minute student in the labs!   Hmm, 10,000 words   Christ...   I have a week from today to get a full draft written for my supervisor to check & probably destroy my work, ready for the final deadline on the 26th. That’s a fair mission, perhaps even mission impossible in some aspects. It can be said I do not at all relish the idea of it all, but *beep* has hit the fan and now my lazy bout earlier on this year when work could have been done means it is back to claim its pound of flesh. Cue the next 7 days being pure work work work if I want any chance of handing something worthwhile in. Even then I doubt "worthwhile" will be applicable, but it is worth a try huh.   I'll certainly be ordering some airsoft related reward when this month is over! For the time being multiple chocolate items and some decent music is about all that is keeping me going.   For those maybe interested, I have also managed to fit the CA metal body in little breaks from work here and there, and while it wasn't ever going to be perfect from day 1, it isn't too bad at all really after some severe dremel surgery. The assembled 'K certainly has a nice heft to it now, and feels a bit more solid too.   There are still gaps, and some bits still don't fit or operate smoothly 100% but hey, when you start off with *beep* and polish it, it is still *beep* albeit shiny I'll get some pics up when it is properly finished, it needs a few little bits still.   Anyway, back to work for an hour before dinner and off to paid employment...oh yes Oh, if you are reading this EH, I'm not at all jealous of your current situation, you ######. Catch you for a beer soon bud  

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Worthy of the cash ? - You bet !

Why the hell didn't I buy one of these earlier?!   Of course, I probably don't need to tell those of you that already own a dremel how good or useful they are, but if you are a fan of modding etc this is the tool you need. It kicks the *albartroth* off hand tools for speed, flexibility and ease of use.   It'll take me a while to learn the skills (It's been a few years since I used tools back at GCSE resistant materials!) but I can now have a proper go at fitting this CA metal body for the MP5K. Mainly out of principal I've had it sat on the shelf for 4 months now bugging me that I can't make use of it. So far I've managed to get the 9.6v battery to fit in the body when assembled, and pretty nicely too.   Now comes the mission that is getting the two halves to fit as best they can. As per an earlier blog entry this was one particularly poor area of this mbk. I also now need to make the mag well actually take mags (That currently isn’t actually possible it is so tight), and also enlarge the hole for the inner barrel, which I noticed doesn't actually pass through the bloody hole left for it I’m sure there will be other niggles here and there as I go through converting the ‘K.   Updates as I do the work, maybe with pics if I can be arsed and feel like my level of handiwork won't embarrass me completely against the skills of you more skilled arnies members   Full metal MP5K coming soon... hopefully   Now where is my debit card, I need a few extra dremel bits

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Contradiction ; Busy & Lazy

Well, it has been a while since I made an entry after the regular updates, time for another!   I have now been enjoying my new motor for a couple of weeks. A 1992 K reg Honda Prelude 2.0i. I'll get some pics when I have an opportunity to take them in a decent place and not look like a total ###### doing it. I love my car but some people just don't understand hehe.   It ain't no VTEC sadly, but it still shifts its nice looking *albartroth* and doesn't cost another few hundred quid on the insurance premium. Amusingly so far it is also probably beating the petrol consumption of my old 1275gt mini, I guess that’s a good advert for the modern tech in engines and all the efficiency etc they have   I have also resisted driving it like a loon, most of the time, so that probably helps I couldn't resist getting a few toys for it, though I obviously have excuses for them.   A set of JBL components as the stock speakers were blown all round. We can't have a complete lack of a sound system to drive anywhere now can we.   A replacement leather gear gaiter & alu gear knob, both OEM Jap Honda parts. The stock gear gaiter had a great big hole and was looking pretty tatty, the gear knob attached to the gear gaiter in a crappo way and was itself looking past it. Oh, and the new bits served to brighten the interior a tad.   Oh and some clear repeaters, only because I'm a muppet for little details and orange on white never does it for me, next stop the front lenses when I can be arsed to fork out on them, quite pricey in comparison to the repeaters.   I also foolishly made enquiries about having the stock alloys refurb'ed, maybe in a different colour to snazz them up a bit too. I'm now dangerously tempted as it would work out cheaper than some aftermarket set, and they aren't all that bad looking really anyway.   I at last made a VERY overdue start on my dissertation work. It is due 26th April, but hey, better late than never. My appearance at the NOC on Monday morning certainly triggered some sarky comments from my supervisor, so I'm certainly well inside the stupidly late to start bracket. Heres to another 4 weeks of working my *albartroth* of to getting it done. I don't think I have ever spent so much time in a lab in 3 years of uni!   Airsoft wise, things have been happening, but small and not particularly significant. Quite restrained in fact, not bad being nearly my whole VSR has now sold, and I managed not to spend all the proceeds on things to replace it   New purchases over the past 3 weeks or so include:   TT MAV + X harness A bundle of malice clips 2 TT MP5 mag doubles G&P aimpoint Cheapo MP5 scope mount PDi 120 spring   and in a shock move against my love for flecktarn   1 bulle marpat shirt & boonie Propper inc marpat trousers   The camo change came not only from procrastinating about new camo and marpat specifically for about 10 months now, but also as I'm fed up of being a lanky ###### and having my BDU's flapping about my knees somewhere. I spotted some genuine (apparently) marpat bdu's on fleabay in uber long leg size, and cleared out the change in my paypal account. They have yet to arrive though, so fingers crossed they do, as I might be up to Phoenix this weekend if nothing puts a spanner in the works, and it'd be nice to try the new gear out all together. The Bulle shirt in a quick mini review is from a quick shifty over it well designed and decently made if a little iffy on some stitching. Certainly not bad as far as replica camo goes and certainly good value for money   Shame the boonie isn't to my particular tastes, I'll get a replica MICH or maybe an HSGI ballcap instead somewhen. If anyone fancies the boonie off me make me an offer, its woodland btw.       and I would appear to be randomly waffling off on one, time to stop. ...another update to look forward to (or is that too optimistic of me) when I can be arsed, I'm not going to lie to you   * 743 words. I hope writing the 10000 for my dissertation comes as easy!

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Airsoft, money & cars - me likey !

Could it get much better. (Well yes of course it always could, the bikini clad ladies, mansion and grove of money trees are still absent, but read on.)   The first of my recent spends on airsoft gear funded from my VSR sales arrived today.   Once again the legend that is eHobby Asia delivers in times that are more than impressive given the cheap postage costs involved. 3 more G&P MP5 mids now make me all ready to rock for skirmishing the K in the coming weeks, when I will hopefully either be down GZ at least once, or up to Phoenix end of March. New tac gear is also enroute from the US in the form of a TT Mav 2 piece, plus X harness, a load of spare malice clips & 2 TT double MP5 mag pouches. Shame US orders seem to take for ever to get here as of late, but I guess they aren’t just jumping out of the door onto the nearest plane as fast as things from HK. I'm getting spoilt by all the fast deliveries from there I think   In addition I just got ~£230 quid cash in hand this morning, thanks to selling my Cobra bucker seats & associated out of the old mini on ebay. They were god damn nice, but not of any use to me in the new car, which to be honest has pretty nice seats itself. Fair play to the buyer too, they came up from Penzance in Cornwall to get them but they seemed happy with it all . Even with my seriously dodgy looking hand written receipt and about the worse signature I've ever signed !   I also got paid yesterday which plus the sales of VSR parts mean my bank account is looking quite healthy for a change. The temptation to go crazy on new shiny items is very strong, as it always is for any serious airsofter that has apparently got spare cash, but then that would go against the reason I sold the VSR in the first place.   It is a nice sunny day, and I will finally be going to pick up my new car this afternoon too. After a few little issues with the dealer during the week mainly centred around some nice big chips in the headlights, I've managed to sort the spare parts myself through a car forum thankfully. Next week will probably consist of getting those fitted, along with replacing the stereo cassette with a CD head unit. It has to be said I'm still a little dubious of placing headlight units worth £170 a piece in an oven to melt the glue and allow me to remove the lenses, but that is how it is best done apparently. I just hope they end up better than my cooking efforts One things for sure, I'm going to have a week of swearing and multi cut / bruised hands I expect. The result will be so worth it though.   Once again I reckon uni work won't be getting the deserved attention. I did get a 2/1 average for the first semester though, even when I expected much worse from one module and achieved a 56% in it, so I'm not so worried that I can't keep up or do alright in the courses left. Best of all I won't have to get up at stupid o' clock on a Monday morning to make lectures for 9am. Having nearly died the last two weeks my alarm went off at pre 6am, getting up at 7 will seem a luxury, as will not getting a train back from work at 11pm at night   Now I just have to resist buying those alloys & tyres for the Prelude

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Sell one thing to buy another...

Having spent the last 6 months gradually modding my VSR to the uber rifle that it was, I now find myself bagging up various bits and pieces of it to post off to the far corners of the UK. Go figure.   In truth, it isn't a surprise. Ever since I found I couldn't help but keep spending money on it in some meaningless search for perfection & ultimate coolness, I said to myself that I'd only probably stop if I just sold it altogether. The pending new car (Which really does need some shiny OZ alloys to cheer it (me) up ) and generally not ever really getting the use out of the VSR compared to the cash invested in it means it has to go. I'll still sure as hell be skirmishing down GZ or elsewhere, but just expect a tall flecktarn clad guy to be running around with small smg's in the future.   Having said that, I suspect that selling the VSR will simply fund buying the new gear (camo & tac) that I have wanted for some time. Mmm new flecktarn gear   We shall see. Currently VSR sales have been quite slow, and there is still a fair bit to flog. I might also have to grudgingly split the items into component form further to shift them, but that might be offset by the potential sale of my Cobra seats & associated on fleabay soon. With a bit more cash in the bank from them, I can probably muster a bit more effort postage etc wise   Just in case you haven't seen it and might be interested, here is a blatant advertising link harvested directly from my sig out of laziness: Splitting my VSR G Spec - Most parts up for sale   Anyway, other than that life is pretty much grinding along happily, uni work is still last on the list of things to do when it should be first, and I really am getting fed up of these dark gloomy days and *suitcasey* weather at the moment !   I think I need to get down to a skirmish and hose a few people with excels, stress relief and exercise has both been distinctly lacking (more than usual) around here lately  

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Bingo !

Now there's a surprise - not.   As predicted, today the idea of buying the car I was all excited about went down the poop chute.   To keep it brief, the car was not what the dealer said it was. I told him this, which was at first met with a flat "you are wrong". After a little back and forward "oh no it isn’t" / "oh yes it is" type banter, I finished with me explaining it wasn't and explaining why.   Anyhoo, I left somewhat ###### off that we drove ~70miles to find that out, but to be fair the guy evidently didn't actually know the difference between what he thought he had, and what it actually was. Hopefully the ad will be revised now, and further potential buyers won't encounter the same mistake as I did.   On the plus side for today, I went to look at a local '92 plate prelude this afternoon. Admittedly it isn't as new or shiny as the Hyundai, but for a 15-year-old car it is remarkably clean for the most part. As a Honda, it is also pretty dead cert as bombproof, so there isn’t much in the way of reliability issues to be concerned with. There are just the minor details of settling a cambelt change as part of the potential deal and a tyre / wheel related quirk (Old, unusual sized tyre / wheel = limited choice) , and I might well have myself a car   and finally:   My US inbound airsoft related parcel is at last free of customs, complete with charges. Only another week or so until I receive the charge release code by carrier frog then  

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Lining up for disappointment ?

Today has been a bit different to usual.   For starters I didn't stay in bed until sometime in the later hours of the afternoon, a rarity for me as I am very much the anti morning person. A lack of lectures on a Friday now really does encourage this.   I took a trip to the bank, and took out £500. I then took a trip to the post office, and took out £2k. (Cue an odd look at the PO lady and a polite request for an envelope when she went to hand 100 20's bundled but otherwise uncontained across the counter to me).   I then headed homeward with what is certainly the most cash I have handled in a physical form, of my own property, so far in my life. It is surprising how carrying a wedge that large in your pocket makes you feel very much like you'll be ready to fight to the death with any ###### who might try to get them off you   It is in a way quite weird that something which essentially comes down to a wad of coloured paper with a few numbers and digits, can get you so many things in life much more meaningful and useful than the paper you buy it with. Also that it causes so many problems in life too, that could very well not maybe ever even happen had it not come to exist in the first place. Bring back haggling and trading of goods I say - I'll give you two hundred turkeys (without HN51) for your baby panda in a push chair   I'll admit I am quite excited. Having apparently missed the chance to get exactly the car I wanted, rather than sort of making do with something else, to my surprise a standard daily auto trader trawl spied it relisted, and some £200 cheaper to boot.   One phone call later, and I have been informed it is not currently under offer - good stuff.   I know from past times that getting excited about things before they happen is one way of setting yourself up for a major helping of ###### off when things, inevitably, go tits up. I realise that isn't necessarily the most optimistic outlook on things, but I've found if there is a way, things generally get stuck in and do stuff you over. I go to view the car tomorrow pending getting through today without a phone call from the seller telling me someone nabbed it.   Fingers crossed all goes well, because come Monday, hopefully 2 1/2 grand lighter and one lovely car heavier, I'll be grinning like a madman and likely being the most chuffed I've been in quite some time.   Oh, and airsoft related, the EI holster for my MP5K turned up today.   Two words for it   Pure Sex If ever there was an advertisement for the benefits and quality of rs gear, this was it. £50 well spent !   [attachmentid=2]   Drake, your effort was very worthwhile - top class mate.   Sadly, another item from the US is currently stuck in the system of paper work ###### that is the customs charge code release procedure of Parcel Farce. Don't even get me started....

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Im selling some things, please buy them !

Help me boost car buying funds, buy stuff I’m selling   Accu-shot BT04 Monopod   TAS (PPM) Medial First-aid Pouch (MFP) in OD   Nothing like a little bit of advertising, not that I doubt my blog is holding much of your attention   In all seriousness though, if anyone is interested in buying either, it would be most handy. The reason in a bit more detail being, I am currently looking at a particular car. I was reasonably content with looking at the SE version. A limited edition then popped up on autotrader in my price range looking extra shiny and nice (God I'm such a ###### for blatant marketing ploys that offer even a little bit of uniqueness). One phone call later and sadly I found it had already been sold, cue unhappy face.   I then managed to find a local garage to go have a test drive yesterday morning, believing it would be in an SE. I arrived to find it was none other than one of the limited editions. This one was sadly well out of my budget, but there are some out there which would be plausible to afford if I can raise a few hundred quid more than my current funds. Keep your eyes open, if my need gets greater but the number in my bank account doesn't, other parts off my lovely VSR and from my airsoft related stuff might start appearing soon !   Oh, and if anyone is interested in a pair of Cobra Monaco S race seats, a pair of Luke 3 point harnesses (in red), a pair of subframes for said seats to fit a Mini (old type, not the new BMW ones), or any combo of the above 3 items, please gimme a shout

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Cars

Its gone 3:30am, and I have decided that insurance grouping & actual quotes for me are seemingly completely random to one another.   2.0 Primera GT more to insure than a 2.8 Golf VR6 - Whiskey Tango Foxtrot ?   Someone out there is having a giraffe !   Airsoft type stuff posted soon.   That is all.    

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Airsoft ?

So yeah, things have been a little slack on the blog update front after the initial flurry. That sparseness comes mainly courtesy of exam revision taking up a fair amount of my time over the last week (and set to do so for the next few days) before the last one this coming Tuesday. As usual it has been precisely 0% fun, but it has to be done and 2/3 over and sorted isn’t all that bad.   Airsoft/beer token wise, next week should technically be the end of the temp job contract I started back on November 7th last year. An extension was granted on the 14th of this month, so that has given me a couple more weeks wages than was expected, as always more money = good stuff. Even better, the Inland Revenue finally sorted my tax code out properly, so hopefully the next (and possibly last) pay from this job won’t get taxed this time round, and the cash they did take should be on the way back to me   Either way, it is a big fingers crossed the job continues. Not only as I seem to have ever growing desires to actually try and save some cash for a nice car by the end of uni, but also as a few hundred quid a month is enough to save up a worthy amount, and still spend a bit without feeling too guilty.   More importantly, Drake has at last received the EI MP5K holster special order so us lucky owners that got in on the action will soon have a very cosy home for our ‘K or PDW. I’m certainly awaiting it eagerly, and it might well give me an excuse to go have a skirmish, 2 months since the last one at GZ is 2 months too many.   A quick reminder too – check out EH's Armoury Clearout Sale and see if you can pick up a bargain. Lots of cool stuff that you can’t easily get hold of over here (Will eventually be listed) too, so it is well worth a peek! Just go easy on him, they're on sale purely for cash in the lack of other options not because he doesn't want them anymore, so don't get too cheeky on the haggling   I expect I’ll be able to muster some more interesting and airsoft related things soon

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Krylon is go !

That’s right, soon my VSR will once again be krylon coated and at a state where it is almost finished - I’d say it is about 80% complete at the moment.   Having given up with dpmhi due to email contact issues and their being out of stock of both OD & khaki krylon for some time, Airsoft World (*albatross*) had my custom and four cans of krylon are currently winging their way to me courtesy of next day postage.   The choices I now have to make are a bit more tricky, namely whether or not to paint the stock or the entire rifle, but also how the hell to go about it. My past paint jobs were nice and had some positive comments & recognition both on the forums and also from players at GZ, but were in honesty pretty basic and certainly nothing that special or exciting. I have a few ideas, but time is limited at the moment. All I can say really is watch this space, when it is sorted photos will be up!   In other airsoft news I now have two G&P MP5 midcaps for my ‘K. I was a little wary of their midcaps after the less than stellar performance of the M16 mags (Both standard & thermold style) I once had. These are however excellent, feeding perfectly from the go and also have a very attractive blued / silvery finish too. The build quality is similarly good, being nice and solid. If you need some MP5 mags I’d recommend them, especially as from GnG they are only 110HKD (£7) each. I expect my next order will probably have a couple more on it   Yesterday was a good day too in that it was my 21st. It was a pretty quiet day, but one that made me a few hundred quid richer. Currently that money is going in the bank while I decide what to do with it. First thoughts were for an MP3 player of some sort (Though not an Ipod because I really don’t like I tunes), but a new car is going to at some point be on the books in the next 8 months. With a few hundred ready to go, it seems as good a time as any to begin saving up for one. Now I just have to cull the desire for another airsoft gun or many, many accessories while that money sits there unused  

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MP5K - sorta complete, but not that sweet

As mentioned in prior posts (forums & blog entries), I bought myself an MP5K along with some upgrade bits and a recently released gen2 CA metal body. The upgrade parts were for the most part excellent, though I would probably steer clear of the Guarder metal bushings in the future. They are well made but are not particularly tight fitting (At least in this TM V3 gearbox).   Anyway, onto the main point of this entry - feedback on the CA metal body for those interested. Overview - not at all impressed. I know it isn't top grade, as the price tag of $70 makes obvious, but CA still have some duty to make it actually worthy of that cash. Or not..   This was written last night, prior to having now removed the body, so no photos of the issues I'm afraid (I'd had enough of it and didn't really feel much like spending more time on it! )   Problem 1 - The mag catch hole / area is not accurately formed, and so means the mag catch does not fit in straight, and also operates apparently only with excessive force. Some minor filing to the mag catch made it useable, but it was quite stiff still. A bit pants but not the end of the world.   Problem 2 - The end cap didn't fit. A bit more of an issue really, being it holds the battery in and has the sling point on it. Seems either the end of the receiver is out of spec to the original, or the lower of the two endcap pin holes is out. Either way the net result is a lower reciever misaligned to the hole, which means no way of putting the lower pin through.   Problem 3 - Ah yes, you were waiting for this one - the infamous gaps. Along the top of the receiver as per the last version, it is a less than perfect fit. I guess it is what you get for a cast reciever that looks like it was made in a jelly mold !. Warped or wonky, either way gaps are there to stay. Sadly this is made even worse when fitting the rear sight on. Fitting it on isn't so much of an issue, though it doesn't sit completely flush. Instead, when putting in the side screw, it simply pushes the two halves apart, meaning the gaps just get bigger. This is fortunately mainly around the rear sight and rear 1/4 of the receiver, so it isn't that bad.   The positive spin on it is that it does add a bit of weight and solidarity to the gun, though it isn't all that different in appearance to the plastic body, with trades completely absent.   So yeah, as I said elsewhere, unless you are really flushed with cash and can't live without a metal bodied K or PDW, or love nothing more than taking power tools to things for hours to fit them, save your money. While some things are nice to have metal bodies on, in my view it seems to be a bit pointless when it offers literally nothing beneficial over the plastic body.   It would seem that as the only producer of the K metal body, CA can get away with producing subpar ######. Until you actually have it or read reviews, it is a gamble - I'm sure I won't be the only one to find it less than satisfactory. Hopefully though my experience might save you money or give you more to consider (i.e. it won't be a quick drop in part) if you are contemplating one yourself !   If any UK member is still interested, and fancies this one off me, I am sure we can come to a reasonable deal - drop me a PM or whatever. Associated gallery here is to a few photos of the filing I did for battery fitting prior to finding the body didn't fit correctly. There is no external filing in these areas so it would not be visible when the gun is assembled. The only other parts filed are around the rear where the lower receiver slides on, done in an attempt to make it sit flush. Again it would not be seen once the gun is fully assembled.

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The end is nigh

Well, only the end of my break from uni for the Christmas holidays, not the end of the world obviously!   Sadly, this end does mark the point at which three bad things come back into my life: - Early morning lectures - Dissertation work - January exams period   I can deal with the first one, though I really am not the morning type of person. The second one I’m not so happy with. To keep it short, my project hasn’t really gone anywhere in 12 weeks, which is worrying really given that is around half the time allocated to complete it. Certainly, some serious work is going to have to be put in to get anything worthwhile come the April deadline. Hmm, not a particularly appealing thought now that I really don’t enjoy my degree (Marine Biology w/ Oceanography) much anymore, and every stage of trying to get anything done seems like it is set to fail.   That just leaves those exams, those lovely enjoyable exams. Like most people on this planet they really aren’t my most favourite of times, made worse this year by the pressure of actually really needing to do well in them to pull my marks up and have a shot at the 2.1 that I haven’t really been working much towards.   Right then, that’ll be why it is 3 days until I go back, and 2 weeks until exams start, and I haven’t even printed off all the lecture notes or made any attempt to make a start on even organising notes, let alone revising from them.   Oops.   I blame the lack of effort on the last 3 months being the hardest I have had at uni, with an insane amount of work compared to the previous years, and at a much more complicated level. Sure, that is expected, but it didn’t half drain the hell out of me. Regardless, it really is about time I pull the finger out and get down to some serious graft again.   Oh, yeah, laziness played a fair part too of course. Having exams near the most festive and drunk period of the year is still a complete conspiracy though.   Meanwhile in the more relevant world of airsoft, I have at last placed the order for my MP5K with GnG. Cue excitement on waiting for it to arrive now, though the usually speedy and clockwork like process of ordering with Mr Chan does seem to be slower than usual. Hopefully that is just a result of some post Christmas spending rush by the airsoft populous, than due to anything fubar.   I’ve probably bored the pants off you and made you regret bothering to read this by now, but that’s tough, no refunds are issued for the minutes of your life I just wasted   More rubbish coming soon

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Welcome to 2007

Morning, or should that be afternoon   Last night proved once again that a new years eve house party can be both a bit pants and also very funny, the bonus being alcohol isn’t a rip off and you don’t need to get the inevitably expensive and large rounds in either   It has to be said that fortunately I’m not feeling too bad thanks to the choice of rum & coke for the evening, despite drinking about 2/3 of the bottle. I doubt the same will be said for some of you this morning   More importantly, it is only a few more days to payday, so not long until I can order the ‘K up. Yes, I really am counting down the days. Fingers crossed the lovely people at the Inland Revenue have sorted out the correct tax code for me now. If not my wages will be set for another bashing for no reason, other than they didn’t get things sorted fast enough. I need the cash now, not when the cheeky monkeys decide to give it back after earning some interest on it !   That’ll be it for now, as I have to go work for a few hours - it is 2 ½ times pay again though so I think I can cope with that.   Happy new year, have a good one.  

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'K prep continues

Once again Ehobby impress me.   Previous orders with them have taken the approximate listed 7 or so day period for delivery. That being without the offered "expedited" shipping option as I haven’t yet bought anything from them I have needed that urgently (Oh and because I’m trying to save money where possible for a change )   The order placed about a fortnight ago gave me quite the surprise when it turned up only two days after shipping. It certainly seemed that the postal service timings had dealt me a stroke of luck there, chuffed as I was to get parts so fast with such a low shipping prices.   Having placed an order on the 22nd, shipped on the 28th in advance of the expected 2nd of Jan posting date noted on their store front, I was even more surprised to find it sat waiting on the door mat when I came home tonight. Once again, 2 days from postage to receiving.   Nice! But, the endorsement of Ehobby wasn't the point of this post (Though they are superb – try em out if you haven’t already), it was the contents of that little package that turned up today.   A quick little photo to pad out this probably waffly text now comes in handy:   [attachmentid=1]   - Guarder v2/v3 steel gear set - Prometheus shims - Guarder bushings - KA steel gearbox spine   No prizes for guessing the intentions behind buying steel gears and bushings for what will be a brand new gun.   It has to be said that with said parts above, plus the CA metal body, and freebie Madbull shark hop rubber, the wait for my next pay cheque in order to get the gun itself plus the other necessaries is becoming a bit of a killer!

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Well, why not eh

Hey all, Yup, time for me to jump aboard the blog bandwagon. That is having finally got round to actually asking for one (Cheers Arnie), perhaps aptly close to the start of a new year.   I'll avoid the probably obvious starter of a recap of the year’s events in relation to me, other than to say that 2006 almost put a complete damper on my airsofting due to serious cash issues and the VCRB. Thankfully for now at least both money and the state of airsoft in the UK both seem to be looking more positive.   2007 does look like it will be an excellent year for airsoft with the plethora of new guns and further productions of currently available models by other manufacturers. A few particular things will be on the calendar and awaited eagerly, namely the arrival of the Eagle Industries MP5K holster and also hopefully the release of Tacgear.de's Next Gen Flecktarn BDU's. The holster started out as a purchase I didn't even intend to keep, but will now have a metal bodied and fully upgraded K to sit in it by the time it arrives. The BDU's are something that I have been watching for what seems like an eternity, and are very much needed to replace my now weary looking current fleckie. They certainly look the dog’s danglies and I hope they will not end up a disappointment when they become available.   Expect regular updates as I attempt to avoid doing anything constructive (Like finishing my now generally loathed degree with a worthwhile mark, or working to earn money) and a focus mainly on things of interest to me rather than regular comments on the latest "oooo me wants" object of the airsoft community.   I expect you'll be reading more from me soon; airsoft tends not to be ignored very often round here

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