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DanHS

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  1. DanHS

    AK & Variants Picture Thread

    That looks like what you need, should be 24mm but maybe it's a typo. LCT probably wanted to replicate the real thing as realistically as possible, so they only put the 24mm threads on the front sight, pinned over a smooth barrel, just like the real thing.
  2. DanHS

    AK & Variants Picture Thread

    I love the STALKER AKs! I've already posted my STALKER AKSU a couple times, I have a project AKS74 that I'm considering STALKERizing. I need to work on getting a couple good STALKER loadouts together though.
  3. DanHS

    AK & Variants Picture Thread

    Actually I have a short AK locap, but it doesn't really feed. I like the fullsize mag anyway, I'd rather the gun not look like it's trying to be a Dragunov, now it looks more like PSL furniture installed on a modified AK.
  4. DanHS

    AK & Variants Picture Thread

    Lexan shield is the way to go, a small piece of 3mm thick Lexan is usually easy to find at a hardware store and doesn't cost much, you can use a heavy scissor to cut it, and a file to finish it round. I usually trace the size circle I need, then cut it out with a coping saw, and use a grinding wheel to grind it down to my traced circle. If I need a different shape the same procedure works fine. A Dremel works well also. I also picked up another AK that needed a home. Someone got a hold of one of those SVD conversion kits, but they installed it on a CM.036, instead of on a Marui style underfolder. They hacked the back of the CM.036, drilled a hole in the stock, and put the gas block and front sight from an old Marui or CM.028 on it, and seemed to have used whatever screws were handy. Looks like it went through a few hands after that, then I got it for $60. Should have taken a before picture, the grip and front end were all wrapped in tape, paint was scratched, it looked like a piece of junk. I took it all apart, cleaned it up, repainted the scratched stuff, put in a different tightbore, tuned up and rewired the gearbox, then put it back together with the correct screws and everything shimmed tight. I swapped the SVD style muzzle for the M16 one to reduce the length a bit, and try to make it look less like a fake SVD. The stock had delaminated around the grip so I glued and clamped it, then I did some chiseling and Dremel work to get it to fit a little better. Since it was meant for the underfolder, it'll never fit a CM.036 correctly, but it fits good enough. I gave the stock a coat of Minewax 1-step stain and polyurethane, and now it looks much better. Not bad for $60, a little bit of my time, some spare parts and some Minewax. It shoots about 420 with .2g, but isn't happy with anything under .36g, which is fine. Shoots pretty accurate for what it is, the iron sights are actually just about spot on!
  5. DanHS

    AK & Variants Picture Thread

    CYMA sells it separately, but you might have to search around some HK sites to find it. It does work very well though, I have a T1 replica on my AIMS AK, having the optic right above my hand makes putting the dot on target really fast and easy.
  6. DanHS

    AK & Variants Picture Thread

    I just got a set of the Cyma clear mags, haven't had a chance to use them yet but so far they fit nicely in my AIMS You can see the bbs just well enough to see how low you are, but the plastic is dark enough with a matte finish, that the bbs aren't so clearly visible from a couple feet away. Here there are about 25 .4g bbs in the mag, I usually load 50 per mag. I hope the new grey colored .4g bbs aren't difficult to see in these mags.
  7. DanHS

    AK & Variants Picture Thread

    I'm not usually a fan of painted AK's, but that looks really cool, I like the two-tone tan and black, very unique. What helical gears did you use? I've put some of the less expensive helical gears in guns and they shot fine but sounded weird, and over time smoothed out. Seems that the less expensive gears like SHS, Super Shooter, etc, are cut well enough to work fine, but need some break in time for the teeth to wear a bit and smooth out. My RPK sounded kinda bad when I first built it, but now the gearbox sounds pretty smooth, I used $25 Super Shooter helical torque up gears.
  8. DanHS

    AK & Variants Picture Thread

    Time for more frankenAK. I had this CM.035 that fell down and cracked in half, it already had a few things crack on it so I think it was a bad batch of extra brittle potmetal. In that case it should have just become a wallhanger, or scrap metal, however... I decided to try fixing it: Some 1/16" aluminum and JB weld seem to be plenty strong, time will tell. I had cannibalized some parts already, so instead it got the front end from a CM.028, and the gearbox from a DBoys AK74. I quite like the way it came out, now I wish I had put more care into filling in the unused stock catch holes (the hinge cracked so the stock is fixed with screws and JB weld) and the indent that I filled in to try and build up some strength where it cracked. Looks good enough for a frankenAK though. Now I just need a top cover and a selector lever with that little key that engages the lever on the gearbox, anybody have those bits lying around?
  9. DanHS

    AK & Variants Picture Thread

    My friend has a Kobra on his Saiga AK, I'll have to have a look through it. Here are the two newest additions to my family. Nothing special, just a DBoys AKS74 that I picked up for $30, and a echo1 rebranded CM.048 that I got for $60: DBoys needs a proper dummy bolt and muzzle brake, Cyma needs rear sight and muzzle brake as well. They're both future projects for when I get around to them, they'll get the usual internal upgrades with 120 springs and tightbores, hopup, etc. The DBoys will be a proper Russian military AKS74, and the Cyma will get sanded and repainted to get rid of the stupid trademarks, and then I'll probably throw a mix of Eastern Bloc furniture on it; Romy stock I've got lying around, fakelite the pistol grip, maybe Bakelite handguards?
  10. DanHS

    AK & Variants Picture Thread

    Is RSOV the only supplier of those clear ACM mags? I haven't seen them before, I've really wanted some clear mags but a full set of Beta Project mags gets expensive, the shipping on those would be nearly as expensive though.
  11. DanHS

    AK & Variants Picture Thread

    Newest member of the family: Nothing special, just a regular DBoys. Someone offered it to me for $30 because the gearbox was messed up, the muzzle brake was gone, and the charging handle was broken off. I put an AKSU brake on because I don't have a '74 brake, came up with a new bolt, and went over the gearbox and hopup fixing or replacing whatever I didn't like, then rewired it. Not sure what I want to do with it, I have some spare CYMA gearboxes and I could build one up for it, do a little repainting, and get the correct brake, I guess I do need a proper modern Russian rifle.
  12. DanHS

    AK & Variants Picture Thread

    I did a quick Google search for the SRC handguard, I found one European distributor that seems to have it: http://www.safarasoftair.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=2844 I also found a place in California that has it in imitation wood, as well as black plastic: http://www.airsoftlot.com/imitation-src-wood-akbeta-hand-guard-set-for-ak-airsoft-aeg-p-513.html#.UMLbn6V8Png
  13. DanHS

    AK & Variants Picture Thread

    If you can track down the SRC one, I would recommend that since it's drop-in and AKMSU style, otherwise one of the wood beta sets, or take a wooden handguard for a Marui and cut down and re-profile it to match the Beta handguard.
  14. DanHS

    AK & Variants Picture Thread

    Betas are fun little guns. JG actually makes one that way with the underfolder stock. I combined my JG Spetz with a CM.035, and used an SRC 'AKMSU' style lower handguard, sheetmetal upper handguard, and AKM muzzle break. (here it's pictured with the RPK 74 flash hider though) Found a newer pic and cropped it out, I think I call it the BetAKSU
  15. DanHS

    AK & Variants Picture Thread

    Ok, Fakelite grips done! I wish there wasn't such a short time limit to edit posts, I would have just added these to my earlier post. Anyways, here's the finished product on two of my lower-end guns. And my technique: For the base I used Valspar satin finish "La Fonda Copper" spray paint, I chose it because it produces a nice thin and smooth finish, and the color looks a bit like Bakelite already. Then I did the usual Miniwax Red Mahogany using the cheap horsehair brush, like I did earlier with the mags. Then after letting it dry a few days, I sealed it with the Miniwax 2in1 Polyurethane using a foam brush to carefully brush on a thin, even coat. I did try applying the polyurethane too perfectly on one of the grips, and you can see a light spot on part of the grip on the shorty AK74, where I brushed too many times and rubbed off some of the stain. I think the stain was a bit too thin too, as they came out slightly too light (they look about right for Bakelite mags, but other real Bakelite items I have are darker), and I neglected to paint and stain inside the hole for the grip screw, and by the trigger guard. I also feel they may be a bit too shiny, I may try some semigloss or satin polyurethane. I will try to do it a bit darker next time, and make a perfect Fakelite grip for my RPK!
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