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"Romanian AK74SU" custom

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Hi there,

 

been trying to adapt some lessons in mold making to airsoft,

 

fairly complex theme to the layman, but after a few tries i managed to make my first decent pieces.

 

The inspiration is the Romanian Army versions of the AK

 

Here

http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a115/Jay_G/AK004.jpg

 

I adapted the "CQB Grip" seen in the photo above for the short AK´s, wich for me at least makes a lot more sense than this kind of grip in the long gun. Sugestions for alternative finishes (varnish, latex paint?) for the piece are welcome.

 

For a project like this, first you must sculpt the master in foam or any other material you are confortable with, the next stage is to make a Silicon RTV mould, wich in turn is used to make the part itself.

The material i used for the part is Poliester reinforced with microfibers, to make the part as resilient as possible.

 

Below are the pictures of the piece, first in a naked state, and the black version is coated with a anti-skid paint, quite resilient and rubbery, needs no further coating.

 

naked prototipe

 

prototipo_branco_small.jpg

 

prototipo_branco_alto_small.jpg

 

 

prototipe coated with anti-skid paint

 

prototipo_grip_small.jpg

 

prototipo_grip3_small.jpg

 

prototipo_grip2_small.jpg

 

Part in a short AK

 

ak74_lado_small.jpg

 

jogador_small.jpg

 

sugestions on how to improve this project, os sugestions for other projects are welcome, i need more ideas :D

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The only thing I see that can be improved is surface finish before paint. Poliester can be sanded, where you impatient to paint? :P

 

To me, grip seems fatter than the original, but I supose the piece is made to fit your hand size.

 

Nice job ^^

 

P.S. If you paint a mirror finish surface, how does it look?

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it´s worse, i was impatient to finish the master, and i thought that gritty surface would look good with some kind of wood alike finish, so now all the copies come out like that :P

 

by the way, that white on is the reference surface finnish (it has half a mm deep depressions and marks), the black one surface is a direct result from the high grip paint that generates a spikey surface.

 

What kind of mirror surface, varnish, silver aluminium alike, or other? i could always try ;)

And also the end result of the paint should be resilient enough for skirmishing.

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