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#1 Banshee

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 09:42 PM

I was recently admiring the work of PointBlank's "Cyclops" mod and how he managed to get an Airtech 3000 tank inside a nightfinder shell. However I wasn't so pleased with the idea of removing the perfectly good internals of my nightfinder, so I came up with a way to have both guns functionally in one gun. This is a VERY similar mod however we externally mount the pump.

The first part is not pictured, but you're going to want to take your AT3K tank and strip it completely clean of all flanges and extremities.

The you're going to take the housing of your light, remove all the wires and the light, but keep the housing. cut the flange off of the bottom so it will sit flat. Attach your barrel material inside the light and glue the whole thing to the front end of the tank like so:

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Keep in mind however that when your tank and barrel assembly are inserted your pump valve is going to need to come out the side, so plan how you glue them all together.

Then you're going to need to drill a hole in the side of the gun where your pump valve will come out of.

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Also, you're going to want to drill out and remove all screw posts from where the light used to be so the tank can fit. Then you're going to cut out the front enough for the tank to fit through the front. Its so unfortunate that it wont fit by such a small distance.

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Then we need to move on to the Nightfinder internals. You can do any of the basic mods you choose. I chose to attach the CPVC barrel inside the internal coupler from the plunger tube and the stock barrel like this:

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I then put an ACE #49 spring on the plunger and put some Teflon tape underneath the o-ring for a better seal.

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Then I filed down the barrel tip so the CPVC will fit through:

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Now to the AT3K trigger system. For this I did a linked trigger so I can fire both shots at the same time or still have the option of cock-shoot-cock-shoot. For this I bent the tank pin in a full circle:

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Now be VERY careful when you do this, use 2 pares of pliers, one to hold the pin and one to bend it. If you just try and bend the pin you could break the plastic on the tank and create a fatal leak.

Next we're going to drill a hole in the trigger in the rear for out new trigger wire.

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I didn''t get a picture of it, but I used a section of wire hanger between the trigger and the firing pin and ran it underneath the original trigger.

I also drilled some holes through the trigger for some extra style points and attached the brass end of a 12 gauge Remington shot gun shell to the pump as a pump handle. Its very comfortable.

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This photo was taken after painting it, but I've attached the pump to the left side next to the light with epoxy putty. I advise nothing less than epoxy putty. My first attempt with liquid epoxy failed to hold through a small indoor battle and hose clamps just let it slide though, so use plenty of epoxy putty.

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Now you can put it all back together, with your AT3K internals AND your NF internals. I ran the hose underneath the front of the trigger guard, through the gap under the barrel and into the side where the tank is. I sprayed mine with a candy apple red metallic paintjob. And I give you the "Blood Finder".

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Pump side:

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Front end:

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Ranges are typical:

Nightifnder Average: 75'

Airtech 3000 Average: 1 Pump: 60', 2 Pumps: 80', 3 Pumps: 90'+


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Edited by Banshee, 14 May 2009 - 11:23 PM.

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#2 alextwin007

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 09:47 PM

This is really nice. I like the way you kept the night finder functional as well as the 3K. Also nice place to put the pump, props. I love it when someone finds good use for the space that war the light.

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 09:49 PM

Wow, you really took things to the next level. Very nice, and exceedingly clean!---Rogue.
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Posted 14 May 2009 - 10:06 PM

Just beastly, the candy paint and the black barrels are very nice. I also like how the brass shell part makes it look a titch Iron Man-y.
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Posted 14 May 2009 - 10:10 PM

I like it, its very clean and the paint job is pretty sweet. The shot gun shell for the pump is pretty excellent as well, is it hard to pump the gun with that though? It just seems like a small thing to hold on to, but I do have rather large hands.
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#6 Banshee

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 10:18 PM

I like it, its very clean and the paint job is pretty sweet. The shot gun shell for the pump is pretty excellent as well, is it hard to pump the gun with that though? It just seems like a small thing to hold on to, but I do have rather large hands.

No, not at all. Its about the size of an AT2K pump handle and I usually only do one pump anyways. And I have pretty big hands too.
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Posted 14 May 2009 - 10:38 PM

When I read the post title I was ready for a "cyclops" carbon copy, but this is amazing.
I love it. The pump handle and placement is engenious. (sp?) As well as the trigger linking. You said in the write up you wanted the option of both shots at once or semi-auto. How could that be semi?

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Posted 14 May 2009 - 10:42 PM

When I read the post title I was ready for a "cyclops" carbon copy, but this is amazing.
I love it. The pump handle and placement is engenious. (sp?) As well as the trigger linking. You said in the write up you wanted the option of both shots at once or semi-auto. How could that be semi?

Mega props.


Well, I don't have it rigged right now to be semi but it is possible. Right now, one trigger pull fires them both at the exact same time, but if I where to trim the trigger a bit and tighten up the linkage, i could get the AT3K to fire on half a pull and the NF to fire on the whole pull thus being semi auto, but I liked it better this way. Right now, I pump it once, shoot a dart, then I cock it and shoot another.
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Posted 15 May 2009 - 04:42 AM

This reminds me of NortherofHeavens integration... but I like this one more only because it looks "ballin" haha.

P.S. Is the movie Transformers?
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Posted 15 May 2009 - 08:26 AM

This reminds me of NortherofHeavens integration... but I like this one more only because it looks "ballin" haha.

P.S. Is the movie Transformers?

Nope, not Transformers, good guess, try again!
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Posted 15 May 2009 - 08:36 AM

This reminds me of NortherofHeavens integration... but I like this one more only because it looks "ballin" haha.

P.S. Is the movie Transformers?

Nope, not Transformers, good guess, try again!



I'm not even trying on the movie; that picture's just way too vague.

As to the gun though, nice work. I do like that you kept the nitefinder functionality wise, but the only reason I would still choose the cyclops over this is cleanliness. Yes, you did it cleanly, but it still has the pump stuck to the side. Something tells me that this is far less awkward to pump though than something like the Cyclops.
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Posted 15 May 2009 - 09:41 AM

Very clean integration. The paint looks very nice. What paint did you use?

And is the movie I Am Legend?
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Posted 15 May 2009 - 11:32 AM

It looks really nice. I like the paint job and the pump placement looks handy.
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Posted 15 May 2009 - 01:38 PM

Have you tried shotgun loading the at3k?
Shotgun then nitefinder. :ph34r:
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Posted 15 May 2009 - 04:00 PM

Great idea and gun.

I think the movie is X-Men:Last Stand (The part where they fight the sentinel).
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Posted 15 May 2009 - 04:09 PM

This is a really good clean modification, nice job! Seems like a great sidearm.

My guess for the movie is Slumdog Millionaire.
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Posted 15 May 2009 - 04:51 PM

Thank you for all your compliments! And no, sorry the movie is not I am Legend, X-men, or Slumdog. None of you will guess what movie it is. You all know the movie, but I just happened to pause it at a point that looks like it could be anything. But anyways, this thread is about my gun.

The paint I used is a Duplicolor automotive paint. I love their paints because they have pan spray nozzles, really comfortable, the paint doesn't chip, smudge, or crack, its a beautiful color, it goes on VERY even, very fine so you can get it in any nook and cranny, and best of all, it dries to the touch in like 10 minutes. I painted the gun and put some 10 minute dry clear coat on it LITERALLY half an hour before I posted pictures.
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Posted 15 May 2009 - 04:59 PM

I don't see as much love for the 3k as the 2k. Insanely clean integration, great paintjob, functional.

You get many points for this.




The movie is Jurassic Park.
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QUOTE(NerfUK @ May 8 2009, 11:54 AM) View Post

(I forgot to take a picture of my own poppers)

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 06:43 PM

Nice job on the mod, but I'm just here to guess at the movie, could it possibly be Mad Max?
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Posted 15 May 2009 - 06:53 PM

Love it. Great work with the blaster and I really like the paint job.

Transformers.
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Posted 15 May 2009 - 07:24 PM

Love it. Great work with the blaster and I really like the paint job.

Transformers.

Coming from you, that means a lot. Your paint jobs are absolutely SICK. And all of you are still wrong about the movie.
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Posted 15 May 2009 - 07:33 PM

Love it. Great work with the blaster and I really like the paint job.

Transformers.

Coming from you, that means a lot. Your paint jobs are absolutely SICK. And all of you are still wrong about the movie.


Thanks. I just love the candy paint.

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 07:44 PM

I'm just gonna throw this out there: Back to the Future?
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(I forgot to take a picture of my own poppers)

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 07:47 PM

Clue time me thinks.
Everyone agree?
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Posted 15 May 2009 - 07:50 PM

Clue time me thinks.
Everyone agree?

Okay, its a war movie.
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