Boltsniper Compatible Parts
Posted 18 October 2006 - 12:56 PM
Basically I have migrated here from Boltsniper.com whose forum has come down, hopefully temporarily. The role I sought for myself there was to produce metal castings of parts for bolt's rifles. If anyone has tried to build a BS-8 they will have had to face the problem of what to do about the magazine well, which was made in a rapid prototyper for the original.
I've got aluminium versions, they're available for $25+shipping, and can be seen here:
Posted 18 October 2006 - 01:31 PM
He's been working on this project for a while, and had just completed it when Bolt's forums went down. It's on the up-and-up. Just wanted to put a word in to vouch for him.
Posted 18 October 2006 - 01:40 PM
Just wanted to put a word in to vouch for him.
Thanks, Carbon. I really appreciate that.
Although they were built using dimensions from Bolt's CAD files, the overall length of the magazine well is not identical. It matches in most other ways though. The top is designed with curvature to fit the PVC size used, so that matches Bolt's part, and the slot for the magazine catch (catch not fitted, as can be seen) is at the same height, so the magazine sits at the same height and should therefore feed correctly.
Posted 18 October 2006 - 03:11 PM
Very nice idea. Very well done, too. Looks much better than the ones Nolan and I made. Stronger too. We were reluctant to go the metal route. I like the fact that it's aluminum: very strong but very light (for a metal). Very nice. This idea's been talked about for a long time (Replaceable metal parts in general) and I'm glad to see someone who's actually doing it. I hope to see you around The Haven more. I hope you keep up this excellent work with even more parts.
One question though. How did you actually go about making them? I understand from bolt's CAD files, but how did you actually do the manufacturing? Most people who Nerf don't have access to aerospace machinery to work with aluminum very well.
I love the idea and the execution. But in a way I'm glad I'm not you; Do you know how many people are going to be pestering you night and day to make them parts now? Good luck, David, handling all the soon-to-come demand.
Posted 18 October 2006 - 05:09 PM
Edited by Dart Attack, 18 October 2006 - 05:11 PM.
Posted 18 October 2006 - 08:19 PM
Posted 18 October 2006 - 11:07 PM
Dart, yup, they can be painted, polished or anodized.
Sponge, I know what you mean. I'm much better at starting projects than finishing them, so I tend to keep them quiet until they're done. I had a thread on Boltsniper.com where I posted progress; not sure anyone really kept an eye on it but it reminded me that people would be able to see if I dropped the project.
Posted 19 October 2006 - 02:46 AM
Posted 19 October 2006 - 05:11 AM
As for supplying magazines, they're straightforward enough to get hold of in the UK (the one in the picture is off an SA80) but I guess it's down to what restrictions are in force in your own country. The magwells are designed to take any M16-compatible magazine, although I understand that the follower - the bit of the mag that pushes the darts up - needs some modification to cope with a single stack of big rounds rather than two staggered stacks of 5.56mm ammunition.
Posted 19 October 2006 - 06:02 PM
Posted 20 October 2006 - 11:18 AM
On the other hand, it's available, whereas the SCAR is a complex beast to attempt. Keep in mind that these mag wells permit construction of any homemade design you can come up with that uses an M16 compatible magazine though.
Posted 20 October 2006 - 07:03 PM
I may drop you a line sometime in early December, so don't go throwing away those molds! (Not that I think you would. You put a lot of effort into those, and it shows!) If I don't end up contacting you, I'm probably busy with some personal stuff.
I look forward to other such projects you might choose to undertake in the future. *Hint hint* People have been talking about metal replacement parts for a long time...
Posted 23 October 2006 - 09:59 AM
Those would prob be pretty popular too.
Looks like you have set up a nice little buissnes her though!
Posted 23 October 2006 - 12:58 PM
Any other parts that the community needs, I'd be interested to hear.
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