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cheezstake 06-25-2013 04:50 PM

merlin body kits
 
I wanted to pick up a merlin body kit, but am a little bit nervous. I have emailed aka a few times throughout the last year and a half and have gotten the same response, stating a new batch will be ready in a few weeks/ months, and I always respond by asking for a notification when available, which I never get. if I just order one off of their website via paypay, what are the chances that I actually get one?

Powkoa 06-26-2013 02:02 AM

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Originally Posted by cheezstake (Post 2742759)
I wanted to pick up a merlin body kit, but am a little bit nervous. I have emailed aka a few times throughout the last year and a half and have gotten the same response, stating a new batch will be ready in a few weeks/ months, and I always respond by asking for a notification when available, which I never get. if I just order one off of their website via paypay, what are the chances that I actually get one?

I have been dealing with this too. Months of email and telephone calls without success. I believe I first contacted them in February.
I sent them a check a month or two back, called at the end of May to see what was going on, and again got the "next week" answer.

Dono 06-26-2013 10:33 AM

It's unfortunate that this happened.. There's so few 2012 merlins complete I assume they just won't make them if they can't make money off them.
I wouldn't order one off the website, only if they give verbal agreement. They are nice people but it isn't their primary source of income.
If a body goes up for sale and I see it I'll post it.

ICON 06-26-2013 11:36 AM

I know a few people that have Raw extruded Merlin bodies. I'm 99% sure air soldier products sells them. It makes it more of a Project then it will be a 1 off 1 of a kinda Merlin in the end its an option Buy enough to make front and back block theres your kit use any feed tube you want. For what you save buying it that way get KPCS/Stanchy/JCurt to mill it up for you to be good to go. all 3 of them i know can make it sexy for a decent price Or just have them do the basic stuff for cheaper. Who needs aka even know i still like them.

Powkoa 06-27-2013 09:54 PM

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Originally Posted by ICON (Post 2743341)
I know a few people that have Raw extruded Merlin bodies. I'm 99% sure air soldier products sells them. It makes it more of a Project then it will be a 1 off 1 of a kinda Merlin in the end its an option Buy enough to make front and back block theres your kit use any feed tube you want. For what you save buying it that way get KPCS/Stanchy/JCurt to mill it up for you to be good to go. all 3 of them i know can make it sexy for a decent price Or just have them do the basic stuff for cheaper. Who needs aka even know i still like them.

Good idea, thanks. I was excited about getting an inline merlin. Going the route you suggested would give me a one-off, but not an inline.

Also, can you make a front block and back block from the extrusion? I think that is more than just milling, and would involve welding or getting more extrusion. I would go this route and just make it a mid-block, but getting the front block and banjo bolt seem like big hurdles too. I am not sure if you can just bore out a 2k frontblock to fit it either.

ICON 06-27-2013 10:04 PM

the body's come Pre bored out so yes front and back blocks is easy. its all in cutting and milling. Drilling for the pump arm. Like i said them 3 places i listed will get it all done up for you easy.

Powkoa 06-27-2013 11:02 PM

I must not be thinking about it correctly. Please tell me how I am not getting what you are suggesting.
I get it that any of the people you suggested could cut a feed neck, mill the body, cut a hole for the valve to dump into the bolt, drill for mounting screws for grip frame/beavertail/lock nut for ivg, drill a hole for the hammer lug, etc..

I looked at the extrusion on airsoldier. Two straight bored holes the length of the body. Slice a chunk off and there still isn't enough to get the ram and the three-ways mounted in the right spot on there. Slice a chunk off and there is nothing to pull the cocking rod back either.

ICON 06-27-2013 11:19 PM

No you are 100% right I don't know what the hell i was thinking. I think standard front block 2k and back block would work fine the more i think of it, I have both I can sell if you are interested lmk other wise you can have one of the 3 shops make them.

hawaiianking 06-28-2013 11:46 AM

You can machine a 2k front block to work but you have to find a source for a Merlin bango bolt which may be hard to find. I think the other option would be to use the CCM merlin adapter with a stock 2k front block and banjo bolt.

Powkoa 06-28-2013 11:52 AM

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Originally Posted by hawaiianking (Post 2745070)
You can machine a 2k front block to work but you have to find a source for a Merlin bango bolt which may be hard to find. I think the other option would be to use the CCM merlin adapter with a stock 2k front block and banjo bolt.

I thought about that, but it kind of takes away from the idea of the bored out bottom tube when it is filled up with an adapter.


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