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Old 04-17-2012, 11:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Rainmaker journey

Well, I just got a rainmaker, and it is in pieces.

Bought it out of impulse, and it is going to be a fun project

Here is a picture of how it stands.



The board is disconnected to the 4 way, no battery harness, and no shroud. I figure I may as well finish what was started. From what I know, it is set up with an autococker lpr, and a ccm hpr.
Feel free to help me out along my endever, as I will probobly need it



This will be my journey through which I hope to make a functioning rainmaker


Day 1: Rainmaker arrives, in pieces. I want to get the board and wiring out of the way first. I believe this is how the wiring goes, I need to buy a 9 volt battery harness. Can anybody verify if this is correct?



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Old 04-18-2012, 12:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Looking forward to the info in this thread. I, myself, have to fix a project Rainmaker bought on a whim.

Threads of interest:

Rainmaker Restoration Project - w/ hammer face pic

Rainmaker stock board dwell...

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Rainmaker Owners Group

As to wiring:

Rainmaker Owners Group

There's a java link on the site with more info.


Mad Marty's old site is also pretty informative:
http://web.archive.org/web/200206020...rainmaker.html
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Old 04-18-2012, 12:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Is that an old BOA barrel?
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Old 04-18-2012, 06:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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BEFORE you hook up that 9v.... WAIT. Thats the older 6v board.
You can tell because it has the 1st gen button-style switch, on/off, and its a 6v board.

No problem. They work just as well as later 9v boards, but you will need to get a 6v battery pack from Radio Shack that holds 4 AA batteries. Or, use a 9v with a regulator. (or get a later style, or aftermarket board).

Later boards had a lever-style switch, and no on/off. The board was supposed to go into "sleep mode" if you didn't fire it after a while. Just as well because the 1st gen had the switch in the shroud, and the shroud was the first thing that people removed and threw away!

Otherwise, all looks like its there. If you get bored, you can always convert to a mech pneu-trigger, like a vector, or a pump like a sterling. both conversions are trivial.
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BEFORE you hook up that 9v.... WAIT. Thats the older 6v board.
You can tell because it has the 1st gen button-style switch, on/off, and its a 6v board.

No problem. They work just as well as later 9v boards, but you will need to get a 6v battery pack from Radio Shack that holds 4 AA batteries. Or, use a 9v with a regulator. (or get a later style, or aftermarket board).

Later boards had a lever-style switch, and no on/off. The board was supposed to go into "sleep mode" if you didn't fire it after a while. Just as well because the 1st gen had the switch in the shroud, and the shroud was the first thing that people removed and threw away!

Otherwise, all looks like its there. If you get bored, you can always convert to a mech pneu-trigger, like a vector, or a pump like a sterling. both conversions are trivial.
Thank you for that information, so something like this http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=2062239

And yes, it is a boa.

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Thank you for that information, so something like this
Yes, exactly. If you ever wondered why the 1st gen Rainmaker had a LONG shroud, its because the battery pack sat forward of the ram. The 2nd gen simply velcro'd the 9v to the side of the ram, allowing for a shorter shroud.

But you don't have a shroud. So you have lots of options. You can ziptie the battery pack to the reg. As hideous as that sounds, thats the most common way.

I made myself a custom battery box to mount to the bottomline. It still looked quirky, but at least it didn't have zipties.
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Ok, so I got the board together, and it is fried.
How would one go about making it pneued?
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Ok, so I got the board together, and it is fried.
How would one go about making it pneued?
Magoo mentioned this at the TxPPG after dinner. The trigger pushbutton mount is the same mount as the little clippard 3-way...which I can't remember the model number of atm. You see it in a lot of mech conversions. y0da900 (will know / has posted) the model number. hmph.

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Sorry to thread Jack, but is there a way to tell what board I have, my only usable board has a micro switch but my harness has the button switch, I have another board but it looks like it is missing some stuff on it, and i can't get pics
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