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    #76
    Pm sent
    πŸ’€Team RagnastockπŸ’€
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    WTB Sheridan Parts

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      #77
      Well, F*CK.

      Those of you following along, may recall I had to send the bulk of the knurled knobs back for rework, since there were flaws in the anno. Turns out the shop had also managed to misplace a rack of 24 of them.

      The parts were reworked, and apparently they found the missing ones, and roughly three weeks ago said they were ready to ship. I printed out some postage and forwarded the tags... and that's it.

      The lady at the company says they were mailed, but the Post Office has no record of having received the packages- the tracking numbers only say the labels have been generated, and they're waiting for them.

      As of today, I still don't have them, the company says they shipped them and other than talking to their local PO rep, there's nothing they can do. I'll be talking with my local PO later today, but unless they can chase something down, I may be SOL.

      That's roughly 170 of a 200-part run, lost. Plus being out over $500 in material, nearly that again in anodizing and shipping, and of course literal months of time and labor.

      That left me about thirty finished parts, almost half of which have been sold so far. And if I sell all of them, won't even cover what I've spent just on materials for this whole project, let alone time, let alone the tooling I bought. (Which of course can still be used for other projects.)



      As I said, I'll talk to the local PO later today, and give them a couple days to see what they can do. If they can't pull off a small miracle, I guess I'll need to cut some more, and spend more money to have those anodized...

      sigh

      Okay ladies and gents, right at this exact moment, I have fourteen left on hand. Everyone who's placed an order, and paid, before yesterday (Monday the 29th) has been filled and shipped. I will be making more, but at this point they'll be a minimum of six weeks out, probably more. If you're interested in getting one now, drop me a line- first come, first served.

      Doc.
      Doc's Machine & Airsmith Services: Creating the Strange and Wonderful since 1998!
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      • Cal440

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        Sorry to hear that Doc,keep us informed if they find anything

      • superman

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        That's rough. Part of the reason i worry about sending my stuff to anodizers.

      • DocsMachine

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        I have been having problems with anodizers for literally decades. Over 20 years ago, I had one literally close- as in the doors chained shut and phones disconnected- while they still had my (and many other shops) parts. Never did get those back, I had to buy a replacement marker for the customer.

        Doc.

      #78
      Pm heading your way

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        Doc.
        Doc's Machine & Airsmith Services: Creating the Strange and Wonderful since 1998!
        The Whiteboard: Daily, occasionally paintball-related webcomic mayhem!
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        • Grendel

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          you running a restaurant now? Around here the lowest they list is 20%.....

        #80
        Well, according to the PO, as far as their computer is concerned, no such packages were ever accepted. No package, no number scanned into the system, there's nothing to look for. I'm told there's a vague hope they might tun up at what they used to call the 'dead letter' office, which is now the "Mail Recovery Service", or something like that, but that assumes they were in fact handed to the postman, but both labels somehow went missing.

        So barring something magically turning up at at the other end, they're basically gone.

        So... I've ordered more material, and as soon as I'm done cutting the rest of the steel collars (and one other part I'm currently tooled up for) I'll have to tool up to run a fresh batch.

        No ETA, but it's likely going to be at least six to eight weeks. πŸ™„

        Doc.
        Doc's Machine & Airsmith Services: Creating the Strange and Wonderful since 1998!
        The Whiteboard: Daily, occasionally paintball-related webcomic mayhem!
        Paintball in the Movies!

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        • Chuck E Ducky

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          I bet they are still at the anodizer. Or with whoever was supposed to drop them off. They already shown how unorganized they are after all they misplaced 24 of them the first go around.

        #81
        I bet they are still at the anodizer. Or with whoever was supposed to drop them off. They already shown how unorganized they are after all they misplaced 24 of them the first go around.
        -Entirely possible. It's also possible they somehow damaged them- too long in a bath and they got badly pitted, maybe- and are using the "lost in the mail" bit as a dodge.

        And that's the other part that gets me- there were two packages, with separate tags. One was the bigger box I sent for rework, the other presumably the missing 24. Both disappeared. An honest mistake is possible, but one that affected both?

        Either way, I have to act on the assumption they're gone-gone. I mean, they could show up tomorrow, or six months from now, or could never show up. It's stupid to wait any longer.

        Doc.
        Doc's Machine & Airsmith Services: Creating the Strange and Wonderful since 1998!
        The Whiteboard: Daily, occasionally paintball-related webcomic mayhem!
        Paintball in the Movies!

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          #82
          I posted this over in the sales thread, but figured it should be here, too:

          The anodizer found the missing parts. Just a paperwork snafu, really, but I had to complain in order to 'light the fire' as it were. They were very apologetic, and I have no reason to believe it was anything other than just a mix-up. I'm told they'll be in the mail Monday or Tuesday, so assuming something else doesn't go wrong, I should have these back in stock in a week or so.

          Doc.
          Doc's Machine & Airsmith Services: Creating the Strange and Wonderful since 1998!
          The Whiteboard: Daily, occasionally paintball-related webcomic mayhem!
          Paintball in the Movies!

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          • Grendel

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            Here is crossing my fingers you get your stuff, anodized they way you want. Might have to do a Sheridan build so I can use one

          #83

          Got a couple things I need to do with the oiling system in the Omniturn- one is to improve the pump and spray-manifold system, the other is to filter the oil to get rid of a heavy load of "fines", or tiny, almost dust-sized chips.

          Not knowing where to start, I flipped a coin, used it to buy a Dew, and thus invigorated, decided to start on the pump and manifold.

          I had an idea for a way to add more nozzles, as well as keep them a little more out of the way of the tools. (I hope.) I dig through the scrap bins and found a chunk of 1" aluminum bar, and squared it up;





          Measured a bit, and poked and countersunk a pair of holes 'bout there and there...



          An those will bolt it to a set of convenient mounting holes in the headstock 'bout like so:



          This won't work very well if I ever end up using a chuck, but I'm not sure that'll ever happen. If I need to hold something larger than 1", I have some "pot chucks", basically oversized collets, that can hold up to 2" or maybe a little more.

          Anyway, I then drilled a big hole all the way through the long way on the block...



          And tapped it to 1/2" pipe at both ends.



          Then along the edge, I figured I had room for five ports, so I spaced, drilled and tapped those to 1/4" NPT.



          Finally, just for aesthetics and to reduce the sharp corners, I beveled the top edges slightly.



          A bit of light sanding to smooth things up a but, blow all the chips out, and she's basically done.



          And, test-fitted:



          The original idea was to simply extend a short hose from the existing port above the headstock, down to the new block, but after some pondering, I decided I'll reroute the hose under the headstock. I may put a 45-degree 'street ell' to aim the hose more directly to the back part of the chassis, but it may not be strictly necessary.

          The front edge will have five valves, each with a short Loc-Line coming off of it- they'll aim at the part from the 'front', whereas the tools come in from the 'top' and 'bottom'. That should keep the nozzles out of the way of the tools, though I'll need to be sure they're not so close they start catching "birds nests".

          If five ports proves to be too many, I can always remove the line and just shut the valve- or even remove the valve and plug the port entirely.

          Next up... either the pump or... the other pump. I haven't decided yet.

          Doc.​
          Doc's Machine & Airsmith Services: Creating the Strange and Wonderful since 1998!
          The Whiteboard: Daily, occasionally paintball-related webcomic mayhem!
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            #84
            Strikin' oil, part 2:

            Popped the back panel off the machine, and removed the rock-hard and well-stained vinyl tubing that originally connected the pump bulkhead fitting to the headpiece I'd made when first got this unit.



            That got replaced with a new chunk of vinyl tubing, this time routed around underneath.



            Turns out I didn't need the previously mentioned 45 degree elbow- I'd thought the tubing was going to need to go straight toward the back, under that gap seen to the right.



            But, it was able to tuck up to the left, and loop around nicely. I left the hose a little long, since there may be modifications in the future.

            With the rest of the ports populated, and short sections of Loc-Line installed, I gave it a test:



            With the current pump, I couldn't use the larger outlet nozzles- as you can see with just the two lower ones, there's not a whole lot of pressure left. But, that's somewhat made up by the additional nozzles, which I can aim to match up with more tools, now.

            A quick collet change, load the correct program, aim a few of the nozzles a bit (and remove one as not needed) and punch the go-button. Works great!



            I may have to do some more fiddling around with lengths and nozzles and whatnot, and I'm toyin' with the idea of maybe making the top two into "fixed" nozzles. As in, short sections of copper tubing, that always spray on the main body of the part- since the vast majority of my pieces are all about the same size and length.

            And, looking at the runoff oil, you can see the rivers of glitter in it. I really need to get a filter arrangement of some sort going.



            That's next on the list...

            Doc.

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