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|03-10-2018, 09:55 PM||#252 (permalink)|
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Join Date: Jan 2016
Jeez Doc, that is one gorgeous marker.
If every muscle in my body isn't sore the day after paintball; I didn't do it right!
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|06-10-2018, 06:28 AM||#253 (permalink)|
Mad Science of Paintball
Join Date: Jul 2011
I hate to be a tease and bring this back up without anything substantial, but I wanted to update MCB-at-Large about the ongoing progress of the Duke.
To start off with the TL;DR version for those of you with short attention spans simply put, while I'm not as far along as I'd hoped (by, y'know, a LOT ) I am indeed still working on it, and should have some additions to the Build Pages before too much longer.
I'd link it, but MCB still doesn't like my site.
The current state-of-affairs is basically getting my infrastructure ready. An opportunity to get some of my machines refurbished, a situation I'd been waiting for for a couple of years now, finally presented itself, and so I have three of my machines (not my primary ones by any means) dismantled and parts are rolling their way towards the States to be ground back to square and true perfection.
But that means my shop is, well, a wreck. I dismantled a 6,000-pound lathe to send the bed off, and that means I have 4,500 pounds of random iron bits laying all over the shop.
But, I'm kind of taking advantage of the chaos and getting some of my other long-planned projects done, and if you stop in at the Tinker's Guild on occasion, you can keep up with the progress.
(That link should work, since the Guild is a Tapatalk site.)
And for those of you wondering if I'm still doing mods and marker work, then answer is yes, of course! I am also 100% caught up- everything that came in last week, left again last week, and the one last job that could be called overdue got shipped home Saturday morning.
I may be busy doing other things, but this is still my day job, and I'm more serious about it than ever.
I've picked up a CNC router to do the wood furniture for the Duke, converted it over to a liquid-cooled spindle, and have a dust enclosure and dust collector almost ready. A more-knowledgeable-than-I buddy and I are working on the CAD for the stocks, but of course we're limited by not yet having a production-ready prototype.
My CNC lathe is also almost ready to go, and is at the moment more limited by my lack of experience than anything mechanical. I've been working on the CAD for parts for it as well, although they're having some difficulty with a decent post-processor, and I've been kind of waiting 'til that gets sorted before I get too carried away with trying to cut parts.
And the big one is that at some point before too long I'll be buying a Tormach CNC mill- they just announced a new upgrade version, with servos instead of steppers, and a 30-taper spindle. It's still not a HAAS or Okuma or other "professional" machine, but it's about the best I can afford- and even then, only barely.
The upgrade "MX" version may not be available 'til some time this winter, and that's the one I'd most like to have (assuming it's not, like, 50% more expensive than the regular machine) so I'll likely be waiting for that.
Bottom line, I'm still here, and still very much plan on producing at least a short run of The Duke, likely almost entirely in-house. I have no intention of fading away like a few others I could name. (Point in fact, come July 1st, I'll have been doing this airsmith thing as a full-time day job for twenty freaking years. )
It's just that I'm only one guy, trying to juggle about forty different things on any given day, and pay for this whole project out of pocket. No loans, no Kickstarters, no GoFundMes, no preorders, no nothin'. I've been working like a dog for a couple of years now, and saving just about everything I can to both buy the equipment and buy the tooling I need.
I guess all I'm asking is that you Ladies and Gents- and whatever Mar is- have both a bit of patience and possibly a bit of faith.
|06-10-2018, 10:13 AM||#254 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Omaha, NE
Doc I've never let a woman play with my heart as much as this thread. With that being said I still have a jar of cash sitting aside for what I'm guessing it will cost. Thanks for the update and keeping this boy's dream alive.
|06-13-2018, 10:49 AM||#256 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2012
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|08-14-2018, 06:44 AM||#257 (permalink)|
Mad Science of Paintball
Join Date: Jul 2011
Yeah, sorry to bring this back up again without a substantial update, but I've managed to reinstate all the photos in the thread (almost) although I'm still working out the "security certificate" details.
You should be able to use the links in my sig again, too, including to the movies archive.
There's still work to be done, there, but it's getting there.
As for an update on the Duke, the above update from June still stands. I'm basically spending my free time getting the shop upgraded and better organized- for a variety of reasons as illustrated above.
On top of that, I replaced every old 4' fluorescent in the shop with new LEDs (which according to my calcs will have paid for themselves in 8-9 months and will be a fair monthly savings after that) I'm almost done with plumbing the new compressed air piping (a project I've wanted to do for over a decade, and which is more important now that I have so many more machines up and running, or will soon) I'm about halfway through rebuilding my big horizontal bandsaw (as it gets regular use chopping raw stock for the machines) and I'm two-thirds done with the DRO install for my primary mill.
I've also cycled about 12-14 markers through in the last two months, mailed an average of three orders a day from my store and eBay, threw a new axle under my musclecar, and done about 2,000 other things. (Bought a new belt grinder, made a stand for it, made attachments for it, rebuilt one of my MIGs, etc. etc. )
I'm way behind on where I wanted to be on the Duke, but it's very much still in the works. (And also serving as a good example of why I didn't want to accept any deposits. )
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