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|03-10-2018, 08:55 PM||#252 (permalink)|
Refugee from TechPB
Join Date: Jan 2016
Jeez Doc, that is one gorgeous marker.
My current setup:
A broken GOG eXTCy and a lot of spite.
|06-10-2018, 05:28 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, 09:13 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, 09:49 AM||#256 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2012
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