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Old 07-24-2017, 12:44 AM   #11 (permalink)
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This is one of the oldest photos I have on my site:



It's an SL-68-II I converted to stock class in 1996, photographed with a Minolta 35mm film camera, and then had to find somebody with a scanner in order to scan it and upload it to my web space.

(Not web page- this was back when they gave you X amount of internet-accessible storage with your internet account, which you could use to host a webpage [using the absurdly long username/host domain URL] or just stash documents online which you could then access from different computers.)

A couple years later when I rezzed up docsmachine.com, that was one of several dozen I transferred over; this one was taken in 1997...



And this one in 1998- the first marker I built after I hung out my full-time airsmith shingle, by the way.



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Old 07-24-2017, 06:13 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Yup that's the nightmare I remember. Yowzah!

I would have been so posed if that had been my gun.

How did Al even advertise. Was it just his crazy website?

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Old 07-25-2017, 12:32 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I don't get around here very often anymore, but I saw a couple of these threads about photobucket and thought I might throw this out there:

An owner/web admin for a forum I (also very rarely anymore) frequent dug in and fixed this problem. His website now not only pulls up and displays the images correctly, but is set to automagically download and cache them locally in the event that photobucket changes something on the backend or at some point disappears.

I want to keep the fix as viable as possible as long as possible, so rather than blasting info out there, if anyone in any business that has/runs a forum thinks it might be worth the investment to contract a little IT work from a friend of mine, feel free to PM me and I'll pass along his contact information.

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Old 07-25-2017, 12:51 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I've been trying to tell folks. Even before the recent poostorm, they have been assassinating photos that take X amount of bandwidth for years, and in the long term destroying all of our photo threads.
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Old 07-25-2017, 07:43 AM   #15 (permalink)
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How did Al even advertise. Was it just his crazy website?

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Al was very active on the net in the late 90s... as a total a55hat. Claiming to work for NASA, and also the greatest thing to ever happen to paintball. He would argue with anyone. You can still find transcripts.

But originally he got a name for himself tuning cockers. The late 90s was a weird time. Tuned mech cockers were what most people used. But wgp was still only selling the crappy factory ones. So if you wanted to play at a high level, you bought the stock cocker then sent it out to a place like bad boyz toyz to customize and tune. Kinda like kids today with those Japanese cars?

Anyway, early electros couldn't compete.. until the wdw angel, then suddenly the idea of an electronic Cocker became the holy friggen grail. Lots of airsmiths would claim to do conversions for outrageous amounts - $1500 was typical. And you had all sorts of bizarre setups. Al mollusk was one of those airsmiths making crazy claims... and to give his credit, he did produce more then most.
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Old 07-25-2017, 08:57 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Lots of airsmiths would claim to do conversions for outrageous amounts - $1500 was typical.
I had given up tournaments in '93 when we had kids. Around '96 I had heard rumors about how the game had changed and saw that there was a REAL paintball shop on the freeway here in Houston. I decided to stop in and see what was actually in a real paintball shop. The walls had lots of $1200 and $1500 cockers on them, along with some $1000+ automags. I decided that I had been priced and structured (speedball) out of the game and didn't really think about playing paintball again until 2003, thanks to my son.

I didn't know any different at the time, but that turned out to be Brad Nestle's shop. I had picked the wrong place to "sample".
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Al mollusk was one of those airsmiths making crazy claims... and to give his credit, he did produce more then most.
-Mollick was an early version of what we used to call "going viral". His quite-literally-insane rantings were, as I said, incredibly entertaining, and there was a LOT of "hey, check out what this knob said about Bud Orr!" and "Hey, check out what this guy did to this Rainmaker!"

Plus, it was the early internet- for a lot of the younger players, it was a source of weak porn you didn't have to pay for (no videos or even anything showing couples- it was just Playboy-style shots of naked women. But that was still a good source for a growing boy. )

So he had lots of traffic, and with that traffic came the usual clueless types that looked at the photo of an oversized Clippard ram literally hot-glued to the side of a Nasty Typhoon, said "Hey, maybe this guy can help me with my mod!" and would send in an expensive gun and a hefty down payment.

But I'm gonna have to disagree with you there HP, I don't recall ANY successful Mollick mod. The 'Cocker in the pictures I liked to is the ONLY E-cocker I'm aware of him building, and I have every reason to believe it was the only one he ever made.

As entertaining as he was, he burned out fast- I honestly don't recall, but I think between him starting to accept markers for mods, and him finally burning out and more or less disappearing, was less than a year. Maybe less than eight months.

I can recall at least two guys, possibly three, from the old POG (Palmer's Owner's Group) forum, that sent him Nasty Typhoons in order for him to convert them over to firing sequentially, rather than simultaneously. (Which, odd as it sounds, isn't impossible, but was, very definitely, beyond Mollick's physical abilities to create and refine.)

I believe both got their back, eventually, although it was months after his near-disappearance, and I believe one was disassembled and returned in a sack. There might have been a third guy, that never got his returned at all- that's a $1,000 gun at the time, gone.

I can also recall at least one Rainmaker being returned disassembled and partially modded, another modded and returned assembled, but nonworking and unrepairable, and one or two returned unmodded but without a return of the deposits.

The only products I know of him delivering is he had an early run of drop-forwards (he claimed to have invented the concept of the drop forward*) that he actually had produced and sold (I'm guessing either only a few dozen, to maybe a hundred or so, total) and back when G3 Paintball was in business, he sold them a batch of clear acrylic 'Cocker backblocks. Which were briefly popular, until they started shattering just like the clear acrylic Phantom components.

I would be curious to hear from anyone who actually received a functional, properly-done Mollick mod. It's my understanding that none exist- he strung people along for months, until it became clear he was never going to deliver.

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(*But then, he also claimed to have invented the Autococker, the Automag, the Typhoon, the concept of compressed air, the anti-chop eye and about a dozen other things. )
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But I'm gonna have to disagree with you there HP, I don't recall ANY successful Mollick mod. The 'Cocker in the pictures I liked to is the ONLY E-cocker I'm aware of him building, and I have every reason to believe it was the only one he ever made.
I think you are probably correct.

My impression comes from the fact that his website claimed he could do so many different things. He had all sorts of pictures of custom guns..... albeit heavily photoshopped.

Its frustrating for me to think that someone could make so many outrageous claims, and invest so much time.... into what is basically a scam. Its almost like he had ideas.... trapped in his head, and lacked the mechanical skills to get them into the final product.

I tried to find a copy of his website, but archive.org no longer goes back to the late 90s. It only has a copy that someone else made, obviously unhappy:

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I take it that is roughly the design of Al's original?
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He had all sorts of pictures of custom guns..... albeit heavily photoshopped.
-They weren't really "photoshopped" as we know the term today; that is, altering the subject of the image to show something it's not. His pictures were generally only "photoshopped" to add things like graphics, titles, borders, lens flare, and other foofraw.

The photos themselves, however, were almost always "faked"- that is, like the old "Cottingley fairies" photos. In those photos, which showed fairies dancing about a garden, the photo itself wasn't manipulated in any way. The girls simply took cutouts from a book and placed them around the garden to photograph them.

Al did the same thing- he didn't alter the subject of the photos digitally, he faked the subject of the photos.

One I recall showed a Model 98 shell half, with an anti-chop eye element simply laid into the notch where the detent usually goes. (He said his ACE was so efficient the gun wouldn't need a detent anymore. ) The photo wasn't "photoshopped", it was simply laid out in a deceiving manner, which was the case of virtually all his pictures.

There was a Rainmaker with a trough roughly machined- very roughly machined- into the lower receiver half, in order to fit an eye element. The problem was (besides the crappy workmanship) it wasn't a reflective eye component, and located where it was directly under the feed neck, meant that not only could there be no second element for a break-beam, but there was also no room for the Z-link, which meant the gun was no longer functional (and likely could no longer be made functional.)

There was a picture, as I mentioned, of a Nasty Typhoon, with a big Clippard (or was it Humphries?) ram literally hot-glued to the passenger side. The smears of hot glue were blatantly obvious to anyone with half a brain.

The "epoxy putty" made so famous in my photos, was extensively used- there was another Rainmaker with the ram puttied to the side- outside- in order to make it a "closed bolt" gun. (I'm not sure, but I think that's the one he referred to as the "Golden Shower" mod. )

So no, they weren't necessarily "photoshopped", but they were indeed faked.

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-As I understand it, that's pretty much exactly what it was.

I can't recall who told the tale, I think an "old friend" piped up, or possibly his wife chimed in, I honestly can't recall. But the story was that Al was indeed a properly degreed engineer, for either Raytheon or McDonnell-Douglas, or some similar company. His name does indeed appear on at least one patent for... I think it was some sort of missile launch control.

Anyway, at some point he was apparently involved in a motorcycle crash, without a helmet, and the resulting injury caused permanent brain damage.

Supposedly if he stayed on his meds, he was more or less normal, but when he got normal, he'd decide he was fine, and didn't need his meds anymore.

And OFF his meds, he was, as I said, he was pretty much nuts.

However, I firmly believe he actually had more than a few good ideas. I have no doubt that he had some of what were at the time pretty innovative ideas about controllers and software for our E-guns, and probably had some good ideas about anti-chop eyes too.

But he no longer had the physical skill (I seem to recall they took away his driver's license due to the possibility of seizures or even blackouts) nor the temperment (patience, attention to detail, desire to see the project to completion, etc.) to do that actual physical work.

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