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Spider! 10-08-2015 02:40 PM

Seen any interesting autococker shrouds?
 
I've been piecing together an actual autococker from the donor parts bin. After a good bit of replacing seals, making parts, and getting it all sealed up, it's starting to come together. One part I ended up with is an old square front block. After getting all of the fittings sealed up, I'm not all that anxious to play "naked". I'm thinking about building something silly as a shroud and threading mounting holes in that front block.

I don't recall seeing anything more custom than something like a carter shroud or a splash ano'ed one. Maybe I wasn't paying attention, or there is a reason no one fiddles with them.

So, seen anything like a fancy shroud made of wood, stainless, or painted, printed, googly eyed, etc.?

Gentle911 10-08-2015 03:05 PM

The only shrouds for the pneumatics that are "common" are the basic metal shrouds (made of plastic in later models) and the all neoprene covers (kinda rare). I have seen custom shrouds occasionally, but they are usually done in conjunction with a custom AC, you don't really find them out by themselves. Very cool idea though. I might look into putting some tac rails on one of mine just for fun!

dano_____ 10-08-2015 03:11 PM

3D printer time?

Melvin 10-08-2015 03:23 PM

Something that looks like an old fighter plane all riveted together and stuff.

Gentle911 10-08-2015 03:27 PM

That would be very cool!! I would pick up 1 or 2! Maybe some old bomber pin up art hydrograhics the sides?

Spider! 10-08-2015 04:11 PM

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Originally Posted by dano_____ (Post 3189514)
3D printer time?

My son's real job is cutting into my 3d printer access. :rolleyes:

Some black ninja flex with cooling fins would be interesting. I was also thinking perforated stainless, but I would have to do something with the edges.

pghp8ntballer 10-08-2015 04:31 PM

mmm... louvers like a hot rod hood... in polished stainless or brass.

K_Obeastly 10-08-2015 11:21 PM

https://www.whatdoyouneed.com/magnetic-can-coolers.jpg

jellyghost 10-09-2015 12:01 AM

The WGP tactical had a shroud where you could bolt stuff to it. It was functional and different.

Riddler 10-09-2015 11:17 AM

not quite what you're looking for, but i've always been fond of shrouds milled and anodized to match markers, like so:

https://www.mcarterbrown.com/gallery/.../carter_LF.jpg

Spider! 10-09-2015 11:51 AM

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Originally Posted by Riddler (Post 3189722)
not quite what you're looking for, but i've always been fond of shrouds milled and anodized to match markers, like so:

https://www.mcarterbrown.com/gallery/.../carter_LF.jpg

I was thinking about something like that with some other coating instead of neoprene, cork sheet actually. I thought there was one made of wood around here, but I've lost it.

I've got a mix match of chrome and nickel, so I'm going gaudy. I'm leaning toward a salt water fishing theme. I may need to buy some aluminum-bronze.

There's always pink acrylic fur.

The tactical trilogy shroud only fits the trilogy, right?

Outbreak 10-09-2015 02:24 PM

Owned this for a short period of time before shipping it off to the great white north/Jebus...



https://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/...psd179f77b.jpg




Probably the most famous specimen of the Spanky "graveyard" series. I was too reluctant to give it any playtime for fear of damage to the airbrush and clear coat.

ceverhart 10-09-2015 02:35 PM

That's nicely done...

Greenmtnphantom 10-09-2015 02:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Outbreak (Post 3189779)
Owned this for a short period of time before shipping it off to the great white north/Jebus...



https://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/...psd179f77b.jpg




Probably the most famous of the Spanky "graveyard" series. I was too reluctant to give it any playtime for fear of damage to the airbrush and clear coat.

Those were actually exactly what came to mind when I read the question.

bacci paintball 10-09-2015 03:43 PM

Here is a somewhat plain shroud with an interested feature, the sight rail on the top:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MWOSgjoLYk

Magoo 10-09-2015 07:16 PM

Cut a hole in the mouth of a hand puppet. Slide it over your barrel/pneumatics. Win.

JonM 10-10-2015 10:26 AM

I'm thinking a rubber chicken would be hilarious.

theangrydragon 10-10-2015 11:40 AM

When did they stop putting shrouds on autocockers? Was it when they started going to the roundbody models? Its weird that all the early 2000 autocockers all came with that plastic shroud but you never see them.

Before that they all had the metal and neoprene which should give a bunch of milling, anodizing, and fabric options, but you rarely see any of those either.

Fubarius 10-10-2015 12:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JonM (Post 3189958)
I'm thinking a rubber chicken would be hilarious.

My Google-Fu is failing me, but Jim "Mad Dog" Morgan used to run around with a gun with a rubber chicken on it. The balls came out of the chicken's mouth.

pghp8ntballer 10-10-2015 12:20 PM

My 2003 vertical feed came with the plastic shroud when it was new

Deuce 10-10-2015 12:39 PM

A think it was ANS that had metal/rubber shrouds. I sold my last one awhile back.

Melvin 10-11-2015 10:08 AM

I came across some very interesting scrap metal at my new job the other day, the material is inconel, they use the pieces as a flame diffuser for laying asphalt I believe. The best way to describe the piece is a double punched louver. For every punch in the machine, it makes a "one up, two down" pattern. I'll grab a piece for pictures tomorrow, but I think with some patience and a shaping block you could make some neat cheese grater shrouds.

kevdupuis 10-11-2015 10:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fubarius (Post 3189977)
My Google-Fu is failing me, but Jim "Mad Dog" Morgan used to run around with a gun with a rubber chicken on it. The balls came out of the chicken's mouth.

I thought it was Steve Novak "Mr 44".

Spider! 10-11-2015 12:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Melvin (Post 3190159)
I came across some very interesting scrap metal at my new job the other day, the material is inconel, they use the pieces as a flame diffuser for laying asphalt I believe. The best way to describe the piece is a double punched louver. For every punch in the machine, it makes a "one up, two down" pattern. I'll grab a piece for pictures tomorrow, but I think with some patience and a shaping block you could make some neat cheese grater shrouds.

Inconel is mean-tough, you'll want pieces that are very close to the final size you need. That would make a hell of a shroud though.

Melvin 10-11-2015 12:35 PM

The scraps we have around are plenty big enough, I just need to get ahold of a shroud so I can model a shaping block, this stuff is pretty flexible if you follow the same line as the louvers, bending against the grain isn't too hard by hand, the trick is making it look clean.

ECAPNation 10-11-2015 02:34 PM

Inconel doesn't bend to well FYI...

Melvin 10-11-2015 09:59 PM

These scraps are quite thin, I'll get pics tomorrow as promised and show you. You can literally roll up a piece of it if you go with the direction of the louvers using just a couple fingers.

ECAPNation 10-11-2015 10:18 PM

Ah, I'm used to the thicker stuff.

Lead-Foot 10-12-2015 05:21 AM

https://www.groundandpound.co.uk/stor...2481.2.jpg.jpg

JonM 10-12-2015 07:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lead-Foot (Post 3190359)

No... That's a cock shroud. He's looking for an Autococker shroud.

Melvin 10-13-2015 07:44 AM

As promised, photobucket was giving me fits last night.

https://i305.photobucket.com/albums/n...ps8ju3jlll.jpg

https://i305.photobucket.com/albums/n...psjxlitl4e.jpg

minimag03 10-14-2015 11:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Spider! (Post 3189504)
Maybe I wasn't paying attention, or there is a reason no one fiddles with them.

There are a couple reasons I never used them. They add weight to the marker, sometimes making it front heavy and awkward to aim quickly. They also tend to damage the anodizing on the frontblock, vertical ASA, LPR, and even the other pneumatics. A direct shot on the pneumatics doesn't always cause a hose to leak. And even if it does cause a leak you are out of that game and have time to fix it.

If you really want to use a cover the most practical thing in my eyes is to make one totally out of neoprene like the Circle covers. They won't add a lot of weight or damage the anodizing.


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