Yes, you read the title correctly, more progress on the MG08/15!
External parts this time, the whole build is really starting to come together now. It’s best expressed in photographs so I shall let them do the talking…
Right side of receiver soon after welding the grip. On the right of the picture you can see the magazine mounting for the portable 100 round ‘snail’ magazine (technically it isn’t a snail magazine, it is a belt box, I refer to it as a snail to differentiate between it and the box magazine I am building for fixed positions).
A slightly soft-focus shot of the left side after tinkering with the safety switch mounting.
Close-up of the pistol grip. This shows the back where you can see the screw used to attach the trigger mechanism inside the gun.
The first bit of woodwork for the gun, carefully shaped grips. This wood is ash stained with a blend of dyes to pick out the details. I’ll be needing to order in a special piece for the buttstock as the pieces I have are fractionally too small.
Flash hider, carefully hand-cut and hammered into shape.
Flash hider so far. The cone has been welded to a piece of tube that supports this component. The bulk of the rest of this part will be polymorph (the large black part here) which is still undergoing some shaping.
And finally for this update, the cooling jacket. This close-up shot of the back-end shows the cover plate that attaches to the front of the gun and the hole through which the inner barrel will run.
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