A quick video to show you what this gun shot like prior to a couple of improvements!
It was a little inconsistent, though bear in mind that this is without the hop set at all. There are several improvements that have been made since then to improve consistency and power.
Firstly, a large, stiff spring holds both the outer barrel and the hop unit in place against the gearbox.
At this point, it became apparent that having quick-replacement magazines is a bit pointless as any magazine for this gun will be a high-capacity one. As a result I dropped this idea and went for the far more secure (and better feeding) fixed version.
This can still be swapped between an electronic hi-cap (stored in an MG42 ammunition box, as used in WW2 with the MG08/15) and a smaller hi-cap that can be stored in the drum itself.
A drum magazine lock was added to stop the drum from opening unexpectedly. The crank handle on the original was used to wind in the cloth bullet belt. It is fixed on this and the sides of the spindle hold the magazine in place.
The details on the water tank, filling cap and steam hose connector.
The small magazine attachment for the drum magazine. This attaches to the top of an M14 magazine.
A top-up of paint to get it pretty before testing!
Ready to go!
The elevation adjustment and rear sight.
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