Since the last post, I have attached the new magazine well, it’s not looking pretty yet but is feeding from the magazine! At this stage function> appearance, though it’s not long before it looks right and actually works.
My second model bipod legs, these are much thinner and lighter than the first attempt but are the same basic shape. However on completion I found that they interfered with the barrel. Not a problem though, a new design is due from the laser cutters any day now.
The bipod mounting unit and foresight unit is going to be one part.
The foresight mounting block, which incorporates the bayonet mount, barrel lug and front sling mount.
Roughly cleaned up, this will get some attention from the scotch brite pads before finishing.
And in place on the barrel, the foresight can be folded down for transport. The screw will be replaced with a knurled head screw to lock it in place.
Next, I secured the buttstock in place. A piece of polymorph prevents the wobble of this piece, I plan to make a front cover to hide the gaps. On the production version I will tweak the design to sit closer to the receiver naturally.2
At the front end, the fore-stock has been screwed into position around the cocking handle. This one has been welded into position, in time I hope to produce a version that has a moving cocking handle but at present this is where the battery goes.
So finally we can now see the overall format of the FG42! The sling is from Zib-Militaria, it is effectively identical to an MG34 sling. The metal parts look as though they have been painted while still rusty so I won’t be providing these to customers.
Not far off now!
- Details like the selector switch, pistol grips
- Stain and varnish the woodwork
- Flash suppressor
- Gas tube/battery compartment cover
And of course overall paintwork etc…!
All that to come in the next instalment.
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