MG08/15 first assembly

Custom builds, Machine-Guns, MG08/15, Weapons, WWI

My aim today was to get the shell of the main body assembled, using the parts from the laser cutting. Overall it was quite a successful afternoon’s welding with the new welder!

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MG08/15 laser cuttings

Custom builds, Machine-Guns, MG08/15, WWI, WWII

Last week the laser cuttings arrived so after a delightful holiday in the New Forest and attending the Battle of Aachen (at Combat South) I decided to start marking the pieces up for welding.

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Having designed the parts some time ago it’s quite a challenge trying to remember what goes where sometimes! As a result I thought it would be good to match up and have opportunity to check everything before welding it permanently.

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Above: Receiver unit: left panel and associated parts.

Below: Back panel and buttstock holder.

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More to come when some welding has been done!

As ever, if this has inspired you to want a project of your own drop me a line on the usual email address! enquiries.vintageirsoft@gmail.com

MG08/15-initial designs

Custom builds, Machine-Guns, MG08/15, Weapons, WWI, WWII

For this project, I acquired a Classic Army M249 as I knew the gearbox was ideal for the build both dimensionally and for the heavy-duty fire-support role of the gun. Another advantage that cropped up was the incredibly easy to adjust hop, controlled by a wheel that was very easy to access. This will allow the user to adjust hop in the field without having to open up the gun, allowing for longer or closer range work.

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First job: to strip out the parts I need:

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Having drawn out the rough layouts on paper, it was quickly obvious that this apparently simple shape was actually going to be quite complicated to cut out. The sheer quantity of sheet steel required for this gun requires a different take to my usual old-fashioned ‘everything by hand’ approach, drawing out components on paper and modelling them in card was all very well but something would have to give for the manufacture of the gun itself.

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Taking the time to roughly model everything in card, I had my solution. CAD/CAM, or Computer Aided Design/Manufacture allows a designer to create an digital representation of an object and manufacture it on a suitable piece of machinery. Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) lathes, routers, milling machines, laser cutters and water jet cutters are but a few of the machines available. In this case I am investigating laser and water-jet cutting options.

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Once I have all the components cut, parts can be riveted, bolted or welded together as appropriate. Some parts will still have to be made by hand, small details like the sighting system will be cut out and stamped by hand.

Having spent so much time designing on a computer, I can’t wait to get the parts cut and get to work making things properly!

For some background history on this project, see here.

 

As ever, if you are interested in our builds and want to know more or have a project in mind, do let us know! You can email us at enquiries.vintageairsoft@gmail.com.