It’s been a busy week here at Vintage Airsoft, I’ve been drafting up business plans to try and secure funding so that we can expand and fund more development of some exciting projects!
The Battle for Spilamberto. Coming under heavy fire, the American team is surrounded. Fireball Squadron, Birmingham. April 2014.
It’s not all been the joys of admin though, I have also been designing various rocket launchers for a client with the possibility of developing them for production. I’ve also been making a Sten MkV kit for a customer and am looking forward to taking delivery of some welding I sent off to be done a while back which will allow me to finish a development project…
Some of you may have noticed that in the MkV post, my Sten looked a bit different from the standard ASG Sten (and not just because of the load of wood attached to it!). Due to the shape of the AEG internals, it is not possible to fit a real steel spring so I made up a jig that would allow me to bend some wire to a consistent angle repeatedly.
This created a wire zig-zagged like half a spring, but flat. Pressing this along the outside of the Sten longways bends it roughly to shape for the inside of the gun. Although it can be inserted through the back of the gun, I found that it made the ‘spring’ get stuck on the back of the gearbox. Instead, I removed the fore-end and slid it in backwards, easing it along with a pair of pliers.
The fake bolt-carrier I used is actually made from a sardine tin lid. The finish on this is of course rustproof within reason, making it ideal. Again, I bent it to shape outside the Sten and just slid it in through the fore-end. In the longer run, I plan on replacing this with a piece of brass sheet and offering it as a kit, once I have made a cover for the rather ugly hex-bolt that comes with the original gun.
And why is this post a teaser? The first picture is a clue to my next project for release…