jcalus

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  1. That real m40 looks awesome! Really nice work, well done. Sent from my SM-G930W8 using Tapatalk
  2. So much great info! A big thanks to the brothers on FISD for all that research and work! Sent from my SM-G930W8 using Tapatalk
  3. Going on the Christmas list! Sent from my SM-G930W8 using Tapatalk
  4. I like kneeling down for kids in wheelchairs with my swat armor, so the wedge is really nice to had cut out. If you go that route, just cut small amount at first. Sent from my SM-G930W8 using Tapatalk
  5. Since your taking off the radio anyways... if you could repaint that blue more of a battleship grey ( lots of paint colour info on threads), that would be a great touch. Not sure if it's too blue.. Sent from my SM-G930W8 using Tapatalk
  6. Hello all. Like many of you, I’ve been collecting patches n stuff. I’ve wanted to make a sandtrooper shirt for a while, so I took the patches off one of my old firefighter shirts and replaced them with sandy patches. Then made a pair of epaulets with the Canadian flag on them. I’m likening the style and wore it at the last comic con while working the 501st booth. What is everybody else doing with their patch collections? Would be great too see. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. Hello all. Being inspired by Felices work with real sterling parts for his last bapty build. I’ve been collecting the parts and working on a real parts Tunisian DLT. So far I’ve got.. Grips from Latvia Cooling jacket with front and rear sights from canada, and a flashhider from the US. The next step was the wood. I got the measurements from a plastic empire cast, which when I compared the jacket’s, was extremely close. Thumbs up to them! To hold the jacket, I used a 3/4” dowel that was squared to fit into the wood layers. Then left a notch to insert the handle.. didn’t have the grips at the time. The dowel holds the weight very well, but because of an area of the mg that sticks out on the left side.. another notch in the wood. This kept the jacket from spinning, But there was nothing to hold it from pulling away from the body. I really wanted something from the original parts to be functional, so I added a aluminum bar with... another notch.. to work with the sliding pin lock at the base of the jacket. Works great, and very happy with it. The grips came and the handles were shaped and installed with glue and a two off set screws. The numb on the bottom will not have a hole to match the DLT references we have. Finished the handle today, but there is tape on it, so I’ll post picks and descriptions of it tomorrow. There is still plenty of work to be done, and with the 1940 stamped bipod is on its way from Poland, there will definitely be a lot more pics to come. Here are the two reference pics, and some interesting MG34 info. Thanks for reading. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  8. Thanks fellas!. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  9. Looking good. Best of luck! Sent from my SM-G930W8 using Tapatalk
  10. One last measurement.. the charging handle is 2 1/4” long. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  11. Finished preparing the t-tracks and installed them with some e-6000 and used zip ties to hold them in place while curing. Here’s a template from braksbuddy. After looking at the reference pics more I became convinced that there is a dowel at the back of the handle so I did some cutting and got it in place. Then the bipod arrived and put it all together. Learned a little more about the mg34, and how it works. The bipod can be placed in two places, the front which we are used to seeing but also can be mounted at the rear. To mount, the sights need to be raised up and the flat springs need to be depressed. There are also spring locks on the legs to lock the bipod in its nested position. Its a Beast! Couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. not sure how long I could comfortably troop with it though, but it feels awesome to carry. I’ll weight it soon and give that number.. Thanks for reading and any tips or cool Mg34 facts you have are more than welcome. Also... if anyone out there knows where to get vintage drawer slides??? That would be amazing, and I’d really appreciate it. Thanks. Jon. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  12. Started on the t-tracks Sent from my SM-G930W8 using Tapatalk
  13. Finished the handle with a leather trigger, used a piece air duct clamp for the guard, and rivets were filled and reshaped to make the bolts. Covered the aluminum rod with electrical conduit along with some old machine screws. In the reference pic it looks like there is a 1/3 dowel at the rear end of the handle, so I’ll have to do some re working of that to make it match. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  14. Here's a reference pic. Hope it helps. Sent from my SM-G930W8 using Tapatalk
  15. I went with the least bright white canvas at the fabric shop, then got it dirty.. Remember, how it looks when you take a picture, is what it will look like when someone takes a photo with you. Pics are a great way to double check weathering appearance. Sent from my SM-G930W8 using Tapatalk
  16. Gaps are screen accurate.. Lol Keep us posted on your build! Sent from my SM-G930W8 using Tapatalk
  17. And a big thanks to Havo for the reference pic! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  18. Great start. The weather on the helmet and pauldron is looking really good. You might want to try to bring the chest armour down a bit over the ab plate though. Nice field pack! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  19. Hello all. I picked up a electrobinoculars kit from a fellow 501st member Gattaca and was really happy with the quality. Clean lines, good fit, and cast in a hard rubber resin. Wanted the binoc’s to do more than just cool from the out side, so on the inside... diorama..lol Used the top dial as a push switch Just need to finish the leather strap, but really happy how it turned out. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  20. Not sure how many he has. I’m sure you could contact him through the 501st site. Goes by Gattaca and is part of the outer rim garrison. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  21. Thanks. Finally found those droids... well, until some old guy said they weren't... Sent from my SM-G930W8 using Tapatalk
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  23. Nice work! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  24. Hello all. I’ve had an idea for a fan film for a while now and am in the process of practicing all the things involved... and there are more “things” to learn than I first thought.... but the other week I did some practice filming, which lead to practice- editing, sound, making a crawl,music, and then setting up a YouTube channel. So with a “got to start somewhere “ attitude here is a link to my first attempt at a fan film. Any and all advice would be great... Thanks! Jon. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  25. Thanks for the support, It was awesome to get out there and do. I've spent the summer scouting locations to film a short next year, and this test footage was great practice. There is definitely a lot to learn. But now that I've got a taste, I'm already thinking of other ideas. Ones that have other characters lol... Thanks again. Sent from my SM-G930W8 using Tapatalk