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Re: Finally starting my project

Posted by John S. on Thursday, 29 January 2015, at 10:36 a.m., in response to Re: Finally starting my project, posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 28 January 2015, at 11:15 p.m.

Dick- JB Weld or other epoxy type substances are pretty strong and fairly easy to work with. Brownells has dye in various colors, including black which can tint it to jet black throughout, eliminating the need to coloring when done. (Their dye should work with any epoxy material.)

My approach would be to make the part from wood and then use that as a pattern to make a mold and cast the part from epoxy/JB Weld. I would cast the parts solid and then make the holes in the finished part.

The "box" and "L" parts will be fairly easy to shape. Getting the surface to mate to the barrel will be a bit more work. You could hog out this area a bit oversize and rough and then attach it to the barrel using the same epoxy material.

If you make a wood pattern it would be easy to cast another one if you mess up the first attempt while making the holes.

There are some places that make (latex?) molding and (resin?) casting material specifically for making replica of just about anything that pick up incredible details. But, since you will be doing final fitting and finishing, a rough casting with modeling clay will probably be cheap and easy.


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