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A member recently asked me how to build up one of my kits so I decided to create a "build" thread.
As a friend once told me, "There's many different ways to the finish line." Parts can simply be glued to the pistol or bolted. This is simply an example of how I've decided to "tackle" this project.
This is actually my third build. I built two prototypes a similar way.
As with all props and even model kits, it's always one thing at a time until it's time to paint and perform a final assembly.
It's all about making sure the parts fit in place first, otherwise if they're already painted and have to be modified after the fact, the end result
is a awful looking prop.
Barrel Extension Install:
I'm starting with a slight modification to the pistol, which is a replica KJW Ruger MKI. The original barrel comes straight off by removing
a tiny, Allen head set screw at the very bottom, edge. Here's a typical Ruger with a replacement, barrel extension:
Use a ruler to mark the brass rod a little over 2" from the end (about 2 1/16"). Use a hacksaw to cut off the 2".
Use a belt sander to round off the edges of the brass tube. A file and/or sandpaper can also be used. Test fit the barrel extension. Be sure to turn the part so that the notch is near the top of the barrel:
Once fitted in place, use a small tool to tighten the set screw near the bottom edge of the barrel extension.
Up next, replacing the grips.