S&W M76 Machine Gun Scratchbuild - **Finished Pics!**

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  1. BornKilr

    BornKilr Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    After viewing Mr. Webber's thread (http://www.therpf.com/f9/omega-man-neville-s-smg-hunting-belt-smg-finished-127989/), I was reminded how much I liked this gun and how little it shows up in movies. Omega Man, Dog Day Afternoon and Dark Knight are the few that come to mind, although imfdb.org shows others.
    So I decided to try my hand at scratch building one and here are the (nearly) finished results.
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    These were the only in progress pics I have.
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    I still have some detailing left to add. Also the trigger and guard as well as the folding stock. Then another coating of metallic, weathering and all done.
    Hope to be finished in a week or so.
     
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2012
  2. darknight007316

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    Wow, can't believe you built that from scratch! Looks amazing!
     
  3. terryhimself

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    I have handled and fired several S&W 76s over the years. Yours is looking dead on.
    A very interesting basic sub gun that never had a huge following.
     
  4. Mr Webber

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    Wow, that is outstanding, much sharper than mine. Its a great example of talent backing ambition. Im spewin you werent around six months ago:lol

    Not that theres anything wrong with it, but when you see film and tv productions using modified nerf guns, you appreciate the classics more. When i look at mine i think more of G.I`s, cigar in mouth storming a French beachhead.
     
  5. Sundowner

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    Great job! I tried making one from a springer grease gun that turned out ok. But this is really nice work.
     
  6. BornKilr

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    Thanks for the comments, guys. Still working on the stock and detailing and hope to finish it this weekend. One thing about the early US SMG's, they didn't make em pretty, so they're easier to build. This and the M3 "grease gun" were very similar looks. I built one of those a few years ago with the same method.
    I'm also finishing up a Maxim 08/15 German machine gun and will have a thread up on it this weekend too. Just gotta figure out how to make the bi-pod.
     
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  7. BornKilr

    BornKilr Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Got the collapsible stock finished over the weekend. Since I have very little metal working tools or ability, I wasn't able to make it bend sideways like it should. I think I need a bigger spring too because its a bit wobbly right now.
    Just need to add a few more details, Attachments for strap, paint screw heads and top coat of metallizer and it's done.
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  8. Noeland

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    Wow. Great work! I've also thought this was a pretty cool gun, since seeing Omega Man as a kid. I just love seeing these kinds of builds too.
     
  9. tain669

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    Col Neville would be PROUND...:cheers:thumbsup
     
  10. BornKilr

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    I recently received a commission order for 2 of these guns.
    I'm going to be posting WIP build pics as I progress. The first steps after scroll sawing the main parts is sanding and filing to refine the shape. The following pics show the receivers with clips and the shroud (with drill pattern, ready to drill press holes tomorrow at work.) The receivers and grips are sintra, the shrouds are 1" PVC.
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  11. Stormy320

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    There was a film I saw as a kid with a group of commando's with accents and they used these.

    I don't know what the movie was, but I would like to see it again.

    Looks great.
     
  12. madmax

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    Can you share your plans?i'd love to make one sometime
     
  13. BornKilr

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    Here are a few more update pics:
    First is the barrel/shroud assemblies ready for final sanding/clean up and gluing.[​IMG]
    Next 2 are the bolt handle roughs and sides of magazine mitered.
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    Last is the receiver with bolt slide and eject port pilot holes drilled.
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  14. MFP 2020

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    Outstanding!
     
  15. yt

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    Very nice! Firefly's weapon as well.
     
  16. BornKilr

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    Firefly? From the TV show? I don't remember any carrying this weapon, unless Jayne had it in his extensive arsenal.
     
  17. darthwhitey

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    Looking good! (y)love
     
  18. yt

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    Firefly from GI Joe.

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  19. MFP 2020

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    Was it "Attack Force Z"?
     
  20. BornKilr

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    Weekend update:
    Handle and grips filed flush.
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    Edges of grips rounded.
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    Barrel/shroud assemblies glued and 1st paint coat.
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    Pins inserted in receiver to connect upper. Also, bolt groove and eject port refined.
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    Receivers together for test fit.
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  21. Brent M

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    Looking very cool, Spencer. :cool
     
  22. gobelas

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    It´s an amazing job. Keep posting pictures.
     
  23. BornKilr

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    Got interrupted finishing a few Tshirt designs, so just a small update.
    Shroud/barrel assemblies, bolts and clips finished painting, except for light metalizer on bolts.
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    Front/rear sites heat bent; triggers preliminary shaping started, mag release covers cut, bolt handles 'rubberized', and mag holder sides glued/tacked in place.
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  24. MFP 2020

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    Yes, this is the hill I've chosen to die on.
     
  25. TazVader

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    Wow....just Wow!!!

    Best
    Taz
     
  26. Brent M

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    Last set of pictures looks great. Can't wait to see the finished product.
     
  27. BornKilr

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    Weekend update:
    Grips applied to handles and stock attachments cut.
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    Front and rear sights complete.
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    Magazine release attached and housing complete.
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    All parts assembled for test fit. Trigger mounted and fire select switch finished. Adjustment measures for plotted outer receiver cover noted. I should re-plot those these week at work and check fit to begin final refining and assembly.
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  28. mjhenks

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    Very nice work. How much does it weight?
     
  29. DJHAMMERHEAD

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    Wow!!! Great talent!!!
     
  30. BornKilr

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    It weighs just over 2 lbs. The sintra plastic is fairly lightweight, and the PVC being hollow helps.
     
  31. BornKilr

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    Finally made a good bit of progress. After tweaking the panels several times, I got the side receiver panels plotted. (Unfortunately the only parts of this build that I can computer cut!) Here are the panels attached and grips clamped while contact cement sets.
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    Completed receivers with grips attached.

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    Detail view of fire select switch placement.

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    Pics showing mini earth magnets to hold magazine in place.

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  32. darthwhitey

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    Looking great!

    I'm glad it's light weight...:thumbsup
     
  33. BornKilr

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    Another progress update.
    Bolt handles PlastiDip-ped and ready to be inserted.

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    Trigger guards cut and heat bent to shape. Disregard scorching on one, that part inserts into handle.

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    Receiver complete!! Bolt assembly glued in place on receiver. A shot from the rear showing putty sealing small gaps.

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    Front and rear sights placed and secured.

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    Overall view of main gun bodies.

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    Nearly done! A trip to the hardware store for a few pieces of aluminum strips and springs for the collapsible stocks. The stock on mine was OK in the folded position but a little shaky when extended. I think I know the problem and should be an easy fix. I hope to ID a few of the 'detail' bits that I left off my gun (trigger pin, various pins on receiver and add those for better accuracy). Then final sanding, priming and painting!
     
  34. Brent M

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    Wow, these have come together pretty quick. I can't wait to see the finished product, Spencer. Fantastic work!!! :cool
     
  35. BornKilr

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    Slight weekend update. Had a bit going on this weekend, but did get some work done.
    Made a trip to hardware store for the collapsible stock hardware.

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    Re-routed the stock attachment with thinner groove to help stabilize stock.

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    Side view showing stock fitted into rout.

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    Both stocks are bent to shape. Still have to trim excess off one side.

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    Side of receiver with fire select switch attached.

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  36. BornKilr

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    Mid Week update:
    Collapsible stock hardware with initial paint coat.

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    Trigger guards attached.


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    Stock attachments drilled and secured to handle.

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    Full view showing stocks in folded positions.

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    Next comes final sanding and a few more details parts to add.
    Then priming and painting main body. The barrel assembly and bolt handle will be the last parts to attach.
     
  37. DrStranglove

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    Here is mine:
     
  38. BornKilr

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    Its hard to tell from the small pics, but is that the real deal? If not, its a pretty * good replica.
     
  39. BornKilr

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    Got the final sanding (pre primer) finished last night. Here are both guns assembled for a final test fit before priming.

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    Close up of assembled gun.

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    Stocks with first coat of primer.

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    Should get first primer coat on gun bodies tonight and can then check for rough spots that need additional sanding/puttying. If everything looks OK, then I'll apply second primer coat to dry overnight.
     
  40. michelmoermans

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    Very nice progress!
     
  41. Brent M

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    Wow, it looks fantastic Spencer. :cool
     
  42. BornKilr

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    Just a quick update: 1st coat of primer down. I've already noticed a few spots that need additional sanding. Should get that and second primer coat tonight and can start finish painting Saturday night. Unless I hit the pub.:confused

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    Thought I'd throw in a quick shot of the my main workbench area.

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  43. Brent M

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    We're officially in the stretch run now. These things are going to look amazing when they're finished. :cool
     
  44. Zendragon

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    Unbelievable!!
     
  45. castlegardener

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    terrific work, and nice workstation
     
  46. Demetrius

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    Been watching this build and I am blown away! always loved this gun.:thumbsup
     
  47. DrStranglove

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    Yes.

    (All BTAF laws apply)
     
  48. BornKilr

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    Final weekend update!!
    Sanded down first primer coat on Friday night and applied second coat after puttying a few small areas I didn't like.

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    I got the first finish matte black coat done Saturday night.

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    Another light sanding Sunday morning and second black coat applied Sunday evening. If everything looks OK on Monday, I'll remove the sleeve protecting the inner bolt, drill hole for bolt handle and attach barrel/shroud assembly and stock. AND DONE!

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    In case you're wondering, the scratched up paint on the shroud is for the epoxy to adhere better. I meant to have masked that off before painting, but forgot.
     
  49. Hecubus114

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    I'm really jealous of what you've done here... how much $$$ do you think the finished gun will cost? Material wise?
     
  50. BornKilr

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    Thanks for the compliment.

    Honestly, its kinda hard to tell. I am the head of the art department at a company that makes signage, store displays and digital graphics. I buy alot of the scrap sintra and styrene cut offs from jobs for a pretty good price. I also have a bunch of stuff left over from my last job (same thing) that I still use. So I only have to buy paints, glues, PVC pipe, wood and various hardware for most of the props I make.
     

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