Well, FedEx just dropped off my new toy. This thing is freakin' cool!
All parts are present and accounted for. I was kind of concerned by the amount of tape and battered end of the box, but all the parts made it here together!
The buttstock is wooden, and isn't too beat up. A solvent soaking and some minor sanding will get it looking almost new.
The barrel is in perfect shape. I was worried after reading a few posts about some that folks on the MG42 board got some really ugly kits from I/O. This one is REALLY nice. It's stamped 7.62x51 on the barrel, so I know they sent the right one.
The receiver looks like all the pieces are from the same original gun. All the cuts line up and there is a fairly uniform gap at each one. With some cleanup of the cuts, even I should be able to stitch this back together.
The only part that suffered any damage was the recuperator. The plunger looks a little rough and the threaded stud is neutered. There's a little ridge that runs the length of the piece and it's a bit mashed at the plunger end. It can easily be straightened, so no worries about that one.
Since I know the "worthless without pics" smilies will be posted by someone, I'm linking a pic to this post. Rather than post a pic of my kit, here's the one from I/O. The only difference is that this pic shows a bakelite buttstock. I can't see taking up more space in my gallery with a pic of the exact same parts.
All I can say to those of you who are on the fence about getting one of these kits, is this:
GET OFF YOUR ASS AND GET ONE WHILE YOU STILL CAN!