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    Default My next project, a semi auto Vickers

    I hooked up with a guy at knob creek from the mg42 board and saw his semi auto vickers he built. He gave me some conversion parts in exchange for some semi auto mg42 parts. I really didn't want to get another project, but I decided to order a vickers kit. It came today in a box oozing grease, I didn't even want to open it, but I did. There was more grease in the box than parts. I set up my my degreaser pot and threw in the parts. after cleaning the grease off and having a closer look at what I bought I fell in love with this thing!
    It is an overly complicated diabolical pile of finely machined parts, even more complex than an mg34. Closer inspection revealed that the oroginal finish was intact and except for a bent side plate and bottom cover it looked great. The paint on the water jacket looks perfect. I still need to clean it and the barrel.
    I plan on making this more of a restoration project than a straight build, I want to save all the origonal finish where possible, only refinishing the side plates. It is going to be a lot of work, but in the end it will be a really nice gun.
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    You really have to admire the craftsmanship and manufacturing quality of the older style machine guns vs that of the simplicity of production associated with the stamped receiver MGs.

    Very, very nice score. Have fun with it. At least it will keep you out of the bars


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    The machine work and complexity of this thing is amazing, specially since it is pre cnc.

    with all these projects I don't have the time or $$$ for bars!!

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    looking forward to seeing progress

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    I see some spade grip wood is going to show up at Gunsmoke garage soon....
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    A semi vickers....very cool! Mine is waiting in the grease for the day I pull it out and start to build.
    "Courage is being scared to death - and saddling up anyway." - The Duke

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjglith
    I see some spade grip wood is going to show up at Gunsmoke garage soon....
    Yup! in the not to distant future!

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    I want to be you when I grow up! Guess I'll have to start practicing my Arghs! Look forward to seeing the finished project on your page.

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    why did you delete my positive comments about your vickers project from this thread?

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    Quote Originally Posted by panaceabeachbum
    why did you delete my positive comments about your vickers project from this thread?
    ? I didn't delete anything from this thread.

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