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    Default Redbeard's First Build

    Finally!

    After much frustration from shipping problems, my Romy G Kit has arrived.

    It is in pretty good shape except for slight rust with no pitting and a really rough finish on the furniture. The rough furniture finish is almost taken care of already. I spent the night and most of the morning lovingly sanding. The Butt Stock is smooth and almost ready for paint. So is the furniture off the Gas Tube.

    Last night I also took the receiver parts still stuck to my from and back trunions off. Also ground them smooth to the trunion surface and put a dimple in the rivets to guide the drill bit when I drill them out this weekend.

    I love this so far. Just something about crafting something. PRIMAL!

    The big handle on the Fore Guard was way to big for me. So I am reshaping it by hand. Making it a little more comfortable for my hand.

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    The front ground
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    looking good so far

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    Now for the fun part barrel pin and rear trunnion rivets. Hope you got an easy one!

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    Hot Damn! looks like you're well on your way. I'll bet we hear from you soon in the BIY forum.
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    WOW! I have towels and pliers just like that! lol

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    You are off to a great start. Brings back very fond memories. Also makes me want to get yet another kit!
    Romy G Start:


    Somewhere in the middle:


    Finished:

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    Lookin' good so far Robert. If you think you love it now, just wait until you fire it. Nothing like the feeling of actually shooting something that you built with your own hands (you might as well order your second & third kits now!). What type of finish are you going to put on the wood furniture? The reason I ask is because another member told me about using RIT clothing dye as a stain (I used scarlet red) & then putting a clear coat on top. I did it and it came out incredible looking. Just a thought. Good luck with the rest of the build.
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    I am doing some wood burning on the furniture. I was thinking of just painting it though. Or just staining it. Still thinking on it.

    BUt I am doing the wood burning under whatever I do. So I have texture. Like checkering on the back strap. A little primitive but I did it to my sword and it works great for the grip.
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    Here is some recent work I have done.

    Reshape of the foregrip.
    Checkering on backstrap of foregrip.
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    Like the fact that you are reshaping the foregrip. They are kinda big. Definitely like the checkering on the backstrap, great idea that looks good too. It's also nice when something is done to these rifles that is outside the norm. I like the original "traditional" looking builds but love when something is done outside the box regardless of how large or how small. If you get a chance check out the pics of my first build with my "hammered copper bling finish" that I applied to my AK. They're in the Gallery section here. You might find the finish scary but it's my personal touch and I like it. As for the RIT dye finish, if you get a chance another member here built a couple really nice, really small, AK pistols that I think are truly incredible and he was the person that I saw who used this type of wood stain. Whatever you choose to do, keep up the good work and please post pics of your build; can't wait to see the finished rifle.
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