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    Oooh boy! I just love that grain look on the furniture. There's something about it that gives me a hard on.
    Nice job!
    -Shadow-

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    Thanks for the comments Shadow, although it does paint a somewhat
    disturbing image. (bfg)

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    Ta he he! I'm with ya. Just a figure of speach man.
    I have a set of polish hand guards that have the same appeal.
    I guess what I'm trying to say is that, I would love to have a complete furniture set like that, with out spending and arm and a leg for it. Most of my builds are the beechwood,tiger wood, Etc. I just really like the grain look.

    Later,
    -Shadow-

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    Quote Originally Posted by bim jeam
    I've had moderate success with Rit\alcohol and Zinsser Bulls Eye (amber).
    Top 2 are Russian AKM sets from PLO kits. Bottom is unissued Russian
    AKM set from Tantal, that I used as a model.

    JB, so you mix the alcohol with the Amber Bull's Eye and this mixture is called shellac? Does the Bull's Eye provide the "color"? Increase this amount to get a darker color? Would you mind giving us a heads up on the ratio's you've used? Thanks!

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    OK, here's what I've been doing. Mixed Rit clothing dye with denatured alcohol, some red, orange, little purple
    and little yellow. Tried different recipes on several Egyptian wood sets, all ended up way to dark to replicate
    Russian wood. I diluted the dye mixture by 4 to 1 and applied a coat to a Russian set. Still looked too dark, so
    I lightly sanded that set before applying the shellac. The directions for the Zinsser shellac recommend thinning,
    I used a 2 parts alcohol to 5 parts shellac.The Zinsser Amber does add the "honey" color, increasing with the
    number of coats.
    There are ALOT of variables to deal with, you'll have to develop a technique that works for you.
    HTH


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    Try to keep in mind guys, the Russian didn't stain the wood at all. All of the color is contained in the varnish. Here's a MAADI thumbhole stock that I converted to regular. The handguards are MAADI as well. The MAADI wood is the same bright white, reflective baltic birch that the Soviets used. This wood I did using the techniques and spirit varnish developed by Hopster. If you are interested in a kit, you can PM me here.


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    I love the Maadi!
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    Well with only photos to go by for color I have made some first attempts at the tinted shellac finishes .The pics aren't great.Without Macro and lighting plus those stupid little LCD sreens I can't tell what the hell I'm taking a picture of.One is a Russian UF set off a SG kit in the Orangeish tint and the other is one of these Romies to practice on in the more Red.At least that is what I was chasing anywho.Romy wood doesn't seem to have the refractive effect that the Russian does.
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