Status update (Update: Barackuda soon to post)

Hey, peoples. 

I'm rather sad to see the community dying but I figured I'll cling on a little longer, try to spark some more activity if possible. I see people still posting instructions, so that's good. Just wish we'd keep more discussion going on the forums. Anyway, a couple things:

Just to show what I have around, I tried to make something after my Barackuda but didn't end up going anywhere. I just wanted to have something around, so I remade and improved my SMRI model. This version was designed solely for looks based off my last version. I couldn't really be bothered to try making this one shoot. It still uses Red's stock because I couldn't think of a better design at the time. Anywho, this wasn't meant to be the impressive bit, just something to show while yabbering. =P 

With the Barackuda and the SMRI, I realized that I'm still limited in a few pieces. I desperately need more dark greys, oranges, and black hands. I also realized I feel bad destroying guns and never keeping them around so that I can build new ones. I figure I might as well build my collection up so I can keep more guns around. So I've ordered more pieces. I'll get them probably some time early next week. I'm hoping to build something right away. I'm thinking of revisiting my Barackuda to see if I can improve the trigger and feed ramp. I might redesign it entirely. I'm hoping to attempt a repeating slingshot of some form at some point too. But it's an area I've never worked in before so I might get discouraged pretty quick. I dunno, I need to try actually building these ideas I have sitting in my head for years. I'll post more in here once I get the pieces and start building something.

Update 2/19/16: 
I'm mostly finished with my new version of the Barackuda. I filled in the empty gaps on the rods of the magazine to make it fuller looking. The trigger -should- work better now but I just noticed it struggles to set when it's still pulled back while cocking. I suspect I just need a better band setup to resolve this, otherwise it works fine when you manually push the trigger forward. Last, the stock was changed entirely to give the bolt a rail to glide inside of with a solid bolt stop right after the trigger engages, allowing for a quick and smooth action. The handle connection is also more sturdy, so the stock is surprisingly rigid. Overall I'm much more pleased with this version, as long as I can figure out the trigger bands this might be posted. I'll begin working on yet another remake of the UMP soon.

Update 11/9/16: 
Man, the year sure flew by. I apologize for never really getting around to posting the Barackuda before. This time I think I've finally gotten over my perfectionism. I've adjusted the stock to keep the same track design but attached it differently and otherwise made the rest of the stock use less pieces. I've figured out a (I think) new pair of K'nex sights more precise than our usual chunky ones, not that it'll help much. The trigger and back of the gun has been adjusted to block the pin further back, hopefully improving range slightly. The front of the gun was made more compact and flat at the bottom to allow potential changes to the front of the magazine in the future. It also makes muzzle loading much easier in tandem with the new ramp. The ramp is also simpler, more consistent, and hopefully offers better range than my other ones. Finally, the magazine has been adjusted to be easier to load and hopefully more reliable. I'd finally say this is a practical war weapon alternative. I'll post this...hopefully sooner rather than later. This time I mean it. 

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Any update on the status of this gun? I would love to build it when and if it gets posted!

TheDunkis (author)  The Knex Inventor3 months ago

Hey, sorry for just sorta going dead. If I can remember to, I'll try to get instructions sometime this week. There's just been so little activity I didn't figure anyone would build it anyway. It's been so long, I forget what, if any, improvements I made since the internals I took previously, but I'll try to make a full instructable regardless. Hope it'll be worth the wait.

Off at college at the moment, but would definitely build it over vacation just for fun. Thanks for staying around, I look forward to seeing your repeating slingshot :)

TheDunkis (author)  Dreamwave2 months ago

When's your next vacation then, Christmas? If you do, hope you like it.
Haha, which one was that one? I've had a few ideas but I think the one I mentioned was to attempt using fin ammo in a repeating slingshot? It's hard to get motivated to try it, but I swear I'll get to it one day...

I'd almost recommend a belt-fed design if using finammo as you can just carry it on top of the belt and have bands pull it off of it through an open-side chamber

PindaHoofd5 months ago

Hey! Nice to see you around.

Very interesting design and mechanics. I love how it looks so minimalistic.

Do you know when you will release instructions for it?

Or at least like a few more internals?

TheDunkis (author)  PindaHoofd5 months ago

Thanks, been rather inactive, but I check in now and then. Long story short, I keep wanting to post instructions, but then I always find a thing or two I want to improve so I fiddle with it some more, then I hit a roadblock and take a break for a while. I could get more pictures, though.

I think you should post it when you truly feel like you completed the gun.

As for the gun, I tried building it yesterday from the current pictures but there were some things that were unclear to me. I finished the gun except for the mag, but because some things weren't on the pictures I had to improvise. The finished build was quite flimsy and I think this is because I did not build it correctly. If you could post some more detailed pictures of the gun and especially the parts which you think need extra attention, that would be appreciated.

I feel like if you took the time to reinforce the whole body and make the mag and trigger work flawlessly and smooth, this could result in a great gun.

TheDunkis (author) 1 year ago

Dunno why I keep posting here but I'm happy to say the Barackuda is coming along nicely. Changed the stock, trigger, front + ramp, and magazine since the version in the picture, so I'm gonna finish it up, get a new picture, and then maybe get another video. Then I want to be done with it... I've been meaning to post it but haven't quite been satisfied enough with it at any point.

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