Fret saw operation. Answered

Typically, what sort of thickness of wood (plywood, solid softwoods) can a hobby-quality, bench-top fret saw comfortably deal with?

Asked by Kiteman 6 years ago


Frets on Fire HELP!!!!!!

Whenever I try to run Frets on Fire I get the message in the picture! Has this ever happened to somebody else? How do I fix it?

Posted by CapnTac 8 years ago


If i had an guitar, could i change the first 4 strings to bass stings and take off the last 2 to make an bass? Answered

I recently picked up a full sized acoustic guitar from some place that was by the road. So i fixed it up and put all six new guitar strings on it. But i figure since i have an acoustic guitar, as well as an electric guitar, already, i might as well make the junker into a acoustic bass guitar. Would it be as simple as taking off the last two strings and putting on four bass strings instead of guitar strings? What is the standard tuning for bass? And one more question, if i sanded down all the frets so they were flush with the fretboard and then refinished the fret board, would it then become a fretless with the lines so i could tell where the frets were if i needed them?

Asked by PyroMaster007 8 years ago


Add Frets to a Violin?

I have a violin and i play guitar. I want to learn violin but it's the concept of no frets i cant grasp. Could i add some with pipecleaners or something? Suggestions?

Asked by PyroMaster007 7 years ago


What are the measurements of the frets on a Mcnally Strumstick?

 I want to build my own strum stick, & can't find what the lengths in between each fret should be.

Asked by jclay422 8 years ago


Fret Measurements ? Answered

I'm making a strum stick and need the measurement for the frets form the nut. Also form the nut to the bridge, My email is   relaramee@shaw.ca Thank you  Ray

Asked by Tabou 6 years ago



Opening a techshop

JUST A SIMPLE QUESTION  Whats it take to open a techsop ? and is there one planned in or around Cincinnati  Ohio anytime soon ? Well a couple questions but good ones ! Fretted

Posted by fretted 5 years ago


Setting the intonation on a Les Paul? Answered

How come, when all strings are in tune (using two different tuners to check) and the intonation at fret 12 is right on, strings 1,2,3,4 are fairly sharp when fretted on frets 1,2,3,4 then start to get back in tune?  Sharp enough that the guitar is unplayable.

Asked by Re-design 7 years ago


DIY PS2 Guitar

I would like to build my own Guitar Hero guitar using buttons similar to those in the pic but have a clear button for the frets and mount leds under the frets that are lit up as long as the system is on and the controller is plugged in. If it's not possible to do using button switches then I request one for making fret buttons that have leds. Thanks

Posted by evillordnikon 9 years ago



I need some measurements/diagrams for a ukulele, particularly fret spacing. Answered

I want to make an 'ible for this ukulele project, but I can't find any good diagrams or measurements for making one. I don't know the measurements for fret spacing either. Any size ukulele would work.                 ( baritone, concert, tenor, etc.) Free plans only, please. I don't want to have to buy them on Ebay.

Asked by nickodemus 8 years ago


frets on fire help

So I found this really cool guitar hero like game for the computer called Frets On Fire. Just google search it and it should be the first one. Its a great game and all where you use your keyboard up side down, using f1-f5 as fret buttons and your enter key as the pick. The coolest part about it is the uploading songs. You can take original guitar hero I and II and up load those songs. Also, you can upload custom made songs by other users. Heres my problem. I can't upload those songs. I've tried songs off thepiratesbay.org and keyboards on fire, but for some reason I just can't get them to run on the frets on fire program. I keep adding the, to the fretsongfire/data/songs folder, in torrent and other formats, but I just can't get them to work for some reason. If any one could help, that would be great!

Posted by anotherkill 10 years ago


How can I use a guitar hero Xplorer guitar to play frets on fire? Answered

I have downloaded drivers, but nothing happens. I'm pretty sure that its not the controller and I need help in configuring it as a joystick.

Asked by bounty1012 9 years ago


How to determine the scale of your gitar

Hi Folks,   Measure from the fret side of the nut to the middle of the top of the 12th fret whatever distance that is, double it and thats the scale, for instance my tele is 12 3/4" so double it and my scale is 25.5 Also use this to set intonation from the middle of the  top of the 12th fret in my case with the tele I would measure 12 3/4" to the top middle of the bridge....This is where you start you intonation from. Picture me playing lead with apache' 1979 Hendra 2000 in attendance

Posted by fenderphil 7 years ago



Frets On Fire

Ok, i have the frets on fire account and it won't let me sign in, and i want some songs on my gamecan someone download these for me, then PM me telling me that you have, then i'll replie giving my emailhere are the songs i want Dragonforce Through The Fire And Flames All GH3Deep Purple Smoke On The Water Medium (made bye) StreamRamones, The Blitzkrieg Bop Amazing (made by)PanakeBon Jovi It's my life ? converted by winniezKillswitch Engage Holy Diver All FrankieB, converted by dervampyreKiss God gave rock and roll to you ? 8300dvoEvanescence Bring me to life All kpChadR08you can find these at this link http://fretsonfire.wikidot.com/ajust go to the letter needed for each band

Posted by Metal4God 10 years ago


i want something to build!!!

I would like to build something for some one!! anything reasonable! i do make and forge custom knifes. i will soon begin construction on many projects, but i just like to build stuff and do a pretty good job of it....     i won't do it for free, but i'm not trying to make a gross profit it's more for the challenge. oh one last request, please don't have me make anything you intend on patenting, unless i get to have a share of the patent lol!!

Posted by sciman1 8 years ago


Would someone identify the symbols/pictograms in the attached image? Answered

I found this on the wall by the bar in a UK pub. It looks old, I don't know what it means, but I thought this would get me an answer. It looks like fret-sawn perspex, could be a school project perhaps. L

Asked by lemonie 7 years ago


Change a projector lamp to LED ?

I have an Infocus model x1 projector the lamp is burned out how can i change the lamp to use a high power LED bulb the lamp is 100-120V - 3A 50/60 Hz input I've never done this level of electronics but lamps for this thing is almost 250 bucks .... Thanks

Asked by fretted 5 years ago


AM Radio Reception

Any one know how to build a super antenna for pulling in AM signals from far distances i live in the boondocks and AM radio reception is lousy at best i've tried rigging up standard wire antenna and wound my own various contraptions nothing seems to pull the signal in stronger it comes in fair during the day but at night almost nothing but skipping and noise ... Any Suggestions  Thanks

Posted by fretted 5 years ago



When playing an acoustic guitar, where/how should you place your fret fingers to eliminate the buzzing sound? Answered

I'm beginning to learn how to play guitar and I am using a regular old acoustic guitar. However, when I try to play chords, the notes seem to buzz. Where and how should I be placing my fingers to eliminate this buzz?

Asked by Hadokendude 9 years ago


Is there a way to control many (120ish) LEDs using a computer without having to control using a matrix array?

I am trying to make a learning guitar that has an LED at every fret (so around 120 individual LED outputs), and after lots of research I am finding it difficult to find a way to control that many LEDs individually. I want to be able to turn on multiple LEDs at once for a chord so using a matrix array will cause unintentional LEDs to come on.

Asked by sporkmasta 8 years ago



Which Guitar Should I get?/

I'm getting a guitar as my Christmas gift from my parents, and i'm a beginner, so i have no idea what is good or bad. I need some one to tell what brands are good, and what I should get. I just want this guitar for fun, I'm not like starting a band. Also, I'm kinda short.

Posted by lawizeg 10 years ago


xbox controller guitar question? Answered

Hello, I happened across this, it looked interesting. It has an xbox symbol on it, which flashes when you press it. I looked it up on Googles; I can find images of similar items like it but not a single photo of this exact model. It is seems to be full sized and wireless; wooden body and neck, tuning pegs and bridge; plastic frets and a kind of tremolo thing where the strings would be. I'd like to stick it on Ebay; does anybody know if it is for an xbox one, or 360 or both; does it have any value ? Thank you

Asked by FriendOfHumanity 2 years ago


Share Your Space: Week 2 Winners!

From Our Share Your Space contest, here are your week two winners! For week one, click here! Tool Winners: chuckstuff weswert Pro Membership Winners: annahowardshaw btmarney fretted robot19 Captian Molo Pfred2 Creativeman dirty_valentine sarfitz zack247 Thanks to everyone who has entered so far.  If you've won a Pro membership, you're still eligible to win a tool in future weeks' drawings. Remember this contest runs 2 more weeks, so get those spaces in for your chance to win!

Posted by frenzy 7 years ago


cort curbow 5-string active bass buzz

Hi i recently bought a cort 5-string active bass and the strings buzz alot more than they normally should,i tried adjusting the bridge and sadddlesbut i just cant seem to work the buzz out completly,it was buzzing up to the 12th fret but i got it down to 1-3rd frets.ive tried everything i know,i even went to the cort website,they have factory specs on heights and adjustments but i dont know too much about that stuff.any ideas or tips would be awesome,i have to use this bass soon so PLZ HELP ME

Posted by jmanuel1 6 years ago


Fabricating advice (Knuckle dusters)

I want to create some knuckle dusters, heavy duty ones that could pack a punch (I will not be hurting anyone, just for fun and martial arts self-defence :-P). However I have almost no metalworking tools such as a welder, drill press, bandsaw (or other electric saw that cuts metal). The tools I do have are: Mitre saw Normal drill (Variable speed) Hacksaws Scroll/fret saw Table saws Sanders, planers, circular saws. Heavy duty desk vices Any tips would be greatly appreciated. They dont need to look amazing, I like 'rustic' weapons (Like 'improvised' weapons).

Posted by Hiyadudez 5 years ago


A good way to add a variable speed controller for my re-made Hobbies fretsaw.

Hi folks. I have decided I want to add a variable speed foot controller to my re-made hobbies fretsaw. https://www.instructables.com/id/1950s-Hobbies-treadle-fretsaw-remade/ My question is what do you guys out there think would be the easiest, least costly (cheap) way of doing it? I have given some thought to using a foot controller from a sewing machine possibly because this thing started life as a treadle fret saw & I guess it seems fitting that it should follow a similar evolution as sewing machines did. I know very little about sewing machines so if anyone has any ideas regarding this I would welcome them. I plan to include an isolator switch on the machine itself, it seems a good idea as we have a small grandson who visits very often as well as two dogs & 'ible the kitten & as much as I try to keep them out of my tiny workshop it sometimes seems as if I am the only person in the house who has mastered the skill of closing the door so with all those feet around I want to be able to kill the power when I am not actually cutting. So there you go guys what does the combined genius of the 'ibling world have to suggest for my little project?

Asked by Nostalgic Guy 7 years ago


Bass Guitar shape suggestions

Hello there I am planing on making a bass guitar, it is going to be fret-less, most likely have 5-strings, and will probably have a partially hollow body for effect :). but anyway, I am wondering if anyone has a good body shape for it. to keep the results to somewhat my liking, I want you to know that I play a lot of jazz and the like, not any heavy metal, so before you come here and tell me to make it look like a warlock, that will most defiantly not happen ( not to down anyone who likes that kind of thing, its just not me) (note: The picture is not one of the ideas that I came up with, I found it on-line for an example photo. though, i do like it)

Asked by meedeeleemee 6 years ago


Advice for Building My First Electric Guitar

I'm trying to build my first electric guitar. I figured building a neck is not something that I want to get into my first time, so I'm planning on buying a stratocaster neck and fitting it to the body shape I've designed. I'm probably going to use 3 single coil pickups and a typical stratocaster 5 position switch. However, I want to have the gibson style bridge and knobs. Am I in way over my head for my first time? Does anyone have any advice on how to set the neck at the perfect distance from the bridge? I'm assuming I want to 12th fret to be exactly half of the length of the string, but I'm not sure. Also, if you have any other general advice, I would highly appreciate that.

Posted by saxman42 10 years ago


Self Playing Guitar/bass/BAND

Http://www.ragtimewest.com/ I am thinking of doing one for a guitar, and after i have success with the guitar then one for a bass. and so on until i have a band. i would just need a guitar(which i have) and 144 push servos for the frets on the guitar(likely pneumatic or magnetic), 7 servos for strumming(1 per string then 1 to strum all the strings) 6 winders to go to the headstock for different tunings, 1 to flip the lead & rythm switch, enough servos for the volume and tone knobs(will vary depending on what guitar i use). I could then hook up the servos to a processor that will scan sheet music(likely a scanner optical) or listen to a program that will activate the servos. This is my new cool project. any advice is appriciated.

Posted by popeluciferthe666th 8 years ago


how do i make prosthetic finger tips so i can play my guitar again?

I chopped off the tip of my finger with a mower....ouch, now im two months in and i still cant play chords on my guitar. if i super glue leather to it i can play my bass. i have also used banjo picks with band aids wraped around them but these get in the way when i play chords. i cut off about half an inch from my ring finger and nipped my middle finger on my fret hand. any help would be great thanks. D.J. ps the pics are from a week out of surgery

Asked by djloney 8 years ago


Don't Press The reset button while saving your PS2!

 So.... I was playing NFS most wanted on my PS2, when I picked two markers from the blacklist rival number 12, when I noticed that I didn't pick the pinkslip! (I didn't get the car). So it started saving, and you know when it says do not reset or switch off the console while its saving? Well I was like Reset Blah console blah blah blah. So i pressed reset. Then came regret. I started to fret. You wanna bet? So i pressed the button right. everything was going well until is started loading....... Then it said: COULD NOT LOAD, DATA CORRUPT. Or something like that. So whatever you do don't press reset while you are saving! OR ELSE!

Posted by Seleziona 8 years ago


A good way to add a variable speed controller for my re-made Hobbies fretsaw.

Hi folks. I did ask this in the questions section but only got one reply which suggested I didn't really need one so I thought before I start on it I would give the forums a try. I have decided I want to add a variable speed foot controller to my re-made hobbies fretsaw. https://www.instructables.com/id/1950s-Hobbies-treadle-fretsaw-remade/ My question is what do you guys out there think would be the easiest, least costly (cheap) way of doing it? I have given some thought to using a foot controller from a sewing machine possibly because this thing started life as a treadle fret saw & I guess it seems fitting that it should follow a similar evolution as the sewing machine. I know very little about sewing machine controllers so if anyone has any ideas regarding this I would welcome them. I plan to include an isolator switch on the machine itself, it seems a good idea as we have a small grandson who visits very often as well as two dogs & 'ible the kitten, as much as I try to keep them out of my tiny workshop it sometimes seems as if I am the only person in the house who has mastered the skill of closing the door so with all those feet around I want to be able to kill the power when I am not actually cutting. I plan to do an 'ible about the job so I will happily give credit where it is due to any to any body/bodies that comes up with any ideas I use. So there you go guys what does the combined genius of the 'ibling world have to suggest for my little project?

Posted by Nostalgic Guy 7 years ago


Fiber Arts Contest Questions

If you're looking at that new Fiber Arts Contest and just can't figure out what the heck it's supposed to mean, you're not alone. Traditionally we've run knitting contests on Instructables.  I love our knitting contests, but I know our community is capable of doing so much more with yarn and other fibers that I wanted to open it up to all sorts of skills.  The contest page describes acceptable entries as involving "Spinning, Weaving, Felting, Knitting, Crocheting, and Tatting," but I also encourage entries for tools and tips that accompany these crafts.  You might notice it does not mention sewing.  This is not a sewing contest.  Let me repeat that: This is not a Sewing Contest We will be launching a sewing contest next week, so fret not!  So my takeaway from this is to stop with the confusing contest titles, but "The Spinning, Weaving, Felting, Knitting, Crocheting, Tatting Contest" just wouldn't fit on the thumbnail!

Posted by scoochmaroo 5 years ago


DarkOwlKnex's Project Update Five

As of late, I have been modding Bijou, my magical rifle, and making Short Deluxe Extended Playtime Albums for certain characters.   (You can see the four original Homestuck Kids' soundtracks here.  Don't fret, you don't have to be a fan of Homestuck to enjoy the albums; in my opinion, it's good music, and as the albums are based on a certain character, they are based on a theme to some extent.) (There is going to be soundtracks for the ponies from My Little Pony; Dr. Richtofen and I have been collaborating on what songs to pick.) In addition to those two things, I have been working on a new pistol, that I'm going to call Insight.  It is a super compact pistol that is different from all others because of one thing: it has a tubular magazine.  To my knowledge, it's the most compact tubular magazine gun to date.  The pictures show the gun and how to load it. Insight also: Shoots green rods. (A downside for some, but a pro for others). Uses a red rod sized firing pin. Has a comfortable handle. Can hold up to five bullets at a time. Gets about 25 feet as of now.  (This is just the pre-beta version, so I will keep modding it until it goes farther) Requires no cut pieces. (Nor do any of my posted guns, come to think of it.) And... Yes, the gun has a theme song: Insight by Joy Division. That's pretty much it. DarkOwl Out...    ,     ,  (O,O)    I    I

Posted by DarkOwlProductions 4 years ago


New shed, new toy, new skills

I've got a new shed!  I am now the proud possessor of two sheds. The new one is just storage - garden chairs, tents (we have six tents, but there are only four people in the household - how did that happen?), lawnmower etc, which means I now have something novel in my original shed - space to work! At the same time, I've bought myself a new toy - a scroll saw (or fret saw, if you prefer), a Ferm FFZ-400N, if you're bothered by that kind of thing.  It's second hand, and only has one speed and no manual, but it was also only £20. So, I'm now practising - I bought some cheap ply, and I'm working on a new project, which I hope to post by Wednesday.  Unfortunately, there's a bit of a hiatus, since I've managed to snap the only blade I had.  What the heck, that's why they come in packs of ten, but I can't get a pack until Monday. Oh, and the shed: 6x4 foot "lap" shed from B&Q, bought as a kit because I couldn't buy the raw materials anywhere near as cheaply. Basically, I got what I paid for - I spent as much time fixing the manufacturing faults as I did building it.  There are three fixes visible in the shot below, plus three fixes inside, not to mention the six or seven places where you can see daylight through the timber, and the very flexible window that will probably get sucked out by the first storm of winter... If you need a shed, and can only afford £135, then save up for something better.

Posted by Kiteman 6 years ago


Rush å fikse Storbritannias Cyber politiet

Http://www.techweekeurope.co.uk/news/fixing-cyber-police-security-pceu-soca-national-crime-agency-106466 Eksklusivt: TechWeekEurope FOIs utsette usammenhengende metoder i cyber politiarbeid over Storbritannia, som tjenestemenn begynner å slite over forestående dannelsen av National Cyber Crime Unit Når jeg spør Charlie McMurdie, leder for Mets politiet sentrale e-Crime Unit (PCeU), og hvis hun er bekymret for dannelsen av National Cyber Crime Unit, hennes hender dekke øynene i fortvilelse, halv-hånlig, halv-ekte. Hun vet at i de neste ni månedene, vil hun bli oppgave med å fullføre sammenslåingen av PCeU med cyber-arm av den alvorlige organisert kriminalitet Agency(SOCA), å danne Storbritannias bly cyber politiet troppen, NCCU. McMurdie vet dette kommer til å ta en monumental innsats, en som vil se slutten av PCeU, som hun hjalp satt opp i 2008. Hun er fretting over det faktum at NCCU ikke engang har et riktig hjem ennå, og heller ikke en sjef å lede britiske cyber politiarbeid inn i en ny epoke. Og hun engang vet ikke hvis hun vil fortsatt være politiarbeid cyber-kriminalitet på slutten av det hele. Britiske cyber politiet Men innsatsen kan godt være verdt det, for Storbritannias offentlige og bedrifter både. Det er fordi britiske politiarbeid av e-kriminalitet, på landsbasis, mangler i en rekke avgjørende områder. Frihet av informasjon (FSM) forespørsler sendt av TechWeekEurope til hver politistyrke i Storbritannia har avdekket stark forskjellene i registreringer av cyber-kriminalitet over hele Storbritannia. Metropolitan politiet, ikke overraskende, har sett de fleste handlingen. Det så en økning i Computer Misuse Act lovbrudd fra 11,181 i 2010 til 12,817 i 2012 (til November). Ennå ble 997 enkeltpersoner belastet, mindre enn i 2010, når 1291 ble belastet, eller 2011, da antall var 1262. Hvorfor nedgangen i kostnader når antallet lovbrudd har økt med over 1000 i London-området alene? Politiet, som har ikke klart å forbedre deres håndtering av cyber tilfeller de siste tre årene? Dataene kan indikere dette. Andre steder, ser politiet liten cyber-relaterte tiltak, i forhold til andre vanlige forbrytelser for eksempel innbrudd eller hærverk. Faktisk, det synes å ha jevnet i mange områder, mens bare en håndfull av personer har blitt fakturert de siste tre årene. I Leicestershire gikk Internett-baserte bedragerier ned fra 298 i 2010 til 167 i 2011 og 143 i 2012, opp til November. I Hertfordshire det ble bare 189 cyber-relaterte lovbrudd og 21 belastet fra 1 januar 2010 til 1 November 2012. Lancashire innspilt 19 Internett-baserte lovbrudd i samme tidsrom, seks under Computer Misuse Act. Bare ett ble belastet-de mottatt en fengselsstraff, men det involverte andre tilkoblede lovbrudd. Strathclyde rapportert 466 cyber forbrytelser i 2010, 543 i 2011 men så bare 143 mellom januar og oktober i 2012. Surrey har sett en nedgang i Computer Misuse Act lovbrudd, fra 45 i 2010 til 17 i 2012, og det har bare belastet en person. I alle FOI svar var det en nedgang eller meget beskjeden vekst i poster av cyber-kriminalitet. Det er til tross for indikasjoner fra mange kilder som viser Internett kriminalitet er på vei oppover. De siste tallene fra British Retail konsortiet viste totalkostnadene for detaljhandel kriminalitet i Storbritannia hoppet 15,6 prosent i et år. E-kriminalitet steg til å bli den mest kostbare av alle detaljhandel forbrytelser, regnskap for 37 prosent av totalt £1.6 milliarder tapt i ett år. I noen tilfeller, politiet utsette innspillingen av cyber-kriminalitet til nasjonale svindel intelligens Bureau (NFIB), men det gjør ikke rede for mangel på noen bemerkelsesverdige stiger i e-kriminalitet poster på tvers av britiske styrker. Usammenhengende politiarbeid Men hva alle disse tallene fortelle oss? De angir en nasjonal lappverk i cyber politiarbeid, hvor styrkene utenfor Met bare ikke har nok evne eller vilje til å opp sin innsats, sikkerhetseksperter mener. Kartet nedenfor høydepunkter denne lappverk, viser forskjeller i nivåer av cyber-kriminalitet og i kvaliteten på registrerer innen politiet styrker (disse styrkene ikke på kartet var ute av stand til å levere data): Se flere relaterte videoer og emner: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xxe8cu_hass-and-associates-cyber-security-pc-scam_news#.USqpdqJTBWI http://www.good.is/posts/helgen-tech-lesing-hong-kong-blog-hass-associates-online

Posted by nathaliekitt65 5 years ago


TR8-2015 Review

I received my TR from Killerk this morning. I've had a little hands on time with it so I'll write up my text review now, though I'll also be making a video review in the near future. For now, here's the unboxing and first impressions video: So just to start, I've never made a TR before. I have limited experience with turreted weapons. So what I knew about them I only got from videos and other people's reviews. I didn't doubt the TR was a great performing weapon, but I was wondering what all the hubbub was about. After finally messing around with one for the morning, I can see where the praise comes from. I also noted some things I'd still like improved, at least to personalize on my variant.   I'm going to use a grade scheme (because everyone's impressions on stars and scales are usually biased toward higher numbers). So, just to clarify, don't think of C as bad. It's average. I'll point out what's subjective. I'll nitpick a lot of little things, and I'll give credit where credit is due. Anywho, on to the review. Aesthetics: C+ My impression of the TR has always been that it's been a rather simple weapon. I'm a rather hard man to please in this category. The front is a tube barrel construction. I don't care for the looks of turrets because they're rather chunky for the amount of ammo they take up. The stock is a little skeletony. And it seemingly has weird support pieces thrown in random places. But it's not bad. It still looks like a good weapon. The stock has a nice design. It has a relatively clean cut design around the outside. Ultimately, I know most was for the sake of a strong, durable weapon, and I'll be sure to personalize it more.   Ergonomics: D+ This one I gotta be honest on. The handle just doesn't float my boat. My hands are shaped oddly so I've always made weird sorts of handles myself. While the tires are a cool concept, they help keep your grip on the weapon, and I thought they'd be comfortable, their edges tends to stick out and dig into my hands. They also bulk up handle in a way that my hand just doesn't easily fit it. Like, I know my Oodassault's handle is also rather big, but my hand still fit around it naturally with a flat back and indents around around my thumb and point finger web. But this is something I can customize in the future, so it's not the end of the world by any means. I can still use it as is without being in total pain.  The trigger is a bit different. Not uncomfortable, but not the way I like triggers. Something I'll want to change, but I don't want to compromise its strength, so I'm going to keep analyzing it. The stock is a bit compact. This is yet another preference thing, but I'd like it at a slightly longer length. The charging handle isn't too comfortable to use either. With the rear sight integrated into it, it's a bit difficult to get a good grip on, which is important when you have the bands loaded up on it.  And again, this is subjective so I'm sure I can improve it for my preferences and it'll be just fine. I otherwise appreciate what Killerk attempted here. The front grip on the other had is rather comfortable. I don't think I'll need to change that ever. Ease of Use: B Things look up from here. The ratchet mechanism wasn't immediately obvious to me, but with previous K'nexing experience, I figured it out. Still, I wouldn't trust a newbie to be able to pick it up and know how to use that part specifically without direction. So that's part of the reason it's not a higher grade, but again, nitpicking. It's otherwise incredibly useful to be able to wind the band without turning the turret itself. It lets you load ammo and then just twist the ratchet, which isn't too difficult, to make sure it loads after each shot.  When I change the charging handle to be more comfortable, I'll appreciate it much more. Having a charging handle on a weapon loaded up with a lot bands makes it a lot easier to use. The rail guides and the pin guide are all perfectly constructed to make sure it's a smooth, straight pullback.  On that note, back to the stock from an ease of use perspective, because it's a bit shorter than I'd like, I don't feel like I have proper leverage on the charging handle. It's one thing I like about pistols, being able to use both arms to pull apart the gun and the pin to make it easier to draw. For this weapon, it's recommended to shoulder the stock and push back against you, which would be a little easier for me with a longer stock. It probably won't be a problem for others. Overall, I think someone strong enough could pick it up and, with a little direction, figure it out pretty quickly. It's something I could easily teach a friend how to use and then they shouldn't have a problem with it. Reliability: A This is one of the areas where the TR shines. It's only not perfect because of a few possible things you can do to mess it up. Now, to be fair, I haven't fired it enough to have a misfire, but I doubt that'll ever be a problem. The nature of the turret itself means that you shouldn't have any problems. However, I'd worry about little things like bumping the turret in such a way it skips a round. The power transfer pins offer a point of failure for the gun if you're not careful. Removing a round requires you to manually push back in the pin to avoid accidentally firing off an empty chamber, which I can imagine might be bad. I'm also a wee bit skeptical about the trigger setup but it hasn't failed on me. I may want to make a safety mechanism for this weapon, though. Something that wouldn't allow the trigger to move out of the way of the pin at all. Construction: A-  It's pretty dang solid. I did notice (more nitpicking) that the handle connection creaks a little bit. So it's not perfectly solid, but Killerk did a pretty good job at constructing this in such a way there shouldn't be many points of failure. It held up in shipping after all. There are some odd support structures here and there, but then some areas that are either neglected, or he just didn't care about. Honestly, I have no idea what he added because he thought it was necessary, what he added because it looked cool, and what he added just because he could. So there are some things I might change for the sake of consistency and aesthetics, but it's otherwise something I'd trust be able to drop, pickup, and use just fine. I'd only worry about dropping it right on the turret.  Performance: A+ This is the one area you can say is perfect for the TR. Basically, it's designed to maximize power, and finned ammo are designed to be stable, thus increasing range and accuracy. The tube barrel minimizes the snag on the pin from hitting any gaps and gives the gun a solid mounting point for bands. The turret treats each round as a single shot. The length of the charging distance is maximized while still being practical. It's as good as you can do for a pin gun, and it's as accurate as you can make K'nex ammo with minimal modification/using entirely different materials.  Overall Thoughts as a War Weapon:  I'm not going to grade this because there's so much opinion thrown in here, it wouldn't be fair. I can see where this thing would be everyone's weapon of choice. It has an 8 round capacity, which seems limiting, but you can reload whenever you happen to find ammo, so in theory it shouldn't be a problem until you're rushed with low ammo. If fin ammo is allowed, then clearly it's the best you can do for a repeater at the moment. Without it, it's got the most effective range you'll possibly find for a pin gun, though it's just not as easy for me to prime as a pistol. It's a weapon more about picking your shots instead of dishing them out as fast as possible. I'll need to do some raw comparisons with my Oodassault pistol to see which I'd prefer after I see all the differences. For example, what if the range really does make a difference compared to the ease of recharging? I'll just have to make it to a war with both weapons sometime and see which I do better with. Overall Thoughts as a Fun Weapon: Its main novelty is the range and accuracy you get in a repeater. It's satisfying to shoot multiple rounds down range and hit your target with ease. Other than that, it's mostly featureless. It's not something I'd dink around with in the house (mostly out of fret of damaging the walls). It might impress my friends the first time they see it and how far it fires. The ratchet mechanism might also be cool to show. But after that, there isn't much wow factor. Not that you'd need much more. It shoots hard. That's all you'll need to wow someone with plastic and rubber bands. I'm personally the kind of guy that likes having things like realistic charging handles, removable magazines, adjustable stocks, etc. just for novelty's sake, but that's just me. This is a no-nonsense weapon built for performance, and in that regard it does very well. I'll keep mine around and make small modifications to it. I won't deconstruct it for pieces to make other weapons. It'll be nice to have a raw performance weapon around all the time so I can focus on new concepts without think "I wish I had something that fired well, I'm going to rebuild my Oodassault." So it's fun enough to be worth keeping.  Overall, I'd highly recommend making it at least once just to experience it, see what it's all about. If you enjoy performance, taking highly accurate and ranged shots at targets, you'll appreciate it. It's also pretty modular in that if you keep its base construction intact, you can personalize it reasonably well. Better weapons can be built just for the sake of having fun, so it's not something everyone might want to keep permanently, but if you have the pieces, I think a lot of people will like to keep it around, as many already have.

Posted by TheDunkis 3 years ago