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 Post subject: Steve's Smartgunner
PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:45 pm 
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Been quite a while since I posted at lengh here, moved house late last year, xmas happened and work still gets in the way of all the fun things!

After said house move I found myself with a small shed at the bottom of the garden, cover from the elements for fiberglassing/spraying and fabricating stuff - hmmmmm, I always wanted to own a smartgunner rig.............NOW'S THE TIME!!

So I ordered myself a smartgun kit from Matsuo, including a fiberglass chest plate (mid January) and set to making the harness whilst I awaited the gun kit (impatiently!!)

Using the Hot Toys Vas and Drake models for reference I made the harness, arm and padding pretty much by eye and my mannequin 'Harry' (No seriuosly!) was extremley useful for sizing and test fitting. The arm is made up of just under 1" x 1" aluminium box, the harness made out of several pieces of aluminium, 10mm thickfor the waist, 6mm thick for the chest upright, 4mm thick for the neck V and 3mm thick for the back/kidney plates.

I haven't actually tried on the finished harness yet but several trial fits 'in progress' seem quite comfy.

The headset was bought from our own Cpl Smith and I added the boom mike (4mm aluminium tube) and a couple of air fittings as mike ends with a 35mm film can attaching it to the headset. The wiring is attached with a 1/4" mono jack and socket into the base of the eyepice. Finishing it off, I added a screen from an old mobile phone as a screen in the eyepiece (just for effect).

Some of you will have seen the pics on facebook of my progress but I'm going to be adding them here too.

Now all I need is the gun kit............................................... :D :D :D :D :D

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:48 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:51 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:53 pm 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:55 pm 
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How many of these buggers did I take?......................

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:59 pm 
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YAWN.................PICS!!!

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:00 pm 
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Looking very good mate!

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:01 pm 
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Not quite done yet.....................

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:03 pm 
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And I think we're done!!

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:04 pm 
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Phew! next pics of M56 build when the kit comes.............

Cheers Callum, It's been fun building this, I can't wait to bring the finished rig to a drop!!

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 2:46 am 
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This is one awesome job, mate!!
Does the back release line work, too?


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 6:11 am 
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That isn't made of metal.
That is made of win.

Epic, epic win.

Well played, sir!
Looks like we're gonna have quite a few smartgunners at our 2012 drops!

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 6:26 am 
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Looks amazing thanks for sharing . I'm also doing a smart gunner kit to, and your photos help very much . Did you machine cut all the metal or were you able to purchase the metal parts pre cut and just put them together ? Great work keep us updated !

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 7:55 am 
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that is damn sexy lol. but cant wait to see this finished i have thought about building one of these some day. maybe soon. but you should try to make templates for the harness i think that would help alot of people out tryin gto build there own but thats my .02¢

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:29 am 
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Thanks guys! I did toy with the idea of a functional back release but felt the whole harness would be too flexible, the release rod will come out but I riveted the plates together for strength.

Matt, the aluminium plate I purchased online from a UK supplier. They will cut your chosen plate thickness to size but I had to bend and shape them myself and the card templates were basically roughed out by eye and guesstimated. It all worked out though!

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 1:59 pm 
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Bloody hell that's impressive work!
So clean too.

Tootumsup!

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 3:38 pm 
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This is one hell of an awesome job!
Keep posting! Love to see it work together with the M56.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 4:01 pm 
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Very cool thx for the feedback does any one know where to get the resin parts for the smartgunner head set? 2012 looks like the year of the smart gunner due to the amount of people putting together smart gunners gear

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 6:14 pm 
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Wow, fantastic job Stephen, looks brilliant. 8)

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Any chance of you releasing the plans??

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 4:38 pm 
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Hey Simon, when I get home later I'll email you what I have, although the back pieces as I said were roughed out on card over the mannequin and pretty much custom made to fit me. What I do have should get you started though.

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Very kind of you mate!

Just so I can work everything out, could you tell me your height etc?

This is damn fine work your doing by the way. I bet there'd be only a slight difference when you compare it to a real steadicam vest.

I had a thought about that arm too, could you not cut some piping in half and weld/glue them onto the bars to give it that curved look the real ones have?

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 5:36 pm 
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fantastic build! cant wait to see the M56 attached to the arm 8)

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 5:40 pm 
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Me as well I'm interested in your plans to . I have a metal machinist is willing to cut the parts for me . Any help would be great .

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 8:05 pm 
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Okies, I'm home after a VERY long days training at Coventry (EU Driving laws BLEURRRRGHH!!!!).

Matt & Simon, could you pm me your email, the Legacy email - it appears won't let me add attachments.............

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