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 Post subject: Erik's Pulse Rifle Projects
PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2016 1:23 am 
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While I wait for my M56 breastplate and headset, I'm focusing on another project.

I got my first Pulse Rifle, a “Spulse” from Spat in 2010. It arrived with less than two weeks to the next 'con and I did a rush job on assembly and painting.

Here it is on my workbench back in 2009, mostly assembled...mostly:

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After painting:

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Having rushed the job, it had some horrible parting lines and I wasn't happy with the paint. I did a repaint on it and it looked better, but when I got my Snow Wolf and observed how some of the parts fit together, I found myself wanting to do another repaint.

In addition to that, I recently acquired a Snow Wolf grenade launcher, and also had a proper vent and triangle sitting in the parts bin. I've got the time, and the parts, so it's time for the Spulse to get some rehab and restoration.

The first challenge is taking it apart. I didn't assemble it with the intention of ever disassembling it. I used a hammer and chisel to carefully separate the pieces, but it wasn't without cost. The gun is glued together with gap-filling cement and in some places I also added screws. You can see a couple of places where I cracked the model while separating the pieces.

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My next step will be to remove as much of the old glue as I can and get a better fit between the pieces. I'm also going to tackle that parting line. Because these two halves are fused together with glue and screws, I may have to re-sculpt some of the joints with putty. We'll see how this goes.

You can see here some of the parting line and fitting issues:

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Once I have the main body together, I'll be trimming the vent and Snow Wolf launcher to fit. The Snow Wolf and Spulse have slight differences in scale which will need to be considered.

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For comparison, here is my Spulse (top) and Snow Wolf (bottom) together.

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You can see the scale differences, which will be a small challenge when installing the Snow Wolf launcher on the Spulse. FWIW, I'm pretty sure the Spulse is closer to screen accuracy in size.

Once everything is fitted and re-assembled, I'm going to repaint and weather it. Hopefully I can have it ready for Marscon, which is just about a month away.

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 Post subject: Re: Spulse Rehab Project
PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2016 2:50 pm 
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Thanks for sharing.
It shows how much fun you can have with building/upgrading the Spulse rifle.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:57 pm 
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So this project wound up morphing into the M41C build, but I've got another Spulse on the workbench I am messing with.

The new Spulse is on the top, the bottom gun was rebuilt into the M41C.
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I'm moving my workspace indoors for the Winter (gotta love Minnesota) but I'm hoping to get this one done by Marscon.

Still gathering parts for my Hero build too!

Misc Notes and Lessons Learned:

- Wear a respirator while sanding and immediately clean as you go with a shop vac.

- Bondo spot putty is one of the best things ever. I don't know where it's been all my life.

- Kydex and styrene are awesome for patching and scratchbuilding. Easily cut, heat formed, sanded and takes paint well.

- Instead of obsessing over perfect straight line cuts, rough cut plastic with a scissors and use a belt sander to true it up. Works great!

- To fill gaps, glue small pieces of styrene in first, then putty. You use less putty and it sands/paints better.

- For large areas that need to be puttied, use plumber's epoxy. It dries rock hard and can be sanded and painted.

- For final sanding, always wet sand. Makes a huge difference!

- Prior to painting, blow dust off the surface with an air hose and then rub down with a tack rag.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:54 am 

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so you used styrofoam and then overlaid bond on top of that for the sealing coat before sanding and then painting?

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 3:12 pm 
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knoxvilles_joker wrote:
so you used styrofoam and then overlaid bond on top of that for the sealing coat before sanding and then painting?


Not Styrofoam - styrene. As in polystyrene plastic.

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Awesome!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 11:53 pm 
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Package from Evike arrived last night...

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This thing is so cool, I almost feel bad about chopping it up....almost.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:33 pm 
Got a big ass gun and a can-do attitude

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Had the same feelings, soon went away when it was dropped into the SPAS cage though! :)


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:55 pm 
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Did inventory today. Here's my current status:

Built:
M41 Snow Wolf
M41S Snow Wolf
M41c Spulse

Under Construction:
M41 kit (maker unknown)
- Stock ordered from SDS
- Barrel vent and triangle ordered from SDS
- Airsoft shotgun acquired
- RS Thompson parts ordered from SARCO

M41 Spulse
- Added Snow Wolf grenade launcher
- Needs new LED (on order from Spat)
- Adding SDS barrel vent and triangle

I've also got an extra Thompson and a SPAS cage so I'll likely build a 6th gun at some point.

I've also got a TRamp and Majenko sound board I need to figure out what I am going to do with, and I'm waiting on two 10-hole vents from Matsuo for the Snow Wolfs.

This is getting pretty crazy.

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