Ive been toying with the idea for damn near a decade for making my own line of custom body guns. Now that Im pretty much finished with college and have access to the toys to make it a reality Im starting to go through the design phases. This thread is intended to document the step by step process.
I got some dimensional drawings from PBN a while back and hadnt done anything with them until now. Ive decided Im going to design some bodies and see if I want to have some made. The existing milling designs I like and will probably draw from are Ripper(autococker), Highlander (Viking/Excalibur), Aardvark Entity (Matrix), AKALMP Diamond pattern (Viking/Excalibur), and Karnivor (Autococker).
My starting material will be a 2.25"x1" aluminum block extrusion or premade Merlin style extrusions. I have modeled a starting point for my designs so I dont have to go back through and redo all the chambers every single time. Here is a screen shot..
3/17/11: Merlin Extrusion Based Model. Weight= 0.44 lbs
3/22/11: Merlin Extrusion Based Model
As I get more done, Ill update this post with what Im doing and what my current to-do list is. If anyone has suggestions on what they might like to see done Ill be happy to consider any outside input.
Current To-do List
-get dimensions for frame mounting holes
-get dimensions for ball detent and wire detent
-get thread dimensions for sear nut, front block hole
-get more exact dimensions for barrel cavity
-begin coming up with concepts for design
Whats been done so far
-created base model
-added in known features
-created Slim Merlin Body model 3/17/11
-created Ripple 1/2 Mill Merlin Body 3/22/11