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Old 12-21-2013, 05:13 PM #1
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My life Long project. DM4.5


In my midst of all the BST stuff i used PBN for, i never stopped to post up this lovely thing i have been working on off and on for a while. By a while I mean since 2008.
The story:
I received this gun from my dad for a grad present in may of 08. I wanted really bad as it held a lot of sentimental value to me. In 05 I started playing Rookie with a feeder team for the CO Shooters( semi pro/d1). I work my way up in the ranks of that family and by 07 I was playing Open/d1/Amateur locally and was doing well. Most of the core Semi Pro team was like family to me, and I could honestly say I wouldnt have grown to the skill level I did had it not been for them. The Gun belonged to a buddy that played with the team and he sold it to my dad in 05-06. My dad loaned me the gun for tournaments as a back up or if it was warm and I could get away with playing with it and not having FSDO. I live in CO. lol. Other than that I played with my 05 angel speed or my tricked out frenzy'd 2k2 timmy(which was stolen in 05).

During 07-08 I was in college welding and manual/CNC machining classes through my junior and senior year on High school. After sailing through all my required machining projects easily, I had about 2 months of nothing to do, and me and a buddy were justing coming up with ideas of things to make with the equipment and materials we had access to.
-ABS Plastic 4 wheeler, wheel spacers drawn out on Auto Cam and Milled on the CNC
-2" handle bar risers and and clamp set for a custom set of bars we made in welding class.
-Then the DM4.

For those that haven't shot a early Matrix, especially one that was well broken in, you really are missing out. Whether it be a Gen E matrix/DM3, or a DM4-DM5, they were just smooth shooting guns, super accurate and super quite when tuned correctly and broken in. The DM4 however had its flaws, It boasted this super tall feedneck and was kinda a Fat Girl weight wise when compared to what was coming out at the time of 07-08. With the tools i had i figured I ll start hacking metal off the body to help with these issues, yet still give it milling and not just round it off.

Everything was done with a Manual mill and is exactly identical side to side, might be a thousand off here or there since I did touch some areas up when trying to round off some flat mill spots.

Here it is.

After Time on the Mill and being first put back together.
Specs at the time:
-Custom milling dropping almost 10oz ounces, and allowing a low profile feed neck
-dm6 clamping feed neck
-new eyes
-Proto asa direct mount ASA( its light and sleek, and fit the look well and was a center ported ASA so it would slim the width up)
-custom milled dmc trigger frame with(DMC/DM5 trigger frame is a lot better than the a stock DM4 as its easier to adjust the trigger, mount a ASA directly to the frame, and in my opinion had better trigger geometry and options.
one of one fang trigger(milled up Stock DMC trigger)
-new DMC board
-virtue DM4/5/C chip
-new membrane pad
-new solenoid
What the gun looked like when I got it.








-Stock weight is listed at 3.2lbs(however I don't think that is with a battery, and is with the stock 12" ultralight, and no asa or macro/fittings as guns in that time often didn't come with a ASA set up at the time )

-When weighed after fully put back together with a battery, macro line, macro fittings, 07 eclipse shaft barrel and dm6 feed neck. It weighed in at 2.9 lbs.

So I accomplished what I set out to do, drop a good amount of weight on it, while still making it attractive with some new lines, and some simplified lines. I also was able to get rid of the 2.5" tall feed neck as the gun now had clearance for a true low profile feed neck.

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Old 12-21-2013, 05:35 PM #2
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The gun then sat in my paintball bag for a good 5 years as i used newer guns on the market, as I wasnt truly done with the DM4.5. I was on the hunt for a UL frame without paying what i paid for the gun alone, still have yet to find one for a decent price.

So I bought a CP sling trigger, as i had one on my 2k2 timmy and the ball bearings just left It a very smooth feeling trigger.

My brother tried to play a tournament with the gun in 2009. I learned then that the gun needed a decent amount of work, eyes went bad, and all of the orings needed replaced. I ordered 10 rebuild kits as paintball gateway had 4/5/c rebuild kits for a dollar a piece. I am still in the process of getting some virtue laser eyes. (really busy all the time)

At the end of 2012, after graduating college and having looking for a job for about 6 months with no luck. Me and my brother decided to roll the dice with a good amount of our savings. We invested in Hydrodipping/Hydro Graphics/ Water Transfer Printing equipment and start our own company. Up to starting our own company I had always wanted to custom Anno the gun, However I decided to just Hydrodip it myself, as it would mean I 100% transformed the gun into a custom piece by myself.

So here is a sneak peek as what I have been up to with it, as i finally decided to finish the dang thing.

True Carbon fiber, Hydro dip parts:
-Body
-Vert ASA
-Hyper II swivel
-Proto direct mount ASA

Accent Color
Lime green, Black marble Hydro Dip:
-DMC frame
-eye covers
-Dm6 feed neck collar
-Hyper II reg body
-LPR cap
-Bolt cap
-Gun on/off knob
-14" SLY carbon fiber Barrel.

Here is the Preview of the Body after it was done. I am in the works on the rest and Paintball Guns are rather difficult to Hydro Dip, as it keep paint and graphics out of the areas they don't need to be, and doing it right as it has only taken me 7 years to complete. lol









Thanks for the Interest in my Project. For more info on the Hydro Dipping process/services or more Paintball related work please feel free to see the links in my SIG.

Thanks,
Nick Mcleod
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Old 12-22-2013, 03:36 PM #3
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Holy **** that's honestly really cool! Stunning job, that's great!
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Old 12-22-2013, 07:44 PM #4
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Holy **** that's honestly really cool! Stunning job, that's great!
Thanks man, I should have it together and shooting here soon. I ll be sure to post pics.
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Old 12-22-2013, 10:00 PM #5
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Old 12-24-2013, 10:06 AM #6
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love how you kept the similar flow lines of the original milling. great job!
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Old 12-24-2013, 12:07 PM #7
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love how you kept the similar flow lines of the original milling. great job!
Thanks,
I loved most of the lines of the original milling, some however not so much. I also added my own up top to give it some flavor as apposed to just a rounded top.
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Old 12-25-2013, 12:53 PM #8
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i really like it but the carbon fiber takes away from your milling skills . a nice annodized or brushed aluminum look would be awesome. or a real cf cover. the fake carbon looks tacky imo ..
nice gat tho
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Old 12-25-2013, 10:02 PM #9
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i really like it but the carbon fiber takes away from your milling skills . a nice annodized or brushed aluminum look would be awesome. or a real cf cover. the fake carbon looks tacky imo ..
nice gat tho
It's not for everyone, I understand that.

Thanks though.
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Old 01-04-2014, 01:46 AM #10
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any updates?
Hopefully sometime next week, have had some money issues along with some family medical issues. So i had a little set back on time. However it will be done soon, and back to running condition for the first time in like 5 years.
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Old 01-07-2014, 09:17 PM #12
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Old 01-30-2014, 12:35 AM #14
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Well havent had much time to finish this thing. Been swamped with customer projects.

Here is what the accents peices are going to look like. (frame is uncleared in this picture.




eye covers, reg body, and all caps, gun on/off knob and feedneck and barrel will be matched in this pattern.

asa, reg collar, and vert asa will be matched in carbon fiber.
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holy **** dude nice job
Thanks man, I almost have everything dipped. Just clearing it and rebuilding the guns o rings and such. I do need a new set of eyes. cant wait to see this thing done.
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3.2lbs to 2.9lbs = 4.8oz not 10.
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3.2lbs to 2.9lbs = 4.8oz not 10.
IF your comparing the OEM weight number, that doesnt include a battery a bottom line set up. Actual weight cut was more than 4.8oz thank you i do know how to do math.
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I meant no disrespect to your math skills. If you're trying to give us an accurate idea of how much you cut off it should be weighed the same way as it was initially. I took the two weights you gave and came up with 4.8oz. How am I supposed to know how much of that 2.9lbs is battery or ASA? Hell if your battery and ASA weigh 2.0lbs, Ill be a lot more impressed than if they weigh a half oz.

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I meant no disrespect to your math skills. If you're trying to give us an accurate idea of how much you cut off it should be weighed the same way as it was initially. I took the two weights you gave and came up with 4.8oz. How am I supposed to know how much of that 2.9lbs is battery or ASA? Hell if your battery and ASA weigh 2.0lbs, Ill be a lot more impressed than if they weigh a half oz.

Thank you.
when its all said and done i ll try and weigh it with out any of that stuff. I need to find an ultralight barrel as the eclipse barrel i weighed it with was heavier also. Also i am not sure if back in 04 if they weighed a gun in at the factory with a barrel on it or not.

When i originally figured the ounces dropped i think i had found at the time that the OEM weight might have been without a barrel. Then again that was soooo long ago. The only way i could find exactly how much weight was dropped would hunt down a unmolested dm4. lol buy it and weigh it.
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