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Old 05-29-2014, 04:11 PM #1
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Empire V2 custom carbon fiber shell

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Hi All,

Was finally able to find a paintball-related use to my work! Used some spare material, poured up a V2 shell, and came up with this:







The making of...



Model lacquered and put under vacuum...


Carbon layup...


Blue-tinted resin added under vacuum...




Sanded and filed the holes to a tight fit, and she's good to go...


Has anyone else made these before? Haven't seen any, but have't looked too hard. It's a bit rough as I haven't done too much work with pigmented resin or this unique shape (a little different than the normal process I'm used to) but I'm fairly happy with the result!

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Old 05-29-2014, 07:13 PM #2
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Looks pretty nice. Be curious to see how it handles on-field testing in terms of potential cracking, if any.
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Old 05-29-2014, 07:31 PM #3
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I'll be testing it this weekend. I expect it'll hold up well- I used five layers of our heaviest carbon sleeve and reinforced the feed neck with unidirectional carbon tape. It's a beast, definitely tougher than the original shell.
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:15 PM #4
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That is a super professional job. Post the rest of the progress pics.
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:31 PM #5
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Thank you kindly, sir- done!
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:51 PM #6
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Simply amazing. That came out VERY well.

Edit: Progress pics make it even more epic.
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:55 PM #7
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Would you be interested in taking on work like this, and if so what would be a rough cost?
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Old 05-29-2014, 11:04 PM #8
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Would you be interested in taking on work like this, and if so what would be a rough cost?
I'd love to! However, I'm currently just using spare materials at work for training/materials-testing purposes so I would have to get the go-ahead from my boss and pay for materials if I were to go into production. I do plan to look into it next week to see what my material costs would be and if my boss would green-light it as a side/R&D project. It may be that it's simply not cost-effective, and I'd probably need to check with Empire to ensure I'm not infringing on any copyrights or anything. But I'll keep you posted!

Appreciate the feedback, guys!
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Old 05-30-2014, 07:23 AM #9
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Old 05-30-2014, 08:43 AM #10
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Too kind, sir! Thanks!
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Old 05-30-2014, 10:59 AM #11
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If you do start making these.... I would love one with orange. That thing looks slick as ****. Top shelf work ya heard! Lol. Definitely really really cool though man. Keep us updated with the stability factor. I imagine it's loads stronger then the regular shell, but I would work about the clips on the original body wearing out.
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Old 05-30-2014, 11:03 AM #12
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Haha thanks, orange would be cool. I'm definitely looking at my options as far as production goes- we'll see! And I'll be putting it through the paces the next couple weekends and will report my findings!
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Old 05-30-2014, 11:55 AM #13
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whats the weight vs standard nose?
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Old 05-30-2014, 12:09 PM #14
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Almost identical. The carbon fiber shell I made is slightly heavier due to a bit of excess material in the nose and underside, which I could have sanded down more but didn't want to risk sanding too thin. The weight difference is so minute as to be practically unnoticeable. I'm already thinking of ways to refine my technique to avoid that excess buildup for any future models.
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Old 05-31-2014, 11:52 PM #15
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Alright, so I field tested it today. Only feed issue I had was with the crap paint I was using. Otherwise fed great, took some hopper shots with no issues- the carbon shell is rock solid!
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Old 06-01-2014, 06:10 AM #16
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Old 06-04-2014, 01:26 AM #17
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Old 06-04-2014, 10:01 AM #18
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Da*n, was hoping for some bounces lol. Maybe someone should invent a shell that can cause some bounces. That'd be sweet, but this is cool looking.
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Old 06-04-2014, 10:03 AM #19
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Great work! looks very professional!
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How many can you make in a day? What's the weight comparison to the stock shells?
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Very nice! Looking forward to finding carbon fiber shells in retail! Keep up the r&d so I can buy one of these , and support your business!
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