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Dragon's Designs Wraith Autococker Backblock Recreation
Generally I'd have milled that, but the odd shape of the block precludes solid clamping,
so I simply scribed and shaped the corners with the belt sander again.
And finally, after interminable amounts of careful re-fitting, re-checking and touch-up filing,
it was time to sand it smooth. Wet sanding makes the paper last longer, and reduces the
amount of airborne aluminum dust. A little dish soap also helps float away debris.
And done! It's not a precisely exact recreation, but it's very, very close.
This shot is from an earlier trial fit...
And here it is done, the marker cleaned and reassembled, and the block installed.
The contours appear to not quite follow the body lines, because the block is curved in two dimensions.
When viewed straight from the side, they're spot-on.
One other unrelated niggly bit with this build is the customer wanted an Inception 3-way installed,
in place of the old STO-style switch. Everything fell into place, of course, except that due to the
Inception design, the factory-length rod was too short. It screwed into the spool just fine,
but not far enough to reach the setscrews. So when fired, the spool would unscrew
itself from the rod and throw the timing off.
I had no longer rods in my collection, so I was obligated to make one.
I was still just a hair short- it was tough to gauge the bend- but there was enough thread to let the
setscrew lock it in place. A quick sweetspot and time, and she's ready to rock.
And a somewhat bigger beauty shot for you to drool over. :)
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