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PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 1:12 pm    Post subject: PKD Magnum Build Reply with quote

I'm finally getting around to building my Rick Ross PKD Magnum kit. I picked this up a few years ago and I can't believe I've waited this long to begin. It's the PropSummit Issue kit from 2006. From what I've read, this kit began as a regular PKD prototype but when Rick realized that he had a Styer receiver that was too large, rather than start over, he made the Magnum model. This kit looks familiar in many respects but everything is plus-sized. In the photo of the parts, you can see that I've added a large-sized battery terminal knob. I got this knob from the same EE-8 field radio as the regular size knob that I used for my Sidkit version. The radio has two large knobs as well as two smaller ones so I figured I'd use it in place of the resin part that came with the kit. I'll post more progress photos as progress is made.







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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eager to see the build
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have not seen one of these in forever!! Looking forward to seeing it
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm looking forward to your build as well. Good luck!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the kind words! Stay tuned.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The kit was molded with all of the screws in place. While the detail is really good, I decided to drill out the molded screws and replace them with real ones. This also gives me the ability to assemble this thing with little or no glue and I can take it apart later just by unscrewing the pieces.






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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good call, nothing replaces the real thing (screws that is) Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got quite a bit done this weekend and drilled out most of the molded screws and replaced them with real ones. I'm still in the process of weathering and painting so what you see is close but not the final finishes.






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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good so far.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went a different direction with the grips. The grips that came with the kit are the traditional transparent amber color but both my Sidkit and Coyle versions have the amber grips so I wanted a little bit different look for the Magnum. The KMS Enforcer has rubber grips and they feel really cool in the hand so I thought I'd try an experiment with PlastiDip. I put on 3 coats, waiting 30 minutes between each coat and I really like the way the texture turned out. I figured if I didn't like it I could just peel it off.




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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also added a rare earth magnet to the ammo housing light box. This worked out really well because not only is it held on securely but it's easy to remove. I drilled out the lip so the magnet would fit flush. Again, the paint finish isn't final. I decided on the magnet approach after I had already sprayed a coat of black. After drilling, it needs some touch ups.








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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good for sure. Love the grip, makes it different for sure
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

joberg wrote:
Looking good for sure. Love the grip, makes it different for sure


Thank you! It feels cool too.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is a WIP comparison shot with my Sid Kit.








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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beauty shots Cool
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

joberg wrote:
Beauty shots Cool


Thank you!
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I got this idea in my head that I wanted to add an LED to the sight rod. It has this perfect spot for one so I drilled out the hole to make room. Then I drilled two smaller holes on the back to allow the leads to protrude through (sort of like a Christmas tree light). I'm using the blacklight LED from one of these things.








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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since deciding to add the LED to the sight rod, that added another challenge: how to get wiring to the light in an unobtrusive way. I made a reckless decision and did this:



I drilled in through the back and then up through the bottom so the drill holes would meet. Easier said than done. The kit has a small cavity underneath the "cylinder" cover that is for the on/off switch so I was able to hide the lower drill hole inside that. Then I ran the wires through to make sure everything fit ok. The hole is larger than I would have liked but it was needed in order to make the drill holes meet more easily. Meh, it's only plastic, I can fill the hole later.






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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is the magnum sized so that the binding post is the same size as the large ones on the EE-8 radio? If it is, I've got an upgrade for yah!

Awesome build, btw. I wish Rick was still putting these out : /
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The binding post that is on the gun at the moment is the large one from an EE-8 radio. It fits with the beefier size of the gun. What type of upgrade do you have in mind?
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