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Posted: 3/11/2006 3:18:24 PM EDT
Here is a couple of pics of my big boy toys. the last pic is of the romanian furniture that goes to my 1980 romanian "G" kit that i bought at the fun show a couple weeks back. i have since refinished the stock set as you can see. it did look pretty damn rough and i was surprised at how good they turned out.


here is a pic of my 3 gun collection: left to right, SAR1(03 model,standard AKM style /w bakelite mag), light barrel AR15 government carbine, and finally my Bulgy AK74S(all black and complete all the way down to the grenade ring in the end of the cleaning rod)




here is a pic of just my 2 AK variants with there respected bayonets:




and here is the pic of my refinished stock set from my romy G kit(now if i can just get this thing put together in the next couple weeks)





thanks for looking and comments/questions welcome


camaro
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 3:22:38 PM EDT
Pretty nice!

Link Posted: 3/11/2006 3:29:14 PM EDT
Cool
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 3:39:41 PM EDT
Nice little stable you've got going. Keep up the good work.
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 5:08:50 PM EDT
Yes, very nice.
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 5:50:17 PM EDT
Nice little family you got there...

You do the Bulgy yourself?
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 8:30:19 PM EDT
Explain a step by step on how you did the wood, the wood looks awesome! McM
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 8:34:51 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 8:48:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/11/2006 8:51:18 PM EDT by camaro128]
on the wood the first and most important thing was to rid it of all the nasty finish and years of oil, grease, dirt, etc. also, with the G kits the butt has a black strip painted down the back of it and over the years it darkens the wood. after stripping all the old finish off with finish remover and letting it dry completely the stock still had some very dark spots so on this particular set i did something that i ordinarily don't like to do, to remove the dark spots i ended up having to take a wire wheel to it and then sand the whole thing smooth again going from 150 grit to finer and finer sand paper. after the stock is then cleaned again and dry i mixed up my Rit dye formula to my liking(not exactly "russian iodine" but also not exactly the romanian orange either). i use a sponge brush to apply the dye(the dye is mixed and filtered through denatured alcohol). i actually applied around 12 coats of dye and the stock had a kinda pinkish orange look to it. after the wood is completely dry i then buff very very lighty with 0000 steel wool. then i use a clean sponge brush and apply a couple of coats of amber tinted shellac, buffing very lighty with 0000 steel wool between coats. for the final coat of shellac i did NOT buff, as i wanted the very soft, faint brush marks left on for that exact factory look. what you see is the final product.

i stress, to wear rubber gloves when using the dye and when appling the dye to do so outside or in a shop or around a surface that you don't mind if it gets messed up because the dye will drip and splatter and all that good stuff.

all pretty simple really


the stocks on the SAR1 are the results of a little darker mixture that i like and a buffed in oil(linseed) so that it is not glossy at all. i went for the satin, low gloss older look on it and in person the stocks on the SAR1 actually look more like the stock set from a DDR(east german style) AKM as far as color/tint looks.


camaro
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 10:01:04 PM EDT

grenade ring in the end of the cleaning rod


I see this done alot, but I'm not real clear on the reason. Is it to assist in pulling out the rod? Some arcane Spetsnaz combat tactic?
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 10:19:44 PM EDT

Originally Posted By AR-Joe:

grenade ring in the end of the cleaning rod


I see this done alot, but I'm not real clear on the reason. Is it to assist in pulling out the rod? Some arcane Spetsnaz combat tactic?




actually AR-Joe, very good assumption on this. it is in fact used to help in pulling the cleaning rod out. the brake and the location of the actual bayonet lug(on the underside of the front sight base)on the AK74 styles makes it very hard to pry down on the cleaning rod to be able to pull it out, so the ring helps with this.


hope that helps


camaro
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 11:09:50 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 1979:
Yes, very nice.



+1. Love AKS-74s.
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 11:50:43 PM EDT
That's not a SAR-1, is it? Wouldn't it be a SAR-3 or something? Also, did you thread the barrel and add a new FSB to get the bayonet lug back? That Romy looks GOOD! I've been tempted to get a Romy kit and have it built up on a quality receiver. I can't stand all the WASRs I see, and I feel it gives Romanian AKs a bad name!

That AK74S is BEAUTIFUL!
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 9:24:21 AM EDT
Now all ya need is a good Ol' 870 12 ga.!
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 9:59:16 AM EDT
Where does one aquire a "grenade ring"? If it's just a standard split ring, what size is used?
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 10:41:04 AM EDT
nice
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 11:48:51 AM EDT

Originally Posted By jwise:
That's not a SAR-1, is it? Wouldn't it be a SAR-3 or something? Also, did you thread the barrel and add a new FSB to get the bayonet lug back? That Romy looks GOOD! I've been tempted to get a Romy kit and have it built up on a quality receiver. I can't stand all the WASRs I see, and I feel it gives Romanian AKs a bad name!

That AK74S is BEAUTIFUL!




yes, it is actually an SAR1. the upgrades have been done to it to bring it back to true form(threaded muzzle and gas block /w bayo. lug added)


and thanks for the compliments


camaro
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 11:55:32 AM EDT
I always love good gun porn!
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 12:02:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/12/2006 12:03:34 PM EDT by camaro128]

Originally Posted By JCHammer:
Now all ya need is a good Ol' 870 12 ga.!




here you go. she never makes it in any of my photos. she is normally resting in the closet in her case. she is an old classic 870 12 gauge that was givin to me from "santa clause" years and years ago when i was 11 years old. she goes with me anytime i go bird hunting and also has been with me on many deer hunting trips where she likes to load up on 00 and or 000 buck shot.




camaro
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 12:05:38 PM EDT

Originally Posted By PAC762:
Where does one aquire a "grenade ring"? If it's just a standard split ring, what size is used?




SHHHHH , don't tell anyone, but all i use is a standard key ring to mock the "grenade ring" for the cleaning rod. works the same.


camaro
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 12:07:40 PM EDT
Nice
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 6:22:56 PM EDT
man looks nice,...... i re did the wood on my wasr-10,...but i left the wood dark after i striped it and used a clear coat,.. but your right about the gloves,..you need to wear them,.. my hands where red for a few days after i got done

i still cant belive how red this looks in the pictures,....it is more of a brownish color with barely any red tint to it in person



and here it looks ornage as hell as well



i guess because of the lighting,.angle,. and flash,... im getting a AK-74 fixed stock kit soon and i want to re-do some Irorwood to almost go along with my E.G. bakealite mags,..can you tell me what dye colors you used?
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 6:37:03 PM EDT

Originally Posted By cruzie27:
man looks nice,...... i re did the wood on my wasr-10,...but i left the wood dark after i striped it and used a clear coat,.. but your right about the gloves,..you need to wear them,.. my hands where red for a few days after i got done

i still cant belive how red this looks in the pictures,....it is more of a brownish color with barely any red tint to it in person

img.photobucket.com/albums/v112/cruzie27/AK%20family/GP-WASR-10/P1010236.jpg

and here it looks ornage as hell as well

img.photobucket.com/albums/v112/cruzie27/AK%20family/GP-WASR-10/P1010237.jpg

i guess because of the lighting,.angle,. and flash,... im getting a AK-74 fixed stock kit soon and i want to re-do some Irorwood to almost go along with my E.G. bakealite mags,..can you tell me what dye colors you used?




cruzie27, the colors i used where scarlet, sunburst yellow, and dark brown. i filtered the salts and had each color in individual containers and started to mix a little bit at a time from the red and yellow first til i got it just the right shade that i was wanting, then i added a slight amount of the brown to get it just right and tested it first. the dye is filtered and mixed with denatured alcohol and dries quickly when applied to the wood. until a finishing coat(oil, varnish, shellac, poly., etc.) is applied the wood will look kinda dry and pale. i like the dye method because you have a lot more control over the color/shade/tint that you want your final result to be.

hope this helps



camaro
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 6:43:47 PM EDT
Beautiful wood!
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 7:11:43 PM EDT

Originally Posted By camaro128:


cruzie27, the colors i used where scarlet, sunburst yellow , and dark brown. i filtered the salts and had each color in individual containers and started to mix a little bit at a time from the red and yellow first til i got it just the right shade that i was wanting, then i added a slight amount of the brown to get it just right and tested it first. the dye is filtered and mixed with denatured alcohol and dries quickly when applied to the wood. until a finishing coat(oil, varnish, shellac, poly., etc.) is applied the wood will look kinda dry and pale. i like the dye method because you have a lot more control over the color/shade/tint that you want your final result to be.

hope this helps



camaro



i did mine the same way,....except i used "golden yellow",.....when i first started i kept telling myself "no way is this suppose to be this faggy pink color",...

but once the clear got on to it,..man it brought out all the color.

this is the same exact dye i used on the wasr,..i used the leftovers on some brand spanking new wood for the side folding 74 and after about five coats of clear i figured i wouldent get the same color,...so i hit the last coat of clear with the 0000 when it was dry and left it,...in person it is very close to the color of the mag,...and thats why i want another 74 to do all the wood to match



also when doing this one is when i dyed a big chunk of my work bench pink because of a nice spill

there should be a dye recipe sticky somewhere



Link Posted: 3/12/2006 8:04:16 PM EDT
hey bob mine is next
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 8:07:57 PM EDT
that sure is a nice bayo you got there dont worry we will get the kits built
my fix stock yugo kit i have had fore over a year is getting mad at my under folder
yogo
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