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25 April 2008 - 11:06 AMI just posted my thoughts on their customer service.
Swamp thing you may have one of the defective thermal lenses. A batch of them was screwed up by the manufacturer. They will be giving all that have the problem a replacement free of charge.
Also, I also gave my opinion of the mounting system ofr the forehead guard. I was told that the forehead guard/shade problem is being remedied and will be fixed and offered to current owners free of charge. I also was told any improvements they make to a particular mask will be offered to current owners.
There has also been some gripe about people with large heads having trouble with fitment. I was told they are in the process of making a XL version that will be out this year.
I suggest anyone to give them a call if they have any questions or concerns.
21 March 2008 - 04:52 AMFunctionally the marker works perfectly, and it is bullet proof. It is aluminum though so it is a bit heavy compared to stock. But I played a 7 hour scenario last Sat, and had no problem carrying it around all day. I like the heavier feel, it adds to the realism. I use a sling anyway.
If I were to do it again I wouldnt put all the slots on it. It made it very hard to paint, and it is a pain to clean. I was concerned with the flat surfaces, but with the camo pattern it would break it up nicely. A simple slot running horizontally would have broken it up fine. I also would have designed to front of the body differently, incorporating some sort of barrel shroud to get rid of the gaps between the barrel and body.
My next one I want to make as clean and more "milsim" looking while still being original.
I would want to incorporate several features
-inverted breach to allow bottom feed.
-modular loading system
-air through stock w/hidden air line
It would look something like a G36 without the mag. I would make the grip frame and body in one piece and have it clamshell open. Then have the G36 style riser on top that would hide the air lines, but also make them easily accessable without taking the whole marker apart.
So as you can tell its much more involved then this one. This one I literally just started making without much of a plan. I was new to the ION and was just going with the flow.
Now that I am more experienced I have loftier goals.
I would like to convert this one into a "sniper" rifle.
I have some autocad drawings I am working on. I will start a post on that project in the mods section when I start working on it.
20 March 2008 - 05:38 AMWell like I said earlier.
1. I am not a professional, this was a sort of prototype for something bigger I am planning. All the kinks are not worked out of this design, and I wouldnt feel comfortable selling it in its current state.
2. For me to reproduce these with all the milling, and painting it would take 10-15 hours easy. Like I said I am not a pro, so I need to take my time. Especially in the milling department, you got a couple thousandths of a inch over and your piece can be ruined. It would be very expensive to justify my time put into it.
When I have a final design and and proven model. I may consider it. I have only played wth this one 3 times and I already have many things I would change.
I consider this my R&D prototype!
But thank you for the kind words
07 March 2008 - 04:14 PMThanks a ton I really appreciate it!
07 March 2008 - 03:51 PMWell I have it all together and functional. I still need to touch up a spot on the reg and on the asa where I scratched the paint putting the macro line fittings in. Also I still need to clear coat it with the Matte finish. That will bring the shine down some.
Here are some pics of how it stands right now.
My parts and upgrades go as follows
-ION XE base marker
-custom milled tactical body(has 1-2" rail on the left side)
-custom milled sight riser
-Trinity folding stock
-Q-Loader system(and a egg 3)
-Scenario Dreams T Board with membrane pad(milled the back of the frame to recess the pad).
-AKA 2 liter reg
-Freak barrel back, 14" All American front
-CP Rake trigger
-Dark Seoul carbon look grips
-Black macroline fittings from macroline guy
Oh and Custom duracoat digital camo paint of course!
Just a note on the pics, the Qloader mount is not tight, so it looks to be uneven. It is straight and parallel with the barrel when tight.
Also I still need to clear coat it with the Matte finish. That will bring the shine down some.