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Screaming Koala
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Now it has decayed into a sort of cream/dirty white color.

Time stalks us all: humans and our unfinished projects alike.



This is the 98 Custom I was building in my dorm way back when, probably 2004 or so.

With intent to build an ultimate 98 Custom and general purpose trolling gun, I bought a used (maybe not working) E-bolt and low pressure kit equipped 98 custom on PBN.

That was fun for a while but then one of the kids I played with showed me a picture of the 98 with the Matrix LCD board in it. I scored one of those boards for about 10$ or something dumb also on PBN and set to work but stopped when I saw how poorly that board actually fit into a 98.

Clearly a Predator-Morlock board, a new solenoid, and a ram from the clippard catalog was the answer. And some QEV's because reasons. And a Rufus center feed kit.

Despite all the sloppy cutting done on the front steps of the residence hall with a dremel and hand tools, it did work. Sort of. It had a huge bounce problem, sometimes to the point of runaway. While trying to dial them away, something else came up and I put the gun into my toolbox where it has been ever since.
 

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3D Airsmith
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is that a pnumatic ram on the back end? I am so confused as to what is going on here, at first I thought you had crammed a automag into a 98 shell but then saw the linkage arm

so is this like a zic kit 98?
It is more like an old impulse or Timmy in operation. As for craming in a mag, Tipman did that with the A-5/X-7s. Doc Nickles stuck a mag on top of a 98 and they both fired in the same trigger pull.


Torch I kinda remember when you first posted it.
 

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Screaming Koala
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Oops. I wrote that it started out as stock Tippmann an E-grip (Editing post now). It was actually a Tippmann E-bolt kit. The not-so-popular kit consisted of a control board, a new ASA with a LPR mounted to it, a solenoid, and a drop-in spring returned air-ram to drive the gun.

With the Morlock board and 'noid, the new ram be driven in both directions, be more adjustable, and the gun was supposed to have break beam eyes.

So yeah, I guess it would be safe to say it functions like an in-line Intimidator or another such gun.

I found the spare body I bought to replace the white one as well. It's about half done as well. I'll probably pick at it from time to time and by the time I grow up and have kids, they'll wonder why dad has such a strange looking, big, and heavy paintball gun. And what a paintball is.
 

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It is more like an old impulse or Timmy in operation. As for craming in a mag, Tipman did that with the A-5/X-7s. Doc Nickles stuck a mag on top of a 98 and they both fired in the same trigger pull.


Torch I kinda remember when you first posted it.
sure but what they did was rework the design to be a huge PITA, putting a true automag in a 98 shell would retain all the maintenance characteristics of a mag (along with not really ever needing any maintenance), the phenom platform is more like a jigsaw puzzle using tippmann quality parts (not great but not bad) The only phenom I have ever taken apart needed a hammer to get some of the parts to release from each other. Call me crazy but in this day and age in paintball I think its a little absurd that tippmann with as large of a name and reputation that they have apparently does not have enough QC and tolerance control ability to enable a marker to be taken apart without a hammer

Granted, I have not taken apart a mag but I have also never heard of anyone requiring a hammer to do so
 

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3D Airsmith
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sure but what they did was rework the design to be a huge PITA, putting a true automag in a 98 shell would retain all the maintenance characteristics of a mag (along with not really ever needing any maintenance), the phenom platform is more like a jigsaw puzzle using tippmann quality parts (not great but not bad) The only phenom I have ever taken apart needed a hammer to get some of the parts to release from each other. Call me crazy but in this day and age in paintball I think its a little absurd that tippmann with as large of a name and reputation that they have apparently does not have enough QC and tolerance control ability to enable a marker to be taken apart without a hammer

Granted, I have not taken apart a mag but I have also never heard of anyone requiring a hammer to do so
Mags fit together beautifly,
the problem with them is lots of small parts that have to go back in the right order and direction, but that is only if your crazy enough to completely break it down.
 
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