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Old March 12th, 2013, 02:16 PM   #151
 
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Beautiful rifle and even better pictures. What type of lighting/backdrop did you use for those pics? Thanks for posting.
Thank you. Pretty simple 3 flash setup using my Speedlights. I find it too much work to break out the studio lights, lightbox stands etc. just for a few pics. The background is the Pelican case that has my studio lights... ironic eh? I haven't used my studio gear in almost a year! I should sell it and buy another AR. lol



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Thank you. Pretty simple 3 flash setup using my Speedlights. I find it too much work to break out the studio lights, lightbox stands etc. just for a few pics. The background is the Pelican case that has my studio lights... ironic eh? I haven't used my studio gear in almost a year! I should sell it and buy another AR. lol
Thanks. I just got my first DSLR about 6 months ago and slowly experimenting. One thing I don't have are good speedlights. I was thinking about building a light box but thought I should learn the camera first.
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Thanks. I just got my first DSLR about 6 months ago and slowly experimenting. One thing I don't have are good speedlights. I was thinking about building a light box but thought I should learn the camera first.
I have 4 older speedlights that you can probably pick up for about $50 or less used 'cause they don't work on the new DSLRs. I use cheap triggers or a newer speedlight to get them all working together. You can make cheap light diffusers with a plain white bedsheet or sheer curtain and using white or black cardboard to bounce or absorb light onto you subject. Sometimes just a single light source and a white cardboard bounce can do wonders. An alternative is to use fixed work lights and soften them through a bedsheet etc then colour balance in your editing software or even in-camera.

Remember, no film in digital so experiment lots.

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[QUOTE=HappilyAddicted;930495]LOL. No grip tape on that one. Need to have some free time to do all of my mags.

Feel free to do a few of mine as well, that is when you get the time..
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Hey C, what kinda charging handle is that? sweet, never seen one like that before, I am partial to the bcm gunfighters, all my Ar's wear them, but I do like yours, might purchase one to try out.



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Humm got the last bit of my AR parts in a couple weeks ago and I think this is it. Other than different optics (1-4x24 scope and/or magnifier??) and maybe a CTR stock upgrade, I think my AR is finished..

- Midwest Industries BUIS
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- Raptor ambi charging handle
- B.A.D. A.S.S. ambi safety
- Norgon ambi mag release
- PWS FSC556 brake
- Magpul MOE grip
- Magpul AFG2
- Spike's T2 buffer
- JP Industries flat buffer spring
- Double Star Twang Buster
- Geissele SSA trigger

Hummm, almost got enough parts for a all new AR left over.





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Hey C, what kinda charging handle is that? sweet, never seen one like that before, I am partial to the bcm gunfighters, all my Ar's wear them, but I do like yours, might purchase one to try out.
Hey bud. That's the Raptor ambi charging handle by AXTS/Ranier Arms. I love BCM parts myself and thought about getting their ambi charging handle to test out for another AR build but this Raptor is so smooth I'm hooked. I'm a lefty with the long guns so this ambi charging handle is a godsend.

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I have 4 older speedlights that you can probably pick up for about $50 or less used 'cause they don't work on the new DSLRs. I use cheap triggers or a newer speedlight to get them all working together. You can make cheap light diffusers with a plain white bedsheet or sheer curtain and using white or black cardboard to bounce or absorb light onto you subject. Sometimes just a single light source and a white cardboard bounce can do wonders. An alternative is to use fixed work lights and soften them through a bedsheet etc then colour balance in your editing software or even in-camera.

Remember, no film in digital so experiment lots.
I've been playing around with bouncing off the light and trying out different backgrounds. I haven't tried the bedsheet trick yet but definitely will. Thanks for the advice.
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Here is the ole ladies project thats coming along.. now wears a 9.7" yhm diamond free float rail, end cap, and sight I had laying around. Now for the buis and new acs stock..





And as promised my tactical AK dressed up to my liking... It mods include a hogue grip, hand polished bolt, single point sling adapter, razor flashider, mojo click rear sight, kns front sight pin, Kvar nato length furniture, hk g3 sling, added rail sections, buffer tech recoil buffer, and a mixture of US palm, tapco fusion, and mil spec stel mags. Its a real good shooter




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I'm so excited to read this thread. I lucked on a Spikes complete upper on Tuesday and now I have everything I need to complete my very first AR build. Hopefully I'll get the chance over the next couple weeks and can put my pictures up here.

Beautiful guns, I especially liked Daniel Defense back in the fall when you could actually find them.
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WOW!!! I have to say that AK just got me itching. I have never owned an AK before but after seeing yours, it looks like it moved up on my list of "must haves".
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Well,

they are more than alot of fun, and infinitly reliable. I had a love hate relationship with it in the beginning, but after modding it I love it. In the beginning some of the things I remember about it, the AK has more recoil than the AR. Its not a 7mm win mag or nothing but is enough to lengthen your getting back on target time between shots, more so than an AR anyhow. The perfect cure to this is to add a krink style compensator ( my favorite) or 2nd pick a razor, then its just like shooting an AR. These 2 compensators are similar in design. The flashhiders look cool but don't manage muzzle rise in my testing.
The buffer tech recoil buffers are cheap for it and make it feel as if its running smoother IMO. The factory rear sight/ front setup is rather poor but useable.
The mojo rear click is the best upgrade iron I have found and is real similar to the sight picture of the AR hk style sights. Highly recommended.
I didn't like the warsaw pact length short stocks they come with, me being long armed, so I went with the Nato Length Kvar's and they fit me much better at 1.25 to 1.5" longer I believe. I added a set of tactical rails to the forearm to be able to add a light if needed. They are the same stocks found on the factory Arsenal SLR rifles. The warsaw short stock fits my other half better. If you want the traditional look with the same nato length go with the timberline timbersmith stocks, they are real nice as well, or you can always do as I did with my other and stain and polyurethane them( my other looks east german.)
Then I hand polished the bolt to a mirror finish and makes its smoother cycling.
The Hogue grip is also a must, us palm grip, or tango down, all are great for it.
Pictured I have a tapco fusion 20 rounder which is better shooting prone or from a bench, have had no issues with them, however the best I have found are the 30 round US Palm magazines, the are equal to the Magpul mags for the AR,( but are near impossible to find right now). The original steels are also at the top of the list for AK mags usually bulgarian, polish, or chinese surplus (they will be a thick metal thicker than some I have recently seen for sell, sold as new with new black paint). KCI (Korean) makes a good 75 drum for it also, have one as well, note it will probably require fitting since the AK tolerance is so loose, kinda like an UZI. I ended up using a HK leather G3 sling, but I also did make a single point sling adapter for it so I can use my AR slings on it if I like. The AK doesn't really care what you feed it, steel case, aluminum, laquered, or brass, digests them without a difference. Another good upgrade I have experience with for them is the lightning bolt charging handle, makes the gun ambidexterous, a useful upgrade. I didn't rail it all up like the AR's and was trying to keep it simple. Also beware of the cheap utg, leapers, etc. mounts for it, they aren't worth the money, had several friends that tried them and tossed them. Midwest makes a railed forearm for it if thats what you seek. I was actually planning to added a magpul AFG to my current handguard but haven't worked out a useable setup for it yet, I don't want to rail it. But thats it in a nutshell really, the 3 i own are romainian wasr 10/63's they appear ruff when you buy them but clean up real nice with a little TLC. The egyptian maadi is as close as you can get to a real russian AK were made on russian tooling in egypt years ago, I don't count the Saiga's. The Chinese Norinco, and bulgarian are also held highly and more costly, but the romainian has never given me any trouble, none are target rifle but do their intended role extremely well. And as always the Milled is the creme of the crop, but stamped works equally with a cheaper price. OK thats enough about the Russian wonder, let get back to the gold ole American AR. If you have questions just PM me and I will try to elaborate some more.



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Wow, Tacky, I'm luv'n that AK! Sweet!
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Wow, Tacky, I'm luv'n that AK! Sweet!
Thanks bud! Alot of thought went into it, which all my rifles do, I started on that one in 2006, and I believe i am done with it.
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