R/C Tank Combat

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Here's a closer view of the magazine/marker interface. The tape is there so I don't have to fish balls out of the marker after this photo-op!

The outer aluminum barrel slip fits over the marker barrel. The scale detail shown here is made out of a shower curtain rod holder and the top from a spray paint can. Rustoluim Textured Gray in this case.

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Here's how the faux barrel is secured to the marker barrel. A hose clamp hidden in the spray can top. There is a small hole not viewable for tightening the clamp. The notches where cut with a metal nibbler.

Here's the CMI 14" sniper barrel for this marker. The original barrel was only 7" long and not very smooth inside. CMI is one of only two manufacturers that I could find that made aftermarket barrels for this marker. The tape allows for a snug fit of the outer barrel.

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So how do you get the CO2 to the marker? This is how I did it. The 4oz bottle fits into this L shaped piece, which is solidly mounted to the turret base. This piece is the bottom line adapter from a Brass Eagle Samurai marker. Generic versions of this adapter are available from paintball suppliers. The tubing attached to the brass 90-degree adapter is ordinary automotive brake line.

Note: Although it does not currently have it, the CO2 bottle will have an anti-siphon tube installed in the near future. An anti-siphon tube is a tube inside of the bottle that is bent in such a way that the end of it will be at the upper most part of the bottle when the bottle is in its mounted position. This keeps liquid CO2 from entering the marker. Anti-siphon tubes are recommended whenever a CO2 bottle is not mounted in an upright position.

The brake line continues forward in the turret and then bends downward. The spring running from lower left to upper right is counter balancing the marker. This reduces stress on the elevation servo.

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The brake line attaches to an ordinary 12" grease gun hose available from any auto parts store for $4. The hose is rated for 3400PSI, well in excess of the 800PSI that the CO2 is pressurized at. The marker end of the hose has a quick disconnect. This picture clearly demonstrates a feature of the Tyng Turret System. It's removable.

Here's where the hose comes into the marker. The male side of the quick disconnect is threaded into an ASA adapter which is threaded into the marker. You need to use Teflon tape on your threaded fittings to make them gas tight. You get the quick disconnect and ASA adapter from paintball suppliers.

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This is the ZAP Model 80 paintball marker as it comes out of the box. This gun is also known as the Point Zero or Winchester Sedona.

This is what mine looks like after a little weight reduction! The handle, trigger guard, part of the upper tube assembly, scope mount, and some additional metal were hack sawed off.

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