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The background project for now will be a fourth iteration of the AR-15.

The goals of this model will be as follows:
1. Improve the level of detail.
2. Make the measurements and proportions more correct (although some changes, like the large pivot pin, will remain).
3. Strengthen the structure and solve failure points like the barrel well.

Making a large package with everything would take forever (because there wouldn't be a definite end point), so what I'll probably do is make one version of each part, release that as a basic model, and then make accessory packs for the sake of variety.

The first part of the model is obviously the lower receiver. The basic shape has been changed slightly to be more faithful to the real thing. The magwell walls are thinner, the bottom doesn't extend down as far, and the rear ring, besides having an interior, extends down the sides of the lower. Additionally, there are some open spaces for the attachment of little parts. Although I'm not putting in springs for every little thing, I want to have some range of motion. So there is a moving hammer, trigger, auto sear, and bolt catch. Also the magwell is realistically shaped, with a mag catch on the side instead of a retention bar. I haven't gotten all of the parts to move "functionally," and they probably won't, but the idea is to show that they're present.

Of course, building it will be more difficult, but the inclusion of instruction images should minimize the need for guesswork.

The lower, of course, was the easy part. The real difficulty will be figuring out how to make the upper. In the V3 I simplified it by shrinking down the bolt carrier, making the inside walls straight, and making the bottom mostly enclosed. Opening up the bottom and putting in curved walls opens up a whole host of technical challenges. This will be interesting.
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bennyk35 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
I do not find Lower Receiver Figure. You can share me design it not? :) thanks.
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Hoborginc Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014
I'm going to redo it completely before releasing it. It won't be done for a while.
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bennyk35 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
Thank you, wish you success! :)
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rey420 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
when are you going to release the new buffer tube ????
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Hoborginc Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
Probably early 2015, with the Hk416.
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rey420 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
And a suggestion to what MateusLuiz how about an SR 16 
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Hoborginc Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
It's so far into the future that deciding on a specific configuration at this point would be largely meaningless, but I'm leaning toward a Mk 12 Mod 0 or 1.
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rey420 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The buffer tube in the hk is better than the old m4 style stock its much more realistic
And the m4 ar 15 grip can you fix it like not over size 
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Hoborginc Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
Yep, already took care of the grip.

The grip that comes with the SCAR is correctly sized and is the V4 grip. (However, it won't fit exactly on the V3 lower).

The Hk416 grip is shaped differently but is structured the same way and is also correctly sized. It fits on the V3 lower.
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rey420 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sow we can use the scars grip fir the v3 but make mods
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Hoborginc Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
Technically, yes, but you have to be careful in placing the trigger guard, because it will have to be farther back. Attach the grip guide & grip first, then the trigger guard. Here's the grip guide piece.
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rey420 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks man
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rey420 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Pls improve m4 stock suggestions
-better buffer tube
-better stock structure
-sturdier
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Hoborginc Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
Yep, that's definitely one of my priorities. My plan is to use the buffer tube I'm making for the Hk416, which consists of a multi-layer tube and is attached firmly inside the lower receiver.
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rey420 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
And can you pls make the m4 stock sturdier and better i tried upgrading it but it still looks bad
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rey420 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
When are you going to release it im so exited 
How about the finish reciever (lower) will be realeased soon so that we the papercrafters Will have made it so that when you will realease the upper reciever we are done with the lower reciever.

By the way nice job good designer
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Hoborginc Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
I can't predict a release date for this, because it's pretty much a background project. For the rest of this year, I'll be making a V3-based Hk416, which is kind of an intermediate step, a way to test out some of the improvements. The estimated release date for the 416 is January of 2015.
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MateusLuiz Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
I have some suggestions to V4 AR-15:
-Would be nice a sniper scope to use on M16
-A safe/Semi lower to use in a M16 sniper too.
-And a bipod.

Just suggestions.
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jcinto Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
How do you make your models? Do you use a software or do you draw them? I'm wondering because, if it is a software, (or easy to do) i would like to try it myself instead of begging you to make addons for your guns which probably already took a really long time to make (with all of the trial and error). I can't imagine how frustrated you must feel when, after you have spent so long making these, people still aren't satisfied. So, i have decided to try it myself (if i can).
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Hoborginc Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
It's fairly low-tech, actually. After making a quick sketch of how the parts will fit together, I find some high-res photos of the source material, paste them into Inkscape (which is free), overlay them with a scaled grid to figure out the proportions, and use that to draw a digital plan of how everything will fit.

Then I draw a buildable version of each part, adding faces, tabs, etc, also in Inkscape. After that it's a matter of test-building and adjusting them multiple times to make sure it's buildable.

The files are svg, and I can share some of them with you if you want to have something to edit or use as an example. Just let me know which ones.

Of course this doesn't apply to the older hand-drawn parts. For those, the method was a bit more primitive.
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jcinto Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
So, basically, you draw whatever you want to model (like an actual drawing like your object series), then, on the drawing, you draw the edges of each piece.

After that you use inkscape (which i have never used) to draw and texture the pieces.  Then you edit the parts to make realistically buildable parts, adding tabs and simplifying complex pieces (only in extreme cases) . Then you build a few, see if there are any errors in the design and structure, and, once it is as good as it can get, you release it.

Is that an accurate summary?
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Hoborginc Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Something like that. To clarify, it starts out with a sketch like this, and after that the detailed plan is done in inkscape. This is where it's important to make sure that everything is logically arranged and proportioned.

After that, it's a matter of taking all those parts, putting them separately on pages and adding sides and tabs to them so they can be printed out.
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jcinto Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
What do you draw the individual pieces in?
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jcinto Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Okay, i think i understand now, I think i will try to skip the drawing step and instead take an actual picture and label that since i can't draw.
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jcinto Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
I know you probably hate my guts from the last comment barrage I sent you (if you remember me). But I have two requests. First off, I think your models are absolutely amazing, they are the most detailed models of their respective guns that I have seen.

My first request: I downloaded the V3 AR and found a lot of very amazing stuff, but unfortunately, it didn't have the parts to the FN SCAR (which I believe is also an AR-15). If it wouldn't be too much trouble, could you make a FN SCAR stock and hand guard/upper receiver (as a  separate project from your V4)?

Second request: I was surprised to find that the new AK didn't have any attachments. I would really appreciate it (which probably doesn't mean much) if you made some attachments for your wonderful AK, and maybe some more V3 ones too( like bipods, scopes, flashlights, lasers, etc.). Again, your models are amazing as is but I think they would be even better with these.
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Hoborginc Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
The FN SCAR is actually a completely different creature, and the only interchangeable part with the AR is the magazine. (The grip is also virtually identical, but has slightly different internal dimensions).

Fortunately, I'm already working on a SCAR Mk.16, and it should be done around the end of February (hopefully).

An AK accessory pack wi'll have to wait until I get some more immediate projects out of the way, but it's definitely something I'm intending to make. A scope mount, a GP-25, and some extra furniture are pretty necessary, and I'll see what other kinds of things I can put in there. It's not in development now, but it's the kind of thing that will be made inevitably.
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Godnotgood Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
I know I'm too greedy, but please, I'm begging you, not the Mk.16. If you're making a SCAR, at least make the Mk.17, pretty please.
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Hoborginc Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
The order was for the Mk.16, so unfortunately I cannot change it in mid-production. However, many of the parts are identical or can easily be tweaked, so making the Mk.16 will definitely make it easier to make a Mk.17 in the future.
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Godnotgood Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
Erm... what do you mean by "order"? Just curious.
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Hoborginc Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
It's a commission.
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jcinto Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Who is commissioning you?
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jcinto Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
What fo you mean by "commission?" Do you get payed to make these?
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Hoborginc Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
This project is for rayegunn, yes he's paying for it. The release date is estimated for the end of February.
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jcinto Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Cool! Do you have any progress pics of the SCAR?

Also, I have found an EOTECH papercraft sight from another model, (adf.ly/246619/http://www.media… and was wondering if it would fit the rail on your AR-15s.
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Hoborginc Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Not yet, it's still in the very early stages.

That EOTech should fit fine, but check the width at the bottom compared to the width of the rails. If it's 1:1 scale I don't think there should be a problem.
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Godnotgood Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
Can you please make an ACOG sight along with this? I put Eotech 511 on my V3, but the thing still doesn't feel right. I know it has to be ACOG
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Hoborginc Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
The ACOG has some fairly complex shapes, but I suppose it can be done. The V4 won't be out for a while, but I'll definitely keep it in mind.
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Godnotgood Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
Thanks, man. ACOG would looks damn sexy on this little sweetheart
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GeneralKhye Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
The parts of V4 can replace the V3 parts ?
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Hoborginc Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
No. There are slight differences. For example, because the V4 magwell has thinner walls, the pivot pin loops are closer together, so the V3 upper doesn't fit between them. Also, the V4 hammer and auto sear protrude up into the upper, but the V3 upper is enclosed on the bottom, making it incompatible.
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GeneralKhye Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
Thanks. Anyway the V4 is better than V3 right ? I mean, it's not easily broken compare to V3 ?
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Hoborginc Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
The main weak points of the V3 were the barrel well, barrel segments, and stock. My intention is to improve all of them by Having the barrel and buffer tube extend into the receiver, and replacing the barrel structure with something more like the Casull's barrel.
So yes, structural strength is one of my priorities for the V4 design.
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CuauHern Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
Man looks amazing, I just finished the V3 and it's awesome, this one it's gonna be spectacular, I can't wait 
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JuanPabloA1987 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Looks great. I'll try to finish the V3 before you release this one...
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PrakoP55 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
Очень круто! Пускай пока и без M203, но может когда-нибудь он будет в большом паке вещей для AR-15
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SaKagewolf Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
cant wait to start this build...i ran out of ink :'(
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MaadxMayhemz Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
Nice!
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