Extensive work was done to create a more realistic weapon. Formative did several design flaws when they created
it. The worse flaw was for some reason Formative made the weapon with a traditional turn bolt rather than a straight
pull bolt. I assume this was done to make mass production molding a simpler and less expensive job. The second
flaw was the entire receiver and rear sight had to eliminated and reworked to make it more accurate. Last but not least,
Formative put two grooved lines in either side of the magazine housing giving it a Mosin-Nagant look. Why they did that
is a mystery to me.
The changes I did in this picture are:
1. Cut off bolt handle and moved position of new (straight) bolt back to the rear of the bolt.
2. Cut the rear of the bolt off just behind the bolt handle.
3. Trim receiver chamber and add a tube to lenghten the receiver chamber.
4. Cut off the molded rear sight and add a more realistic sight ramp.
5. Trim excessive detail from bolt surface.
6. Fill gaps in sides of receiver with putty.
7. Fill grooves in magazine sides with putty.
8. Trim trigger guard down.
9. Drill holes and add screws to magazine assembly.
10. Make new bolt handle and add to bolt.
11. Drill out cleaning rod hole and add a wire cleaning rod.
12. Cut off sling attachments, drill holes and make new sling swivels.
13. Trim buttplate flat.
14. Drill out gun barrel.
15. Make a new sling and attach.
16. Cut out circle and 'AOI' on the buttstock.
There you have it. This weapon is now ready for painting and will be given to Philip Garcia as I can't paint worth
a plug nickle. A picture of the final piece will be posted once it is returned to me.
As a side note, the 'AOI' I carved into the buttstock was a brand that was burned into the buttstocks of all the captured
Austrian weapons given to the Italian Colonial Troops. It stood for "Africa Orientale Italiana".