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Ugly duckling cadet major

Discussion in 'Gun Gallery' started by dave ratz, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. dave ratz

    dave ratz Posting Addict

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    Looking at this poor old rust bucket of a cadet major my thoughts were ; you will go to the ball ; after looking through my boxes of bits i started throwing my fairy dust about, getting her apart was the start of a long relationship with the piston and cylinder, after alot of lube work she gave in, my eyes opened at the state of the piston, no wonder she wouldnt let me in, the inside was worse than the outside or so i thought, the solution it was soaking in released all the grease and dirt from the dimples of the cylinder which made it look like the moon surface, cleaning and resurfacing the cylinder was a long tedious job so a dig in the draws of the junkroom found another cylinder a little better than the oringinal one,2 days of degreasing and cleaning, then onto the woodwork for which cleaned up lovelly, a few little dents that steamed out nicely,its had a few coats on the stock forwhich has stood out really well , after a few days of hardening on the metalwork ive put it back together, these pics are of what she looked like at the start, il up load straight after the results of this little stunning cadet, most would of let this little duckling pass bye,i knew there was a swan in there somewhere...atb Dave
     

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    my cadet major

    My swan as she is ready for the ball.......
     

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    Beautiful transformation Dave, are the insides nice too?
     
  4. dave ratz

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    Hi Steve, yes bud fully freeflowing, broomstick shaped wrapped with wet"dry with cordless on slow twist, quick measure inside wall not to thin them out to much, slides really smoothly...atb Dave
     
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    You're very skilled Dave... Kudos!
     
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    Sterling job Dave she turned out a treat, quite satisfying I'm sure :thumb: .................... :coffee:
     
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    Some guns are like some women, you have to treat them nice before they let you get inside them. As you found out and you are now happily slipping your piston inside her! Joking aside did you blue or paint the metal? Can't see in the pics.
     
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    Cracking job mate! I thought that old girl would be a scrapper!

    Gaz
     
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    Love the thread....love the cadet.....really want your workshop
     
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    Great work there, top job :up:
     
  11. Donki Oaty

    Donki Oaty Where's the time going?

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    Very nice! I also really like your gun stand!
     
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    Wow good job mate. To be honest I would of scraped that at first glimpse, but it's turned out to be a real beauty.
     
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    you did a very tidy job to that cadet, nice 1 dave, ive just finished my sons first air rifle (cadet major), he loves it, great plinkers
     
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    Few pics of her after i had taken rust off, re-blued and re-stained and oiled stock

    IMAG0158.jpg IMAG0159.jpg IMAG0160.jpg
     
  15. Donki Oaty

    Donki Oaty Where's the time going?

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    I like Cadets in fact I have two Cadets Majors that I was saving until my boy got to shooting age but I have had to put them up for sale to bump the redecorating fund. :mad:

    He'll just have to learn with one of my other rifles. :D

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