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PostSubject: Marushin 1911 Colt Kitset Build   Tue Dec 06, 2011 12:09 pm

As part of the Browning Colt 45, 1911 Centenary I bought a kit set on this forum in order to review the Marushin Model compared with my other types of 1911 Colt.
It arrived without any hassles and along with the English Instructions came some extra work! cheers
And it must have been a very old kit judging from the unopened packages having many parts with signs or corrosion and rust. affraid

Cerwyn suggested I post the build here on the forum, so here it comes in 3 parts:
Part 1: Preparation of the Parts
Part 2: The Actual Building step by step; &
Part 3: A Comparison and Review of my Model 1911 Colts (Under Smottik's Challenge post).

Hope you enjoy it! Very Happy

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PART 1: The Prep

Of course there are a number of things building a model gun kit set requires:
removing excess plastic & metal; sizing parts to make sure they will fit; lubricating some of the mechanisms etc.
But this kit showed signs of being quite an old one, with English Instructions (for the American Market) and as the photos below show, quite a few parts required extra attention.










Yes, in case you never knew, Coke is good for cleaning most metals - coins in particular, if left over night!



And Meths is a great for removing gummy substances - just don't get the bottles mixed up by mistake





So after a day or so cleaning, sanding, cleaning. bluing and more cleaning - the kit set was ready to assemble! Ye-haa! I'm looking forward to learning about the intricacies of the internals of a Colt 1911 Modelgun

Part two will follow shortly!


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PostSubject: Re: Marushin 1911 Colt Kitset Build   Tue Dec 06, 2011 4:02 pm

Well done Kiwi, we are with you for the rest !

If you can, scan the manual because the english is very rare.

I have already buy kits with metal parts very rusty...Yes, I think it's because these kits are quite old.

Keep on and see you soon Wink

Bon courage !!
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PostSubject: Re: Marushin 1911 Colt Kitset Build   Tue Dec 06, 2011 5:13 pm

This is going to be good Very Happy A step by step guide like this will be extremely useful, thanks very much for all your work on this Kiwi' , it's really appreciated

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PostSubject: Re: Marushin 1911 Colt Kitset Build   Wed Dec 07, 2011 12:15 pm

Thanks guys for the encouragement (The Instructions are scanned and posted).
This next installment covers the sequence up to the all-important sear/disconnector assembly.
Download the instructions and follow the pictures! if you wish ! study

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The first task is to remove a little piece of plastic on the frame during manufacture.
And then cleaning any burrs or roughness on the frame reinforcing.



AND THE FRAME REINFORCING UNIT IS WHERE YOU WILL FIT THE EJECTOR PLATE

Now you can install two pins holding the ejector plate: DO NOT GET THEM MIXED UP LIKE I DID OR YOU WILL GO NUTS TRYING TO GET THE ACTION TO WORK AT ALL!

CLIP THE FRAME REINFORCING INTO THE RECEIVER BODY

NEXT JUST DROP THE TRIGGER INTO PLACE AFTER OILING IT.

THEN CLEAN THE HOLE FOR THE MAG CATCH,

ASSEMBLE AND INSTALL THE MAG CATCH.







Before you go any further check the Slide on the frame for ease of movement and remove any rough patches of scrap plastic.

This next bit is fiddly but after a bit of practice it gets easier - and I ended up getting a LOT of practice!







NEXT COMES THE HAMMER, SEAR SPRING AND MAIN SPRING ASSEMBLY ........








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PostSubject: Kitset Build   Wed Dec 07, 2011 9:14 pm

Kiwi,

This brings back memories! I built all of my modelguns from kits, including this version and the Combat Commander. All of mine were supplied with English instructions. I never threw them away, but I can't locate them (4 house moves since!) They must be in a box in the loft. I will find them; I am going back into the loft to look for 200+ 35mm slides that I want to scan, so I'll have another look then.

:0)

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PostSubject: Re: Marushin 1911 Colt Kitset Build   Thu Dec 08, 2011 3:52 am

HI Browning - glad to know there may be more English Instructions coming our way!
My copy in English is here below the Japanese versions.
http://mp40modelguns.forumotion.net/t100-marushin-m1911a1
Thanks.

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THIS SECTION COVERS THE ASSEMBLY OF THE REST OF THE FRAME/RECEIVER

The hammer and strut are pretty simple, but the pin is prone to dropping out. Use calipers to measure the length is correct.







Now we get to the INTERESTING parts:

The sear spring MUST be installed onto the sear, not under neath it - which is easy to do by mistake!

Then the main spring and its housing are assembled and GENTLY slid into place over the sear spring.
The whole assemble is as yet un-pinned, so go easy.




Now STOP: re-check the sear is correctly sprung; ease the housing up and place the hammer strut into its cap - you will feel the spring pressure start to build as you do this.


Now hold the receiver/frame in your hand lift it and get the retaining pin ready (rounded end goes in first).
PUSH DOWN FIRMLY on a hard surface with one hand, simultaneously pushing in the pin as far as you can with your other hard - then tap it quite hard to drive it all the way through and out to the other side of the frame. This requires a bit of fore-thought and maybe a trial run or two.



THE 1911 COLT IS FAMOUS FOR ITS double safety FEATURE. WE CAN ASSEMBLE THIS IN THREE STAGES.
1) ASSEMBLE THE PLUNGER SYSTEM:




2) INSERT THE TWO SAFETY COMPONENTS:
Next - ease the Grip Safety under the main housing, onto the sear spring and in-between the frame. It takes a little pressure, but it does go quite in easily. Then insert the Thumb safety catch into the frame hole and push it in until it is resting on the safety plunger.





3) SET THE THUMB SAFETY
Now you can use a small blade to compress the plunger and fully install the Thumb safety. Ensure it is at the right angle (refer to instructions).


BEFORE GOING FURTHER, CHECK THE OPERATION OF THE HAMMER, TRIGGER AND BOTH SAFETIES. LUBRICATE EVERYTHING WITH OIL. THEY MAY BE A LITTLE STIFF AT FIRST BUT GENTLY WORK THE VARIOUS BITS UNTIL YOU ARE HAPPY THEY WORK CORRECTLY. IF THEY DON'T THEN YOU WILL HAVE TO DISASSEMBLE DOWN TO THE SEAR, AND MAKE SURE NOTHING HAS SHIFTED OUT OF PLACE - THEN RE-ASSEMBLE AND TRY AGAIN UNTIL YOU SUCCEED! ONCE IT ALL WORKS OK, YOU CAN PUT ON THE HAND GRIPS - AS PER NORMAL.


THE BARREL AND SLIDE OF THE COLT FOLLOWS






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PostSubject: Re: Marushin 1911 Colt Kitset Build   Thu Dec 08, 2011 7:21 am

I must say it's really a perfect tutorial !!
And it's really a big work !
Kiwi, a big thanks for your courage and yours photos Smile I assembled several kits but do a tutorial is a too big job for me. In fact, with my children, I never had enough time....
Anyway, congratulations and I wait for the end.

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PostSubject: Re: Marushin 1911 Colt Kitset Build   Thu Dec 08, 2011 11:51 am

Merci mon ami.

I'VE BEEN OFF WORK WITH A CHESTY COUGH THE PAST WEEK, SO LUCKILY I HAVE THE TIME TO SPARE!

I hope it's not too big for people to follow... but we're almost there!

So onwards we go!


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THIS LAST SECTION COVERS THE ASSEMBLY OF THE BARREL & SLIDE

FIRST PREPARE THE BREECH BLOCK BY REMOVING EXCESS PLASTIC AND TIDY UP ANY ROUGH SPOTS.


NOW YOU CAN ASSEMBLE AND INSTALL THE EXTRACTOR. AFTER WHICH YOU CAN CLIP THE BREECH BLOCK INTO THE SLIDE, AS SHOWN BELOW.

FOLLOWED BY THE FIRING PIN ASSEMBLY. I DISCOVERED THE INSIDE OF THE FIRING PIN WAS FULL OF RUST - SO IT TOOK SOME FILING WITH A SMALL ROUND FILE TO CLEAN IT OUT!
ENSURE YOU ENGAGE THE D-SHAPED PIN INTO THE D-SHAPED HOLE IN THE BREECH BLOCK


SECURE THE FIRING PIN ASSEMBLY WITH THE RETAINING PLATE - WHICH JUST SLIDES INTO THE SLOT IN THE BACK OF THE SLIDE. USE A SMALL BLADE TO COMPRESS THE FIRING PIN.


MOVING ON TO THE BARREL, PLACE THE SHORT RECOIL SPRING OVER THE END OF THE SHORT RECOIL LEVER. PUSH THE TWO PINS OF THE SPRING INTO THE HOLES IN THE BARREL BELOW THE CHAMBER, AND SECURE WITH THE PIN. CUT THE EXCESS LENGTHS OF THE SPRING WIRE FLUSH WITH THE PLASTIC BELOW THE CHAMBER.

INSERT THE BARREL CHAMBER FIRST INTO THE SLIDE UNTIL IT BUTTS UP AGAINST THE BREECH BLOCK.


THE RECOIL SPRING ASSEMBLY COMES NEXT:
THE PLUG GOES IN FIRST, THEN THE SPRING. FINALLY INSERT THE GUIDE AND CAREFULLY COMPRESS THE SPRING AND PLACE THE GUIDE FLANGE (WITH A "U"-SHAPED LIP ONTO THE BARREL NEXT TO THE SHORT-RECOIL LEVER. DO NOT WORRY IF IT FLEXES ABOUT. THAT'S NORMAL!


AFTER INSERTING THE BARREL BUSHING AND CLIPPING IT INTO PLACE - FINALLY INSTALL THE SLIDE ONTO THE RECEIVER/FRAME, PUSHING CAREFULLY UNTIL THE HOLE FOR THE SLIDE-STOP LEVER LINES UP WITH THE SHORT-RECOIL LEVER HOLE.
PUSH IN THE SLIDE-STOP LEVER ABOUT 95%. YOU WILL SEE A SMALL RAISED SPUR ON IT. PUSH THE SLIDE SOME MORE UNTIL THE SMALL NOTCH IN IT IS ALIGNED WITH THE SPUR - THEN PRESS IN THE SLIDE-STOP LEVER THE REST OF THE WAY - AND RELEASE THE SLIDE.
OFF COURSE USE SOME LUBRICANTS TO EASE THE FLOW! WORK THE ACTION A FEW TIMES TO ENSURE IT'S ALL WORKING. THEN INSERT THE MAGAZINE EMPTY TO CHECK THE SLIDE STOP WORKS, THEN FULL TO CHECK THE ROUNDS ARE CYCLED EACH TIME YOU PULL THE SLIDE BACK.

IF IT DOES THEN CONGRATULATIONS - YOU HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED ASSEMBLY OF YOUR MARUSHIN 1911 COLT .45
ALL THAT REMAINS IS TO LOAD THE CAPS INTO THE CARTRIDGES AND GIVE IT A TEST-FIRE, AND AS MODELGUN OWNERS WILL TELL YOU -THAT'S ANOTHER STORY!


P.S. My magazine was already assembled when the kit arrived - so read the instructions page if yours is not!

P.P.S.
DIS-ASSEMBLY OF THE SLIDE & BARREL:
Thought this is worth mentioning - If you find that the Slide/Barrel hard to remove, it is most likely due to the recoil spring metal GUIDE jamming at an angle inside the slide
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The solution: gently slap the side of the Slide with the flat of your hand. That should release it without further problems.


Kiwigunner
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PostSubject: Re: Marushin 1911 Colt Kitset Build   Thu Dec 08, 2011 11:56 am

To say I enjoy it would be an understatement!
Man, I am envious of your skills annotating these photos and making them to an excellent photostory :-)
Keep your style!
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PostSubject: Re: Marushin 1911 Colt Kitset Build   Thu Dec 08, 2011 12:06 pm

Very Happy Fantastic work John, outstanding, Thank you very much for this

I can't imagine a clearer, easy to follow tutorial than this, a superb job Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Marushin 1911 Colt Kitset Build   Thu Dec 08, 2011 12:51 pm

Sorry but I understood nothing.... Laughing Laughing

It's a joke, of course, great job Kiwi and now, I have to do the same thing with all my kits. Who can keep my children please???

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PostSubject: Re: Marushin 1911 Colt Kitset Build   Thu Dec 08, 2011 5:18 pm

Absolutley superb i am very impressed the photo's are great.i have this model kit myself got the M29 as well might even be tempted to try to build mine with such a good step by step guide.
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PostSubject: Re: Marushin 1911 Colt Kitset Build   Fri Dec 09, 2011 2:21 am

I'm pleased that you have all found it useful & enjoyable. I'm so glad I don't have to translate it into Polish or French or Welsh! What a Face

lol!

If it is an inspiration to others to get more out of their Modelgun hobby - that's fantastic! I'm a relative newbie and have gained so much info fro the forum posts - thank you Claymore too. All the feedback is appreciated.

I sure am addicted now - and with this model in particular I've learnt to appreciate the genius of John M. Browning AND the skills of the Japanese Modelgun designers and manufacturers. Very Happy

Kiwigunner
P.S. The third part of this post - my 1911 Colt review (Smootik's challenge)- is posted here:
http://mp40modelguns.forumotion.net/t2717p15-challenge-review-your-1911-model#19970


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