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druid
11-23-2008, 06:30 PM
Well I sat down and went through some of my gear. I have two hoppers that I don't use...I like them but for different reasons. They have endearing - and disappointing - qualities about them.

Ricochet Rhino -
Pros - Has excellent shell design. The facets make the loader harder to see, inspire deflection (have seen it personally) and shells can take some abuse. It has a window on the inside (left side) to see your paint level.
Cons - Has "constant spin technology." For those of you that don't know what that means, it means you turn it on and it stays on....and spins alllllll dayyyyyyyyy loooooooooooooooong and doesn't stop until the battery is dead or you turn it off. It also only uses one 9V battery and has a SLOW feed rate. That's ok for mech markers unless you are fast-fingered.

12V VL Revolution -
Pros - It is 12V providing even and constant feeding. It has eyes in the feedneck and spins when a paintball drops. This makes for it only having to spin when it doesn't 'see' a ball in the neck. Battery life is very good.
Cons - This is a newer model, having newer shells. They shatter like glass when hit. They are also "clear" and I just don't like them.

Enter my [re]creation...

My new RicoLution. It's not finished yet and I will be cleaning up the "roughness" with paint and putty but that will have to wait at the moment. I wanted to show you the progress so far. I'm sorry I only have these pics but you can figure out what I did from them.

Ricochet hopper and lid, fitted over the Revolution lower, impeller, board and feedneck. It works and spins out paint very nicely.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/RiccoLution1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/RiccoLution2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/RiccoLution3.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/RiccoLution4.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/RiccoLution5.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/RiccoLution6.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/RiccoLution8.jpg

DFSniper
11-23-2008, 06:36 PM
constant spin? you must have the crappy one. i have the AK with the tab that spins whenever a ball drops. of course it somehow managed to die on me...

nice frankenhopper though!

TheDarkShadow
11-23-2008, 06:38 PM
woah, very cool druid :up::up:

DFSniper
11-23-2008, 06:45 PM
hey, throw the bottom half in some RIT dye and the epoxy it together!

druid
11-23-2008, 07:04 PM
constant spin? you must have the crappy one. i have the AK with the tab that spins whenever a ball drops. of course it somehow managed to die on me...

nice frankenhopper though!
Yep...I got the early version...lol. That's why I hated it. I like the shell design but the board was meh
woah, very cool druid :up::up:
thanks
hey, throw the bottom half in some RIT dye and the epoxy it together!
Newp. Gonna hit it up with some fiberglass putty to clean it up and smooth over rough edges and then paint it...or custom MARPAT cover it...lol.


EDIT: sorry, I was wrong. It was a Rhino hopper....not the AK. I have amended the first post to reflect that

jim762
11-23-2008, 08:05 PM
I want one, I want one!!!!!:dancingman:

slim and shady
11-23-2008, 08:50 PM
looks good, when are you making mine?

TheDarkShadow
11-24-2008, 01:50 PM
you should combine the top of the revvy and the bottom of the rhino to make the crappiest loader since the quantum

DFSniper
11-24-2008, 02:56 PM
bahahahahaha! and the only reason it would be worse would be because the quantum has that optional on/off pad.

extrabonez
11-24-2008, 04:02 PM
looks pretty sweet..looks pretty clean too

druid
12-10-2008, 10:28 PM
HERE'S AN UPDATE OF WHAT i'VE DONE SINCE THE INITIAL POST.


I went to Advanced Auto and picked up a tube of Plastic Weld. It's a binary compound that you mix. I fused the shells together with it by laying it in the joins with a Q-Tip.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/1PlasticWeld1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/2PlasticWeld.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/3Glued1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/3Glued2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/3Glued3.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/3Glued4.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/3Glued.jpg

And then I got two tubes of JB Weld Stick...also a binary compound but a soft solid. Second pic is what it will mend

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/4JBWeldStick.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/4JBWeldStick1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/4JBWeldStick2.jpg

druid
12-10-2008, 10:28 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/4JBWeldStick3.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/4JBWeldStick4.jpg

You tear or cut a piece off and knead it to one color. Notice it's darker than the stick. YOU HAVE ABOUT 3 MINUTES TO GET IT TO WHERE YOU WANT IT because it starts to cure that fast...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/5Knead.jpg

and roll it into a cylinder-looking thing...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/6Roll.jpg

and squish it into the areas being joined. not only does this strengthen the plastic weld, it also acts as a filler for spaces you want to devoid of space.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/7Moldinplace1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/7Moldinplace10.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/7Moldinplace11.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/7Moldinplace12.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/7Moldinplace2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/7Moldinplace3.jpg

druid
12-10-2008, 10:29 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/7Moldinplace4.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/7Moldinplace5.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/7Moldinplace6.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/7Moldinplace7.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/7Moldinplace8.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/7Moldinplace9.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/7Moldinplace.jpg

Now the directions say that within 10 minutes it's cured that you can move it, 1 hour to put a slight load on it and 24 hours for absolute full cure and hardest set.

I'm going to wait the 24 hours and sand it smooth and see about painting it.

DFSniper
12-11-2008, 03:47 AM
i used that stuck stuff to put my hammer feedneck back on. problem is, i was off, so now i have to try and break it off, grind it down, and do it again. strong stuff though :up:

TheDarkShadow
12-11-2008, 12:28 PM
looks pretty good

extrabonez
12-11-2008, 02:10 PM
:D looks good, good job

druid
12-11-2008, 06:24 PM
Thanks. I'll be sanding it in a few hours but it's pouring outside so painting is out for now....:(

bigred76
12-11-2008, 09:24 PM
That looks like ****. :p

druid
12-13-2008, 12:43 AM
MMMMMMMMMMmmmmm.....painted goodness..gotta touch up the black though, got some fingerprints in the paint when I thought it was dry enough (but wasn't)....

This is only a preliminary test for this particular paint scheme. I want to see how well it works out in our woods before I tighten up the paint job. If it doesn't work out, I'll be changing it completely so there was no need to go "all out" just yet...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/Painted.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/Painted2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/Painted1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/Painted9.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/Painted8.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/Painted7.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/Painted6.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/Painted5.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/Painted4.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/Painted3.jpg

druid
12-13-2008, 12:44 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/Painted14.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/Painted10.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/Painted11.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/Painted12.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/Painted13.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/Painted15.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/Painted16.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/Painted17.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/Painted18.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/Painted19.jpg

druid
12-13-2008, 12:46 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/Painted20.jpg

Impeller spinning....

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/Painted21.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/Painted22.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v388/druidsdecendant/Paintball/RiccoLution/Painted23.jpg

DFSniper
12-13-2008, 05:20 AM
nice

TheDarkShadow
12-14-2008, 07:02 AM
looks like you have a nice backup hopper now

Nenkitsune
04-15-2009, 01:08 AM
you should combine the top of the revvy and the bottom of the rhino to make the crappiest loader since the quantum

that's impossible. it's called a Quantum for a reason.

they used Quantum Mechanics to make it an Anti-feeder. it's able to feed at NEGATIVE BPS. a first and only in paintball history