I’ve been continuing to ponder how I’m going to be able to make my gun doors work with the flip-flop hood setup I am planning to use. I blogged about some ideas for the gun doors in a previous post, but I don’t think the rotisserie style of door is going to work because of the height of the guns.
The trick that I’ll have to figure out, is how to make the hood easily roll up and down without constantly having to remove the gun doors. At the same time I would like to have the gun doors totally tuck back down out of sight when the guns pop up.
One of the mechanisms that just might work is one which is typically used for garage doors. The mechanism is commonly referred to as a retractable “up and over” garage door. This allows a solid one piece door to sit flush and then entirely retract away.
I’m thinking that if I were to pivot this mechanism so that the door rolled down instead of rolling up, it would provide what I’m looking for. I may be able to connect a lever to the mechanism attached to the guns to automatically roll the door up and down as the guns raised and retracted. Or maybe simply re-use the power window motors to open and close the gun doors.
I’m sure I’ll have to do some prototyping, but so far this mechanism is looking promising.