Well, I've really kept busy during my Holiday vacation. I've completed my first prop build of '07. This is Aurra Sing's blaster pistol. It's one of those designs that I've always thought was fantastic, and that means of course that reference for it is pretty scarce. In fact, I based 90% of my build from the following pic.
I built my blaster from Sintra, sheet styrene, acrylic tube, an exhaust cone from a Saturn V model, and a couple of small screws and steel wire. Here's an overall shot of my build up.
I know it's not entirely accurate. The grips don't have that weird bulge toward the back. . . but I couldn't figure out how to make that without resorting to Sculpey or something. And a sculptor I ain't.
Most of the body of the blaster was made up of laminated sheets of Sintra in a couple different thicknesses. The thinner detail plates were done with .030" styrene.
For the right side of the blaster, I had to resort to using the tiny 1/6 scale pistol from my Hasbro Aurra Sing figure. It was simplified, but I had to put something there.
The grips were a challenge to make because I wanted them to be removable. It seemed from the reference pic that the backstrap of the pistol grip was visible, so I designed my grips to slide on and off from the front of the "frame." I sandwiched 5 layers of Sintra together, and carved them to shape with a sanding drum on my Dremel. My hobby table looked like it was covered with snow afterwards. Next time I try something like this I'll go out on the balcony. I made a buttplate and glued it to the bottom of the grips, and now they're removable.
For the finish on the grips, the original had some very subtle webbing or veining. I tried several techniques but couldn't get it to look quite right. I settled for a "champagne" pearl kind of shade. If you notice in the pics, it changes color depending on the lighting. I think it looks pretty nice.
So anyway, it's an unusual prop from the prequels that had about a nanosecond of screen time. . . but I like it. The overall length is about 10 1/2", and the "fattest" section of the barrel is exactly 1".
I also wanted to build something that Odiwan72 doesn't have in his collection. Hi Markus.
Here's my album for more pics.
Thanks for looking.