Battlestar Galactica BSG Season 1 Blaster Build

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LoganFord

New Member
Hi all ! This is the first post of my own,

yes a little late to the BSG prop arena, but I rewatched the series recently and was inspired to have a go given the great content on here!

so I got a kit printed, not the best and needed a lot of sanding!! I’m a novice at this, my first build ever, ialso wanted to show what could be achieved with a little resource and no prior knowledge.

hoping you like the end result!!

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Sanding was painful, I invested in a cheap dremel rotary tool, only to find the speed reached a point that it melted the plastic kit!! Lesson learned I refilled and went at it by hand.

decided to paint the main body on Matt black following grey undercoat, then go for the graphite powder coating the finish with clear coat. Few rattle cans bought (no sprayer of my own)
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added some weight to the barrel with some threaded bolts I chopped to size and glued out of sight.

my high tech spray station of a cardboard box and garden wire to hang parts…yes I did invest in a mask and sprayed outsid

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I decided to add more weight inside the grip so cut out some plastic and cut bolts to size.

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Then assembled the rest of the parts…

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I bought some cheap acrylic paints various colours and mixes for the handle, first a brown layer then black dry brush to get wood grain appearance, then coated in clear
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Finally set the handle and put some screws in for effect,
Finished prop with some light weathering chrome paint again dry brush approach.
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and finally In it’s setting along with the lighter from the series

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was a good project and a welcome distraction! Looking forward to the next one although I decided on what to do, enjoyed it
 

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19narvik40

Well-Known Member
For a first effort you've done really very well. As you found out, a Dremel type tool has to be used with great care. it would be better to use one with a variable speed option. It also isn't the best option for sanding larger areas like on plastics, the foam sanding blocks now available are a much better option. Personally, I rather like your painting of the pistol grip. Do you have any way to lock the hinged piece so it doesn't fall open at inopportune moments?
 

LoganFord

New Member
Thanks!! I wanted that wood effect and I tried a few things, landing on the brown the black dry brushing, soft paper towel to blend it…worked out better than I expected. Especially given the only thing I’ve painted before is walls in a house

I will look into a multi speed dremel and those sanding blocks, thanks for the tip, hoping that will help with the next project - undecided still


I cheated a little with the hinge, i placed two screws inset into the revolver frame (as I had seen this in other photos) and left the one under the hinge piece a little proud of the frame - you wouldn’t notice up close, but it’s enough to grip the side of the piece as you close it and hold it in place.

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19narvik40

Well-Known Member
Thanks!! I wanted that wood effect and I tried a few things, landing on the brown the black dry brushing, soft paper towel to blend it…worked out better than I expected. Especially given the only thing I’ve painted before is walls in a house

I will look into a multi speed dremel and those sanding blocks, thanks for the tip, hoping that will help with the next project - undecided still


I cheated a little with the hinge, i placed two screws inset into the revolver frame (as I had seen this in other photos) and left the one under the hinge piece a little proud of the frame - you wouldn’t notice up close, but it’s enough to grip the side of the piece as you close it and hold it in place.

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Nice simple solution, well done. My brain immediately went to rare earth magnets, something mounted on the trigger guard and the inside of the hinged piece. I tend to overthink and over engineer things and make them unnecessarily complicated. Does the trigger work?
 

LoganFord

New Member
Nice simple solution, well done. My brain immediately went to rare earth magnets, something mounted on the trigger guard and the inside of the hinged piece. I tend to overthink and over engineer things and make them unnecessarily complicated. Does the trigger work?
Nice solution for a proper build, but as a novice I worked with what I had at hand, trigger works but it’s a printed kit so no revolver cylinder action and no hammer in the kit.

would love a proper kit with those features but have been unable to source one, same goes for season 2-4 blaster when they moved to automatic pistol with the under barrelled launcher.

if anyone has any idea on those would be interested! Thanks
 

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19narvik40

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Nice solution for a proper build, but as a novice I worked with what I had at hand, trigger works but it’s a printed kit so no revolver cylinder action and no hammer in the kit.

would love a proper kit with those features but have been unable to source one, same goes for season 2-4 blaster when they moved to automatic pistol with the under barrelled launcher.

if anyone has any idea on those would be interested! Thanks

Here are some articles on the orignal Mini-series/Season 1 sidearm, Battlestar Galactica: The Miniseries (2003) - Internet Movie Firearms Database - Guns in Movies, TV and Video Games
Battlestar Galactica (2004) - Season 1 - Internet Movie Firearms Database - Guns in Movies, TV and Video Games

There was an airsoft offered briefly but it long gone. Off World Super Charge Blaster Airsoft Gun

Another member here, Matsuo did several up as well as offered a kit of the clamshell and pistol grips. Again sadly long gone.

You could find yourself an airsoft or replica and modify yours but you would need to cut down the hammer, remove the back sights and shorten the barrel as illustrated here on one of Matsuo's models. In this case he used a Colt Python for the base.
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As for the Season 2-4 sidearm, the FN Fiveseven, there are still airsoft models available but not with the distinctive enmlarged trigger guard. All You would have to do is add the underside grenade launcher. Here is a article about the Season 2 sidearm, Battlestar Galactica (2004) - Season 2 - Internet Movie Firearms Database - Guns in Movies, TV and Video Games

I hope this helps.
 

LoganFord

New Member
Here are some articles on the orignal Mini-series/Season 1 sidearm, Battlestar Galactica: The Miniseries (2003) - Internet Movie Firearms Database - Guns in Movies, TV and Video Games
Battlestar Galactica (2004) - Season 1 - Internet Movie Firearms Database - Guns in Movies, TV and Video Games

There was an airsoft offered briefly but it long gone. Off World Super Charge Blaster Airsoft Gun

Another member here, Matsuo did several up as well as offered a kit of the clamshell and pistol grips. Again sadly long gone.

You could find yourself an airsoft or replica and modify yours but you would need to cut down the hammer, remove the back sights and shorten the barrel as illustrated here on one of Matsuo's models. In this case he used a Colt Python for the base.
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As for the Season 2-4 sidearm, the FN Fiveseven, there are still airsoft models available but not with the distinctive enmlarged trigger guard. All You would have to do is add the underside grenade launcher. Here is a article about the Season 2 sidearm, Battlestar Galactica (2004) - Season 2 - Internet Movie Firearms Database - Guns in Movies, TV and Video Games

I hope this helps.
Thanks so much very helpful!! I appreciate I’m late to the party on a series from 2003…is it really that long

not sure on the air soft regs over here, I think anything over 1 joule is illegal, so my options are limited, plus importing firearm like items is precarious abs fraught with legal implications…hence I’ll end up going for kits and not pre built..a little easier!
 

19narvik40

Well-Known Member
Thanks so much very helpful!! I appreciate I’m late to the party on a series from 2003…is it really that long

not sure on the air soft regs over here, I think anything over 1 joule is illegal, so my options are limited, plus importing firearm like items is precarious abs fraught with legal implications…hence I’ll end up going for kits and not pre built..a little easier!
Do you have any airsoft stores where you are? They would almost certainly have the revolver in one iteration or another. The Fiveseven may be be more problematic
 

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