Blade runner blaster - metal Coyle

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by spoudastis, Aug 24, 2015.

  1. spoudastis

    spoudastis Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    A few months ago I purchased my full metal Coyle blaster and I finally have had time to get started on it between moving and the birth of my second child. This is going to be a slow burn build but I wanted to keep a log of my progress.


    The project started with me contacting Rich about picking up a couple of metal pieces to upgrade my Coyle CS+T resin blaster and progressed to me very quickly succumbing and purchasing a full metal kit. I build models and am fairly experienced but this is the first time I have tackled anything like this. Wish me luck.


    The obligatory shot of all the pieces lovingly set out on the bench ready to go.

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    And the inner grip frame. This was a test piece just to get used to the material and see what I needed to do to get a nice shine on the parts. I started with 80 grit to rough out the shape and worked down to 1500. I'm waiting on some buffing pads to arrive from Amazon to finish it off but so far the process seems promising though there are still a few scratches.

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    Hopefully more to come soon.
     
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  2. I Athena I

    I Athena I Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I have to say that this Blade Runner blaster is one of my favorite weapons!
    I can sympathize for your build a head. My dad made one and then converted
    it to, live fire. It's so cool. I can't wait to see the rest of your build. Good luck!
    :thumbsup

    ~ I Athena I
     
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  3. asalaw

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    Is that cast aluminum? Looks like it. Don't forget to try a Scotchbrite pad on it. Works great on metals.
     
  4. spoudastis

    spoudastis Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    It is cast pewter. It is quite rough in its raw state but with some work it polishes up to almost a chrome shine.


     
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  5. asalaw

    asalaw Sr Member

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    Nice! :)
     
  6. whitehammer

    whitehammer Well-Known Member

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    where can this kit be had?
     
  7. spoudastis

    spoudastis Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Pm sent

     
  8. Sean

    Sean Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Cool beans! subscribed...


    may I ask what kind of buffing pads your waiting on? I'm attempting to build a ghost with one of Rich's kits. rough going so far..
     
  9. LB66679

    LB66679 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    wow ! i would love to build one of these
     
  10. spoudastis

    spoudastis Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Nice, good luck with the ghost, I love the way those look. These are what I ordered on Amazon:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000XAQCI6?redirect=true

    i tried a buffing wheel in my grinder and it didn't work so well, hoping these give me a better shine with the dremel. The progression i used was 80, 150, 220, 320, 400, 600, 1200, 1500. And it turned out pretty shiny with a quick buff with a rag. I have read that hitting the parts with mag wheel polish after the sanding really makes a big difference as well. Good luck, and I'll let you know what ends up working best for me.

     
  11. Sean

    Sean Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thank you very kindly. and I think you will do a fine job with your build.
     
  12. brandomack

    brandomack Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    The order i follow, file carefully with jewelers files. Sand with 180, 220, 300,400.

    then buff with this stuff..
    http://www.nevrdull.com

    a wipe with a lint-free cotton rag, and the piece is ready.
     
  13. spoudastis

    spoudastis Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I'll look into that. When you say you buff, do you buff with a machine or by hand? And the polish will get the piece scratch free even after only 400 grit? Thanks.

     
  14. spoudastis

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    Hit it the inner grip with mag wheel polish and man what a difference! It looks like polished stainless steel, makes me consider doing a ghost now :D. In the first image you can see the reflection of the camera and my shirt.

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  15. spoudastis

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    Got a chance to work on the butt plate. This will be the last of the in progress polish pics as from now on I will be roughing out the parts and then fitting them before refining and polishing. Started with 80 on the belt sander to get the bottom flat then progressed up to 600. Polished with my dremel then with mag wheel polish. You can still see some skratches so I'll probably go back at some point and redo this part, I just wanted to quickly see how the dremel polishing worked out.

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  16. mugatu

    mugatu Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Just found this! I LOVE this gun! I can't wait to see your finished piece.

    Quick question: I'm unfamiliar with handling pewter. I believe it is a soft metal. Is it so soft that one would need to be very careful handling the prop, once it's completed, to ensure not damaging it? For example, can you crease/dent/mark the pewter with a fingernail?
     
  17. Mechanized2400

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    Good luck with the build! It's a time piece but well worth the effort you'll put into it. Getting one of Rich's blasters was my Holy Grail. Having one is by far my favorite prop, can't beat what he makes.
     
  18. spoudastis

    spoudastis Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hope me you like the build I'm enjoying myself already!

    the pewter that Rich uses is an alloy, not 100% pure pewter, so it's not noticeably soft. It is easy to work but you would never damage the metal by handling it. Dropping it would do some damage I image though.

     
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  19. spoudastis

    spoudastis Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks! This and Hans greedo killer are my favorite blasters, but this ones design is stunning. I can't wait till I can have this one on display.

     
  20. joberg

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    Keep up the good work! That polishing makes the difference for sure.
     
  21. spoudastis

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    Ok so now I have a question about the grip frame to grip alignment. I have looked at some online reference but can not really tell. As looking from the back, the left top side of the amber grip aligns with the grip frame and is straight across, see bottom right picture. The right side grip however dips slightly at the top while the grip frame is straight across. Should the grip frame be shaped to the amber grip or should the grip frame remain straight, see top right picture?

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  22. Mechanized2400

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    I'd save leave be for the time and put to the side. If you haven't already, do a test fitting and check if the grip or the protruding metal is a problem before doing sanding/filing anything. There shouldn't be any issues though. I guess really it's up to you. But I've seen countless pictures of Mr. Coyle's blasters as well as mine, with that same piece protruding.
     
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  23. IFA

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    I would say that once you will have the blaster finished, you won't notice that "little" detail ;)
     
  24. spoudastis

    spoudastis Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Awesome thanks for the advise. Ill Leave it for now, and check out the worldcon photos later but I'm sure if both you and Rich leave that metal piece showing that's how it should be.

     
  25. Chuckisbaws

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    How do you acquire this blaster kit?
     
  26. KramStaar

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    Contact Rich Coyle: racprops@cox.net
     
  27. spoudastis

    spoudastis Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    kramstaar! Good to see you here. Your worldcon build is a huge inspiration for me, I visit your site at least once a week. If I can get my blaster looking half as good as yours I'll be a happy man.

    cheers

     
  28. KramStaar

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    The honor is mine, thank you very much for your kind words. If you want to contact Rich directly it might be easier to do it on Propsummit because he's regularly there.

    Good luck and I look forward to seeing how yours all works out.

    High regards
     

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