Blank firing Blade Runner Blaster - Advice needed.

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H0llyw00d

Sr Member
Hope the aluminum works out better for you!


I dunno, Noeland the whole Deckard's blaster ship has long since sailed. This is totally my PKD at this point. I wrestled with that stupid chunk of metal through more than a few self-actualizations. It'll always have a beadblasted-esque finish from the vice grip gouges. The silly things seem to infuse a part of yourself through creation (yeah, freakin' thing got in my head bad). I may crank out a perfect aluminum guard in a day and toss the other one but it'll be hard,

For the second trigger I'm weighing options for functionality. Now I always imagined the Steyer receiver as being a bolt-action launcher similar to the new BSG. I don't see anything like that possible but they do have lasers that can burst balloons from across the room. Totally doable with a 5.7v battery and a recharge port either in the fifth LED or the grip frame dimple. There are flashlights (meh), laser sights (useless)... any ideas?
 

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H0llyw00d

Sr Member
Theoretically... you could calibrate the laser to a set effective distance and use the bolt handle to focus the laser lens for a determinable range.... hmmm...
 

Noeland

Master Member
You'll figure it out. It's one of those projects that will gnaw at you until it's done. Well I guess they're all that way.

BTW, You don't have to use channel locks and vice grips to bend the metal. There are several hand held, and tabletop bending tools available that are not super expensive that might help you out. Heck, I've used wire benders, tube benders, bending jigs, hand held sheet metal seaming tools, etc to bend metal lots of times. All in ways those tools were not designed for, but worked well for. ;)

Also, you can get the scarring marks from the tools out of the metal with some sand paper and elbow grease.
 

H0llyw00d

Sr Member
"You'll put your eye out, Kid!" heh, heh. But yeah, that's actually very much a thing. Burning lasers will indeed put your eye out. Phhhpbt, you think the fx-saber forums are full of engineering nerds. Dip a toe in the laser forums... Jiminy.. :/

Turns out the entry-level balloon-popping laser is 405nm 100mW, blue-violet. <$20 shipped on eBay.

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Can run off an 18650 battery from Solo's Hold (support our brethren) and the grip dimple is the perfect size for a 2.1mm recharge port (Custom Saber Shop). The solution is deceptively easy... I ain't buying it... and yes I will be VERY careful...(Jeez):


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H0llyw00d

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Daaaaang... I was just idly doing research and it looks like Rich C. (racprops) got banned. It'd be nice to have a reason next to BANNED... like "for excessive toxicity"... :)
 

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OmegaShogun

New Member
Sorry if this has already been said, but keep in mind that pewter/zinc is an extremely brittle metal, which is what the side plates are made of in these kits, it would be a lot safer if you got the side plates milled out of steel or maybe aluminum.
 

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H0llyw00d

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Sorry if this has already been said, but keep in mind that pewter/zinc is an extremely brittle metal, which is what the side plates are made of in these kits, it would be a lot safer if you got the side plates milled out of steel or maybe aluminum.

Thanks man, but no problem at all with the side plates. Being a blank pistol the cylinder gap is very precise and since the pistol is front firing (gas goes out the front unobstructed) rather than top firing there is no real back pressure to cause damage. Except for some powder fouling no real effect at all that I can tell... imagine puffs of admittedly hot, sooty air.
 
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