DDC Defender Fest

RodanAZ

New Member
A Defender was always on the list of blaster reps I wanted to build, but it just got moved to the top of the to-do list. My wife and her two best friends have recently decided that we (the three of them and all the husbands) will be Leia and Han for Halloween this year. My wife and I are ROTJ, and the others are ANH and ESB. Coincidentally the friend going as ANH Leia wants me to build her a blaster for her birthday... looks like she's going to get a defender!

Off to the internet I went, and picked up a couple of Rubies Defenders, and a 3D printed ROTJ Defender. One of the Rubies will go to the wife's friend, and will be a fairly basic build. The other Rubies and the ROTJ Defender will stay in the collection when done, and I may get a little more involved with the builds.

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I'm starting with the Rubies, which are pretty well documented here, but it never hurts to have another build and more pics. ;)

For now, I'm starting with cleaning them up, and filling/smoothing the parting lines. It's a tedious process, and I'm trying to just hit it for a little while daily.

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The one nice thing with two of them is I can work on one while the other is drying...

The ROTJ version will be waiting a bit until I've made some progress on the Rubies, but is going to require a good bit of work to smooth out the printed finish.

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This will be my first 3D printed project, so there will be some learning going on! I'm more used to metal, but I've built lots of static models over the years, so it shouldn't be a big deal.
 

Gregatron

Sr Member
I picked up two of the Rubies blasters, last year, and built both the ANH and ROTJ version. It was a lot of fun. I'll have to post a photo when I get a chance, to show how nice these repaints/upgrades can turn out.

Looking forward to seeing how this project goes!
 

sbeall

New Member
Very interested to see where this goes. This will probably be the route I take to do the ANH Defender, also. Any thoughts of replacing the plastic barrel with a metal tube?
 

RodanAZ

New Member
Definitely giving that some thought... real metal tube for the barrel, real wire wrap and adding some weight.
 

Mara Jade's Father

Master Member
Very interested to see where this goes. This will probably be the route I take to do the ANH Defender, also. Any thoughts of replacing the plastic barrel with a metal tube?
For mine, the seam on the barrel cleaned up very well. I replaced the barrel section between the front sight forward.

You can see the start of the work here: My Builds: Imp Field Knife, R1 Rebel Helmet, Jyn Doll, Ahsoka Hilts, Rey Staff, etc

The end result is here: My Builds: Imp Field Knife, R1 Rebel Helmet, Jyn Doll, Ahsoka Hilts, Rey Staff, etc

For The Return of the Jedi version, I used a resin cast of a real pistol. My Builds: Imp Field Knife, R1 Rebel Helmet, Jyn Doll, Ahsoka Hilts, Rey Staff, etc

It should be noted that the Rubies is made from the MR replica and they used the wrong version of the pistol. The difference is the magazine section. Not a big deal but I just thought I would mention it.
 

Gregatron

Sr Member
For mine, I replaced the barrels with brass tubing and added lead weights inside the grips. A real cord was coiled around the ANH barrel, and I scratchbuilt a cube-sight to stick behind the barrel. I also removed the triangular locking block tips (accurate for ROTJ, but not ANH), and remodeled those areas. The ROTJ blaster was a similar process, but with the addition of rubber bumpers for the squares along the body, and a 3D-printed flash suppressor. The ROTJ was painted black, and the ANH gunmetal with gloss black grips.
 
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