DL-21 Blaster Pistol Variant WIP (PIC HEAVY)

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by Geber Teg, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. Geber Teg

    Geber Teg New Member

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    I'm finally making some good headway on my DL-21 variant! :D


    Original DL-21, as seen in ESB with Rebel troops on Hoth and also Dengar's sidearm, (with link to Wookieepedia article) for reference:

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    Instead, I'm starting with a Charter Arms Explorer II, a pistol version of the AR-7 survival rifle from which the DL-21 was based. Obviously, the grip is quite different, as is the back part of the receiver, and also the rear sight. Hence, why it's a 'variant' - it's gonna have some differences. Personally, I think the grip looks similar to the Bolo Broomhandle Mauser.

    Charter Arms Explorer II:

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    ArmaLite AR-7 Explorer (with link to Wikipedia article) for reference:

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    Today, I went to the shop, not for work, but to play! :)

    I recently got my hands on a couple mortar fin assemblies: original WWII-era British 2 inch (50mm) mortar fins, which someone turned into a petrol lighter (I think this is what they call Trench Art):

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    ...which I'm saving for a screen accurate DL-21 build.

    The other is a modern US 81mm mortar fin assembly:

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    Compared to the 50mm fins, they were far too big! So, I drew some lines, did some cutting on the band-saw, then put it to spinning and started cleaning it up. (Sorry, in advance, for the crappy cell phone pics.)

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    I turned down the front half of my barrel and threaded it to the same pitch as the fins. There's a small, brass washer behind the fins (barely visible in the poor-quality phone pic). Also shown in the pic is a Webley 4x15 scope.

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    I also have a bronze bushing that will soon be tapped to thread onto the barrel and turned down to an attractive emitter. Also on the agenda: scope mount rail.

    More updates to follow! ;)
     
  2. OdiWan72

    OdiWan72 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Very cool :thumbsup...

    even if I´d swap the scope for a SP or a generic, but SHORTER one.
    The long 4x15 seems a bit out of place IMHO

    Markus
     
  3. Sluis Van Shipyards

    Sluis Van Shipyards Master Member

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    I like it! I was never aware there was a pistol version. Everyone said it was a cut down rifle. So which is correct for the movie version?
     
  4. Geber Teg

    Geber Teg New Member

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    Thanks!

    I'd love to get my hands on a couple Single Point scopes! One for my screen accurate DL-21 and one for my A280 build.

    I agree, it does look a bit long on this. I have several options on hand - Webley 4x15, Weaver Qwik-Point S-1, Hensoldt Wetzlar ZF2x17°, M38 and M77C tank telescopes, etc. - but I'm not completely satisfied with any of them. Eventually, I'll find something that fits.
     
  5. Geber Teg

    Geber Teg New Member

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    Jason,

    My understanding is that the movie props were made from castings of an AR-7 rifle receiver.

    I have seen pistol versions of the AR-7 with the original style receiver, but they are very rare. That's what I'm planning on using, if I ever find another for sale; the last one slipped through my fingers before I could buy it.
     

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