Field Marshal ANH DL-44 Build

HB1098S

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For me the Han Solo DL-44 blaster is my favorite and one of the most iconic. A good friend of mine bought me a Field Marshal ANH DL-44 kit with all the steel parts! So here's Chris's beautiful kit, pre machined, as it came out of the shipping box along with Dark Energy Creations pewter T track and machined radial engine pieces. My goal is a hero look for display!

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After disassembly, I wanted to smooth out the casting dimples & seams, remove the DENIX stamped lettering so this looked closer to a real C-96. I've followed many of Scott J's builds and enjoyed DiggsBarklightr's "No Filler" build and thought I'd give this a try...

Denix logo removed & casting dimples

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Hammer seams removed & knurling detailed

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Put the trigger on a diet - this isn't done, it still needs a little work

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Hammer dimples removed

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Upper dimples removed

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Casting seams removed in the bolt

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Bolt knurling detailed

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I'm happy for my first few hours of work. Ordered Birchwood Casey Aluminum Black and will go by the sporting goods store today to pick up the Birchwood Casey Aluma Blue for the steel parts!
 

mrwax

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Looking good! I'm slowly working through this same kit, I'm trying to not let perfect be the enemy of good as far as the Denix mods are concerned, but it's tempting to try and fix every little thing.
 

DiggsBarklightr

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Looking good! I'm slowly working through this same kit, I'm trying to not let perfect be the enemy of good as far as the Denix mods are concerned, but it's tempting to try and fix every little thing.
That’s what I said too and every time I looked at it or someone asked if “are you going to...” it started to eat at me a little.
 

Win7ermute

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Looking at this kit and the Lando blaster from Solo I'm kinda shocked no-one has done an all-chrome DL-44. Am I wrong ?

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HB1098S

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Made some good progress today - Blued the barrel, flash hider, upper, trigger, hammer, and touched up a few things.

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mrwax

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Thanks Russ! I decided to disassemble the scope mount and sand out all the casting grain to a smooth texture, then reblue and oil.
Get ready for a lot of sanding. I did that to mine, it was worth it, but it takes some time!
 

DiggsBarklightr

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All these gorgeous build photos... you guys are making me wanna build a hero! o_O Stop it!



I'm kidding. I like it. Keep 'em commin :love:
What sucks is when I was doing mine was when I’d complete something and then realize I forgot to take pictures of the process/progress :rolleyes::D.
 

HB1098S

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I tried DiggsBarklightr's screw vs. pin and it came out pretty good!

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Opened up the hammer hole

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Denix hammer was a little sloppy so I used a teflon washer to take up the slop

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Ground off the screw

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Test blueing

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A little steel wooling

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Tried the same type of idea DiggsBarklightr's used for the faux milling marks

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Test blueing

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Sanded the steel scope rings - PITA!

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Blued and oiled

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Few shots of the faux milling

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Scope rings next to upper

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Scope mount sanded, blued, and oiled - looks way better than the cast look!

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It's coming along
 

HB1098S

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A little more progress

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I need to adjust the grips, shorten the grip screw, age the brass grip escussion, weather the grips a bit, paint the scope bar and outer thumb wheels, add the disc, glue on the front grill, and it'll be just about done!
 

HB1098S

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Thanks Dann, with the aluminum blueing that will be pretty easy. I bought Scott’s stencil kit for the scope mount rail and thumb wheels, so I’ll work on that too!
 
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