Han Solo ANH Hero DL-44 Heavy Blaster ***COMPLETED PICS ON PG. 4***

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by FakeBritishAccent, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. FakeBritishAccent

    FakeBritishAccent Sr Member

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    I'd never tried my hand at making Han's blaster before, despite it being one of my favorite props of all time. I never had any money in the past, so I couldn't afford Blast-Tech's replicas or parts, let alone the Master Replica releases. The sad part is now that I have a little extra cash, parts for replicas are nowhere to be found! After reading through Lichtbringer and Deadbolt's threads on the ANH Hero, I decided to give it a shot using no other tools but my Dremel, hacksaw and file set. This is only my second time making a metal prop, so I was a bit nervous.

    First things first...there was no way I could source an actual C96 or an MGC, so of course I settled on a Denix. But the Denix needed a little work. Using pics of Lichtbringer's MGC, I started hacking away at my Denix in an attempt to make it look as accurate as possible.

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    The bolt nub under the hammer was the first to go. I was careful to set the bolt first with a hammer so it wouldn't fly up at me if I Dremeled too deeply. The hammer itself was also reshaped. I'm thinking of scribing in lines as to match the safety on the MGC, but I don't think I have a steady enough hand.

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    The Denix logo was sanded flush with my Dremel and then some 220 grit sandpaper. A lot of my time was spent just sanding down unslightly seams, especially on the Denix's sight.

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    I popped the pin out of the Denix's sight so I could grind it down. The gap exposing the pin will be filled with JB Weld and smoothed out. I decided that after painting/bluing, I'm going to JB Weld the sight to the receiver so it doesn't flop around.

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    I cut down the sights original pin and then rounded the ends. I used a tiny round drilling bit on my Dremel to make that "nipple" on the end of the pin. I used a conical carving bit to give the sight pin's hole a little bevel.

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    The Denix barrel was cut down and I used my flat file to sand the barrel and the receiver flush to where the bull barrel attaches.

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    The bull barrel was made out of a 5-inch piece of steel pipe and I added the chamfered edge with my flat file. I need to put a bit more work into this section so the chamfered edge meets the lines of the receiver more to my liking.

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    The most difficult part of converting a Denix is this little nub where the lower is screwed into the receiver. I sanded the nub down as much as possible and then switched out the original screw with a flat-headed one. I saw a post where kpax had mentioned how he was able to get rid of the nub by "melting" it down, but I've yet to ask him for more details. Still, since I was able to sand down the nub substantially, I was able to start laying in the recess underneath the receiver as well as the flat, tapered section of the bull barrel.

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    After seeing a thread that abumonkey started on making his own flash hider from a hose nozzle, paint roller handle and furniture leg for the cone, I started digging around the house for similar parts. Currently, I have only the cone section of the flash hider, which is a cut down paint roller handle. The current grill is from Blast-Tech, one of the only pieces John still had available.

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    I cut down the bull barrel and the cone section of the flash hider to the proper length. I used a bit of electrical tape to stand in for the mounting section of the flash hider just so I could make sure my proportions were correct. The cut sections of grill were sanded down to match the cut sections of the actual prop more accurately, despite the fact that the grill itself is inaccurate.

    And that's where I'm at right now. I bought a set of scope rings that are very similar to the scope rings on the Hero, but I have to fabricate the scope mount myself. I ordered a set of wood grips from Sarco, but two days after my order was accepted, they told me they were actually sold out. Tonight, I'm going to go to work on the cone section of the flash hider, sanding down the threads on the inside of the cone and drilling holes.

    Thanks for checking out my build and I'll post more pics as they come.

    -Jonaas
     
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2012
  2. Lichtbringer

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    You´re on a good way, i love the way you managed the bullbarrel with only some handtools. :thumbsup

    If i may ask, from which country you are? The "Denix-Logo" you filed away is in fact no Denix Logo, it´s a mark given from the German BKA (sort of federal police like FBI and/or BATF) that this is a replica and allowed to own without a real weapons permission - the MGC has something similar under it´s mag-bottomplate, but not that prominent. Deleting it MAY cause problems, having it may help getting no problems - depending on how rigid your local gun-laws are it might help that it is approved deco, even if from a different country.

    Is it just the angle of the pic, or is you barrel showing down? If it isn´t fastened yet, you might have a eye on that when glueing.

    All left to say: "Keep up the good work". :)
     
  3. FakeBritishAccent

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    Thanks for the kind words and advice, Lichtbringer! The logo I sanded off was a diamond on the left side of the gun. I'm from the US, so I hope I don't get into any trouble about it.

    The barrel isn't sloping down, but it's a sort of optical illusion that flattening the underside of the bull barrel is causing. It's still unfastened, so I'm hoping to correct everything in time.

    Updates:

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    I drilled out all 48 holes in the flash hider in a five-step process that involved measuring, marking, pilot hole-drilling, drilling, then cleaning all 48 holes with an Xacto knife and 220 grit sandpaper. This took TWO HOURS.

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    I started modding the scope rings I bought at Walmart. This is by no means the final scope mount or the scope...I just threw the rings onto a piece of PVC pipe and electrical taped it onto a strip of balsa wood because I wanted to visualize the gun. I'm about to put in an order to Corellian Exports for a resin scope.

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    Here's where the gun stands now. Next steps...source/fabricate objects to complete the flash hider and start fabricating the scope mount using aluminum bar, copper pipe, Apoxie Sculpt and JB Weld. Thanks for following!

    -Jonaas
     
  4. masterjedi322

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    Great thread! Just goes to show what you can do with a little hard work!

    Sean
     
  5. megazone27

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    That is some very nice work.
     
  6. deadbolt

    deadbolt Sr Member

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    Nice work! You'd hardly know it was a Denix. ;)
    And great job on the Bull Barrel too!

    Looking forward to seeing it's progress. Should make for a nice replica! :thumbsup


    -Carson
     
  7. redfive

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    Somedays I need myself to put hands on a Blaster. Great!
     
  8. Hirohawa

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    Great work!
     
  9. FakeBritishAccent

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    Thanks for the kind words, everyone. After a trip to the local antique store, I found a great salt shaker that I can use to replace the plastic conical section of my flash hider. Of course, drilling all those holes won't be fun.
     
  10. FakeBritishAccent

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    Some more progress. I was stuck at my lady's house without my tools so I took a trip to Lowe's and bought a junior hacksaw for 3 bucks. I used the saw and an old rasp her dad left at her place to roughly cut the salt shaker for the flash hider and the copper pipe for the scope mount. Once I got home, a couple hours with my Dremel gave me this:

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    A metal flash hider! I'm so much happier with this than the plastic one I had before, especially since THIS cone seems to fit the profile of the Hero's cone so much better.

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    After a chance trip to the local dollar store, I found what I'm going to use for the ribbed section of the flash hider: A cap from a bottle of nail polish remover. For the knurled end of the flash hider, I'm torn between using a garden hose adapter or the twist-knob from a glue stick.

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    Here's the very start of my scope mount. It's copper pipe cut lengthwise in half JB Welded to the cut-down lower sections of some Weaver scope rings and then covered with a healthy amount of Apoxie Sculpt to fill the gaps.

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    The inside isn't as rough as the outside but it still needs work. This piece still needs a lotta smoothing and shaping before I attach the square "mount" section of the scope mount (which I'll be cutting and shaping out of a length of 1/8" aluminum bar).

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    I'm still toying with carving out a new grill section out of this plumbing nipple. It seems to fit the newly discovered profile of the grill section much more accurately than the Blast-Tech grill I currently have.

    Time for a break! Thanks for looking, guys!

    -Jonaas
     
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2012
  11. FakeBritishAccent

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    Just a small update before I head out to Disneyland today. I plan on riding the new Star Tours several times...you know, for "research." :p

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    Though I still need to finesse a few burrs and nicks that I'm not happy about, the scope mount cradle is essentially done. I may have to make a few more adjustments once I receive my Correllian Exports scope, but this is pretty much the final piece.

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    I roughly sketched out what is going to be the main body of the scope mount out of a strip of 1/8" aluminum bar. I realized that this sheet was too thin for my liking, so I'm going to JB Weld two sections of it together before cutting and shaping the final piece.

    That's it for now, folks. I hope you all have a great day!

    -Jonaas
     
  12. FakeBritishAccent

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    Does anyone know the size of the nylon spacers I need for the scope mount?
     
  13. OdiWan72

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    Very nice!

    Can be the pics, but it seems like you went with a 1" mount while the O.D. of a H&W scope is smaller than a SP or Compac. And don´t make the visible section of the bull barrel too short. Do an overlay to the actual prop...should be a tad longer IMHO.

    Can check the size of the spacers on my MR ANH EE if you want

    Markus
     
  14. FakeBritishAccent

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    Yeah, the scope rings are about an inch in diameter. When I get my Hensoldt cast, I'll probably have to pad the insides a bit so it'll fit perfectly.

    As for the bull barrel, nothing has been secured yet...I just sort stuck it on and friction fit it so I could get a feel for the look. I'm trying to figure out how to finish my flash mount and I left much of the original barrel untouched so I'd have more breathing room.

    If it's not a problem, can you check out the diameter/thickness of the MR spacers for me? I'd really appreciate it, Markus. Thanks in advance!

    -Jonaas
     
  15. FakeBritishAccent

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    I have a couple days off work so I wanted to put in as much work as I could on the blaster. The last evening was spent turning this...
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    Into this...
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    The scope mount is nowhere near complete, but creating the mount section took nearly 3 hours of sawing and sanding. I have to head to Lowe's to pick up a sanding bit for my Dremel that'll give the inner hole of the mount the roundness I'm looking for. I've yet to attach the mount to the cradle...I need to run a few tests to find the best method that'll give the scope mount the strength and support I desire. Even though it's just going to hold a resin scope, I want it to be nice and sturdy.

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    And just for gits and shiggles, here's a pic of everything put together so far. I'd originally thought that the scope mount would be the most difficult piece to construct, but now I realize that it's the flash hider...I just can't source a part to stand in for the third, bullet-knurled section of the flash hider.

    Well, off to bed. I bet I'll be dreaming of metal shavings all night.

    -Jonaas
     
  16. OdiWan72

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    Didn´t forget you...just don´t have the time right now :unsure

    I´ll get you the measurements... there are some vinyl washers that´d do the job perfectly IIRC

    Markus
     
  17. Lichtbringer

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    Nice looking, i appreciate your dedication to this blaster - to make all these things look so good, with just some handtools. :thumbsup

    I measured my spacers - i made them 21mm dia to 3,5mm thick. (measured with a ruler only, in my dark cinema, but should be close).

    What dia has your bullbarel?
     
  18. OdiWan72

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    Sounds good.
    You can trust Lichtbringers "guesses" :thumbsup

    Markus
     
  19. FakeBritishAccent

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    @Lichtbringer: Thank you again, sir. But honestly, if I had the your tools, I'd DEFINITELY be making the exactly the same way you did. I mean, for God's sakes, it took me 4-minutes to drill a single, 1/4" hole!

    I made the bull barrel out of 3/4" pipe. Just by eyeballing it, it seemed to match the dimensions of my receiver the best.

    @Markus: Not a problem, friend! That's what's great about The RPF - there's ALWAYS someone around to give you a hand.
     
  20. Lichtbringer

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    And THAT, my dear Sir, is the dedication i meant, that´s the reason why your efforts should be praised higher than mine,or than the peoples who put prefabbed parts together. You work much harder for your dreamblaster.


    The outer dia im mm, please - i´m in Germany. :love

    Our copper-tubes are 15, 18, 22, ..... mm OUTER dia, but our threaded Steeltubes are 1/2", 3/4", 1", 5/4", .... INNER dia. And i have no idea whats the outer dia of them. :lol
     
  21. FakeBritishAccent

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    @Lichtbringer: You don't know how much it means to me that you approve of my work...it was YOUR Blaster threads that inspired me to give it a shot! In fact, if you dig through your PM Inbox, you'll find a message from me practically begging you sell me one of yours!

    As for the outer diameter of my bull barrel, my measuring tape says it's 7mm around.

    Time for updates!

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    The scope mount is now a single piece. After cutting a groove into the cradle with my Dremel, I JB Welded the mount and the cradle together. After it was cured, I used Apoxie sculpt to fill the gaps and to add details I wasn't able to carve out of the aluminum. This piece will be sanded smooth once the Apoxie Sculpt dries out. After that, I'll use some small slivers of aluminum to make the "teeth" that bite onto the scope bar.

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    I was planning on making the scope bar out of 3/4" X 1/8" aluminum bar, but it was too thin to clear the upper receiver of the Denix. I doubled up the bar and secured it with more JB Weld.

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    After drilling the proper holes to mount the scope bar, I JB Welded cut-down sections of a 5/16" bolt into the holes. These bolts aren't trimmed to the proper size yet as I'm awaiting the arrival of the knurled check nuts I ordered last night.

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    As usual, here's a shot of everything so far. I've got work for the next two nights, but after that I need to sand down the scope mount, fabricate the scope mount's teeth, affix a mounting point on the scope mount bar, and get the * flash hider done. Jeez...building this prop has become an obsession.

    Before I sign off, here's a shot of my work table. On it are most of the tools I use whenever I work on the blaster (not shown: Dremel with Flex Shaft, hacksaw, more Bud Ice).
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    Thanks for looking!
    -Jonaas
     
  22. FakeBritishAccent

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    kpax just put up pics of his still in-progress super accurate Flash Hider and I totally want one RIGHT NOW. *SIGH* I guess I'll just have to make due with what I got for now.
     
  23. clancampbell

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    Lol! Aint it always the way?

    Really good work here btw, and i'm looking forward to more!

    Rich
     
  24. FakeBritishAccent

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    Thanks for the props, Rich. As for kpax's build, I'm totally going to buy an entire kit and then do up another blaster (from an MGC, if I'm lucky enough to track one down).
     
  25. Lichtbringer

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    You deserve it.

    Yeah, i found your messages some days ago. Sorry i never replied, i was loaded with work in the real live and didn´t locked in here for many weeks - i also missed the whole "website hacked" thing. :confused

    Not to far in the future i will make me a Merr Sonn - then i will give the flashhider my own try - at least if there is no better available than my existing. Then i will use the better on my ANH-Hero, and the second one on the Merr Sonn.
     
  26. FakeBritishAccent

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    Yeah, I remember you mentioning you wanted to tackle the Merr-Sonn next time and I'm sure you'll do an awesome job. If kpax and deadbolt's flash hider and parts kit turns out as amazing as it looks so far, I'll probably turn THIS blaster into my trooping/costuming blaster.
     
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  27. FakeBritishAccent

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    Fresh out of a 12-hour shift at the hospital...time to get back to the REAL work.

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    After studying various pics of the Hero (and it's replicas) I realized that the open portion of my scope mount needed some work. After a bit of time with my round file, I got it to a place that I'm satisfied with (for now, of course).

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    I spent two (TWO!) hours crafting this little mounting piece for the scope bar out of layered aluminum bar and JB Weld. Cutting and shaping it to the proper specs was a nightmare...a nightmare that'll get even worse once I start fabricating the teeth on the scope mount. If the finished pieces don't slide together perfectly, all that time and effort will have been a waste.

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    I tapped the first of three holes onto the little mount piece and slapped it onto the scope bar just to get some measurements down. It sure looks the part so far!

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    All together for now. Hopefully today's mail will bring my knurled check nuts to switch out with those unsightly placeholders and my resin Hensoldt. Sadly, I screwed up my flash hider cone after a freak accident with an unruly Dremel, so I had to trash it. I put in an eBay order for a couple of cone-shaped pewter salt and pepper shakers. This time, however, I'm gonna be a bit more precise (which means I'm gonna have to invest in a Dremel Drill Press workstation).

    Thanks for looking, everyone!

    -Jonaas
     
  28. deadbolt

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    Looking good, nice work on your mount and crossbar! :thumbsup


    -Carson
     
  29. FakeBritishAccent

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    Thanks, Carson! And the flash hider that you and kpax turned out looks amazing! I'm sure the rest of the kit will turn out just as awesome.

    I did a little work on the bull barrel today, fixing the taper on the flat portion of the underside. I cut a section of pipe to act as a stand-in for my scope just so I could visualize proportions better.

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    More updates to come later! Thanks, everyone!
     
  30. OdiWan72

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    Keep the pics coming :thumbsup

    Markus
     
  31. FakeBritishAccent

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    Ask and you shall receive, Markus!

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    Most of the work tonight involved drilling, tapping, and then attaching the mounting point to the crossbar. Everything has been JB Welded together and it's a pretty secure bond. The threaded 5/16" bolt will be stuck through the scope mount and secured with a knurled check nut. The two screws on either side of the bolt still have to be sanded flush and perhaps filled with Apoxie Sculpt for a cleaner look.

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    Here's the whole shebang put together and mounted onto the blaster. Please ignore the slight tilt of the stand-in scope...it's because of the electrical tape I stuck inside of the scope rings so the slightly smaller fake scope would fit securely. The cradle is slightly askew but not THAT bad. Looking at this picture, however, I'm now thinking I should reshape the rings on the cradle where the bolts screw into so they're rounder...but I'll probably get lazy.

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    And here we are now. As I was working in my garage, the mailman delivered the knurled check nuts I'd ordered. They're a bit smaller than I was expecting, but I'm happy with them. After I order the third check nut for the scope mount, I'll decide whether or not to modify them the same way that Lichtbringer did. My method will probably involve sticking them on the end of a power drill and clamping the drill to my work table in order to ghetto lathe them, but I'm absolutely sure that I'd take my eye out if I tried it.

    I'll probably spend the rest of the night making the "teeth" for the scope mount and restarting my flash hider. But before I go, I have a question for all the DL-44 experts reading this: I'm planning to replace the Denix's grips with wood ones. I have two options: The first set have 20 lines and are relatively inexpensive (though the company that sells them are sold out at the moment). The second set have 32 lines and are really freakin' pricey (but are available). Which set is more accurate? Thanks in advance!

    -Jonaas
     
  32. Lichtbringer

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    32 is the correct amount.

    Please keep in mind that the handle of the Denix is noticeable bigger than the real one, so you need to reshapen it´s metal frame to use replacement grips of the real Mauser (I had to do that on my MGC ANH-Hero, too). But the Denix is also sold with wooden grips, maybe your dealer can get a fitting spare set from/over his distributor, and maybe for a better price?
     
  33. FakeBritishAccent

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    BLARGH! I guess I just gotta cough up the dough for the more accurate grips. But as for the grip modifications, I'm at least halfway done: The inside frame of the grip has already been cleared to make room for the wood grips' screws. Now to bite the bullet and order those 32-line grips. Hmm...maybe I should wait until my tax return comes in?

    -Jonaas
     
  34. Lichtbringer

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    This is the size difference i´m talking about:

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    A important difference - it feels completly different to my other DL-44s, due to the tiny handle. At least when wielding the blaster :love, not so much when stored on a shelf. :cool
     
  35. daryllwin

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    Wow! That is fantastic. I'm still in my lightsaber collection phase, but maybe after I get enough sabers, I'll start on the blasters
     
  36. FakeBritishAccent

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    @Michael: Yeah, I was a little concerned by how the gun would feel after cutting down the grip frame, but I'm pretty sure my blaster will spend most of the time holstered or displayed. Thanks for the pic!

    @daryllwin: Thanks, friend! You know what's odd? One reason I've fought against buying/making lightsabers and blasters for years was because I knew that once I started, I'd never stop. I've kinda opened Pandora's box here with the blaster because when I was searching for my scope, I unconsciously googled "Graflex" too. It's all over now...I'm going straight to the poorhouse :p

    -Jonaas
     
  37. FakeBritishAccent

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    After finding out I'm getting a tax return (YAY!), I put in the order for my wood grips! Also, I got my salt and pepper shakers in today! Time to rock the flash hider (again)!
     
  38. FakeBritishAccent

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    Update time!

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    Since I'd mangled the FIRST flash hider I attempted to make, I searched eBay for a reasonable facsimile of the salt shaker I'd made the first one out of so I could give it another shot. Luckily, I found a set of the exact same salt and pepper shakers for a good price! It took a minute to get Mickey to give them up, though.

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    After chopping down and sanding one of the salt shakers and fitting it together with the other components of my scratchbuilt flash grenade: A piece of PVC coupling and the knurled cap off a bottle of shoe cleaner. All three elements of the flash hider will be mounted on a length of 3/4" tubing. Details will be sculpted on with Apoxie Sculpt. The "bullets" on the end piece will be painstakingly carved in one by one with a particular Dremel bit; I ran some tests on a scrap piece of PVC and I'm confident that with a steady hand, I'll get the look I desire. The holes on the cone section haven't been drilled yet, but I'm going to approach the task in a slightly different way than I did before in order to ensure that my holes are the correct size and perfectly lined up.

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    My scope mount is 100% complete! After some final smoothing, I shot a coat of primer on it and a couple coats of Krylon Flat Black. I won't start distressing the piece until the entire gun is all done.

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    Last shot of the night. Keep in mind that the cone of the flash hider in this picture is my old one and will be replaced.

    I just ordered my gun belt from MP Filmcraft. It was pricey, but now I feel like my blaster wouldn't be complete without it. I snagged a resin droid caller from eBay, a CO2 canister from someone here on the RPF and I'm awaiting my belt tools kit and resin scope from Corellian Exports.

    Later on tonight I'll work on the flash hider, reattach the old Denix sight and possibly start drilling holes in the new cone. But for now? Sleep.

    Thanks, everyone!

    -Jonaas
     
  39. FakeBritishAccent

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    Tonight I finished re-mounting the Denix's flip-up sight. As I mentioned before, I decided to make it non-functional in order to cosmetically match the Mauser/MGC more accurately.

    I started carving the bullet knurls on my PVC flash hider, but I'm not happy with how they look (thus the lack of pics for this update). However, with a little bit of fine tuning, I think I can turn out something acceptable (at least until I get my hands on kpax and Carson's machined flash hider, that is).

    Also, I may be purchasing an actual Hensoldt. It's not the exact scope used on the Hero, but it's close enough for me. Stay tuned, folks.

    -Jonaas
     
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  40. OdiWan72

    OdiWan72 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Please let us know about the quality of the MPF belt, o.k.?!

    Markus
     
  41. Lichtbringer

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    Mauser AND MGC have completly functional rearsights, thats the reason a sight is on a gun. ;)

    They flip up and their slider works.
     
  42. FakeBritishAccent

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    Oh, I knew that...but I sanded the top and sides of the front of the Denix's sight and the securing pin to match the MGC cosmetically. Because of that, the sight on my Denix got loose and floppy, so I just bit the bullet and JB Welded it down. I wish I was able retain the sight function, but I'm still happy with what I got.
     
  43. FakeBritishAccent

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    Updates!

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    After affixing the original sight to the upper receiver and attaching the faux pins, I gave the whole shebang a final sand with 220 grit and shot a few coats of Krylon Flat Black so I could see any imperfections. I'm happy to say the upper receiver is baby's butt smooth and exactly how I wanted it end up.

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    A close up of the totally revamped Denix sight. As I mentioned before, the Denix had a little nub on the point where the flip-up sight and the upper receiver met, apparently added so it'd be thick enough to thread the attaching pin through. After sanding down this nub, it created a hole in the sight where the pin used to sit. I filled the hole with Apoxie Sculpt and sanded it smooth, rounding the tip of the sight to better match the profile of the MGC's sight.

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    After a fruitless search for a Heathkit remote control, I decided to sculpt the control sticks/sights myself. This may just be a glob of Apoxie Sculpt slapped onto the end of an old flathead screwdriver, but after it cures, I'll sand and carve it to spec. And then I'll do it again!

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    And here we are! I'm scheduled to work for the next 6 nights, but after that, I have 8 straight nights off! As long as all my parts come in, I figure I should be done with this sucker by Valentine's Day!

    Thanks for looking, everyone!

    -Jonaas
     
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  44. deadbolt

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    Wow that thing is really coming together now, it's darn near finished already! :lol

    Nice work! Cool to see you added the flat spots between the 'lugs' on your Mount too. :thumbsup


    -Carson
     
  45. FakeBritishAccent

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    ALDJASLDJ! It's awesome you noticed that, Carson because I SPECIFICALLY sweated to make sure I got the flat part correct! Thanks, brother!

    -Jonaas
     
  46. Lichtbringer

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    :lol

    You could have just asked, i have some of the small parts as doubles in my part boxes. Also this things:

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  47. FakeBritishAccent

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    @Michael: PM Sent!
     
  48. FakeBritishAccent

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    Got home from the hospital and decided to put in a little work on the blaster before bedtime.

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    Because of some careless casting at the Denix factory, the grooves on the hammer were incredibly misaligned. Using a tiny triangular file, I lined the grooves up correctly.

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    To check for imperfections in my newly modified hammer, I shot a coat of Krylon Flat Black on the entire lower receiver. Of course, all this paint is gonna have to be stripped off once the gun is completed, but it was nice to see it closer to its final form (at least colorwise, that is).

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    I took a shot in natural light just so I could see how everything lines up. I think it's real purdy.

    And that's all for now. I just received a message that my ACTUAL Hensoldt scope will be mailed out on Monday, but since from another country, I'm not sure when it will arrive. Vincent from Corellian Exports told me that he's mailing out my resin scope in the upcoming week. There's a chance I'll wake up and find my wood grips and third knurled check nut in the mail today. I still haven't put any work into my antennas/sights, but hopefully I can snag a couple from Michael/Lichtbringer. A request to Gino for a six-inch length of t-track proved fruitless. Unless someone has a spare piece of T-track to share with me (literally two inches worth), my sight will be made of a plastic rake from Home Depot. I feel like I'm trying all I can to avoid working on the flash hider, which if you haven't been following this thread has proven to be the biggest * of the project thus far.

    Time for sleep! Thanks, everyone!
    -Jonaas
     
  49. Lichtbringer

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    It´s coming together nicely. :cool

    Sure you can, no problem - but your timing sucks, did i already mentioned that? :lol 2 days ago i´ve sent a parcel with a lot of machined parts to Markus, i could have included the antennas to get them shipped with your scope ....... if your timing would have been better. :love

    Regarding t-track - ask "Marv", he is the nice one of the t-track guys, i think he´s gonna try to help.
     
  50. FakeBritishAccent

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    BLARGH! Ah, well. Still, do you think I can buy a couple antennas from you? Also, I just messaged Marv about the T-track. Hopefully he and I can strike some sort of deal.

    -Jonaas
     

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