Han Solo Blaster

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by Dragontomb, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. Dragontomb

    Dragontomb Active Member

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    Hello I've decided to create a han solo blaster, or I guess some call it the Greedo killer. I've bought a few parts from Fakebritishaccent and I purchased a toy blaster from e-bay. I initially was going to use a real Mauser or a replica (or even an airsoft gun), but unfortunately due to strict Canadian gun laws and regulations Canadians are prohibitied from purchasing one. So I guess the closest thing I can use is a toy blaster with as accurate parts as possible. My first step will be removing the plastic handle for my wooden broom handle.

    Ryan.
     
  2. Kevin Gossett

    Kevin Gossett Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    If you're doing the Greedo Killer, you have the wrong scope mount and flash hider.
     
  3. Dragontomb

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    My mistake, the han solo blaster I'm trying to create is the Hero DL-44 blaster, not the greedo killer. I was wondering what kit part made up the 2 antenna placed on the T bar for the sights (one could make it out of green stuff and brass rod I suppose)?
     
  4. Timmythekid

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    Just a heads up - I know in Ontario there are a few places that deal in airsoft pistols that do carry the metal C96s online. That said, I'll be very interested to see what you make out of the Rubies DL44 - the Mauser part looks accurate, but you're going to have to do some reconstruction to deal with where the scope is molded to the pistol. They do paint up nice though. Good luck!
     
  5. MrGzilla

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    im offering resin mousers and parts for Han solo guns if you'd like one, and since its just a solid block of resin i don't there'd be any problem shipping it. if your interested just let me know, it'd probably be a better base than the plastic one.

    either way, good luck!
     
  6. JBReplicas

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    Just a heads up on the airsoft mausers, from what I've seen they are quite a bit smaller than a real mauser
     
  7. MrGzilla

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    only one of them is smaller, ive got a high quality steel mauser airsoft and its actual size. so it just depends on which one you get.
     
  8. Timmythekid

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    If haven't found a problem with the size on my el-cheapo airsoft mauser. The bigger issue is that most of them aren't actually C96s - they're later models with some slightly differnt machinig on the bodies.

    MrG, are you offering GK as well as hero parts?
     
  9. MrGzilla

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    ive also got a cheep metal airsoft and its the right size as well, but ive seen a plastic one that is much smaller.

    and no, just the esb parts, and the mauser itself
     
  10. Dragontomb

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    Thanks for the offer MrGzilla, I'm going to use the plastic toy gun for the base. This weekend, I'm going to start cutting it / filling it in. I may order a resin one later if I cannot reshape it properly.
    Ryan.
     
  11. Dragontomb

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    Han Solo Blaster hacking

    Hello here is an update on my blaster reconstruction. I've hacked off a few sections of the blaster so I can place my more accurate parts to the toy. The sides around the broom handles will require some epoxy putty buildup once they are glued into place. Since the plastic is so light, I'm going to glue some scrap steel to compensate for the weight. Anyways I'm off to hack more of the blaster.
     
  12. Dragontomb

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    Han Solo Blaster progress and rear sights question

    Hello, the first 2 pictures show the progress since my last posting. I've added some fill inside the hollow plastic blaster. The gun feels too light so I added some more weight. I used scrap steel and wood for the inside. In addition, I've successfully taken off the toy scope mount off of the blaster. I've glued on other styrene pieces that I will fill gaps with apoxy putty.

    I was trying to figure out how to create the top appearance of the mauser. Does anyone know how I could recreate those etched numbers for the rear sights? In addition, what is the length of a number found on the rear sights? I'm pretty sure I can replicate the other details, just trying to figure out what to use for the numbers.
     
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2012
  13. Michael Bergeron

    Michael Bergeron Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    If I had any confidence to make a mold of my real C96 I'd offer resin casts shipped within Canada...

    The numbers are just under 3mm tall on mine, closer to 2mm with the 800 & 1000.
     
  14. Michael Bergeron

    Michael Bergeron Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    For the rear site though it's not illegal to import. You could always buy one on ebay or some other site.
     
  15. Caveneau

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    I got lucky and got a Denix Mauser through Canada customs. It was part of a lousy Han Solo kit. I just took a chance because the price was right, and lucky enough, it made it through.

    Orange_Blend, if you made resin casts you'd be surprised how many people might be interested in purchasing.
     
  16. MrGzilla

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    pm sent about the rear sight!
     
  17. Timmythekid

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    Not illegal, but good luck getting a US seller to export the parts. I was trying to buy a sterling grip (just the plastic grip) from Numrich last year and 1)They wouldn't export to Canada and 2)They would ship to a US address with a Canadian credit card:angry A stinking plastic grip....based on that I wouldn't be too hopeful on getting boosters or anything else shipped across the border.
     
  18. MrGzilla

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    ive shipped full resin han solo blasters overseas before with no problem, so i dont get why people wouldn't ship a grip or other parts..
     
  19. Tan Djarka

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    Re: Han Solo Blaster progress and rear sights question

    Ever seen one of those tire pressure gages, with the thingee that slides out to indicate the pressure, with numbers stamped into it? While it won't be accurate, it could "look" about right.

    By the way, your project has inspired me to build my own blaster. That and the fact that I found one at a thrift shop for under $2. Unfortunately the flash hider and adjustment knob on the scope were broken off. I've currently got it stripped down and am in the process of patching all the holes. I'll be building all the "add ons" from scratch rather than any resin or replica parts.
     
  20. Arlington Beech

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    *Not a legal opinion*

    As far as I'm aware...you can order the denix/metal mausers...they're considered 'antique guns' and aren't subject to the same restrictions:

    Antique Firearms - Royal Canadian Mounted Police


    Ive never had a problem with the mausers coming into Canada
     
  21. Demetrius

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    I did get one off ebay, it made it through. Trouble is most Stateside will not ship north:( you have any sources that do? I gave mine to my Nephew on his birthday.

    found this:)
    http://www.collectorssource.com/deactivated-firearms/bolo-mauser-7-63-prohibited.html
     
    Last edited: May 7, 2012
  22. Timmythekid

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    The operative part of what you said being 'people'. I'm sure individuals would have no trouble, but I was trying to get some stuff from Numrich Gun Parts. As a corporate entity they've apaprently got more issues with it - again, not illegal, but I guess too many shipping and fraud problems.
     
  23. Dragontomb

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    Han Solo Blaster update

    Hello I haven't had much time lately it seems to work on my hobby, but here is another update of my han solo blaster. I've glued the broom handles to the toy gun base and filled it in with epoxy sculpt. I've also filled out other areas with apoxy. I just received in the mail the rear sights from MrGzilla. I'll have to build up the details around the front and rear sights with styrene and apoxy sculpt. I've also been searching for suitable knurled nuts to no avail. I bought some from e-bay that are too large (!.25" outer diameter). I need to find ones between 0.5" to 0.75" outer diameter.

    Ryan.
     
  24. DrMcoy

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    looking good!
     
  25. Dragontomb

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    Hello here is another update to my han solo blaster. I spent quite a bit of time reconstructing the region around the sights. I realize it is not exactly the same as what one would find on a mauser or denix. It was quite difficult creating an exact replica using a toy gun.

    I tried to create the antennas by sculpting them out of green stuff (kneadite, epoxy sculpt) and a piece of wire. Tomorrow I will attempt to scribe two vertical lines along each of my scratch built antennas.

    I have to sand more around the broom handle region (tonight I built up uneven areas with apoxy sculpt). I've also ordered 2 new knurled check nuts (17/32" outer diameter). I need to cut some clear styrene for the ocular effect of the scope. I need to look over more photos and see if I'm missing any other details.

    Ryan.
     
  26. Dragontomb

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    Han Solo Blaster primed

    Hello I spent quite a bit of time adding more apoxy resin and sanding. I also added a couple of layers of primer then proceeded with a layer of matte protective finish. Next I will add a layer of flat black paint and sand various areas to give the appearance of wear / weathering on the blaster. I'm still waiting on receiving 2 knurled check nuts. I need to re glue the small knurled check nut located near the front end of the blaster. Hope fully the 2 knurled check nuts I ordered arrive soon.

    Cheers,
    Ryan.
     
  27. thd9791

    thd9791 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    so cool, great work!
     
  28. Caveneau

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    Excellent looking job so far.
    Not bad for a hasbro build up.
    Who'd you buy the resin scope from? Just out of curiosity.
    :thumbsup
     
  29. Dragontomb

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    I bought the resin scope from Fakebritishaccent whom bought it from Corellian Exports. The most difficult detail in my search was the larger knurled check nuts.

    Ryan.
     
  30. Caveneau

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    Cool, thanks.
    Keep up the good work, I can't wait to see how this turns out.
     
  31. Dragontomb

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    Han Solo Blaster base painted, weathering question

    Hello, my knurled check nuts finally arrived in the mail. I've glued them to the scope mount. I've also painted flat black over the whole surface of the blaster and a dark brown for the broom handle grip. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas how I could weather this blaster? One idea i was going to try was sanding a bit of the black down on various raised areas to the grey paint layer.

    Thanks Ryan.
     
  32. Nexus6

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    I would dry-brush some silver paint on all the "rub points".
     
  33. DrMcoy

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    i believe you'll also wanna paint black stripe in middle of brown handle as the entire grip is not brown, only wood parts -- middle is metal from gun frame.
     
  34. DrMcoy

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    forgot to mention - VERY sweet project -- I also painted this toy -- did not do all the surgery on it like you did, but even painting it up improves it a ton -- your mods are excellent.
     
  35. Dragontomb

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    Hello I painted the screws and the end of the scope (and black washes for weathering appearance). I used silver dry brushing for the weathering effects on worn areas of the blaster. I'm quite pleased with how this project turned out. I'm hoping to make a leather holster for the blaster later on (my wife is going to help me out with this part).

    Now I'm waiting for my inner / outer styrene domes for my 1:1 R2D2 project (hard to wait, all I can do now is planning).

    Anyways thanks for looking,
    Ryan.
     
  36. Chrisisall

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    Lookin' GREAT! I love builds that begin with a challenge! You are certainly rising to it!
     
  37. Barrister

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    Enjoying this build. The Greedo Killer is one of my fantacy props. I hope to build my own one day. Thanks for letting us watch.

    B
     
  38. JezusWithAnAK47

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    I'm starting this project, and really don't know where to start! Do I buy the Denix Mauser replica and bolt it up, or do I do something else? And also does anyone know which parts specifically used that I could acquire?!
    HELLP MEE
     
  39. darkev2

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    Hello There!!! I was and still probably are in your shoes as we speak. You have a lot of options but first since you are new here you might want to use the search engine to find articles on creating the Han Solo Blaster. You can start at any level. The lowest to my mind is going on ebay and buying one of those plastic spring Airsoft Mauser duplicates (anywhere between $10 to $25). You can try to build parts yourself or go to places like Shapeways ( www.shapeways.com online store that sells 3D Printed stuff including Blaster Parts) to get some to my mind rather AWESOME parts. Note you can get complete conversion kits from them or just singular parts (grill, flash hider scopes and etc.) The next step up from the plastic airsoft is of course either the Denix or one of the Metal Gas Powered Airsoft Guns. To those I would either go Shapeways again or use "metal" parts that you will find references to here on the rpf; Dark Energy Creations comes to mind. The choice and the depth of where you want to go is up to you. I currently have a Denix, A metal Spring powered not gas Airsoft of the right size (some are not so read the description (it needs to be 11.5 to 12 inches long by the way)) and 3 or the plastic spring ones. Also of course a few plastic ziplock bags worth of parts for both the ANH and ESB versions of the blaster. Right now I'm building a ANH Flash Hider out of a craft glue stick and a car shop funnel and its been a journey. So I hope this helps and Good Luck!!!!
     
  40. JezusWithAnAK47

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    Hey there!
    I was looking into a denix replica model to take apart and bolt the pieces together? Would this be possible?
     
  41. darkev2

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    Yes from what I have seen reading this board it is. There are posts, videos floating around "here" and on youtube on how to disassemble a Denix and then drill and tap holes for bolts for the various bolt-able pieces needed to do a blaster. Here is one here;

    http://www.therpf.com/showthread.php?t=187053 !!!!

    Like I said before just do a search of this particular sub forum and you should find plenty of clues, tips and instructions on how to proceed!!!


     

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