That's the Stembridge version. It was built on a live firing Mauser that had those grips. It's the blaster that Han picks up from the ground when he comes out of the bunker and uses to blast the Stormtroopers.
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Everyone's builds are looking awesome! But, does anybody else notice that little hole in the underside of the ROTJ blaster here?
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Obviously, it was built on an MGC, but I've never seen a hole like that on the underside of the front meeting slide. I have two MGCs, and neither exhibit anything like that. The Denix has that nasty screw there, but that looks different.
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I know that the ROTJ blaster was given a coat of black paint... Could that hole there simply be a spot where the paint dripped a little, and a drip dried while it was still hanging down, like an icicle? Then if it later snapped, could it create that effect? I can't imagine that they drilled a hole there for no reason, and I see no reason to put a screw there either - with a screw there, the MGC wouldn't cycle.
Am I missing something here? :confused
That's not something that's generally on MGCs. It looks like they drilled a hole and added a rivet to stop the barrel and receiver from moving
That was an idea that I had. But why would they do it? The MGCs need that little bit of play to them to be capable of cycling the plug fire caps. Anchoring it down like that would not only restrict that functionality, but, if the rivet/screw/pin is deep enough, then it could go into the hollow chamber at the beginning of the MGC barrel that holds the plug fire cap when it's fired. If there would be a pin or something sticking out in there, then the cartridge wouldn't even be able fit in there.
These prop guys sure did dome weird stuff... :wacko