Help IDing an EE-3 Kit

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by SethS, Feb 7, 2019.

  1. SethS

    SethS Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    So I hath been bit by the blaster bug and have decided to dip my toes into the water with an ROTJ EE-3.

    There's some pretty awesome metal kits out there, so awesome that they are more money than I feel comfortable dropping down. Plus, I want to get my hands a little dirtier than just assembling a premade kit.

    I thought I'd go for a resin or resin/metal hybrid kit and slowly search and add-on real part greeblies as I got my hands on them.

    Most of the kits I have looked at in the past though weren't available anymore. I chanced a look on eBay and it was mostly painted 3D printed versions, or repaints of the toy version, neither of which are worth the money or close enough to accurate for my liking.

    There were some WAY overpriced MRs, and a couple resells of the metal kit builds out there, again for more than I wanted to spend.

    In all that I spotted a resin one. It was being sold by a 501st Trooper, and I know their guidelines for trooping are in the neighborhood of accurate. It was beat to hell, needs a lot of work and TLC, and the greeblies aren't very accurate-- so basically perfect for what I want.

    I thought it was maybe the Molon Labe resin kit, but now that I have it in hand, I can see that it is not.

    It must be a 3rd or more generation pull because the side greeblies are pretty blobby. The stock greeblies are decent, though the skull-shaped one is the wrong size.

    The t-track on the barrel is resin, but was not part of the same mold as the barrel-- they are attached separately. The Webley body is close, but drifts in its conformity-- again, I assume a 3rd or 4th generation from whatever it was originally molded from.

    The stock is wood, the arm is metal, and the scope is real.

    I'm wondering if any of you know the provenance of where this kit came from.

    It's about the right dimensions, and again, it needs a lot of work-- new scope rings, new trigger and guard, and some how I need to repair the broken hammer, and the side fins are gone.

    As mentioned, the F4 parts on the sides are blobby, so I'll sand those down and replace them as well.

    The scope isn't quite the right model, but it's pretty close. The stock can be refinished and I can re-shape it a bit. So yeah-- lot's of work.

    I'm hoping to start with some parts from Sidewinder, or get somebody with 3D skills to pull some bits out of the open source 3D printer plan for me to throw onto shapeways until I find the real things.

    And obviously it will be repainted.

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  2. mugatu

    mugatu Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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  3. SethS

    SethS Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I was trying to avoid getting addixted to another message board... but your prob right...
  4. Dann

    Dann Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Now, aside from the brass grip, a printed version CAN look good.

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  5. SethS

    SethS Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Whoa! Yeah! Did you print it 2% bigger so you could sand off all the lines?
    I'm not anti-3D at all, I've just never seen one with a high level of finish like this. Tell me more!
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2019
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  6. Cameron

    Cameron Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I'm dong a 3D EE3 right now. Turning out great.
  7. Dann

    Dann Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I didn't scale it up or down in any way, sir.

    The scope is real, as are the Synchronar, sling swivels and sling.

    Everything else is printed. (Except all the screws and wire on the front scope mount)

    Last edited: Feb 11, 2019
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