chubsANDdoggers

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Just taking the key ring off..
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On the mystery disk the screw is the same I use to attach the scope mount. It's a little long and will prevent the short mag from fitting in properly. As u can see I cut the mag where the screw goes through so it does fit just fine..
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But I also have an actual short mag and this airsoft still works so in order to get the mag to fit while still having the mystery disk screw on (epoxy also works but I'd prefer it to be screwed).. instead of buying a smaller screw I just cut the screw I had. Now the mag slides in, mystery disk is securely fastened and everything works as it should.
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I have now unattached everything and am getting all the parts ready for painting. Set up some tape on the desk to hold all the screws and springs..
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Taped up all the parts that don't need paint. Regardless of the material (metal, synthetic etc) this is a good idea as parts are built to be slip fits and any added paint will prevent things attaching as they should.

The parts themselves do not need any real prepping or prior sanding. But I will be using primer..

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Used 2 coats on primer ("krylon colormaster" is what I'm using here) on all the parts and now waiting for it to dry.
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Also added primer to the left side replacement detail as well
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After the primer dries I lightly sanded the scope with a 320 sand paper. The scope material is not polished like all the other parts.

Because of the size of the scope it's only available in an unpolished material so it requires the most attention. But as you can see it still only requires minor sanding while the rest of the parts don't require much at all.

Here is one side sanded while the other isn't so u can get an idea of how much sanding is required..
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Having a smooth scope is definitely important. Here is the tip of the scope unsanded with the sanded scope..
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I also "very lightly" sanded the Mauser side attachment as well as it makes everything blend in..
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Now I reapplied the final coat of primer on the sanded parts and Mauser. Not sure if this extra step is even necessary but I've always done it and really like how it turns out..
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Waiting for that 2nd layer of metallic paint to dry I can work on the rings that will hold the scope lenses in place. They just need to be black as they will sit inside the scope. So a black sharpie will do the trick..
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Also need to prep the final parts for painting..
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Now adding paint..
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Started with "universal black metallic" as the base..
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Then sprinkled the rest of the paints on as I saw fit. This is an all new experiment with regards to painting so once it's dry I'll assemble it and see what we have..
 
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Edit: I now use actual glass domed lenses..
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But in a pinch this is how I use to do it..

Polystyrene plastic works great for the lenses. Can be a bit tricky to cut but with a little effort and care it does the job quite well..
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It's also has a nice thickness to it but again not to thick that it can't be cut with some scissors..
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Cut off a square big enough for both inserts and make sure to keep the plastic covering on..
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Us the inside circle of each to get ur size and trace with a sharpe over the removable plastic..
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Then start cutting but you do have to be careful not to splinter the plastic. Start a little bigger than the insert and work backwords until it fits..
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Third times a charm..
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I also like to add a reticle. I found these just by googling "Star Wars reticles" and it's the first ones that come up. If anyone knows who gets the credit I'm more than happy to give it.

Also if anyone knows of any HQ reticles that would also be great. These do the job pretty good as they are though. Just had them printed up at a local Office Depot on thin plastic..
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Next I took the plastic covering off and attached everything as pictured..
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Now just repeat the process for the front lens and u should be good to go..
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End of my lense build edit:


It's late so I had to mess with the exposure a bit but I don't think it takes to much away. I still have to add the physical weathering..


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H0llyw00d

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Beautiful build, man. As much as I'm butthurt at the artistic license they took with our beloved DL-44 with TFA, I think you hit it spot on. And your photographic skills are to be commended. Now I gotta save up for a HFC 712, dadgummit... :)

How's the playability? Could it handle living in a holster or would the cone snap off?
 

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Beautiful build, man. As much as I'm butthurt at the artistic license they took with our beloved DL-44 with TFA, I think you hit it spot on. And your photographic skills are to be commended. Now I gotta save up for a HFC 712, dadgummit... [emoji4]

How's the playability? Could it handle living in a holster or would the cone snap off?

Thanks H0llyw00d! Much appreciated all around.

And I totally feel you on the modifications they made to this DL-44 but to be fair it kind of falls in line with all the previous films. Each film has their own unique take on this blaster. This particular build is still "growing" me but I'm enjoying it more and more each day. Besides it's the one (and pretty much only) Mauser we can still find pretty easily that's authentic to the film it represents which is nice.

As far as durability goes you could easily drop this and ur fine. I wouldn't necessarily suggest dropping it but the material very strong and durable. I also designed it to be a little thicker in specific places for a little extra support. Not sure how necessary that was but it can't hurt either.

Thanks for taking the time to run through my build thread [emoji482]
 
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