Return of the Jedi Delrin blaster pieces - production discussion

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thd9791

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I wanted to put this out there to discuss, OR just ask if it's already known.

This started with this thread I made that's still ongoing: Fabricated ROTJ Scopes - chatting with people recently I realized there were only a couple blasters that may have had real scopes installed, but SO MANY of these plastic caps were used. it's like the whole front was found parts and they just lathed the back halves

So, speaking of this, were a lot of ROTJ props made with Acetal (or Delrin)? Because some of the gun parts seem to be on their own with this, which made me wonder..

Who made them?

Was it the shops dressing the lightsabers and costumes and hand props? This would mean to me they made the MGCs and sent some extras over to stembridge to make the Han live-fire

Or, were they made by Bapty, maybe in charge of making the "fake guns" too and they were the ones machining all that acetal. Maybe they made the fake pistons and the flash hiders, or maybe the parts that were glued in place were made by model shops?

I have zero info on which shops did what, other than the costume books and what I've discussed with people here over the years. Thanks!

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GCLAMBERT89

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I have a feeling the front part of the scope may come from a cut down plastic film cannister. The dimensions differentiate slightly from manufacturer but on average are about 33-35mm diameter, which is what I approximated when I used photogrammetry techniques to 3d model the scope.
 

GCLAMBERT89

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I am also interested in what they used as a paint coating. The way it looks, the material underneath is quite dull in appearance. The coating looks to smooth for a glossy spray paint.
 

thd9791

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Images like this make me think the front cap material was glossy and they put a satin type paint over it. It's peeling off here - and we know those scopes they used had a hard glossy finish too (at least for the 1 (or 2) blaster(s) that had a piece of a real scope
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That minor texture could be similar to the look you get from a non-glossy rustoleum, poorly applied maybe
 

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