rubber grip material, not bought

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by Star Wars Man, Jan 11, 2006.

  1. Star Wars Man

    Star Wars Man Well-Known Member

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    alright i am making a anh stormtrooper blaster, and the rubber grips at the front, i cant buy them, i am 12, my parents, credit card...long story, but could i make them or buy something similar? when i say buy i mean from the store
     
  2. Anakin Starkiller

    Anakin Starkiller Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Some people have used car floor mats, or windshield wipers.

    Dan
     
  3. Clutch

    Clutch Master Member

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    I was going to say wiper blades.
     
  4. Darthmagpie

    Darthmagpie Well-Known Member

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    Long before I heard of the RPF and was making my hardware graflex(same stuff for the blaster) I walked around store looking for material that has a T for a cross-section. At K-mart I found a rubber floor mat(I think for van/truck) That had grooves. If you cut the grooves out leaving a space on either side you will have a T cross-section. The are tough to cut evenly but you can use a sander to make them even.

    Another thing to think about is alot of people here will eccept a Postal money order. If you have the cash you can get one and they only cost $1.00. Grip material is relativly cheep for the quality you get. $5.00 a foot I believe from(sorry for the spelling) blast-tech. I recomend Contacting him and see if he will accept a MO.
     
  5. RedTwoX

    RedTwoX Sr Member

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    If you want to make an accurate representation of the movie prop, then you'll really want to get the rubber grips. If your parents won't agree to using the credit card, then contact Blast Tech via email. They might accept another form of payment (such as a money order), but you won't know until you ask. Be polite, explaine the situation, and see if they will be willing to work with you on your predicament.

    If you want you want to make a representation of an E-11 blaster with out regard for the way the movie prop was built, then anything goes. It's my understanding that the "fins" around the barrel houseing are supposed to be heat sinks and not grips, so it would not make much sense to construct them out of rubber (They would need to a material with heat conduction properties, metal or some "Sci-Fi material") You might make them out of thick plastic (styrene or sintra). You could even make them out of strips of wood.

    For what it's worth, windshield wipers was a good suggestion. Not an exact amtch, but readily available.
     
  6. OldKen

    OldKen Master Member

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    dude...

    you are 12 and building an E-11?

    :thumbsup

    thats awesome bro, show us some pics when your done...

     
  7. yodakiller1138

    yodakiller1138 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Send a MO. John (Blast-tech) accepts them as payment. :D
     
  8. Star Wars Man

    Star Wars Man Well-Known Member

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    srry, also, my mom, she is like, thinks everyone on the web is gonna rape me, so i cant contact some guy on the web, now i know blast tech owns, but...my mom...and dad... i think windsheild wiper will be good...o ya and i ordered a dremel 400 xpr on tuesday, with 2 day shipping, i am thinking friday, then i will be able to get cracking...
     
  9. Darth Lars

    Darth Lars Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Check out this thread at BBC for a cheap alternative: http://www.imperial-fleet.com/bbcforum/vie...light=reflector

    Btw, it will not be easy to drill the receiver holes with a dremel, because only very small drill bits fit in them. You need a power drill for that.. unless you widen the hole after drilling, with a round file or something but that would take a bit of time and the result would not be as good.
    I would advice against widening holes by moving a smaller drill around in the hole - that could pull the drill bit out of the chuck.
     
  10. Star Wars Man

    Star Wars Man Well-Known Member

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    o no, i got a drill, with the biggest bit being 1/4 and the holes are like 7/16...
     
  11. Star Wars Man

    Star Wars Man Well-Known Member

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    thanx, wow u made my day.... :D

    and o ya, my dremel, is within 250 miles.... and scheduled to be delivered on...friday..... rockin out.

    [​IMG]
     
  12. DCB

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    LOL. So they won't let you email one guy, but they let you post on a forum potentially filled with hundreds of deviants ready to lure you away into the night and have their wicked way with you? Sorry, but that's fantastic. Ignorance is the world's best comedy.

    To the topic at hand, as has been mentioned, the BBC is definately where you want to go if you are making a home-brew E-11. Their templates should give you everything you need. You should be able to get all the parts from a local hardware store. If you can't get rubber strips, you could try metal U channel. I've seen that used before.
     
  13. Jimbo890

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    Kudos to you for building your own blaster. Here's an idea for the t-rails. Hobby store basswood section. Get a piece of 1/2 inch by 1/16th inch, and a piece of 1/8 by 1/8th inch basswood. [don't use balsa wood, it's too soft]. Then glue the two strips of wood together in the 'T' shape. The result is pretty effective. Now, the strips of basswood won't poke down into the holes on the blaster, but it does make an effective alternative, and it looks pretty decent to boot:

    [​IMG]
     
  14. cayman shen

    cayman shen Master Member

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    Listen, grown men who can't let go of their childhoods and collect toys are hardly deviants. Now I'm off to my Neverland Ranch to watch Star Wars :p
     
  15. Star Wars Man

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    nice, very smart, not bad...or course it wont tuck below, but the plastic things wont either...well gluing it...idk...i am not good at super precision stuff like that, so if it isnt straight, i will kill myself, know what i am saying? and good one cayman shen

    update on my dremel...

    RICHMOND, VA, US 01/12/2006 10:12 A.M. DEPARTURE SCAN
    01/12/2006 6:09 A.M. ARRIVAL SCAN

    it is in the air.....i think it should be in pittsburgh by now...
     
  16. TK171

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    Hey Little man.. sorry, SW man.

    What are you building the blaster out of? Do you need to have Rubber grips?

    I think I have some plastic vac formed ones still laying around from a kit I once had. ( I used grip from Viper instead). The are correct length (depending if you are winging it, or using dimentions of an actual Sterling).. and they also "fold in" so to speak, so they'll tuck into the holes.. again, assuming you are going off real measurements.

    If I still have those... do you want them? Save yourself the hassles..You don't have to email me or send me anything so your mom won't be concerned..... just PM me with your name/address/ info.

    Joe
     
  17. Star Wars Man

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    i am comin home today to a dremel.................

    400 xpr

    it is in thornburgh pa as of like 6am

    and i live in pittsburgh
     
  18. ob1al

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    Congrats on your dremel. :thumbsup

    It's a more elegant multitool for a more civilised age. You've just taken your first steps into a larger propmaking world. ;)

    I look forward to seeing progress pics of your E-11, good luck with the project Star Wars Man.

    Regards

    Al
     
  19. Darth Mawr

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    I find it odd that someone would talk of building a replica prop on this forum instead of debating it's provenance. :D

    Yes, research is very important but it's refreshing to see someone so young being bit by the prop building bug.

    Star Wars Man, I expect to see progress photos of your fruits of that new Dremel.

    Oh, and I share your excitment on the Dremel....I got a new one for Father's Day last year.
     
  20. Star Wars Man

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    got it...it isnt that great...but nice, it says dont run the cut off wheel over 4 on plastic...so...and sometimes, like...idk...it like...when i turn it...it like...sputters and stops, i turn it off, straighten it out...turn it on, and it works...but it is weird...o well i havent read the manual yet
     
  21. Star Wars Man

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  22. Treadwell

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    SWM, I turned your pics into links because the pics are WAY huge. Took some time to load even on DSL. Might want to make smaller versions of them.
     
  23. LogansRunner

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    All I can say is good luck man.
    Forgive me if I'm wrong but isnt the age limit for joining 13? :unsure
     
  24. Treadwell

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    There is no age limit to joining the RPF.
     
  25. Star Wars Man

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    thank u, i have a 5megapixel camera so...
     
  26. Jedi Lawja

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    I was 11 when Star Wars (Note: Star Wars, not 'Star Wars: A New Hope' ;) Premiered. It wasn't long after that I hit the workshop to make some of those fabulous toys. You're starting at a great age and at a great time. Detailed information even TUTORIALS on how to make your favorite prop are easily available. I remember pouring through magazines looking for good stills. Heh-heh

    ..and remember: HAVE FUN.

    Jay
     

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