Searching planet Earth for an aluminum Bapty blaster grip

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by Plainsrunner, May 15, 2018.

  1. Plainsrunner

    Plainsrunner New Member

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    Is there anyone out there that is capable of molding, or molds Bapty E11 aluminum grips? These would be the grips that they used in Tunisia in A New Hope. I've been searching everywhere for one and it's my biggest obstacle in the build I'm working on. I'm attempting a build from a real Sterling and need to keep it as accurate as possible.

    Please!
     
  2. dcarty

    dcarty Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Kurtyboy is the only member I can recall who has replicated the aluminum castings for a stunt blaster.
     
  3. Plainsrunner

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    Thanks. I've reached out to him via PM.
     
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  4. Plainsrunner

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    Well, Kurtyboy was good enough to get back to me. The person that made his grip is retired/inactive and doesn't have a forwarding address. So far all of my leads for one of these grips have come up empty. They simply don't exist. :(

    I'm now contemplating attempting a cast myself. Am I crazy?

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    OR should I just go inaccurate and use my Sterling grips? I was really attempting screen accuracy here, so I don't like that option.
     
  5. thd9791

    thd9791 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I contacted him about this as well, a while back.

    Technically, the prop team did cast them themselves so creating something that looks close enough would be accurate :)
     
  6. Plainsrunner

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    What did you ultimately decide to do? Are you just using the Sterling grips for now?
     
  7. thd9791

    thd9791 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I gave up until I could find an MGC or an airsoft honestly.

    I talked to the ATF and got an interesting email back about welding inside pieces together and some other things to make it non-functional. Way out of my league... :(
     
  8. Plainsrunner

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    Yes you have to weld some things inside the chamber so that they are comfortable it's non-functional. Mine doesn't have a barrel, receiver, and the receiver chamber is blocked by welds.

    Even though I'm comfortable I have all the inside pieces welded to their satisfaction, I'm going to pour molten aluminum into the chamber after I get the tube inserted into it. This will turn the entire receiver chamber into a solid block of metal. I like to overdo things like that. :)
     
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  9. thd9791

    thd9791 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Man, if you have a way to do a second one to specs like that, let me know! If the entire thing was a welded hunk of metal I think thats okay
     
  10. OdiWan72

    OdiWan72 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Field Marshall has plans to do the stunt E11 once he finished his standard E11 project. ;)
     

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