UPDATE: My first FOUR props this year :)

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  1. OdiWan72

    OdiWan72 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Update 02/10/06 see last post...
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    Hi

    Just wanted to show my upgraded Macros.

    It´s based on a real Eumig and featured a set of Gary´s great resin lenses, resin viewer box and a grey Kalimar reflex viewfinder in the past, along with a Kalimar wheel and no electronics...

    Now I finally found the time to upgrade it with some real parts I bought from JF :)
    It now features:

    - Real Eumig
    - Real correct viewer
    - Real Kalimar lenses (still missing the small silver knobs)
    - Russ´ metal lenseplate with real lense-rings
    - Viewer box is a converted REAL upper Kalimar housing I clad with styrene.
    - The blackbox is housing the switches for the led´s and the lightsheets

    It also features lit lenses and a backlit one of Jasons great laminated grafics (thanks again bro).

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    Thanks for looking, Markus :)

    THANKS WC for pic hosting.....

    See last post for news...
     
  2. Howard

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    VERY good indeed - I love the custom touches, and especially the fact you've used the 660's body cut down.

    Howard.
     
  3. Gigatron

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    Awesome work, Markus :thumbsup

    Any chance of a tutorial on the electronics?

    -Fred
     
  4. Lupus Yonderboy

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    Brilliant work Markus.
    What a fantastic way to get the rest of us started... :)
    Thanks for sharing.
    Cheers,
    Pontus
     
  5. franz bolo

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    Nice Job..

    What's the big knob on the side? It looks cool.

    FB
     
  6. OdiWan72

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    The big knob is from a Seagull camera.

    I saw it some time ago on another Macro and thought it to be much better than the regular Kalimar knob.

    Sorry, no tutorial for the electronics, but it´s pretty simple...

    The flashing LED´s (not turned on in the pics) are the same, pre-assembled kit that was used on trekprops scanner (he posted a pic of it). I just lengthened the wire a bit.

    The lights for the lenses and viewer are two strips of lightsheet.
    I used a smallee blue one for the lenses and a white for backlighting the grafic.
    Usually BOTH have to be connected to an inverter but I hooked two on just one. Each sheet is just a tad darker now, but it works for me. Both lightsheets are powered by 4 x 1,5V AAA batteries.

    The electronics and batteries are "hidden" in the Eumigs battery-compartment.

    Markus :)
     
  7. Gary Weaver II

    Gary Weaver II Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    That looks sweet Markus. Cladding the origianl camera body with Styrene was ingenius. You get the best of both in that case.

    Love the lightsheet as well...

    -Gary
     
  8. Pauleysolo

    Pauleysolo Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Beautiful job. I have built up 2 Macros myself- yours is great.. Gotta love the RPF
     
  9. moffeaton

    moffeaton Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Good stuff. I have lights all over mine too.
     
  10. OdiWan72

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    Jason:
    You inspired me to add some flashing LED´s to mine :)
    Too bad that the fumes from the superglue (which I used to reattach the black lightmeter, where 4 red LED´s are located) made the small glass window foggy :angry

    I also added aurabesh letter to the small wheel...guess who inspired me to this ;)

    Gary:
    Actually it was you who drove me to rebuild the viewer box :lol
    I didn´t want to use my old one, that´s why I waited for your new box...but it had some problems with the resin not curing and so I was kinda "forced" to search for an alternative.
    The new "real" box is a few mm´s bigger than the resin one and the "window" is centered instead of off-centered.

    Thanks again for offering the AWESOME resin parts...
    Without them, I wouldn´t have been motivated to start my macros and redo them now :D

    Gigatron...make sure to post pics of your buildup, when you´re done.

    Markus
     
  11. hyperdyne

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    Very nicely done. The lightsheet is a nice touch. The viewscreen graphic looks a tad tall though IIRC.

    I love taking my macros outside and looking around with them. Nothing better than a functional prop. :D Gutting that eumig is quite the chore.
     
  12. OdiWan72

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    Are they?

    I have to admit that I didn´t pay attention to the size of the grafics. :$
    Or do you talk about the "viewable" part of the grafic (not black/ frame)?
    In this case...I still have all other grafics Jason sent me and can easily change them if I want :)

    Thanks for the kind work guys.

    BTW: I also did some work on my ESB EE-3 and I´m in the final stages of my Bespin security guad blaster :D

    Markus
     
  13. mgoob

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    Markus: the lightsheet is cool.

    And Jason's rotating thingy w/ Aurebesh on it is neato:)
     
  14. OdiWan72

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    Stay tuned ladies and gents...I´m about to add another prop shortly :D

    Teaser...it´s a blaster from ESB

    Markus
     
  15. kurtyboy

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    Markus is a genius.... Markus is a genius.

    (strange echo in here... Oh I said it twice :))
     
  16. OdiWan72

    OdiWan72 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Preview.... :)

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    Markus
     
  17. DaddyfromNaboo

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    I know what it is , but won´t tell :p

    ;)

    Michael
     
  18. OldKen

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    cool macros. like the lightsheet idea... im sure youve seen hyperdynes "working" macros (unreal)... but i would still love one like yours... great stuff.

    and anyone who doesnt know what the blaster is should be banned from the RPF. :p JK ;)


     
  19. ob1al

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    Great idea on the lightsheet.

    Cool prop.. :thumbsup

    BTW - What blaster is tha... ;)

    Al
     
  20. OldKen

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    al... your out. :p

    man i sure am anxious for more pics of that star trek phaser... LOL... :p :p :p

     
  21. damon5973

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    Was it hard to upgrade teh macros? I have a set from gary as well. and even though I am fairly new I know what the blaster is........and have wanted one for a long time. is it resin or from an original?

    Brad
     
  22. spinner 44

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    Whatever it is I'm sure its got nothing to do with Bespin + Namrod=
     
  23. kurtyboy

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    Not to mention a certain 1/32 scale model kit by Revell ;)

     
  24. OdiWan72

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    Seems like you guys did your homework ;)

    ESB+NEMROD+Bespin sounds correct :D
    Right now the paint is drying and I still have to paint the dark grey grips...but it won´t be done until thursday :unsure

    Upgrading the Macros was a PARTIAL pain in the a**.
    Adding the real lenses, building the new black-box and the viewer box with the added new viewer was fun. Wiring the electronics and putting it all together plus attaching the new viewer box to the Eumig was kind of frustrating, since so much went wrong :cry

    I HAD TO put down the Macros for two weeks, because I´ve been pretty * by this project :lol Kurtyboy and ManfromNaboo know about my "problems" :rolleyes

    Markus
     
  25. damon5973

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    since you made it look so easy...and you are a pro at it now, How bout I send you mine and you send me yours.....I am sure you LOVE to do it all over again :p

    brad
     
  26. OdiWan72

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    Sent them to HD...he loves the smell of fresh solder in the morning :lol

    Thanks for the kind words, hopefully you´ll like my next prop(s) as much as I do ;)

    Stay tuned

    Markus
     
  27. superjedi

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    Markus,
    Your 'preview' looks good. Can't wait to see the finished pics. I know you've been working on that one for a loooooong time. I think that was in your "to do" pile when I was at your house, wasn't it?
    Eric
     
  28. OdiWan72

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    Hey Eric, you remember correctly.

    It was one of the blasters, that hung on my wall, already cut down with a couple of primer coats on :)
    I believe you also saw the Naboo CR2 (calico) in its early states, right?

    Silver paint is still tacky...seems like the softener from the plastic is causing a longer dry-time.

    Markus
     
  29. OdiWan72

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    Still not finished...grey paint has to be added as well as the red detailing.
    The square knob is just a spaceholder until I find a more accurate one.

    PLUS I just realized that I screwed BIG times :cry
    Who can spot the mistake I made?

    I´m sooo * :angry...anyway

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    Thanks WC :)

    Markus
     
  30. kurtyboy

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  31. lonepigeon

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    I'm not sure what the screw up is. Is it the nut on the back end which should be a threaded rod?

    BTW - These guns aren't silver. They're actually a medium grey metallic, pretty dark but they show up silver under studio lights. There's actually no black paint on them either.
    Grips, trigger and a few details are all a dark grey. The safety wasn't grey on the real one I examined either (there was just some grey in the recessed areas of the "S" side).

    Nice looking blaster. One of these days maybe I'll convert mine.
     
  32. OdiWan72

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    o.k. Chris...you got me :lol
    I´m going to repaint it, once I found a matching color.
    But I´ll leave the front section machined -unpainted- aluminium...I like it better :D

    I have to disagree on the trigger and safety being not black (at least on the hero).
    They repainted the RESIN blasters and obviously only used two colors...the dark silver grey and the anthrazit for the trigger, safety and grip-section (plus red detailing).

    BUT the real Nemrod already has a black trigger and safety...why overpaint them?
    Have we ever seen a HERO Bespin blaster to reconfirm a dark grey trigger and switch?

    BTW: I found out that the prop dept. must have added something OVER/ONTO the original barrel. Compare my real converted speargun with a resin stunt...their barrel is thicker and the gears, maybe even the muzzle seem to be part of the whole assembly they put over the guns original alu barrel.

    What do you think?

    Markus

    P.s: Here´s my mistake...

    I FLIPPED the safety switch *AAaaaaaaaaaAAARGH*.
    I test fitted the parts 20-30 times before I finally masked the switch and glued/puttied the whole combo together. :cry
     
  33. lonepigeon

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    I'm not sure there was a Hero.
    Obviously there was a master that they cast, but who knows if it was finished/used.
    I took detailed paint notes when I examined Steve Sansweet's original.
    There were four colors: metallic grey body, dark grey trigger and grip (and some details), red and orange (one dot on that rear piece with the 4 knubs on it).
    I noticed the tiny paint details vary a little by comparing Steve's with the one that has been in official exhibits.

    It's actually very hard to tell the metallic grey of the body from the dark grey of the grip/trigger in regular room light. I had to look really close to see what small details were dark grey.
    Plastikote makes a pretty close match for the body color - 1004 Medium Grey Metallic.

    Without seeing a Hero blaster I think leaving the black trigger and safety might be a good idea just because if they still work you could scrape the paint if you used them.
     
  34. rmschneider104

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    Holy cow, that looks great. Wonderful project you finished up there. Thanks for sharing. The electronics are wonderful.
     
  35. THX1138

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    Markus,

    GREAT JOB on your Macros prop... :)

    Glad I could help you with the original parts.

    I also like the Seagull 4-A TLR camera knob..... it looks VERY close to me. Close enough, in fact, to have pushed me to find one, too. ;)

    The Macros prop has always been one of my favorite props from Star Wars. The original prop makers put it together in a way to make it actually look like a real functional piece.

    Again, great job.

    - Jim :fettrotj
     
  36. superjedi

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    Markus,
    Wow. I finally had time to look at the new pics of the Relby. . . awesome. Did you have that muzzle custom machined? I don't remember if you had that piece before.

    So how many blasters are still in your "to do" pile now? Is it under 100 yet?? :lol

    Eric
     
  37. lonepigeon

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    Considering the other larger knob from the Seagull (which is very distinct) is on the ANH stunt macros I'm positive this must be the large hero Macro knob. I think Killdozer finished this knob perfectly.
     
  38. OdiWan72

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    Hi all, I JUST "finished" my newest addition to my evergrowing blaster-family.

    The Fett ESB EE-3 :D

    Right now the paint is drying, so be prepared to see some pics within the next hours.

    Next will be the finishing touches on my Jawa Ion blaster. MAYBE I´ll be able to post pics tomorrow ;)

    Markus
     
  39. OdiWan72

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    Markus :)

    Thanks WC
     
  40. OdiWan72

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    Here we go:

    HS bronze Webley with wooden stock
    Real scope with correct mounts
    Flash-tube (soon to be replaced by MPP-replica)
    Scratch built clamps and scope mounting blocks
    Real V8 kit details
    Leather sling
    Scratch built stock details
    Still waiting for the split-plugs

    Feel free to comment my recent blaster familiy member(s) ;)

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    Markus

    Thanks AGAIN WC for pic-hsoting :)
     
  41. DL 44 Blaster

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    Love the EE-3..... :thumbsup I like how you blackened the flashtube end. Did you just use black? Looks in the pics like it has a real patina from lasers :)

    Steve
     
  42. OdiWan72

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    Simple black spraypaint, yep :)

    The MPP will have some real slight weathering inside with soot.
    The current one is just a heiland I had laying around as a placeholder.

    Markus
     
  43. Gigatron

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    *, that EE-3 is sweet. How the hell did you make those scope blocks and rings? And better yet, how much do you want to make another set :D?

    -Fred
     
  44. OdiWan72

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    Thanks :)

    The clamps with blocks and the stock details are scratch-built

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    Markus
     
  45. OdiWan72

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    No comment about the "gawas zapper" ;) ????

    Markus
     
  46. kurtyboy

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    Yes, very slick.

    Love the Fett rifle too :)

     

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