Which metal were E11 scope rails made from?

Psammead

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Finally getting round to the E11 conversions and was wondering if anyone knows what metal the original scope rails were made from and how thick it was.

I know this is probably covered in a thread somewhere around here but I can't find it to save my life. :$
 
I guess nobody knows what they used on org., screenused E-11's or from what it came from.
I guess they have take a simple Aluminium or Steel stripe, cut it and bend it.

On my Sterling E-11 i have made the rail out of steel, 1,5mm thick and 13mm wide.

Andre
 
The original ANH scope rails were quite thin and long. I think they were about 1 mm thick. It was most likely made of steel. They were not wider than the holes in the receiver: 1/2" or 12.5 mm.

I have tried aluminium. It is much too soft and springy. Remember that the rail is attached to the receiver only at the ends. Even a light resin scope bobs up and down quite a lot on 1 mm thick aluminium.

Blasters in ESB were either the simpler ANH versions or a version with a scope rail that was twice as thick and 17 to 19 mm wide. (only resin casts have been seen in thewild and the width varies on the same rail.
 
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And it is completly sure that they havn´t used modified original sterling scoperails?

They were available in 12mm and 20mm:
SAScopeRail.jpg
 
As far as I know they were all MGCs in ROTJ.

Sorry should have been clearer, I meant in ANH, but thanks for the responses. Guess I'm going to have to get some thinner steel.
 
There were real Sterling shooters for a deleted bunker scene in ROTJ (Han fighting his way to the control room), which was shot in England. I think they pretty much just used leftovers, though, so they'd have had ESB rails.
 
And it is completly sure that they havn´t used modified original sterling scoperails?

They were available in 12mm and 20mm:
SAScopeRail.jpg
I didn't know these existed. Very cool! The ESB stunts had solid rails like this, but I don't know if they used real pieces for the castings or just machined something up. (Or otherwise filled the space under the ANH-style rail for molding.)
 
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