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    Feb 10, 2018, 7:30 AM - Help me finish my Han Solo ANH Hero blaster! - Hensoldt claws are off! #1

    Hi folks

    A long time ago, I really wanted to have a Han Solo ANH hero blaster. I got quite a few parts, but this was before steel parts became really accessible.
    So here I am with the following "ingredients" for my Kool-Aid:

    - MGC C96
    - Real Hensoldt-Wetzlar Dialyt scope
    - Flash hider (I don't remember where I got it, I believe I got it about 10 years ago before it came out that a banned RPF member had his hands in the production somehow... I believe it's steel and coated, but I have no idea really. I'd be glad if someone could enlighten me.

    So, now, I want to finish the blaster. I want it to be fairly accurate, but I also don't want to spend unlimited money. I've been holding out for the steel DEC parts, but they are expensive. But just now, I found that Todd's Costume also has steel parts. Now, my questions are:

    - How accurate are these parts (scope mount, bull barrel, accessories)? I read that the Todd's parts are more accurate, but I read the exact opposite somewhere else.
    - Does anyone sell wood grips for the MGC Mauser?
    - Will I have to cut down the barrel? Do I have to drill through my MGC to attach the scope mount and other parts?
    - How accurate is the flash hider I have? Should I get another one?
    - My Dialyt seems to be pretty spot on, as far as I can tell. However, it seems to be missing the small screws just behind the wheel. Can I get spares somewhere?
    - How do I remove the claws from the scope?

    Sooo... Thanks in advance for any help! This is going to be a slow build, but I finally want an ANH hero blaster.

    Cheers!
    Roman

    - - - Updated - - -

    BTW, here are some pics of the parts I have:

    MGC Mauser:



    It's quite weathered, but I think I might have to re-paint it, because it really looks old and "fake" in some places. Is it best to paint or blue it in some way? What's the MGV made of?
    Also, note that the bolt is filed down in a 45 angle, probably to prevent it being used with PFC caps. Doesn't bother me though, the nice thing is that I can pull back the bolt and it will snap forward even though the mag is empty.


    Dialyt:


    Optics are very clear. I read somewhere that you have to remove the claws with a torch and that this may damage the optics. Is that true or is there a better way to remove those scope claws?


    Flash hider:



    All parts:



    Cheers!
    Roman
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    Feb 10, 2018, 8:37 AM - Re: Help me finish my Han Solo ANH Hero blaster! #2

    I just got one of Todd's scope mounts from the newest batch, it is pretty accurate. I believe they changed some of the inaccuracies of previous batches, they are a bit rough on the finish though...over ground in a couple areas etc. Field Marshall will have a steel mount out soon you could wait for that, it looks to be very promising.

    If you do decide to put wood grips on that MGC, I will buy the plastic grips from you. Shoot me a PM!

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    Feb 10, 2018, 8:50 AM - Re: Help me finish my Han Solo ANH Hero blaster! #3

    This has the potential to be a seriously epic build.

    Todds parts have changed over time. Im waiting on a few sets of the new batch to complete a few builds for people - but the ones in the past have been great - although slightly inaccurate.

    The one big hang up for me now is the bull barrel still doesnt taper (at least on the last batch) and will be hard to fit into the MGC as it is threaded, not a sleeve.

    Youll probably want to Frankenstein the blaster a bit to get it to where you want it.

    Looking forward to the build!
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    Feb 10, 2018, 9:37 AM - Re: Help me finish my Han Solo ANH Hero blaster! #4

    Wait a little more - Fieldmarshall is bringing out his scopemount soon. And knowing his passion for accuracy i have a gooood feeling about that.

    I used replacement wooden grips for a real Mauser. Shape of the frame needed some work, i did it on my mill, but a set of good files should handle it equally good.

    Heat to desolder the clamps can damage the scope innards, take it to a good gunsmith for deassembling, desoldering, reblueing, and reassembling. I had the luck to being able from several Hensoldts, so i didnt had to take any risks. Used one like yours for display in a glass-cabinet, and one without clamps for my ANH-Blaster.
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    Feb 10, 2018, 9:43 AM - Re: Help me finish my Han Solo ANH Hero blaster! #5

    Well lets see. DEC makes wood grips that are nice but since it's an MGC you have the option to use vintage or replacement C-96 wood grips. Whatever you choose will probably need some fitting.

    The flash hider looks spot on to me.

    You will have to cut the barrel and drill it out if you want it to be hollow for a sound and light install and you will definitely need to drill and tap for the scope mount.

    I would email Dave at DEC and see if he has any extra steel bull barrel sleeves. He sometimes has extra parts laying around he will sell. You won't want to use an aluminum or printed bull barrel with all those other nice parts.

    I'd look into the Field Marshal mount. He makes top notch stuff.

    I remember reading about what a pain it is getting those claws off but I don't remember the solution. Maybe PM Scottjua and see what he says.

    If you are going for screen accuracy Todds grill and piston greeblies are correct.

    Great parts you have there, man.
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    Feb 11, 2018, 12:53 AM - Re: Help me finish my Han Solo ANH Hero blaster! #6

    Xhiwar said: View Post
    Hi folks...

    Cheers!
    Roman
    When you go this long without a response it makes it improbable other people will respond the next time the question is asked...
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    Feb 11, 2018, 1:15 AM - Re: Help me finish my Han Solo ANH Hero blaster! #7

    Hey thanks for allthe helpful input!
    I contacted Field Marshall and had a look at his work, amazing!
    Hm, about the wood grips, so it seems the real Mauser grips are too small, right? Makes me wonder whether Denix replacement wood grips wouldnt be easier to fit. Or maybe Ill keep the plastic grips.

    Well, Ill see what parts I can get and then Ill start my build. I also saw that Field Marshall makes E-11 parts, and Ive got an unfinished one of these lying around as well. Seems my blaster journey has just begun. 😊

    H0llyw00d said: View Post
    When you go this long without a response it makes it improbable other people will respond the next time the question is asked...
    Uhhh... Not easy to type on my phone, so I had to wait until I was on my PC again. Besides, as I said, its going to be a slooow build, as Im usually completely swamped with work and dont have too much time to work on my replicas anymore... 😕

    Cheers!
    Roman
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    Feb 11, 2018, 1:34 AM - Re: Help me finish my Han Solo ANH Hero blaster! #8

    Xhiwar said: View Post
    HUhhh... Not easy to type on my phone...
    Cheers!
    Roman
    Duly noted. Good luck with your build, man. You have a great start.
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    Feb 11, 2018, 8:17 AM - Re: Help me finish my Han Solo ANH Hero blaster! #9

    Denix grips do fit fairly well on MGCs...but they have that flattened profile thats a bit weird.


    Xhiwar said: View Post
    Hey thanks for allthe helpful input!
    I contacted Field Marshall and had a look at his work, amazing!
    Hm, about the wood grips, so it seems the real Mauser grips are too small, right? Makes me wonder whether Denix replacement wood grips wouldn‘t be easier to fit. Or maybe I‘ll keep the plastic grips.

    Well, I‘ll see what parts I can get and then I‘ll start my build. I also saw that Field Marshall makes E-11 parts, and I‘ve got an unfinished one of these lying around as well. Seems my blaster journey has just begun. 



    Uhhh... Not easy to type on my phone, so I had to wait until I was on my PC again. Besides, as I said, it‘s going to be a slooow build, as I‘m usually completely swamped with work and don‘t have too much time to work on my replicas anymore... 

    Cheers!
    Roman
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    Feb 11, 2018, 9:17 PM - Re: Help me finish my Han Solo ANH Hero blaster! #10

    Lichtbringer said: View Post
    Wait a little more - Fieldmarshall is bringing out his scopemount soon. And knowing his passion for accuracy i have a gooood feeling about that.

    I used replacement wooden grips for a real Mauser. Shape of the frame needed some work, i did it on my mill, but a set of good files should handle it equally good.

    Heat to desolder the clamps can damage the scope innards, take it to a good gunsmith for deassembling, desoldering, reblueing, and reassembling. I had the luck to being able from several Hensoldts, so i didnt had to take any risks. Used one like yours for display in a glass-cabinet, and one without clamps for my ANH-Blaster.
    This. I helped Field Marshall out with his ANH mount as much as I could and I think it's going to be the most accurate made. If it were me... I''d go that route.

    I've also have had about 15 of the real scopes to this point, and had to remove a fair amount of the clawed feet. IF you don't want to tackle it alone, I can do it for you.

    The heat WILL damage the internals, so I would completely break it down before doing it. You'll need to remove as much of the solder afterward as possible and re-blue the areas where the claw feet were.
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    Feb 12, 2018, 11:45 AM - Re: Help me finish my Han Solo ANH Hero blaster! #11

    Hi there!

    OK, so that means everything I can remove has to go before heating the scope, got it.

    Unfortunately, there's no good gunsmiths around these parts, so I'll have to do it myself. I was able to break it down as far as this:


    This "knob" remains, and I can still see the reticle inside the scope. Is this removeable as well? Seems like I'd have to use force...


    Cheers and thanks for your help so far!
    Roman
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    Feb 12, 2018, 1:05 PM - Re: Help me finish my Han Solo ANH Hero blaster! #12

    yes it's removable... just unscrew it.

    you need to take the entire internals out.
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    Feb 12, 2018, 1:23 PM - Re: Help me finish my Han Solo ANH Hero blaster! #13

    This looks like an incredible build.

    I have one of Todd's older mounts, and while it felt much sturdier, the cross bar is not the correct height, and i've always been a bit peeved at how my first ANH blaster turned out. (on a denix)

    that MGC looks incredible.
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    Feb 12, 2018, 1:48 PM - Re: Help me finish my Han Solo ANH Hero blaster! #14

    scottjua said: View Post
    yes it's removable... just unscrew it.

    you need to take the entire internals out.

    Whew, getting closer!
    I managed to unscrew that "knob". But two pieces are still stuck on the inside:
    1. A lens (I believe) that is about in the middle of the scope.
    2. The reticle, which seems to be where the "knob" was.

    I managed to nudge the lens a bit forward with some aluminum pipe, but the "reticle" part seems to be stuck, so I can't push it or the lens forward.
    Seems to me that I've removed all the screws now, so why is the reticle piece still stuck? There's a lot of gunk, so that might be the reason. But I'm a bit afraid to just hammer away with the aluminum tube...

    Here's a pic of the front of the scope.


    Cheers!
    Roman
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    Feb 12, 2018, 2:31 PM - Re: Help me finish my Han Solo ANH Hero blaster! #15

    Aaand done!
    Phew! That last part was nerve-wracking. I really had to use an aluminum pipe and a hammer and knock those pieces out. But out they are. And I believe pretty much undamaged.



    How I'm gonna get them back in is another question...
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    Feb 12, 2018, 10:08 PM - Re: Help me finish my Han Solo ANH Hero blaster! #16

    putting those bastards back in is usually pretty sucky. Make SURE you know the orientation before putting it back in, if it's tight. It can be infuriating.
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    Feb 13, 2018, 10:27 AM - Re: Help me finish my Han Solo ANH Hero blaster! #17

    Finally, the claws are gone! Remind me to never get a scope with soldered claw mount again!
    I was wishing that I wouldn't need to reblue that much, but alas, that's how it looks now:


    So, some sanding and blueing is in order.
    Can I use cold blue, or how do I go about this? What's the best product for this?

    Cheers!
    Roman
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    Feb 13, 2018, 11:16 AM - Re: Help me finish my Han Solo ANH Hero blaster! - Hensoldt claws are off! #18

    Cold blue in a few applications will work.
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    Feb 13, 2018, 12:19 PM - Re: Help me finish my Han Solo ANH Hero blaster! - Hensoldt claws are off! #19

    I wonder how much good a "solder wick" / "desoldering braid" would do in removing that solder... Sand only around, never lengthwise.
    It could be possible to rust-blue the patches but it is a time-consuming process and requires a box with high humidity. A gunsmith would be able to do it if you want to pay for it.
    Getting it hot-blued in a caustic bath is inexpensive (if you prep it yourself) but it would have to be the whole scope and you would lose the patina - the result would be too perfect.
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    Feb 13, 2018, 2:17 PM - Re: Help me finish my Han Solo ANH Hero blaster! - Hensoldt claws are off! #20

    Darth Lars said: View Post
    I wonder how much good a "solder wick" / "desoldering braid" would do in removing that solder...
    Hm, I never knew such a thing existed. Underneath the solder, it almost looks like the bluing is intact...
    Welp, I just ordered some solder wick, it should arrive on Thursday. I‘ll post my results as soon as I try it.

    Cheers!
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    Feb 13, 2018, 4:19 PM - Re: Help me finish my Han Solo ANH Hero blaster! - Hensoldt claws are off! #21

    What method of heat did you use to remove those soldered clamps? And is the above mentioned elaborate method the only option to get rid of those clamps?

    Cham
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    Feb 13, 2018, 6:57 PM - Re: Help me finish my Han Solo ANH Hero blaster! - Hensoldt claws are off! #22

    Congrats getting the clamps off.

    Hopefully you can clean the solder off and the bluing is still intact.

    This is going to be a great looking blaster.
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    Feb 13, 2018, 9:47 PM - Re: Help me finish my Han Solo ANH Hero blaster! - Hensoldt claws are off! #23

    Sym-Cha said: View Post
    What method of heat did you use to remove those soldered clamps? And is the above mentioned elaborate method the only option to get rid of those clamps?

    Cham
    Heat... a small torch heats up the solder and you basically knock it off with a hammer. You gotta take the internals out because the heat will warp the cross hairs and potentially break the glass inside.
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    Feb 14, 2018, 3:52 AM - Re: Help me finish my Han Solo ANH Hero blaster! - Hensoldt claws are off! #24

    Sym-Cha said: View Post
    What method of heat did you use to remove those soldered clamps? And is the above mentioned elaborate method the only option to get rid of those clamps?
    As far as I know, this is the only way. I used a small gas torch, the ones used for cooking (mmmh, crme brle. ). I didn't have to knock the claws off with a hammer, I used oven mitts and pulled them right off the scope, although I had to use quite a bit of force.

    Not sure if you could remove the solder chemically, but it would probably strip the bluing as well. Also, even then, it would probably be necessary to remove the innards of the scope.


    Fly4v said: View Post
    Hopefully you can clean the solder off and the bluing is still intact.
    Yeah, I hope so too. We'll see.

    Cheers!
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    Feb 14, 2018, 8:17 AM - Re: Help me finish my Han Solo ANH Hero blaster! - Hensoldt claws are off! #25

    I just looked at my poorly DL-44 and you may not need to remove the back solder.
    It might be covered by the new mounting clamp.

    If so, then you only have to clean up the front.

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