Saturday, March 2, 2013
Rebel Blaster (DH-17 blaster pistol)
In 1978 my Father took me to see Star Wars during one of it's many re-releases.
I was 1 year old. And despite being so young, I do remember the opening scene when the Stormtroopers battle it out with the Rebels on Princess Leia's Blockade runner. It has been one of my favorite scenes of all time.
So a few years ago I decided to make my own Rebel Blaster (DH-17 Blaster) using a PVC pipe, cardboard, balsa wood, a cheap $8 scope from Walmart and a few nic-naks from Michaels. This is how it looked about a year ago when I found it in a box.
I recently dug it up and it did not survive well.
So I am going to put it back together and hopefully make it a little nicer. To start I knocked off the grips that had existed since some were missing.
Then I glued the barrel back on.
Next I used some thick crafting foam and wrapped it around parts of the barrel.
Then I cut smaller strips of foam to use as the grips.
For the most part I do not need to do too much to the gun itself. But I did want to change the scope. To make my new scope I used 4 different sized plastic coin tubes.
I glued them together and also glued on strips of thin foam to keep the tops of each tube stuck to the bottoms.
Then I glued thicker strips of foam at the joints of each tube.
With the scope done for now I focused on making the top of the gun a little nicer. I used foam strips on the sides of the existing top - which was a wall shelving bracket screwed into the body of the gun.
Then I glued the scope on.
I used more strips of foam to connect the scope to the body.
And it's coming along!
Next I screwed on some screws and some furniture tacks.
Then I gave it a coat of black acrylic paint.
After a second coat of black, the Rebel Blaster & Stormtroooper Blaster (seen here) dry side-by-side.
Next I added some silver paint to give it some wear and tear.
And I also began painting the barrel silver.
The first coat of silver is rather streaky, so I gave it a second coat.
And it's looking really great! Below we see the mostly finished gun drying next to my Star Trek TNG "Cobra Head" Phaser (seen here).