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Old 05-11-2015, 01:41 PM   #1
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Default Blake's bounty hunter gun

Never being one to finish one project before starting another, and still on a Blakes 7 kick, minds turned to what i can do next.
And, seeing the two Andy's excellent threads on Blake's gun from "Blake" really caught my eye as bounty hunter.
It got my attention as its looks to be a pretty simple conversion, i've always loved the Star Wars blaster, plus me and it have a history, as i accurised one when i was making my Sandtrooper outfit.
Anyway, bought one quite cheap and i've started hacking it about.
Next up, remove the ridging at what remains of the original barrel, get rid of the stickers, and sand off the raised writing on this side.
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Old 06-11-2015, 01:30 PM   #2
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As i sand away with the main parts of this here gun, minds going forward to all the detailing needed.
And i can see three sections that are going to cause me head scratching and i was wondering if anyone here could give me some pointers please?
They are:
The round cap at the rear, with a couple of greeblies on,
The horizontal bar with verical post that sits on top of the new barrel,
And the slotted shape that's on the underside.
Does anyone know what these are?
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Old 06-11-2015, 02:18 PM   #3
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The slotted shape on the underside looks like it comes from a Snowspeeder kit, the aft end.

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Old 06-11-2015, 02:44 PM   #4
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Wow! Good spot! And, best of all, got a broken built one lounging up in the attic doing nothing!
Cheers SC!
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Old 06-11-2015, 06:37 PM   #5
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Sorry its not snowspeeder
The slotted bit you mention is made up from 3 U shaped sections from EMA, in fact all the bits you mention are EMA.

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Old 06-11-2015, 07:56 PM   #6
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Hey Andy.
Yeah, just came on here to post an update, and you beat me to it.
Got my very beat up Snowspeeder (well, i did make it when "Empire" first came out!) and quickly realised that, though its width and length are just right, the fins are just too tall.
Okay, out with the catalogue then - really do still prefer to leaf through an actual copy rather than look through the website
Cheers for the heads-up!
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Old 07-11-2015, 03:08 AM   #7
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The EMA parts you need for the gun are:

FPH-4 x 4
SVF-16 x 1
KBJ-10 x 4
KLS-10 x 3

Hope that helps.

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Old 07-11-2015, 06:31 AM   #8
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Andy, you sir are a top bloke - many thanks yet again!
One thing though still i'm not clear one - any idea what the round blanking plate is at the end of the gun. It seems to be the cap or somesuch, and looks like it fits snugly over the tube of the gun.

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Old 07-11-2015, 06:29 PM   #9
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Its just disk of 3mm Perspex 48mm dia.

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Old 07-11-2015, 08:24 PM   #10
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Result again! Cheers Andy!
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Old 08-11-2015, 03:03 PM   #11
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With the rubbing down of the lettering on the side of the Star wars blaster, i then copied what Bill Pearson did - covered up the top where the scope used to be with Plasticard, along with the side panel that had the slots to allow the sound to come out.
I've used Go-Fasta stripes for the panels on top of that for ease.
Though i want to try and replicate as far as possible what Bill did, i've a bit of a head scratcher when it comes to the area just above the "safety catch".
At first i took it to be a case of Bill putting a piece of Plasticard, with a slot cut out as detail, over the lettering i'd just sanded off - after all, he had just a day to come up with the gun and maybe didn't have time for sanding.
But, look at the original.
If he DID add the slotted panel, then he's cut off the safety catch and then perfectly glued it back onto the new panel.
Would he have time to do that, i wonder?
So thinking its an original detail, lost when the blaster was reissued.
But, it looks like there's something going on under that slot, as if it is indeed covering up a lower layer.
So what's going on?
No idea.
Just have a quandry now - do i leave it as is? Cut off the safety catch, put in the new panel then bung it back on? Or put on a new panel that's made to go around the safety catch?
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Old 09-11-2015, 04:50 AM   #12
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Actually, forget that last bit - looking again at the photo, i don't think that's a slot with something underneath at all. Now thinking its actually a strip of shiny black striping that's been rubbed and is peeling a bit.
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Old 13-11-2015, 10:20 AM   #13
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Time for "guees the part" again please folks
I want to do my Blake gun as seen in the publicity photos rather than the practical firing version, so that means an enclosed barrel end with some sort of cone shape in the middle of it.
Anyone got any idea what it might be?
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Old 13-11-2015, 06:58 PM   #14
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I can help you with that - it's a cylindrical post that's split in the centre. Your newer white gun is made differently to the original black Kenner ones.

The cylindrical "lid" at the back is held in place by the cylindrical post (the central "split" gives it the necessary "give" so the "lid" can be pulled off), and when this is removed, you can take the cover off the battery compartment.

Enough words - I've attached a couple of photos I found on the 'net, and here is a link to a YouTube video, showing one of these toys with the battery compartment opened.
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Old 13-11-2015, 08:57 PM   #15
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As ever, cheers Phil!
That's a very interesting video - didn't realise the original had D size batteries in the body rather than the AA in the grip the newer one's have.
How times change.
And, that explains why the original had actual holes both sides, where the newer one's have simulated screw heads - it was where the stock attached.
Right then, no way i'm seeking out an original just for that shape, i'll be making my own.
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Old 14-11-2015, 02:02 PM   #16
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With Blake's bounty hunter gun assembled, its time to add the details.
Photo 1 is i'm guessing part of the sight mount and is made from EMA's "Structural Flange".
Photo 2 is the ribbed detail on the underside, made from four of EMA's "Beam Splices" laid in a row.
Photo 3 is the rear of the gun, made from a disc of ABS. This is the first time working with the material, and i found it a bit of a bind - very tough to cut and shape, but pretty easy to sand. Its detailed with a couple of EMA's "Ladder Supports" cut down.
Photo 4 - Directly in front of the rear disc is a row of square rods, ended by a curved shape just above the rigger. That has to be the 3.3mm of the square rod and the rear disc.
So i cut out one from the ABS and then tried to heat it to make it bend to match the curve of the gun.
Nope, wasn't having it.
So then i tried multiple layers of Plasticard until i got my 3.3mm, heated up and bent.
Nope, wasn't having it.
But then i realised the off-cut of 40mm piping i was using as a former to bend the shapes on looked to be about the thickness i was after. So crudely cut a bit off and, sure enough, it lay on the gun no probs.
So off i go to B&Q to buy a 40mm joining piece for the price of 1.08 and cut me a ring from it 2cm wide.
Photo 5 is the cut down ring now attached.
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Old 19-11-2015, 07:53 PM   #17
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With the "pixie hat" shapes on, last thing to do is sort out the very end of the barrel.
I've decided to go with how it is in the forest scenes, with a closed off end and a small spigot thing going on, rather than when its been opened up to take the explosive charge.
But what to use for the spigot?
Thanks to top bloke Phil Stevens i now know its a shape that was inside the rear tube of the gun that held the D batteries in place.
Trouble is, the newer release of the gun, which i have, doesn't use D batteries in the main part but one 9 volt one in the grip.
So, no shape.
Instead, i've gone for an approximation, cutting down one of our daughters felt tip pins, which looks to be about the right diameter, and has the added bonus of a bit of detail at the end.
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Old 20-11-2015, 01:26 PM   #18
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That's Blake's bounty hunter gun primed.
Or should that be "Gauda Primed"? (Ho ho)
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Old 25-11-2015, 02:30 PM   #19
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With the chrome and black tape applied, this gun is done
Had a great time putting this together and i've got even more respect now for Bill Pearson, who not only had just a day to come up with the original, but also had to put in the explosive charge plus buttons in the grip to fire it.
Respect!
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