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Title: DC-18r Blaster (WIP) Update 15/03/2015 lights!
Post by: Korran Orainn on Aug 09, 2014, 05:07 PM
"It's all y-yours!" the former Aratech engineer blurted out as he pushed a heavy durasteel case away from himself, wiping his forehead in a slow motion out of fear for retribution. "I want nothing more to do with this damned project. First the New Republic, now this!"
Koran knew from experience that, since the op at Taris, every contract had its upsides. But nothing could rival the sense of power and achievement that currently caused his hairs to stand on end. Koran leant in to inspect his latest spoils; an improved power cell module, a larger barrel...but despite the vast improvements, he noted its startling resemblance to both DC-15S and the dreaded E-11; sending an all too familiar feeling down his spine.


Su'cuy, Vod!

My first steps into the realm of Mando'a are in something I am somewhat familiar with: weapons design. I want to use my Mando as an excuse to develop my own non-canon weapons that have a distinctive swarsy flavour. If you didn't guess it already, I wanted to put my own stamp on one of my favourite weapons, the DeeCee.

My project, the DC-18r, will be my primary weapon. I want this to appear to be a spiritual successor to the DeeCee line of weapons, but also include a few details that tie it in to the more 'modern' E-11. My guidlines for creating this weapon are:

1) Power pack & feed is to be on the opposite side of the weapon - ergonomic
2) Must be larger and more 'dread-inspiring' than the DeeCee
3) Must possess the characteristic 'T-rails'
4) Must possess the distinctive forward-folded stock that we all know and love
5) Needs to be personalised - Koran's markings, leather wrapping around the pistol grip etc.

With these guidelines in mind, I turned toward a Nerf weapon. Having dabbled in cosplay for many years (and studing in the 'stare at Niabi's work until you cry' school for Mandos) I am willing to give heavy modification a shot! Without further stalling for time rambling:

(http://s20.postimg.org/z9hjv6srx/DSC_0497.jpg)
This is a Nerf Raider CS-35, apparantly. I've removed the stock and big magazine, and decided this is a good starting point.

(http://s20.postimg.org/kc92u6fjh/DSC_0500.jpg)
Busting out the dremel to get rid of pesky logos!

(http://s20.postimg.org/cytov7vhp/DSC_0499.jpg)
These are far too nerfy. Sanding heads for the win!

(http://s20.postimg.org/qtrzdopwt/DSC_0498.jpg)
Here I have removed the tube that connects to a stock and the pump-action grip thingy. Some of the internals, including the trigger, have been removed. I know that guidelines state I must remove all internal working is a must, so that is my next thing on the list!

(http://s20.postimg.org/64je5j2ul/DSC_0501.jpg)
Here is a breakdown of the sections. Aside from the obvious stuff like sanding, the plan is:
Red - fully remove raised section with product name to a smooth surface. Add T-rails. Add those cool semiciricle thingies.
Green - create the classic folding stock from either plasticard or sheet metal. Not sure where to source metal, but it sounds...stronger.
Black - create a new back-end for the gun to match the DC-15. Add greebles. Add scope (PVC?).

So there we are. Sorry for the long post, I've just finished moving into my first home and have been eager to start for almost three months!
Rhino
Title: Re: DC-18r Blaster thread (WIP)
Post by: Jaing Vau on Aug 10, 2014, 01:38 AM
Looks like a cool base! I like what you've done so far. I hope the greebs and mods meet some of the app guys standards when she's done. Nerf is a dangerous road to travel when it comes to weapons nowadays  :laugh:
Title: Re: DC-18r Blaster thread (WIP)
Post by: Korran Orainn on Aug 11, 2014, 06:45 AM
Looks like a cool base! I like what you've done so far. I hope the greebs and mods meet some of the app guys standards when she's done. Nerf is a dangerous road to travel when it comes to weapons nowadays  :laugh:

Thanks Jaing! I've got a cubic buttload of old modelling bits and spare Airsoft parts, so hopefully I can sort something :)

I know it'll be quite a bit of work, but I am willing to put it all in to make sure it lives up to my stupid standards! (even if I burn myself or end up waving my dremel around aimlessly for a few hours ;D)

I've ordered some sheet metal today to start with the folded stock and some basic panelling, so hopefully that'll arrive inside of this week! I've also started to make the T-rails for the front-end of the weapon.
Title: Re: DC-18r Blaster thread (WIP)
Post by: Justyn Sonnato on Aug 11, 2014, 08:17 AM
I have one of these nerf guns too there is a lot of potential in them but i decided to use E11 for my first one I shall keep my eye on this though, as I would love to see what you have in mind for it.
Title: Re: DC-18r Blaster thread (WIP)
Post by: Korran Orainn on Aug 15, 2014, 05:05 PM
I have one of these nerf guns too there is a lot of potential in them but i decided to use E11 for my first one I shall keep my eye on this though, as I would love to see what you have in mind for it.

Thanks Justyn!

Wee update; The sheet metal I ordered arrived this morning. Progress has been slow due to work, but I do have some pictures for you:

(http://s20.postimg.org/j0et8dhyl/DSC_0505.jpg)
The Metal!

(http://s20.postimg.org/s6x3vnn71/DSC_0506.jpg)
This is actually a clothes hangar - I see a T-rail, with a bit of chopping!

(http://s20.postimg.org/vchplv5t9/DSC_0504.jpg)
I used a Dremel to widen the hole in the front of the weapon, and put a cut-to-measure piece of plastic in to match the front end of the DC-15S (my favourite bit!), using this as a reference for both the circumfrence of the extrusion and the hole in the muzzle: http://th02.deviantart.net/fs70/PRE/f/2011/295/1/7/dc_15s_blaster_carbine_wip_by_broodofevil-d4dkjr6.png

Hopefully I can buy some screws on the weekend and get the folded stock cut out and in to place! I also need to source up those little loops but the front sight post, and stick filler in the screw holes :)
Title: Re: DC-18r Blaster thread (WIP)
Post by: Korran Orainn on Aug 25, 2014, 03:56 PM
Over a week since the last update! Thanks to this Bank Holiday, I've gotten in a wee bit more work:

First off, the T-rails have been cut down to size and stuck on to the main body of the weapon. I quite like the look, and hopefully with a bit of filler and a tidy paintjob, it'll look the business!

(http://s20.postimg.org/6dr2posa5/DSC_0523.jpg)

Next up, I cut some of the metal for the folding stock. This isn't the whole thing, I'll need to add in underside pieces as well, and I will need to get the dimensions once it's all fixed in to place.

(http://s20.postimg.org/5yaqzk019/DSC_0526.jpg)

Holes drilled. Nothing fancy here! The pieces will be attached via bolts, so there is a possibility that I could make this a functioning folding stock. We'll see!

(http://s20.postimg.org/7em9hp2y5/DSC_0528.jpg)

A better picture showing the attachment to the main body:

(http://s20.postimg.org/fy5nfgbal/DSC_0529.jpg)

And lastly, a rough idea of how it stands at the moment!

(http://s20.postimg.org/h9denx6wd/DSC_0533.jpg)


Managed to get a wire coat hanger a few minutes ago, so I shall be using that for those semilunar...uhhh...things. I lost my primer in the house move, so I'll need to pick up more of that in the week. Thoughts? :)

Rhino
Title: Re: DC-18r Blaster thread (WIP) Updated 25/08 - folding stock progress!
Post by: Danok Maveric on Aug 26, 2014, 06:59 AM
I think it looks sweet!  ;D
just wondering are  you planning on making the folding stock usable or just there for show?
Title: Re: DC-18r Blaster thread (WIP) Updated 25/08 - folding stock progress!
Post by: Korran Orainn on Aug 27, 2014, 06:09 AM
I think it looks sweet!  ;D
just wondering are  you planning on making the folding stock usable or just there for show?

I could do! The screws pictured above were just temporary; I made some new fixings last night that do actually allow for movement. It would mean that I would need to reshape bits of the metal, but I am certainly contemplating it!

Thanks for the comment :)
Title: Re: DC-18r Blaster thread (WIP) Updated 21/09
Post by: Korran Orainn on Sep 21, 2014, 04:29 PM
Big update!

Roughly 70% done. Still needs a washing, those metal semilunar things,  a scope, leather wrappings for the handle, and a plastic insert for the power cell. Here are the progress pictures!

Underplate shaped and fit:
(http://s20.postimg.org/ml2vm8mjx/DSC_0547.jpg)

Foam used as a base for the back end, ready for filler!
(http://s20.postimg.org/uruvdtcml/DSC_0548.jpg)

Filler applied to rear/screwholes etc.
(http://s20.postimg.org/ux38189bh/DSC_0549.jpg)

Greeblies pt1
(http://s20.postimg.org/5zv96kvfx/DSC_0550.jpg)

Greeblies pt2
(http://s20.postimg.org/raxeol2y5/DSC_0551.jpg)

PAINT!
(http://s20.postimg.org/e81s5bcq5/DSC_0556.jpg)

MOAR PAINT!
(http://s20.postimg.org/ke38c26nh/DSC_0558.jpg)
Title: Re: DC-18r Blaster thread (WIP) Updated 21/09 - Paint!
Post by: Zechs on Sep 21, 2014, 05:26 PM
Pretty impressive!  Now just add a scope for the finishing touch
Title: Re: DC-18r Blaster thread (WIP) Updated 21/09 - Paint!
Post by: Jaing Vau on Sep 21, 2014, 11:59 PM
Very awesome indeed! I may have to do this mod myself. Colour me impressed ner vod!  ;D
Title: Re: DC-18r Blaster thread (WIP) Updated 21/09 - Paint!
Post by: Korran Orainn on Sep 22, 2014, 08:46 AM
Very awesome indeed! I may have to do this mod myself. Colour me impressed ner vod!  ;D

Thanks Jaing, that means alot!

Hopefully when I do the other bits mentioned previously (and tidy up the paintwork!) It'll look pretty good. I ordered a resin cast of the M38 scope used on the E-11 which should help. Gonna pinch some cabling for external wiring today too! :3
Title: Re: DC-18r Blaster thread (WIP) Updated 21/09 - Paint!
Post by: Korran Orainn on Sep 28, 2014, 12:01 PM
Updaaaaaaaaate!

A little bit more paint, a scope, some wrappings and those cool...thingies above the muzzle!

(http://s20.postimg.org/us8nj1grx/DSC_0574.jpg)

Closer look at the semilunar thingies
(http://s20.postimg.org/gxad0kmct/DSC_0575.jpg)

Scope
(http://s20.postimg.org/8hksj2jhp/DSC_0576.jpg)

Back view
(http://s20.postimg.org/pe9vbhr1p/DSC_0577.jpg)

What do you all think? :3
Title: Re: DC-18r Blaster thread (WIP) Updated 28/09 - Almost There!
Post by: Serim Merec on Oct 03, 2014, 04:06 PM
What do I think? ...Other than maybe replacing the leather wrap with something thinner, this is one of the best Nerf mods I have seen! Period.

Ori'kandosii!
Title: Re: DC-18r Blaster thread (WIP) Updated 28/09 - Almost There!
Post by: Cin Vhe'rang on Oct 03, 2014, 09:54 PM
What do I think? ...Other than maybe replacing the leather wrap with something thinner, this is one of the best Nerf mods I have seen! Period.

Ori'kandosii!
Agreed.  The leather wrap kinda brings down an otherwise spectacular mod.
Title: Re: DC-18r Blaster thread (WIP) Updated 28/09 - Almost There!
Post by: Korran Orainn on Oct 04, 2014, 04:39 AM
Agreed.  The leather wrap kinda brings down an otherwise spectacular mod.
What do I think? ...Other than maybe replacing the leather wrap with something thinner, this is one of the best Nerf mods I have seen! Period.

Ori'kandosii!

Thanks for the feedback Vode, I'll get right on it! :)
Title: Re: DC-18r Blaster thread (WIP) Updated 28/09 - Almost There!
Post by: Sulkon88 on Oct 05, 2014, 05:17 AM
Hell of a mod job. I wish I had your skill. Going to have to look over my pistols tomorrow and then maybe look over some strategies people have on here.
Title: Re: DC-18r Blaster thread (WIP) Updated 28/09 - Almost There!
Post by: Korran Orainn on Oct 05, 2014, 08:56 AM
Hell of a mod job. I wish I had your skill. Going to have to look over my pistols tomorrow and then maybe look over some strategies people have on here.

Thank you for the kind words! I have no skill at all, this was the first thing of this scale I've ever done! Its all trial and error (in my case, usually error!) and a nice bits box.

Glad you've enjoyed the thread so far dude :)
Title: Re: DC-18r Blaster thread (WIP) Updated 28/09 - Almost There!
Post by: Korran Orainn on Oct 08, 2014, 11:39 AM
I was just thinking, it'd be nice to hear from some chaps from the approval team regarding this build. Assuming I apply proper leather strips and not my bodged attempt, tidy up the paintwork, sort out the display and whatnot, what else would need to be done in order to make it passable? Anything glaring I am missing out on that I can action?

Thanks for the responses thus far all, I've been waylaid by work on my bucket, but I shall be returning soon with cabling and other cool stuff!
Title: Re: DC-18r Blaster thread (WIP) Updated 28/09 - Almost There!
Post by: Ren Tinith on Oct 13, 2014, 09:05 AM
I was just thinking, it'd be nice to hear from some chaps from the approval team regarding this build. Assuming I apply proper leather strips and not my bodged attempt, tidy up the paintwork, sort out the display and whatnot, what else would need to be done in order to make it passable? Anything glaring I am missing out on that I can action?

Thanks for the responses thus far all, I've been waylaid by work on my bucket, but I shall be returning soon with cabling and other cool stuff!

Well I'm not approval team but one way to have your leather strips (and perhaps a different way than usual) is to have it as a leather sling wrapped around the pistol grip to keep it out of the way.
Title: Re: DC-18r Blaster thread (WIP) Updated 28/09 - Almost There!
Post by: Nat'rii Ramikad on Oct 15, 2014, 12:55 PM
Looks good, vod.

I was just thinking, it'd be nice to hear from some chaps from the approval team regarding this build. Assuming I apply proper leather strips and not my bodged attempt, tidy up the paintwork, sort out the display and whatnot, what else would need to be done in order to make it passable? Anything glaring I am missing out on that I can action?

I'm not on the app team either, but if its supposed to be a cross between the DC-15s and the E-11. I'd extend the back a bit.
(http://i1274.photobucket.com/albums/y438/RennJecht/Dva0516_zps8ad5552b.jpg)
(http://i1274.photobucket.com/albums/y438/RennJecht/blaster_e11_zps08c9d809.jpg)
See how the backs sticks out more.

(http://s20.postimg.org/us8nj1grx/DSC_0574.jpg)
(http://s20.postimg.org/pe9vbhr1p/DSC_0577.jpg)
Your's looks more like a cross between a DC-15s and a DC-17m, to me. Not saying that's a bad thing. But really all I see that's similar to the e-11 is the scope and the left hand mag. (Course I'm just assuming that's the mag on the left.)
This is all just my opinion, but the shorter end on it still looks nerfy, specially with that grip. But again, its just me.

It really does look good as is. I just think it looks more like the back end of a DC-17m with the front of a DC-15s.
Title: Re: DC-18r Blaster thread (WIP) Updated 28/09 - Almost There!
Post by: Korran Orainn on Oct 15, 2014, 04:32 PM
Looks good, vod.
I'm not on the app team either, but if its supposed to be a cross between the DC-15s and the E-11. I'd extend the back a bit.
(http://i1274.photobucket.com/albums/y438/RennJecht/Dva0516_zps8ad5552b.jpg)
(http://i1274.photobucket.com/albums/y438/RennJecht/blaster_e11_zps08c9d809.jpg)
See how the backs sticks out more.
Your's looks more like a cross between a DC-15s and a DC-17m, to me. Not saying that's a bad thing. But really all I see that's similar to the e-11 is the scope and the left hand mag. (Course I'm just assuming that's the mag on the left.)
This is all just my opinion, but the shorter end on it still looks nerfy, specially with that grip. But again, its just me.

It really does look good as is. I just think it looks more like the back end of a DC-17m with the front of a DC-15s.

Exactly the feedback I needed Vod, thanks very much!
I've been waylaid with making my Beskar, but to anyone following this thread; stay tuned, I shall return!
Title: Re: DC-18r Blaster thread (WIP) Updated 28/09 - Almost There!
Post by: Evaar'la Kal on Oct 15, 2014, 05:10 PM
Great mod you have going on here!
Title: Re: DC-18r Blaster thread (WIP) Updated 28/09 - Almost There!
Post by: Guy'ikaab on Oct 16, 2014, 12:13 AM
Your's looks more like a cross between a DC-15s and a DC-17m, to me. s.


So what you're saying, Vod's made a DC-16
Title: Re: DC-18r Blaster thread (WIP) Updated 28/09 - Almost There!
Post by: Kitala-Enby on Oct 17, 2014, 10:36 AM
If you ask me I'd say that the bumps ontop of the baster still look pretty nerfy, as does the handle. I'd suggest you sand off the bumps on top and leave it smooth.

As for he handle, yes you can fix it by wrapping it with leather yeah. But I personally think it would look 100x better if you mod the handle to look like that of a DC or E11, You have the skill, and I feel it would make this great build perfect.

I also think extending the back would be a pretty good call as it looks rather front heavy.
Title: Re: DC-18r Blaster thread (WIP) Updated 28/09 - Almost There!
Post by: Korran Orainn on Dec 22, 2014, 09:20 AM
Hey all,

Got some progress in on the blaster this weekend!

Whilst I still need new leather and a charm-type dealio to hang from the blaster, I have started to address some things:

new backend to be more compliant with the swarzy-feel:
(http://s20.postimg.org/5u29yv50t/WP_20141221_002.jpg)

cabling and small details:
(http://s20.postimg.org/c57hfa699/WP_20141221_004.jpg)
(http://s20.postimg.org/o8ct2uhbh/WP_20141221_003.jpg)

My friend is currently working on a short movie, which shall feature myself and this blaster. I gave him a side-on image of the blaster for his mockups on what my helmet HUD will look like in film:

(http://s20.postimg.org/jjwt7ns4t/alt_Aiu5vjl_Xo_TG00gr_CZKr_UVyy_Vf4_Ui_AMUE2v14p_B77_J.jpg)

(http://s20.postimg.org/98kgf00fh/alt_At_JL_Ig_Ztarqm_RMT4_DHKn0k_EEK0_Wnn_Lb_Ec_TFDSDd_x_P.jpg)

That's all for now! :)
Title: Re: DC-18r Blaster (WIP) Edits and cool news! 22/12/14
Post by: Firax Black on Dec 29, 2014, 11:57 AM
that looks awesome. :o
Title: Re: DC-18r Blaster (WIP) Edits and cool news! 22/12/14
Post by: big man on Jan 14, 2015, 01:30 PM
So what's happening with the video the gun looks awesome but I wanna see that vid ;D
Title: Re: DC-18r Blaster (WIP) Edits and cool news! 22/12/14
Post by: Korran Orainn on Jan 14, 2015, 05:51 PM
Cheers Vode!

My fellow applicant, Jer'ari Orainn, is our Director! We're due to film in early February with the short movie hopefully being released around March. Stay tuned on that one! :D
Title: Re: DC-18r Blaster (WIP) Edits and cool news! 22/12/14
Post by: JulioAndy on Jan 27, 2015, 12:30 AM
This is so awesome vod! If you can't find any good leather I recommend maybe using duck cloth. I am making a sniper mod right now and I gotta say it looks pretty good
Title: Re: DC-18r Blaster (WIP) Edits and cool news! 22/12/14
Post by: Hijack on Jan 27, 2015, 02:23 AM
Great inspiration for future mercs I must say. Your wip will help alot when I get around to making my blaster.
Title: Re: DC-18r Blaster (WIP) Edits and cool news! 22/12/14
Post by: Korran Orainn on Jan 27, 2015, 08:38 AM
Great inspiration for future mercs I must say. Your wip will help alot when I get around to making my blaster.

Very kind words Vod, I hope that inundating everyone with pictures at least showed every step I took/mistake I made! :)

This is so awesome vod! If you can't find any good leather I recommend maybe using duck cloth. I am making a sniper mod right now and I gotta say it looks pretty good

I found some sweet leather wrapping on Amazon for just 2.50 in the end, and have replaced it. Looks so much better! Shall take a picture when I get home tonight.

I want to make a charm to hang from the blaster, as well as add some personal touches of paintwork. I may look in to changing a few other bits and bobs, but I'm focusing on my kit 100% at the moment. So very close to completion!

Stay Tuned, Vode!
Title: Re: DC-18r Blaster (WIP) Edits and cool news! 22/12/14
Post by: Ferahgo on Jan 27, 2015, 10:51 AM
Impeccable work.
Title: Re: DC-18r Blaster (WIP) Edits and cool news! 22/12/14
Post by: Yevrah Null on Jan 28, 2015, 12:46 AM
Great work Vod.
Title: Re: DC-18r Blaster (WIP) Edits and cool news! 22/12/14
Post by: joshsurf on Jan 29, 2015, 02:04 AM
 :oomg!!! Awsome!
Title: Re: DC-18r Blaster (WIP) Edits and cool news! 22/12/14
Post by: Niabi on Feb 08, 2015, 01:34 PM
Nice conversion vod ;D to me id say that was converted enough to hide the Nerf Base.
Title: Re: DC-18r Blaster (WIP) Update 15/03/2015 lights!
Post by: Korran Orainn on Mar 15, 2015, 01:22 PM
One final update for this build before I move on to my next blaster, I've added EL wire for a nice glow. Obsured behind a spare rectangle of visor, this was stored in the body of the gun. A hole was drilled on the power cell/magazine well to access the on/off switch.

Total cost of addition? 3.49 and 30 mins of work :)

(http://s20.postimg.org/pjmv06pm5/WP_20150315_007.jpg)