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Mandalorian Armor => Equipment & Accessories => Weapons Armory => Topic started by: JacqSiir on Jan 20, 2020, 01:20 PM

Title: Binatone light gun mod
Post by: JacqSiir on Jan 20, 2020, 01:20 PM
Hi Vode,

I've recently purchased one of these light guns from the 70s which I'm looking to modify.

My first question is to do with the screws:
I know that some screws cam be acceptable but what about the nuts on the reverse side?
Should I cover/fill them or will they be approvable as they are?

(https://i.imgur.com/0bqxDiA.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/GIDcnW9.jpg)
Title: Re: Binatone light gun mod
Post by: JacqSiir on Jan 21, 2020, 04:03 PM
Nobody?

Ah well, i've already started working on it. Here's my plans for it.

(https://i.imgur.com/a6Kuvhp.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/956vrma.jpg)
Title: Re: Binatone light gun mod
Post by: JacqSiir on Jan 21, 2020, 04:42 PM
Tried making the grip larger because i have big hands and original felt too small....
Tbh I did like it how it was but this is growing on me.
(https://i.imgur.com/yGR6Lwv.jpg)
Title: Re: Binatone light gun mod
Post by: A Foundling on Jan 21, 2020, 06:17 PM
Sorry to not have replied to this earlier, but screws tend to need to be filled in if the look like screws in a toy, which in my opinion those do. If it were me, I'd just fill in both sides, but ultimately it's up to you
Title: Re: Binatone light gun mod
Post by: JacqSiir on Jan 21, 2020, 06:34 PM
If it were me, I'd just fill in both sides,

Hey thanks. I figured I'd fill both sides in anyway for what it's worth.
Title: Re: Binatone light gun mod
Post by: Fragowump on Jan 23, 2020, 06:27 PM
Quote
  • Manufacturer screw holes MUST be filled and smoothed. They must also be modified so they no longer appear “straight out of the box”. Meaning parts swapping, kit bashing, and the use of greeblies is required. Think “70’s future tech”.

The blaster is coming out great!
Title: Re: Binatone light gun mod
Post by: JacqSiir on Jan 24, 2020, 04:46 AM
The blaster is coming out great!
Thanks!

Current progress:

I thought it'd be really cool to have a light shine through the barrel so I've put this together out of a random thing I had lying around (I'm really not sure what it was I picked it up from my last place of work...), a mini LED torch I randomly picked up while out shopping and some pvc pipe.

(https://i.imgur.com/0qkmyuM.jpg)
Isnt it marvellous when things just fit together! Almost like they were meant to be!

The idea was to replace the tube at the back end of the blaster with this and have the pipe pointed towards the barrel, like so:
(https://i.imgur.com/olq1C6H.jpg)

Then after lots of cutting and a bit of sanding
(https://i.imgur.com/bCvZMEQ.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/kQ5qwNl.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/DORA5Xm.jpg)

Both lights are activated by buttons on the back. It'd be great to have the barrel light activate by the trigger but I'm happy with it as it is  ;D
(https://i.imgur.com/QpdFG2q.jpg)
Title: Re: Binatone light gun mod
Post by: Nimrodt on Jan 24, 2020, 12:53 PM
i was  lucky an geting  2 complete sets a long time a go
its a great base for a blaster

http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=170688.msg2006629#msg2006629
Title: Re: Binatone light gun mod
Post by: JacqSiir on Jan 24, 2020, 01:33 PM
i was  lucky an geting  2 complete sets a long time a go
its a great base for a blaster

http://mandalorianmercs.org/forum/index.php?topic=170688.msg2006629#msg2006629

Aww man! That's a dream come true! I was wondering if I could make some accessories to turn it into a carbine. That would have been perfect!
Title: Re: Binatone light gun mod
Post by: JacqSiir on Jan 28, 2020, 01:36 PM
Vode, I need an opinion.

I'm getting to the point where I'm going to glue th3 two halves together and start filling holes in the blaster.
Before I start that I'm wondering whether I need to cut some grooves into this part.

(https://i.imgur.com/JModDpB.jpg)

It has another of these struts on the underside and they're the only features left that could out it as a toy gun.
I'm concerned that as the lines don't match up perfectly that It'll look worse if I try to cut into it.

What do you think?
Title: Re: Binatone light gun mod
Post by: JacqSiir on Jan 29, 2020, 07:10 PM
Ok so I'm going to leave it where it is!

I've updated my concept
(https://i.imgur.com/CCojxVu.jpg)
Title: Re: Binatone light gun mod
Post by: Nimrodt on Jan 30, 2020, 09:26 AM
if i saw this radiatorish part  first time i think it goes in a way like the dl44 radiator parts or leias blaster nozzel
Title: Re: Binatone light gun mod
Post by: JacqSiir on Feb 16, 2020, 03:08 PM
I've been umming and ahhing a bit too much about the filling/sanding stage but heres my progress!

I'm almost ready to start gluing and painting!
(https://i.imgur.com/NX1b7Si.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/PCBTrvY.jpg)
Title: Re: Binatone light gun mod
Post by: JacqSiir on Feb 23, 2020, 01:24 PM
I've decided to go with a side-mounted scope now instead of the top-mounted laser.
Here's a rough mock up.
(https://i.imgur.com/W2qoIIs.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/8enySR5.jpg)
Title: Re: Binatone light gun mod
Post by: JacqSiir on Mar 04, 2020, 09:05 PM
In response to my Ruus on the clan forum...

Great work on  the blaster upgrade and i love that scope.
I still personally think that it would be worth adding some more small greeblies onto the side of the gun on the flat bits to hide its original form.

Thats definitely the intention vod.

Here's a blue-tac mock up of what I'm thinking so far.
(https://i.imgur.com/aR8VX7O.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/XiAAV2K.jpg)

As you can see I'm also redoing the handle (it was a bit too big the first time round) and filling in the scope rail so it doesn't have those ridges.
Title: Re: Binatone light gun mod
Post by: Nimrodt on Mar 05, 2020, 10:10 AM
for me too much greeblie stuff for that elegant gun
keep it simple keep it clean  like Jangos blaster
Title: Re: Binatone light gun mod
Post by: JacqSiir on Mar 05, 2020, 11:02 AM
for me too much greeblie stuff for that elegant gun
keep it simple keep it clean  like Jangos blaster

I hear ya, but I've already been told that it wasn't enough...

It'll look better once its painted!
Title: Re: Binatone light gun mod
Post by: JacqSiir on Apr 06, 2020, 03:18 PM
Evening Vode!
I hope everyone is safe and well in these unprecedented times.

Due to cv-19 I've been forced to find new work and that has left me with a lot less time on my hands, but I've managed to get a few bits done on my blaster over the last few weeks.

I managed to glue and fill some of the scope/mount. It's still rough and ready but it's largely there.
(https://i.imgur.com/reeJGK4.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/qqFATpJ.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/nWZnYW7.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/LE9ModG.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/pe9myMR.jpg)

The scope attachment is now fixed to the body, but will need a bit of filling to make it a little cleaner.
(https://i.imgur.com/U9QGqEI.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/JPCnPDZ.jpg)

And, some of the greeblies are now glued in place.
(https://i.imgur.com/wANNygL.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Binatone light gun mod
Post by: JacqSiir on Apr 20, 2020, 06:47 AM
Hey everyone!

Just a quick update to say I'm currently in the process of: filling, sanding, sanding, filling, sanding, sanding, sanding, sanding, filling...

(https://i.imgur.com/niQb8MU.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Zmemc1w.jpg)
Title: Re: Binatone light gun mod
Post by: JacqSiir on May 03, 2020, 10:30 AM
I think I'm close to painting it now.

There's one or two bits I want to alter but it's mostly there!

What do you think? Can you see any areas I'll definitely have to fix?
(The grip cover isnt finished yet. I'm just thinking about the main body.)

Also, I forgot to reattach a nut to the base of the barrel, so that thread would normally be covered. See my other pictures.

(https://i.imgur.com/nu6o6Ku.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/IlkSG5c.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/dFqrhsA.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/p7hj3RN.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/kurJUE5.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/O0L9oP0.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/RScQwIu.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/PiW5rTZ.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Mz5Ehiw.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/McFVebG.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/6ppdQne.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/pKLuAIL.jpg)

This bit I know I need to fix. I'm going to go back over the seam and the areas marked in pencil again.
(https://i.imgur.com/TznGG9O.jpg)
Title: Re: Binatone light gun mod
Post by: JacqSiir on Jun 17, 2020, 08:37 AM
Hi Vode.

Sorry for the inactivity, I've been busy working 6 days a week in a warehouse and I find that I'm just too tired for most things when I get home!

I've got a day off so I thought I'd do a quick update.

Not loads to say but I had a mini-tantrum/rage quit last time I worked on my blaster.

I was spraying primer and realised that I'd put a bit too much on...so I tried to wipe it off (BAD IDEA!)

(https://i.imgur.com/pmWezHN.jpg)

So that needs fixing (more sanding  ???), but on the plus side I've rounded off the edges of my grip
(https://i.imgur.com/FsTy1aS.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/y8BLkJ7.jpg)


There's still some imperfections but I'm hoping glazing putty will sort the minor cracks and lines.

Also, due to the issues I've had with my scope I thought I'd make a 'cap' that I can replace the scope with in the meantime.
(https://i.imgur.com/6wbmKep.jpg)

What do you reckon?
Title: Re: Binatone light gun mod
Post by: JacqSiir on May 12, 2021, 05:41 PM
Necro!

Evening Vode!

So it's nearly been a year...   ???

Between work and study I've not found much time to build until recently.

After my mini-tantrum due to over doing the primer I got the blaster sanded down and ready to paint...
(https://i.imgur.com/MLMqBva.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/pQfr8PI.jpg)

...got a few silver coats on it and over did that a bit so tried to sand it off again  ;D
(https://i.imgur.com/IsynhOh.jpg)

What that did show me though is that sanding the silver gives it a nice worn metal look so...
(https://i.imgur.com/adyNhNz.jpg)

...I put on another coat of silver (shiny :9)...
(https://i.imgur.com/Ct2vbPo.jpg)

...but I applied some light sanding in a few places.
(https://i.imgur.com/pcJhugK.jpg)

Masked it up, including using some latex masking fluid (I tried using mustard but found that it loosens the paint below it, and is messier than I'd want).
(https://i.imgur.com/Y3EEqgj.jpg)

After a few layers of matt black here's where i've got to!
(https://i.imgur.com/RnvXACb.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/bSo0gvj.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/fpBQ3uw.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/5J7R4uE.jpg)

I'm really happy with the masking, it's come out much better than I'd expected. The light wear on the metal where I've sanded it looks good too.

I need to do a few touch-ups, finish the scope, rail, the attachment cover and the pistol grip, and I'm yet to get a clear coat on it, but I think it's looking great!
Title: Re: Binatone light gun mod
Post by: JacqSiir on Jun 03, 2021, 07:04 AM
Afternoon!

As promised heres the blaster with a bit of rub and buff applied!
(https://i.imgur.com/OMtjmGH.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/Lzomdb9.jpg?1)
(https://i.imgur.com/xqEn1cQ.jpg)

Now I'm getting the grip painted!
As you can see below I've tested a technique with my mk1 grip (right)  and I'm just getting the base coat onto the mk2!
(https://i.imgur.com/9yb7QJ5.jpg?2)

Oya!
Title: Re: Binatone light gun mod
Post by: JacqSiir on Jun 04, 2021, 05:07 PM
...and the wooden grip is done!

I totally forgot to photograph the intermediate stages though.

So after applying a base coat of Burnt Sienna, making sure to brush in one direction (vertically), I laid down a couple of dry-brushed layers of Burnt Umber in a ringed/arched pattern (also brushing in the same direction.
once that was dry i wet a sponge and watered down a little of the umber, then wiped it over the top (also in the same direction).

When it was all dry gave it a clear coat and voila!
(https://i.imgur.com/Mg0dbxm.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/oN6Kh38.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/DM08Jkl.jpg)

Now it just needs a blackwash and its done!
Title: Re: Binatone light gun mod
Post by: JacqSiir on Jun 05, 2021, 02:48 AM
I should also note that the grip is intended to be made out of Wroshyr wood.

Wookieepedia says:
"Wroshyr wood had extraordinary qualities. It was slow to burn, capable of taking hits from a turbolaser and suffering only a little charring and splintering. On the downside, cutting it required proton-teeth saw blades, and even those sometimes broke in midspin, leading to lethal injuries to their operators.[3]"

Maz Kanata's old Wroshyr curio box.
https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Maz%27s_Curio_Box?file=Maz_curio_box.jpg

Compared to Maz's box this grip is relatively new, so although it is as old as the blaster the qualities if the wood give it an "As new" appearance.

That being said I am going to add some darker areas to it in the black wash.
Title: Re: Binatone light gun mod
Post by: JacqSiir on Jun 06, 2021, 06:36 AM
Finished!?!

It's probably not "finished, finished" but I'm happy with it!

Any feedback on it would be great!  ;D
(https://i.imgur.com/WpXCrz0.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/QCBmO4J.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/w97Kx30.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/WCrV6pz.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/HjU8aFt.jpg)