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 The Airsofting Mandalorian - The Blaster WIP

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The Airsofting Mandalorian - The Blaster WIP
« on: Jul 14, 2021, 03:37 PM »
 My idea is to create a functional airsoft Star Wars blaster. While I understand I could buy ones already assembled, what would the fun in that be?

My base gun will be the Elite Force H8R. I am going for an EE3 like blaster, so I'll be creating a barrel shroud and stock for the revolver.

The idea is to create something I can both use on the airsoft field, and then mod it so I can troop with it.

Much of the these first couple posts will be backtracking, as I jumped right into the fabrication process.

I drew up a sketch of the approximate shape and obtained some PVC and sink tubing pieces.

I cut off the front sights and sanded down the rear mounts. The white PVC tube was then cut to fit over the top on the revolver barrel as a shroud.

Next I drilled and tapped two screws, offset from center, on the top so they didn't screw into the middle seam of revolver (it's a clamshell design). Then I connected the sink tubing to the PVC shroud using a bit of glue and the threads on the sink tube.

Then I moved on to the stock. I traced the revolver's handle and shaped out a design on a, I think 1/2 inch, sheet of wood. Once it was cut out, I rounded off the edges, giving the stock a little more definition. I will eventually apply a dark stain to the wood.

I lined up the stock and handle for mounting screws, then drilled and tapped. The last bit I added a metal bracket connecting the bottom of the handle to the bottom of the stock. This was to give the stock a little more stability.

Here are some photos to go along with my work:

The Airsofting Mandalorian part 6- The Blaster WIP https://imgur.com/a/TGHeAr9

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Re: The Airsofting Mandalorian - The Blaster WIP
« Reply #1 on: Jul 15, 2021, 08:12 PM »
Just for clarification, this is just a "for fun" project and not what you're hoping to use with your kit for approval, correct? Functional blasters of any type, including Nerf are not permitted for kits. All the working machinery has to be rendered inoperable.

Just wanted to establish that upfront.

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Re: The Airsofting Mandalorian - The Blaster WIP
« Reply #2 on: Jul 16, 2021, 08:02 AM »
Yes the blaster with be rendered inoperable.

In my attempt to have the blaster be functional, I purchased several revolvers. What I intend to do is to have two models. One for show, the other for the field.

I cut grooves in the sink tube to attach the laser dot and used some corrugated tubing for the front. I then cut a wiper blade into a front sight.

The Airsofting Mandalorian part 7 The Blaster WIP https://imgur.com/a/bgu9JIh


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Re: The Airsofting Mandalorian - The Blaster WIP
« Reply #3 on: Oct 21, 2021, 04:03 AM »
An update, with a link to imgur below.

I have been slowing plugging away at the blaster.

I started off with a dark wood stain straight to the blaster stock, but I was very displeased with the results. It was rather grainy and rough, which was my fault for not sanding down the wood a little further. There were also spiral grooves from the orbital sander that showed through. I didn't really prefer this...

So I sanded off most of the stain with a 220 grit. Then I used a 320 grit. Lastly, I finalized sanding with a strip of 500 grit.

After the (re) sanding was complete, I rinsed the wood with mineral spirits and allowed it to dry. However, I made another slight mistake. After I had finished removing the rest of the mineral spirits, I touched the wood with my (gloved) hand. Though I had removed the oil from the wood, there was some left over on my gloves, which then transferred back to the wood. Now I have a slightly lighter spot on the wood. It is noticable, but not glaring, so I decided to leave it. Kind of like a natural wood patine if you will.

Next up is protecting the stain with some polyurethane spray coating.

While the stock was being worked on, I put down a coat of primer grey on the barrel shroud. I'll be finishing the shroud with a solid coat of satin black. I'm hoping the satin finish had enough shine to match a firearm coloring. I was leaning towards a semi-gloss, but didn't want the blaster to look that new out of the box look.

Last up for this update. I had some Perma blue stain for firearms. I had reconditioned my father's revolver and had some blue left over. I wiped some of the stock stabilizer and wrapped it in a paper towel. Unbeknownst to me at the time, by doing this it created a unique pattern similar to carbon fiber. Though very slight and not really noticable unless you look up close . The bolt and the nut were polished smooth with 320, 500, and 1000 grit sandpaper before Perma Blueing them.

To recap:
If you use mineral spirits and gloves, make sure to change clothes after you finish removing the spirits to prevent any transfer of said spirits back on to the wood.

If staining wood, take the time to sand smooth to avoid orbital sander spiral grooves.

Thanks again for following along.


Link to photos:

http://imgur.com/a/7K2XtC6

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Re: The Airsofting Mandalorian - The Blaster WIP
« Reply #4 on: Oct 25, 2021, 11:06 PM »
Im an airsofter myself, love what you are doing. I personally want to try a Verp after my kit that will use the workings of a ASG Sas 12.

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