Blasters & laserguns; customs and repaints

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For fun, I started painting and customizing a replica gun, the Han Solo blaster. Cheap to buy on Amazon. Why not? I should have known better....
Last year I bought, painted and customized 14 Star wars blasters.

Since painting them needed to be done in open air with the right temperature and no rain, I really got fixated on the weather. I live in a 4 season country.
First trying to open up the gun to add sound & light, if possible. After that sanding off the legal texts, filling up screwholes, priming, layer 1, coating, layer 2, applying metal wear and tear, highlighting them and add shading. Far more wortk than I antipepated, but it pays of.

I will display all of these blasters in this thread.
They are:

Battle Droid E-5 blaster

Stormtrooper E-11 blaster

First Order trooper SE-44c blaster

General Grievous DT-57 blaster

Clone trooper DC-15 blaster

Clone commander DC-15A rifle

Lightsaber Luke Skywalker, return of the Jedi (green)

Jango Fett WESTAR-34 blaster

Boba Fett EE-3 rifle

Princess Leia DDC defender blaster

Han Solo DL-44 blaster

Rey LPA NN-14 blaster

Darth Vader lightsaber (red)

Bootleg stormtrooper blaster

Rebel trooper blaster DH-17


First one is the Grievous Blaster which I painted metal.













The original looked like this:

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@ Utinniiii and RC_1136: thanks for the compliments. There is more coming up.

Next is the classic E-11 Stormtrooper blaster.
I bought the hasbro toy gun and than discovered the existence of the doopy-doo set.
The parts came out of the molds very sloppy, so I had to carve and sand a lot before they were smooth. Worth the trouble nonetheless.

I added a small torchlight in the scope. It has bluelight, bright white and a laserpointer.
Great challengde was to create the external buttons to switch the lights on and off, but I managed.

As crosshair I printed the mostly used red one. A plastic bottle cap is the cover of the crosshair.
I added making off pics, so they explain themselves. Enjoy!





















Here are some pics of the making off:



I added some alu-foil to enhance the amount of light coming out of the nozzle.









I glued plastic covers over the holes in the original gun, for the doopy-doo strips would not cover them completely.



The nozzle had to be glued back on. I used greenstuff (kneedite) to make the connection smooth again.



The buttons for operating the flashlight. Try to find them again on the finished gun - they are nearly invisable!







I pushed a transparent plastic circle in the cap. It did not even need glue.

 
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Next in line is the one I started with: the Han Solo DL-44 blaster.
Mostly a repaint, for I can not crack open the Rubies guns without destroying the piece. Hasbro guns work better.
The silencer was a closed piece, so I cut the ''lid'' off. I than added a cover for the (poor) speaker in the nozzle.
There were a lot of legal texts to scrape away of the gun. Stupid stuff, with Hasbro it is worse.
O yes, and added crosshairs in the scope: prints and plastified them.

















It was december 2018 when I wanted to paint this first one, too cold for outside, so I did it in my studyroom.
What a big mistake...
I got black paintdust allover the room. Luckily it was removable, but it took me an entire morning to get everything clean again: desk, books, keyboard, floor, shelves... So: never spraypaint in the house, but do it outside!!
This was my setup for disaster:

 
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I've done the DL-44 blaster too, exactly that one. Saw a couple of videos and though, I want to try that :)
 
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Cant wait to see the clone trooper weapons! I would love to see you tackle a Clone Commando rifle.
 
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It is fun indeed to see what they used as ''laserguns''. This one is actually a Colt revolver with a huge silencer and a buttstock.
[correction: a flare gun]

The clone commander rifle will come soon.
For now, to honour the Mandalorian series, I display the Boba Fett EE-3 blaster.
It is a repaint os the Hasbro version. The one made by Disney is a tad larger, my version is really a children's toy in size.
It is not for the looks a toy anymore! :p

To make it feel less plastic, I glued in a chain in the buttstock for more weight.
In the scope I placed thick plastic circles. Luckily, I appeared to have two thick rubbers that nicely closed up the ''glass'' piece.
The rust is from the kitchen: out of a tube with grinded chilipepper. I placed it in the wet paint, the colour was just as it should be.
This rifle is my favourite, for I love how the weathering played out.

The only further conversions are of course taking away all the letters and texts and filling up the screwholes.
A practical tip: to prevent one paints away the laseblast red plastic when spraying, I fumbled in pieces of paper which I fixated with paintingtape.
Enjoy this Return of the Jedi piece!









The back side





The front













The glued in chain:

 
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Next in line is the 'build your own" clone commander DC-15a rifle. I put a lot of effort in this one.
The light and sound effects are very cool, but that there was no light in the muzzle which is a shame in a toy of this quality and price!
So I bought a low price M16 with shaker effect, lights and sound and build it in the empty last part.
The blue light I connected with the original firing system, which gives a fantastic result!

In het scope I build in a torchlight. How to switch it on and off was a challenge, but the solution was quite simple in the end.
I placed a screw with bolts in the middle for pressing the button inside.

Since there were a number of empty slots, I bought an infra-red pointer and placed it on the side.
The empy slot in the bottom is filled up with a decoy piece, see the pics.

For the stand I decided that only one place made sense, which is the bottom.
The now two empy slots for this piece got a led light. When the system switches on, the yellow light at the handle is burning.

For powering the M16 pieces, I placed an ''ammoclip" in the slot on the bottom.
In this the battery compartment goes.
It gives light to a second bluelight in the muzzle, makes a shooting and reloading sound and makes the gun shake.
The switch to power these features is a pressbutton on top.
When the battery is switched on, a green light appears on top.

For more weight, I glued in small stones in the buttstock.

The power cable that provides the front makes the connection of part 2 and 3 permanent. That is a shame, for the sound effect of part 1 and 2 combined is now lost, but that is a small price for other cool extra effects!
The speaker is of less quality than the gun, that is a pity. Rebuilding the connection switch and make the power flow smooth was a challenge.
The many WIP pics show enough of this.

Because I wanted to be able to do repairs, I placed black stickers over the screwholes instead of filling them up.
I superglued them, for they tend to peel off. After that I placed the layers of spraypaint and coating, so they are fixed well.
The hardly show.

And here and there I added bits and bobs which I thought wre nice. Try to find them I'd say.

Enjoy this item!





































WORK IN PROCES



Placing the yellow light in part 1. I used some cover to dim the light, for it was very bright.

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The connector of my newly placed battery compartment. The click-clack sound still functions this way.



The battery compartment, which operates on three AA batteries:





The inside of part 1 with extra padding for the speaker:



The inside of part 2 with all the extra wiring:



The extra speaker put in place:



The shaker device in the front:



The power cable for the front wiring. I stripped the original cable so it became an empty tube for the much thinner new wiring:



The power button is the top of a stick that pushed the original trigger of the M16 toygun.



The backside of the muzzle. Here the lights are connected. I used a piece to create a new barrel exit, for the original was somewhat dull.



 
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Next one I like to show is mostly a repaint of the Rey LPA NN-14 blaster.
It is the nerf gun by Disney with some bits and bobs added for fun.













 
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The next item is the Droid Blaster. A very nicely done pice by Hasbro. I like the sound and light effect.
It should have a bigger power clip, but that is something fot the future to add.

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Another one is the First Order trooper SE-44c blaster. It is a nerf gun, licensed by Disney.
The size is nice. The one I bought did not have the big visor thing on top, so I created something by myself.
The white is off-white spraypaint for central heating devices in home.









A third for today is the Clone trooper DC-15 blaster. A repaint of the Rubies gun aith some bits and bobs added for fun.











 
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These are amazing. The paint is unreal. The handle on Rey's pistol looks like wood. It's crazy how nice those Hasbro molds are, and then they end up orange.
 
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@ Nerfherder: yeah, they really come to life with the right colour! Thanks for the compliment. I love the wooden handle too.
 
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Next in line is the rebel trooper blaster, the DH-17. This is original a nerf gun, but I made a lights & sounds gun of it.

Cracking this baby open was difficult. The closing caps are stuck with glue. I held the ends in boiling water so soften the glue, which worked good, but got the scope warped. 😖 Took some effort to smoothen that out with greenstuff and sanding.

The light in the scope comes from a toy scope for nerf guns made in China. To my surprise, I noticed that in the movie 28 Weeks later, a soldier had the same thing mounted on his gun. A geek sidestep, but here it is:





The scope was too big for the other gun I wanted it for, so I took it apart.
The battery feed is the ammo-clip in the gun now.
In some master replica's, the DC-17 has an ammoclip, just like the E-11 stormtrooper blaster.
I couldn't see them in A new hope or in Rogue One, for the guns were smooth there.
Anyway, I wanted the light up screen in the scope, so I fumbled it in.











Before painting, I had light leaking through the plastic, but after three layers of black & the primer, it was gone.



In the muzzle I placed the led, embedded in an alu-circle from a torchlight.
Behind it the speaker is placed. To let the souned run free, I drilled holes in the barrel.



The end result of the scope:



And here are the end results of the entire gun:











 
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Last ones are the Princess Leia DDC defender blaster and one that I call the shaker gun.

The Leia blaster is a simpel repaint, black allover. I liked to keep one of my guns pitch black.
The shaker blaster is a bootleg star wars gun, but with a great sound effect and a shaking device.
It could be an imperial officers blaster.

Enjoy and thanks for watching. Bye for now.









 
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These are amazing! Love, LOVE the weathering and your techniques are much appreciated. The chili pepper dust for rust is so good. I also do a bit of weathering using kitchen products like cinnamon, now I've gotta get spicy after seeing how effective your example is! Keep cooking them up and posting!
 
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