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  1. Sweet Crisis quickly and easily averted! Can't wait to see it come together.
  2. Ha ha! I know the feeling. Rest assured this looking GREAT despite your concerns. As to suggestions how fine (spray area wise) will your media blaster go? If you can fine point control on it I'd look at it as two options: 1. Do like you said - strip right back and start the receiver again. A P.I.T.A but it'll scratch that OCD itch 2. Actually use the media blaster in a controlled 'airbrush' type way to create deliberate weathering in degrees to your satisfaction on the rest of the gun. The cocking lever slot isn't looking MASSIVELY weathered there considering it takes constant, repetitive sliding of the cocking handle when in use. It's not so much that you couldn't choose from here to do subtle weathering or heavy weathering. Personally I like the weathered look but that's all about person preference. On a different note - what you've done so far is awesome. It's production line E-11 quality
  3. Damn you're moving fast. And smoothly. Keep up the good work!
  4. OH. MY. GOD. I can't believe all this happened while I was AWOL! I can't believe you managed to discover those (heretofore unknown) vent slits! I can't believe you zinc plate them! I can't believe the original part was labelled CP30! I can't believe only ONE joke was made about that! Generally speaking I can't believe what I'm reading. This is truly amazing Andy and you should be soooo proud. What you (and the other Andy and Marv and others who chimed in here) have done has single handedly advanced the cause of prop replication, accurate costuming AND Star Wars fandom ALL AT THE SAME TIME!! It's genuinely mind blowing. Short of sneaking into the Archives and prying the real thing off I don't think it would be possible to get any more accurate a Power Cylinder build. Truth be told, even if you found the exact guy who built the E-11 props he'd probably know less about this than you do. He would most likely say "I don't know man, we just picked up this stuff from the junk pile and glued it on."
  5. You guys did an awesome job! I was manning another stand all weekend so you didn't see me - but I saw you!
  6. Haha! See PM incoming!
  7. Zee one and only! (and no I'm not shilling for Disney now I just found this app and thought it was cool)
  8. There's a brilliant new iPad app that just came out for free this week called Star Wars Scene Maker that lets you build your own 3D Star Wars animated movies with music, crawl text, voices etc. I've only played with it for a second but it look like it has awesome potential for fun you tube videos. The app is free but of course the damn thing has in app purchases. (*grrr*) This is a copy and paste of the descriptive blurb: MAKE STAR WARS YOUR OWN! Become the master of your own Star Wars video universe! Create your own scenes, choose your favorite characters, control their actions and dialogue, record your masterpiece, and share your Star Wars story! The Force of your imagination is with you! FEATURES: · Create your own Star Wars universe and bring it to life with imaginative play and countless options. · Select from 3D environments with 3D models of your favorite characters, weapons, and ships. · Use dialogue straight from the Star Wars films, or record your voice and apply a Darth Vader, Rebel Pilot, or Storm Trooper filter to put your words into any character’s mouth! · Switch between three cameras, each of which can track or follow the action, to record your scene from multiple angles! · Chooose a musical score taken from the Star Wars films, write your own iconic Star Wars “Title Crawl†and end credits, and share your finished scene with your friends! Pretty cool huh? Link in case anyone wants it: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/star-wars-scene-maker/id853282805?mt=8
  9. Yes there is! Go out and buy some 18 gauge wire - that is the correct wire gauge for the original Sterling springs and I've yet to come across anyone who's found a ready made spring in that gauge easily available. Coat hanger wire is often referenced but you are right - it is just too 'hard' to wrap properly and even those with the determination to do it usually get bodgy results. Then hand wrap the coil around a piece of pipe the exact same width as the *smaller* part of the bolt i.e. this part: And make sure you get the measurements correct which is 210mm when uncontracted with a gap between each coil of approximately 13mm. Sskunky's amazing photos with measurements for the spring can be found on this page. I found the 18 gauge wire strong but easy enough to form and it holds its shape well. Check my build again if you want to see how I made my bolt able to be cocked and slam forward with a pull of the trigger. I basically stole the functioning of the mechanism right off the real Sterling with details found in the classic "Guns of Dagenham" book which is seriously everything you need to know about the gun. Highly recommended if you can find it at a decent price.
  10. The cool thing about making a working catch for the end cap is that you can actually field strip your sterling completely and accurately
  11. Yes to both! Looking awesome. Glad you found those links useful too!
  12. Oh that weathering is seriously sexy! So impressive
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