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  1. I can say nothing but great things about Quest Design Canada for an E-11. It's extremely pretty out of the box and is easy to modify for better accuracy if you're into that. My neck seal came from Darmans on etsy and is comfy. As Glenn said, imperial boots are great. Sorry for lack of links as I'm on mobile at the moment.
  2. I FINISHED MY BLASTER!!!!!!!!!!! Time for a self-indulgent photo set with a decent camera. Overview: Front: Rear: Power Cylinders: Grip / T-Tracks: (painted semi-gloss) Folding Stock: What a fun project! Man, I never knew there was so much to learn about the E-11. Now to troop around with it. Huge thanks to everyone who helped and followed along.
  3. Thanks Joseph! Matte finish clear is secured.
  4. Research is getting me nowhere with this, so I'm asking my build thread - What clearcoat should I use on my blaster? I want to lock the weathering in and not mark up my pretty white armor with little black streaks. I assume there's a really good one out there that I just can't find.
  5. That pic! hahaha! I feel seen. Last weekend's hacking was some tiny details. This is my Before pic. It's not too bad I guess. There's decent detail. It's serviceable. But it could be better. Accurate screw/nut vs the huge thing that came with the mold. Much better! This was super easy, so I decided to start in on the three capacitors. I'll admit, they look rather wonky in this shot. They seemed a bit better IRL. They're barely visible anyway though. And just like that they're installed! This took an incredible amount of grinding to fit. The "floor" beneath these capacitors needed to be mostly flattened to get them all fitting underneath the center support/divider thing. But they fit! Rear insulators painted black, front insulators painted brown. I built the front support piece and ran wires through, around, and over. Some tiny resistors made their way underneath each capacitor. You can also just barely see the front wing. And wired up. It really looked like a mess until the spiffy red wires made their appearance. I no longer hate this and am pretty dang proud of the result. They're gonna need some careful weathering to really bring them out. And then... Reposting this to show that sad front sight. Look at that tiny thing. It's a bit better already. Please be forgiving when looking at this. I molded and sculpted this in place without removing the guard frame. It's not quite correct. The dimensions are a bit too large overall, but it's decent, about the right shape, and much much better than the nothing that was there before. The little block is made out of POR15 epoxy clay. It's easy to work and something I've used several times before. It smooths when wet and cures in about an hour. I sculpted the blocks with long thin screwdrivers. I cut down a threaded rod as per Tino's excellent tutorial. Drilled in place. I used green stuff to get the two metal pieces protruding to where I wanted them. And painted! Everything is protected by the guard. I also sanded the front of the guard flat to remove knurling where it shouldn't be. SO MUCH BETTER! Not perfect, but better than what was there. And for being sculpted in place I'm quite happy with the result. I'm feeling good about the blaster now. It's about time for paint and weathering.
  6. Dank Farrik, this is gorgeous. Good luck!!! Though I don't think you'll need it.
  7. Okay, there's no way I'm living with the tiny sight. Thank you Tino and Joseph!!! I think I can certainly make something that's an improvement on what is there now.
  8. Just read your whole build thread. Congratulations on basic trooper!!! I think you can get EIB easily.
  9. I got brave. And just like that the stock stock is off. OEM stock? Quest stock? The included one. It's outta there. The razor saw made quick work of it. The stock was glued in place in the two spots in the back and these two spots in the front. There's even hole details underneath. Here's the two stocks together. The Quest is on top and seems to be rubber. It's quite flexible. It's also about 10% the weight of the real one. Holes drilled and some chips patched with glazing putty. The resin really enjoyed chipping under here. I also only drilled these holes at 3/8" instead of the full with the idea of keeping a bit more meat at the bottom of the barrel to support the metal stock. To grind out what I needed to grind, the nose needed to be cut free. Inside I was amazed to discover some PVC! The Quest blaster has a tube of PVC running the full length for strengthening. Look at that wall thickness. Then I drilled out the pivot. I tried to leave as much meat here as possible also. I opened the hole up a bit more than the metal pins required as I didn't want to pressure fit anything and weaken the surrounding resin. Gluing in place would be just fine. Some cut down clevis pins in 5/16" to fit the stock. I considered doing the same tube mount that the real Sterlings used, but couldn't find a full width 5/16" tube. If these pins don't hold I'll figure out a new mounting method. There's a lot of work cut out for me here. Pun sorta intended. The clip on the metal stock has a wide base... which means... Yeah. That's a big wedge needed to be cut out. I cut little by little test fitting and cutting. Took most of an hour. But... BAM!! It latches on perfectly. I added a small moon of aluminum for the clip to grab onto and to spread the force out. I then epoxied the aluminum reinforcement in place and let cure 24 hours. I also applied some green stuff to the nose and did a knurl... which I later learned doesn't extend down that far. And that's okay, I can sand it back to the correct level. Note that tiny little sight. I'm trying to decide if I need to make a better one or if I can just overlook that itty bitty thing. After getting the stock in place, I had to put things back together to see how it felt. IT FEELS GOOD. The folding stock really works, folds, and extends. And it actually locks in place on the end.
  10. Looking good!! Should be an easy approval.
  11. While that tip would have been probably been nice before the dremeling, I've apparently never had a set of spade bits. There's a couple in my drill drawer but not enough, so I've now got a nice set on the way from amazon for the next project that needs them. Thanks Tino!! It's always nice to expand the tool collection. Today's update - the Hengstler counter. I originally ordered the hollow/empty counter from Tino to keep my options on this build open. I thought it might be good for electronics. I also wanted to print my own numbers as I did on my Hellhounds build. And then I was installing a set of early Miata gauges in a cluster for photos and spotted the odometer size. Look at those numbers... those 6 digits. Perfect? MAYBE!!! I make mostly Miata parts for a living, specifically gauge components, so I have a lot of clusters laying around. I fished a parts cluster out of the shed and harvested the odometer from it. A few minutes of work got some digits free and shoved in the Hengstler box for sizing. The box both closed and showed the numbers through the window. Proof of concept! Then I spent the next hour carefully hacking the odometer into place in the counter. The reset shaft (the "top" shaft seen in the pic where I'm holding the odometer) is the exact size for the holes in the Hengstler. It's a bit too long, but a quick snip got it cut down to size. I kept the security spacers between the digits for nice spacing. I moved that blank column from after the ones to before the hundred thousands. And I had to neuter the reset ability. The white teeth got nearly completely cut out and the springy reset button no longer springs. But that's okay. Having an NA Miata odometer inside my Hengstler with my TK number is maybe the best thing I could ever hope for. I've owned an NA Miata for almost 22 years now. It's part of my soul. And now it's part of my blaster.
  12. Extremely cool! I was today years old when I learned all the ESB E11 differences.
  13. I had some downtime today so I got to finish up my scope mod. The number 1 thing I wanted out of this blaster was a cool scope. I wasn't sure if I could accomplish it, but some metal repro kits are on ebay for $80, so I figured even if I totally destroyed this scope, it wouldn't be too painful to replace. I managed to find the right size square security bit to remove the scope. I also took the little monocular from Tino apart and removed the included Quest screws to be swapped out with the more accurate ones. Step 1 was drilling out the nose. Pretty easily done since my drill bit collection had one of the right size. I drilled a bit farther into the scope than the front plate depth. Because that front plate was coming off. I wanted to have light shine through the scope, which meant drilling up at an angle from the front to meet the hole from the back. I didn't want to do that through the scope's nose and then rebuild the nose with putty later. It seemed like slicing off the front plate was easiest and best. That razor saw is coming in clutch for this build. This is the front side. I hollowed it out a LOT and opened up as large a porthole as the material allowed. And this is the back. There are no words for the sheer volume of resin dust covering my garage and every part of my being. It got EVERYWHERE. And it was not quick. Drill. Sand. Hollow. Drill. Blow. Sand. Drill. So very much work. But I got a pretty straight hole through the body, I didn't blow through any of the walls (though you can see light through part of the base) and I got the monocular elements to fit!! Rear element test fitted. This just looks so damn cool. I love the orange coated element. I got the reticle in place as well. It IS indeed right side up when installed, even though you really cannot make out the numbers with your eyes. The only way I could figure out which way was up was with the camera. "Completed" front. It still needs clean up, paint, and weathering of course. But I'm a proud trooper right now! The nose plate glued back on just fine. The gap isn't quite even all the way around. I'll probably clean that up with the dremel cut off wheel (very shallow cutting) before paint. Glue still drying on the rear element. The way light is projected out the front. SO dang cool. And no spending money on a replacement scope for me!
  14. omg good call! I'm sanding the ring even now. Fortunately, I haven't yet painted it.
  15. Definitely! The stock seems lightly attached to the main body on the QD. It's got... This nose attachment, another small one about halfway up the barrel, and... The rear attachment. Looks very simple to cut free TBH. I just gotta psyche myself up for it. In doing research I found this older thread: showing the attachment method that the real Sterlings used - a hollow tube on which the stock rotated and the pins went into. I may try to replicate that. I picked up some hardware at Ace yesterday with the correct diameter for the metal stock. I also did a bit more to the blaster. The included D clip wasn't quite right and it rattled a lot. I've had this X-acto razor saw for something like 5 years and never opened or used it. Well, it was the night. And holy crap how did I wait this long? It's impressive. The cuts it makes are super super thin. Very little material is lost at all. And it's very quick. I think this razor saw will be just the thing to remove the resin stock. And if I can't get a good fit with the metal one, it should glue back on with very little visible change. I snipped the new D clip to the right size, gave it a bit of hidden electrical tape wrapping inside the housing to keep it from rattling, and glued things back in place. I also popped the rail off and found THESE. Square security screws holding the scope in place. Time to dig around the toolbox and see how good I've been at hoarding security bits.
  16. I'm quoting this bit because the importance of a nice brush cannot be overstated for any craft project. Truly a poor brush can make even the most simple job into a multi-day pain-fest. A $5 brush from the painting aisle in the hobby store is so very worth it and hardly more expensive than the trash Testors white handle model brushes. And that said, well done on the buttons.
  17. I managed to not take a pic of my new Sterling folding stock from Joseph. I'm trying to decide if I'm brave enough to integrate this into the Questdesign. I did manage to get a bit of work done. I started with the spring. I printed the excellent spring forming tool from this thread... It worked a treat after I read the part mentioning that the tool needed to be glued to the PVC pipe. It doesn't work too great without being glued on there. But man did it produce a nice spring. Just perfect. Unfortunately it didn't fit the Quest blaster. The tube walls are apparently super super thick. So I shrunk the spring down to the 1/2" pipe size annnd... still too big. WTF blaster? Then I finally got out the calipers and measured the tube. I wandered all over the garage and house looking for a decent pipe or handle that would go in the E11 and found a random bamboo butterfly net from last summer. It fit just right. I shrunk the spring down to fit the bamboo but had just terrible spacing on the coils, so I smashed it down to full compression and then manually opened each coil up to a mostly-even spacing. Once inside the barrel I rotated things to show 11 exposed coils. It scratched the heck out of the inside, so I carefully repainted with a small brush... and got paint on the spring. It has since been fixed. No visible paint is currently on that spring. Then I got brave and whipped out the dremel. Off came the blobs on the front barrel and in went Tino's correct socket head capscrews. I'll fill any imperfections with green stuff. But holy crap is this a lot better by itself. And the Quest Design resin cuts easily. I decided I was bold enough to hack out this incorrectly pointing screw... and then I discovered it was aluminum under the paint. Some careful work with a screwdriver has it pointing the right way.
  18. Congratulations trooper!!! And that's just about the finest EIB trading card ever.
  19. I hadn't even thought about those phillips screws on the trigger guard. I'll certainly take care of them. There's also one holding the rail in place on top that'll get swapped out. On the counter, is THIS the ideal location? This is basically as far back as the metal rail attachment allows. I can go slightly higher or a lot lower. I can also remove some meat off that rail attachment to bring the counter back a bit farther. It's just taped in place. Trying to go off this one, but I'm just not quite sure.
  20. Santa hid a beautiful hunk of resin under the tree this year for me. I thought I'd do a build thread for this thing... whatever I end up doing to it. This is the blaster in it's stock gorgeous state from Quest Design Canada. It's just lovely. And that loveliness is the reason I'm a bit hesitant to hack it up. I mean, I will, but it's just so pretty out of the box. I asked for mine to be shipped as unbuilt as possible and Quest wasn't too happy about that request, but agreed to have the counter and rear cap not installed. Don't get me wrong, Quest Design was very nice to deal with, but they really didn't want to ship anything but a completed blaster. And complete it is. I'll detail how many of the parts on this are NOT resin using my patented Magnet Technique (tm). Metal grip screw 3 metal screws on the front scope (I don't believe the tiniest front screws are metal). And, of course, the included aluminum scope rail. Metal trigger guard. The screws holding it in place are also metal. The tiny screw behind the power cyls is metal. And there's a screw holding the aluminum rail in place. Did I mention the aluminum rail and the nice mount for the counter? So awesome. And here's all the goodies I have to upgrade this unsuspecting blaster with. To my knowledge, this is the last kit that @T-Jay had in stock. I received it late November and am still overjoyed to have it. SO. Many. Parts!!! Red lens monocular to hack up and install in the scope. Hollowed out Hengstler counter! A plethora of micro screws and nuts. Single LED for scale. The larger screws and goodies. And a set of greeblies from @justjoseph63 Now I just have to figure out what I want to change and what I'm happy with. The scope and counter are certainly getting some luv. The screws at the barrel front are also easy marks. Probably the grip lock screw as well. And I need to print that spring forming tool. If anyone has hacked up one of these, I'd love some suggestions.
  21. I used Testors Model Paint thinner from the hobby store to redo my grey buttons and it worked very well. No damage to the surrounding plastic. It seems very gentle. What kind of paint did you use to do the buttons Cory? If you used acrylic, it won't ever come off with thinner. You'd need rubbing alcohol.
  22. I scrubbed mine with paint thinner for quite a while and had no damage come to my button panels. The paint had only cured a week or so, but it was REALLY on there. Still, it wasn't too hard to remove. The blue acrylic on mine was far far worse to remove with rubbing alcohol. If you take some paint thinner and scrub some scrap ABS from trimming your armor, you'll see how far you can go before the plastic gets gooey. It's a LONG way. Thinner isn't anywhere near as aggressive as pure acetone, at least in my experience. And that said, to echo Glen's suggestion - sand off the old paint. I'd use a light sand paper. 400 grit would make quick work of it and not harm the ABS much at all. Rubbing compound would work too, but might take ages unless you have a power buffer on hand. Once the panel is clean enough, you can shine it back up with an automotive polish or scratch remover. I like Meguiar's Ultimate Compound. The rubbing compound suggestion has the huge benefit of not needing to re-polish the surrounding white ABS. If chemical stripping isn't working, mechanical stripping is the way to go.
  23. My build thread needed to be updated with the excellent electrobinoculars from @justjoseph63 because OMG are they awesome! I ordered these with "light weathering for a cleaner TK" and Joseph really came through. The weathering matches and complements the weathering on my armor case so closely, I just had to photograph them together. I know white on white isn't the best, but well... TK. Note the TK number on my strap. Out of all the ones posted in the Binoc Sale Thread, I think mine are the finest by far. Must troop soon. Get your own here:
  24. Wow, that's a large difference. I'm not an authority by any means, but I'd try to fix that personally. What happened to the original panels?
  25. I still have some extra cut vinyl on hand. Would you like them? I can pop them in an envelope. Downsides: You will still have a bit of paint bleed and you'll also have to clean up vinyl adhesive left behind. It's kind of a pain, but it worked okay on mine. Not much cleaning was needed really. A toothpick with either rubbing alcohol or paint thinner worked fine for me (my blue was acrylic). And once cured the adhesive was easy to remove.
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