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Updating my Hyperfirm T-21


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Cross post from MEPD

 

I have had my HFX T-21 for a while and I have been wanting to make some upgrades to it just for a cleaner look and better accuracy. Since the blaster itself is a straight copy of the original Lewis gun, it is pretty close, but since mine is a B-grade cast I want to replace the top deck/receiver/whatever it is called. Luckily our very own spOOL68 made some excellent resin parts that I can use to make these upgrades.

 

First up is an upgrade I did a while back, which is some internal details in the barrel. I made a thread on this development a while back, this is how it turned out. 

 

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I just 3D printed it at home and painted and weathered. 

 

Next up is the deck. I got this idea from justjoseph63 just who had made the same upgrade. 

Here is the existing desk, this was a b-grade cast and the deck was not holding up in the mold, so it doesn't looks great. 

 

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Here is the great resin version by spOOL68 

 
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Now the plan is to make some accuracy upgrades to this, maybe laser engrave the lewis gun information on it like the actual gun (or create "in universe" T-21 info which may be fun) 

There is great reference on the Lewis gun so making these upgrades will be relatively painless, hopefully. I will add more updates as I work on this. 

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Doing minor accuracy upgrades to the deck/receiver. Its not perfect but its a little closer. 

 

 
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I removed the bolts near the top and bottom, replaced them with smaller knurled screws. I also updated the detail near the center (sorry for not know what any of the proper names are). I modeled it in tinkercad and printed it out on my 3d printer. I still have some details to add.

Next up I need to find someone with a band saw so I can reduce the thickness of the deck/receiver.  After that, hopefully, laser engraving.

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Still waiting on the band saw, if not, I will just get creative with my jigsaw and make it work. 

For now I am trying to decide if I want to go with the authentic engraving (with the added TD# serial)  TOP

or If i want to go with something that is more in Universe with Star Wars. BOTTOM

 

Leaning toward the authentic one....

 

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What a great idea!!!  I was not aware that you could get that engraved, but would be interested in doing it as well.  Keep us informed!!   :popcorn:

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