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9 hours ago, hestonkent said:

re: Germain, I saw your reply and can assure you none of whatever models you put out for the pistol will be used in mine. There's actually some distinct differences here, such as I noticed they went with a glock 17 pattern grip rather than the g19, so your models wouldn't be terribly helpful anyways. 

Not sure what you're meaning here. Both the TFA and TLJ SE-44C are based on the Glock 17 (Gen 3 if I remember right). Actually the TLJ  blasters use practical airsoft reproductions of the Glock 17 instead of a custom made Glock like the TFA. And I wouldn't be surprised if the Sithtrooper's blaster were using an airsoft Glock too.

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A few larger pics of blasters and holster.

 

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The toy looks surprisingly close, but there are a few differences to the on-screen blaster.  Fairly minor, but present.

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Cool looking blaster none the less

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Claw and blade

 

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13 hours ago, The5thHorseman said:

Not sure what you're meaning here. Both the TFA and TLJ SE-44C are based on the Glock 17 (Gen 3 if I remember right). Actually the TLJ  blasters use practical airsoft reproductions of the Glock 17 instead of a custom made Glock like the TFA. And I wouldn't be surprised if the Sithtrooper's blaster were using an airsoft Glock too.

It has admittedly been awhile since i looked over your pistol models but i seem to recall they were based off of the glock 19 frame. I dont personally own a g19 but ive handled many and thats what it closely resembled with the shortness of the grip. Perhaps you have updated the models since. Either way, i'm using a different g17 model to base the grip off of. 

 

Theres definitely some differences between the toy and the blasters shown at SDCC. Again, for now i'm heavily basing my model off the toy as i think that's probably the best bet for most of the detail, but definitely taking some of the cues from the pictures ive seen from SDCC as well. 

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Big thanks to Kris @Hask for sending these images of his Hot Toys Sithtrooper.

 

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Some pretty cool detail for a toy.

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Thought maybe it would be fun to share this here - 

 

I've been experimenting with different coatings for my parts and came across a suggestion to use polyurethane and plastic bonding spray paint combined quickly. Much to my surprise, it left a very interesting (almost leather-like) texture to the part...

 

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This is a part off the new blaster specifically, which is why it's a little relevant here. 

 

I should have something to show by wednesday or so. :)

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I already had this effect happening to something I was painting, but with a regular spray can of white paint. Basically it's a reaction that happens when you don't lay your paint properly. For me it was because I laid a top layer of paint that was far too thick and before that the previous underneath layer had had enough time to settle.

The parkerizing effect is interesting nonetheless. It reminded me of the paint some used for their e-11 blasters. But the pattern you get is quite big, and I'm not sure you can reproduce it reliably every time.

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4 hours ago, The5thHorseman said:

I already had this effect happening to something I was painting, but with a regular spray can of white paint. Basically it's a reaction that happens when you don't lay your paint properly. For me it was because I laid a top layer of paint that was far too thick and before that the previous underneath layer had had enough time to settle.

The parkerizing effect is interesting nonetheless. It reminded me of the paint some used for their e-11 blasters. But the pattern you get is quite big, and I'm not sure you can reproduce it reliably every time.

Yeah! Talking with some friends it seems that this is due to overcoating with paint, however that was specifically in the instructions for the coating i was trying out to over-coat with paint and then polyurethane spray immediately after. Apparently its more likely to happen on parts with infill facing upward because of the individual extrusions of infill that the paint grabs onto when it's drying. 

 

That combined with the polyurethane gave a really solid feel to it though which makes me think it would be great for replicating this in the future with different projects that might call for a texture of this sort. Perhaps an object that needs a little bit of "grippyness" or a leather kinda look in the future, this would work well with. 

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Sidenote - did the blaster get a name designation anywhere, or are we just calling it the "Episode IX blaster" for now? 

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Interesting info on this Tshirt

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Variant Black Series Sithtrooper available at D23 also from Hasbro September 4th and no doubt what we will see in stores for Triple Force Friday October 4th

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7 minutes ago, hestonkent said:

Okay so here's my swing at the blaster: 

 

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Wow - that's fantastic!!

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I took my best guess at overall length and I came up with about 23.2" with the stock. F-11D is around 24 or 25" IIRC, and given that this looked a tad smaller in the hands as well as it being very obviously based off of the Glock Roni Conversion Kit, that gave me a pretty good idea as to size. 

 

Oh yeah, and ended up using the polyurethane smoothing technique successfully on the red parts and some of the silver parts and as you can see it turned out super great! 

 

Overall I'm pretty happy with where I landed with the design. There's maybe a couple things I want to change just off the top of my head, but I think I'm ready to do a run of these if you guys are interested. 

 

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Nice work Heston.

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Great job Heston that blaster is sweet! 

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First Order Jet Trooper

 

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Seems Mr kaplan is indeed a busy man.

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