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Quick back-story-

 

I saw Kevin's @kmwilson343 3D E-11 sales thread a while back, and having some down time thought it was time for another project.  Since I already own an E-11, I figured I could build it and after completion offer it up for auction here** with the proceeds donated to the JDRF (the FISD official charity) on behalf of the FISD.

 

I got in touch and asked if he had a B-grade for sale (I like a challenge) and he said that he had one that was partially built and would be happy to donate it for the cause and send it my way... and he did!  (THANKS)!

 

As mentioned, keep in mind that it was partially built and was a work in progress that was interrupted by me, lol, so I am only carrying it forward.  I will be adding a few of my own touches, of course.  ;)

 

I will not be posting a ton of photos as there are already many great build threads here, but I will be touching on a few areas that can be a pain when working on a 3D build so please feel free to ask any questions or add any comments.

 

** Once complete, I have Andrew's permission to do this and will be starting a separate thread for the auction.  Unfortunately, due to postal regulations I will not be able to send it outside the U.S. 

 

All that being said, time to get started!

                                                                                                                       Looking things over

 

As seen in the pic below Kevin has done a lot of the work ahead of time, and since it was designed by Bryan @trooper96 the details and accuracy are phenomenal!                                                                                                                  

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I removed the front sight guard, folding stock and end cap/clip and selector switch for better access to the main body.  After some extensive sanding, I thought it best to hit it with a coat of fillable primer.  Looks pretty good, right?

 

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Well, this is why using the primer helps.  Although areas can look and even feel smooth, having everything all one color brings out all those little details that may not be visible otherwise.

 

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                                                                                                          Time for more Bondo spot glazing.

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                                                                                                                                     To be continued!

 

 

 

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Sounds like someone has too much time on their hands ;) But seriously what a worthy effort Joseph, well done, looking forward to seeing the progress.

 

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 with the proceeds donated to the CDF (the FISD official charity) on behalf of the FISD.

Just one note, the FISD nominated charity is actually JDRF https://www.jdrf.org/ although I'm sure CDF are still a worthy cause.

 

FISD History

Did you know?

FISD's legacy charity is JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) The detachment started to support JDRF way back in 2007, but it became the official Detachment charity of choice in 2010. We will be returning our focus to this very worthy cause for at least the remainder of this term and doing what we can to support JDRF through donations and awareness.

Paul "Daetrin"

2007

 

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Looking great Joe!  Let me know if there is anymore I can do to help out, I will be sending out those 3D printed spare parts you asked for later this week, sorry got busy at work and have not had time, lol.  Thanks again for putting your time, energy and effort into this project,  cant wait to see the final product :)

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7 hours ago, gmrhodes13 said:

Just one note, the FISD nominated charity is actually JDRF https://www.jdrf.org/

 

Oops. should have researched that a little more!  Thanks for the heads-up, and it has been changed.  :duim:

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Very pleased to see you post this up at last Joseph.

How could I say no to such an admirable and generous offer, but that is you to the core.

Good luck with this build and ever better luck with the eventual auction.

Two things I know for certain,

1. This will be a wonderfully finished piece with you and your attention to detail and skills.

2. FISD members in general are generous and I am positive  this pieces will be worth every cent to the auction winner, as not only do they get an E-11 blaster built with love, they will do so in the knowledge that they have made a difference with the proceeds going to a great charity.

Well done sir, it's why we love you so much. :th_AnimatedBravoSmiley:

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In order to better get to some of the areas of the grip assembly for sanding (blue arrows) I removed the "screw" (yellow arrow) and thankfully they came apart perfectly!  Yes, I finished the grip already, lol.  This will also help for painting, as I will be using 3 different ones-  flat black, gloss black and silver.  Still a little sanding to do, but I'm a lot closer.

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The magazine can be difficult to get smooth because of all the tiny crevices, especially those around the clip on the side.  I used a cotton swab to apply the Bondo in the ridges and an exacto knife to apply it around the sides,  The curved area will get a different treatment to get rid of the print lines. 

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A bit of an issue here, but I shall persevere..

 

Since I will be adding in a coiled wire spring, I had to remove the area in the cocking channel.  I caaaaarefully used a Dremel with a thin grinding attachment, and it came out OK.  Lots of sanding to be done on the inside of the channel to get it flat and smooth still to come.

 

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The issue is that this is one of Bryan's "heavy duty" prints.  Awesomely super thick to withstand years of trooping, but it had a PVC pipe glued in (pic 1) for even more strength.  This obviously narrows the interior, but I though I could drill out the pipe without damaging the printed outside using a 1" drill bit (2).  This way, the wire coil would be the correct width.

 

Here's a hint:  Don't try this.

 

It worked well the first inch or so (3) but then started to bind up.  I stopped there, as I got the feeling it was going to crack.  

 

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I will have to make adjustments and do the best I can with this once that time comes.

Suggestion:  If you do add an interior PVC pipe for added strength, when installing it I would only use it in the center part and stop at the end of the bolt.  This will allow you to add a full size spring.

 

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On 9/22/2022 at 10:44 AM, justjoseph63 said:

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I found spade drill bits to be very good for this kind of work, because you have more control while drilling.

Steel Large Diameter Spade Bit Set, 4 Piece

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Didn't have a lot of time today, but I got some of the detail work completed.  The plate that fits into the "bolt" opening got a coat of filling primer and some sanding as well as 2 coats of silver paint**.  Inner round part got some brass colored paint (yes, before you ask, that part is actually brass). 

 

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**Silver paint out of the can is really shiny, and has a bit of a texture.  Since the bolt is (in theory) is constantly being used (and oiled) it should not have a sheen, per se.  Bryan's design has an actual serial number printed into it (COOL).  The photo above is a little out of focus, but the actual plate shows the numbers quite clearly.  

 

After the last coat of silver dried I ran my thumb across the paint for a few minutes to get rid of the shine.  I used some charcoal dust to fill in the numbers to make them pop and then hit it with a clear coat of matte to seal it.

 

Added the wires that go from the central fuses to the edge of the mounting plate and the capacitors that sit below the rear of the power cylinders.

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I will add the red cloth covered wire at the end of the power cylinders toward the end of the build. 

 Some references state that the red wires behind the power cylinders were not seen on-screen, but in at least 2 scenes they were (photos 1-2).  The first shows a Stunt TK holding his weapon with it present, and the second is from a photo where Luke is holding it, but I believe this to be the same exact weapon.

 

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Sorry for the delay folks.. been prepping for hurricane Ian which is due here in a day or so.  I may be offline for a week or so as massive power outages are predicted, so thanks for your patience!

 

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9 hours ago, justjoseph63 said:

Sorry for the delay folks.. been prepping for hurricane Ian which is due here in a day or so.  I may be offline for a week or so as massive power outages are predicted, so thanks for your patience!

 

Hope everything will be alright! Stay safe! If anything you at least have some analog projects to spend some downtime on! :salute:

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UPDATE:  Sorry for the delay, but I am awaiting a few "surprises" for this build in the mail.  ;)

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