Category Archives: Replica Props

EVIKE/Armorer Works custom airsoft DL-44 (Han Solo’s Blaster)

For years, I’ve wanted a nice, all-metal replica of Han Solo’s DL-44 blaster. My Empire Strikes Back version is all metal except the scope and piston greeblies (the pistons were plastic on-screen as well), but my A New Hope version is resin and styrene. After seeing Solo: A Star Wars Story three times last week, I really decided now was the time. So I jumped out into the replica prop online world to see what was currently available.

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Countdown to Solo: A Star Wars Story – 9 Days – Han’s Lucky Dice

In 1977’s Star Wars, you can see Han’s dice hanging in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon in (I think) just one shot. When Chewie first enters the cockpit to prepare to leave Tatooine, he bumps his head on these and they swing around. Behind-the-scenes, these were added by the crew as an homage to George Lucas’ American Grafitti.


Now, 4 decades later, they’re back. First on the cover of Vanity Fair for The Force Awakens:

And they showed up again in The Last Jedi:

And, now it looks like they’ll be showing up in Solo: A Star Wars Story:

This pair of dice was a gift from my wife this past Valentine’s Day. Yeah, I know, she’s awesome. And remember, “No one’s ever really gone”…

Countdown to Solo: A Star Wars Story – 11 Days – Han Solo’s DL-44 Blaster replica (ESB Version)

This is the first replica Han Blaster I built.

It’s built on a Denix metal replica Mauser Broomhandle pistol, with a metal scope mount bracket, resin-cast accurate scope, and a metal flash supressor that I machined on the lathe. I’d like to upgrade to a bit more accurate flash suppressor, at some point.

The opposite side of the blaster has accurate detail pieces from the Revell visable V-8 engine model kit.

This blaster has a nice heft to it. It’s one of my favorite pieces.

Countdown to Solo: A Star Wars Story – 22 Days – Han Solo belt tools and Droid Caller replicas (ANH Version)

OK, disclaimer, these are actually from my wife’s collection. I “borrowed” them to take photos to post up.

These are replicas of the props used to fill the various pouches on Han’s holster rig in Star Wars (aka A New Hope),  as well as his droid caller. The belt tools changed in each movie.

The original droid caller prop was made from a vintage Camera flash. They’re pretty tough to come up with, so I machined this one from aluminum, with some resin-cast detail parts.

The Belt Tools are from


Countdown to Solo: A Star Wars Story – 23 Days – Han Solo’s DL-44 Blaster Pistol Replica (ANH Version)

Oh, how I love replica Star Wars props. For years, this was my holy grail. I finally cobbled one together a few years ago.

While this blaster isn’t 100% accurate, it’s good enough for me. It’s constructed from a resin-cast of a Mauser broomhandle pistol (the same pistol as the base of the real prop), with a resin copy of a screen accurate scope and cooling fins. The scope rings are real (picked up from a local sporting goods/gun shop), and I scratch-built the scope mount. The flash-supressor is a resin copy of the flash supressor from the Rubies toy blaster, which is surprisingly accurate in scale for a $12.00 toy.

One of these days, I’ll have to get a holster rig for this thing…


Back to the Future Hoverboard Project Update

Tonight I picked up the paint I needed to finish the parts for the underside of the board. I must say, after years of building blasters and lightsabers, I never thought I’d be buying spray paint in hot pink, plumb, and burgundy. But alas, I did. So I painted up the parts and glued them in place on the board!

Next, I’ll start work on the top of the board. Not much there really, the foot-mount disc thingy with pink fuzzy stuff and some green velcro.

Here’s a fun pic of my hoverboard with some other things from my Back to the Future collection:

And one with the DeLorean all lit up:

And for reference, here’s what I’m going for:

Back to the Future Hoverboard Prop Replica Build-up

Ever since “Back to the Future II” I’ve wanted a hoverboard. Who wouldn’t? They’re extremely cool. The prop itself is a fun design, and I figured it’d go great with my growing prop collection. Rumor has it that Mattel is going to market a licensed replica this year, but like all licensed prop replicas it will be WAAY out of my budget.

Members of the Replica Props Forum ( have posted dimensions and even downloadable, printable graphics to help build your own. To really build a nice one, some of the parts should be machined and molded/cast or vacuum-formed, but I wanted to do this “on the cheap”. So, here goes.

I should have taken more pics from the beginning, but here goes. I started by creating a custom paper size for my inkjet of 8.5″ x 26.9″ (the longest it would let me make it) and printing the graphics on thin posterboard/cardstock cut to 8.5″x28″. Because of the restriction in length, I had to scale the board down slightly. I then 2 pieces of 1/4″ foamcore to the correct dimensions, then 2 more 1/2″ shorter and narrower. I then laminated these together with the 2 full-size pieces in the middle, with the 2 smaller pieces on top and bottom to allow me to taper the board. I filled in the taper with Elmer’s wood filler, cut the angle for the tailkick, glued it back together, and glued on the graphics. Basic board complete:

For the magnets, I found these tapered plastic bowls at the dollar store for 2/$1.00:

I cut the bottom 1/2″ off, and cut a piece of plexiglass to fill in the top:

After some gluing, filling, and sanding. Unfortunately they’re a bit larger than they should be (about 6″ at the bottom) but it’ll work for this build.

I cut the base of the magnets from styrene:

I then built the clamp pieces from styrene and disposable plastic plates. I filled in behind the plastic plate pieces to give the piece strength.

I made the center clamp piece from 2 pieces of 1/8″ styrene (glued together) and used a 1/2″ countersink bit for the holes:

And here’s a dry test-fit on the board:

Still some paint work to do, then I’ll tackle the top of the board with the velcro, foot disc thing with the pink fuzzy stuff, etc.

I realize it isn’t perfect, but total cost breaks down like such:

2 pieces foamcore $6.00
plastic bowls $1.00
plastic plates $1.00
pink paint $3.89
primer $0.96
plexiglass scrap $0.00
2 tubes wood filler $6.00
clearcoat $3.89
thin posterboard $1.96
spray adhesive $4.96
1/8″ styrene scrap $0.00