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.
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”…
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.
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…
Members of the Timberline Garrison of the 501st Legion appeared again this year at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center’s Family Fun Day. This annual event serves as a reunion for NICU patients, their families, and the hospital staff. Here’s some video I shot.
After a long wait, I finally acquired a laser-cut styrene dome for R2. These domes are awesome. They consist of an inner and outer dome and a base. All of the panels are laser-cut out of the outer dome, making it very easy to paint the dome, and making the details very sharp.
I’ve decided that I’m a real slacker when it comes to updates here. Over the last month, I’ve made a LOT of progress on R2. I received the motors from jaycar in Australia, and got them installed. R2 is now moving and is radio controlled! Here’s a quick video: