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Everything posted by Plainsrunner

  1. Do you see what I see?

    Current situation: Gun is sanded for the most part. Just a couple place left to take care of. I found an aluminum tube to go into the body that fits. I have ordered an authentic (genuine) Hengstler Eagle Counter and it's on the way. I've ordered a power cylinder style "D" that is made from actual parts. The scope my brother had turned out to NOT be the correct scope. M38s are extremely hard to come by. I can't even find one to purchase even if money was no object. My search will continue for a genuine M38 scope to mount on the blaster, but until that time I've ordered a high quality reproduction made of metal. Left to do and figure out: 1. scope rail 2. counter mount bracket 3. aluminum solid cast grip (my plan at this point is to use the stock grip until such time that I can figure out how to make one or find a place to buy one. 4. after I figure out the grip I'll fabricate the bapty trigger guard So my bapty will be a work in progress for a while it seems when it comes to authenticity. I'll lack the grip, the trigger guard, and the authentic scope (though I will have a very accurate reproduction for the scope).
  2. Do you see what I see?

    Do you see what I see? Yes. Those are Sterling Machine Gun parts. I am getting a resin Blaster from RS, but my brother and I decided it would be very cool to make a blaster out of an actual Sterling. If it works out, I'll be posting progress photos in this thread. A friend of the family does really good mig welding, and my brother is an excellent fabricator and modeler. Should be an interesting project! Stay tuned!
  3. Also: There's no shoulder pouch pictured. There should be a shoulder pouch.
  4. I wasn't sure which sub section this belongs in because it has to do with both helmet configuration AND audio. Man I continue to struggle with my helmet and electronics. I mean it bothers me enough to take away the enjoyment of trooping to some degree. 1. I have zero control over my helmet. in order to see out of the eyes at least a little the helmet gets jammed up against the pauldron and my shoulders which renders it immobile completely. I've noticed other troopers being able to at least turn their helmet a little -- it just doesn't happen for me. I have to turn my shoulders to look to the side. I pulled the pads out and installed a helmet harness which does keep the helmet fixed to my head, but again there is no clearance between helmet and pauldron for me to be able to swivel it. I'm not sure this is a problem I can remedy. 2. I have my radio chatter working fine with TKTalkie. My voice audio? I still haven't been able to get this working. It's usually WAY too low for anyone to hear it. If I turn it up so that people can hear it, I get a terrible feedback loop that requires me to shut it down completely. The last two troops I've just completely ditched the voice, which is a massive bummer and I think pretty lame. 3. Even for my weak audio -- it's proving next to impossible to get my head into my bucket without dislodging my wireless headset. Every single time it gets knocked around to where the mic isn't in the right position and you all know too well how it's impossible to get your hands in there to readjust your mic positioning with armor on and helmet on. I'm pulling my hair out here!!!! I have a couple weeks until my next troop and I *have* to figure something out so that these things aren't making me miserable!
  5. Nagging FRUSTRATING problems with audio and Helmet

    Ok...so I did Birmingham Barons Star Wars night with my new configuration inside my helmet. Worked GREAT! I had no trouble putting on and removing my bucket and the mic worked. Now I just have to overcome some feedback in order to get it loud enough for a busy event like that. I think I've done that in the settings over the past 24 hours. I can (at least in an ideal environment of one of the quiet rooms of my house) talk very loudly right near the speaker without feedback. So I think I've found the magic mix. Also worthy of note -- I ditched the RS Propmasters neck seal that has the leather-like material for a cloth neck seal that some here said they used. This did wonders for my neck not being stiff. The hard hat strap inside my helmet also gives me control of the bucket while it's on my head. Trooping is becoming MUCH more enjoyable.
  6. Do you see what I see?

    Also, because the cut went RIGHT ACROSS the mount groove for the end cap, I had to re-create that grove so that the cap would go back on.
  7. Do you see what I see?

    It's "moving along" Most of the welds are now ground down and sanded. Still some more sanding/smoothing to go while I wait for parts to come in.
  8. Do you see what I see?

    I wouldn't be surprised if they fabricated them on-site in the desert for the scenes. Seems like what they did out there.
  9. Do you see what I see?

    According to this site: http://www.originalprop.com/blog/movie-guns/star-wars-episode-iv-a-new-hope/ They were custom fabricated aluminum grips.
  10. Do you see what I see?

    Hmm... I was under the impression that it was aluminum. I guess I need to do more research. I'm afraid substituting resin as a handle will be a major weak point in the gun with the rest of it being heavy metal. I can see where that might go sideways if you carry it around enough.
  11. Out of helmet head cover/hat

    I think it would be more efficient to come up with a standard patch set template for the hats and let people purchase a generic hat of their choice. Make the unofficial standard be 'boonie' and then come up with a boonie template where there guidance is smaller shield patch (when available), TD number patch, and extra mag optional or something like that.
  12. Out of helmet head cover/hat

    Ah... I was only responding to several posts in different threads suggesting that we wouldn't be able to even consider a new sized patch(or other items) until the mythical merchandising freeze was over. I totally understand workload and management. That's an entirely different matter altogether and totally understandable.
  13. Do you see what I see?

    Continuing on my grinding and sanding. The body was cut right along the groves in the back where the end cap goes, and thus it was welded back together where the end cap goes which erased one of the grooves for the cap. I had to use a dremmel tool to recreate the groove shape so that it would go on. After much cursing and gnashing of teeth I was successful. Grinding and sanding continues tomorrow. Meantime: I have the proper power cylinder incoming (style D), and made from real components. I also have a real eagle counter on the way. Also...I have a real magazine on the way. It will pain me to cut that thing into a quarter to insert a wood block inside of it -- but it must be done.
  14. Do you see what I see?

    My plan now: 1. finish everything else 2. Use stock Sterling grip until I can figure out a solution or find a solution
  15. Nagging FRUSTRATING problems with audio and Helmet

    Ok... I think I have my audio issues sorted out. I'm going to do further testing this afternoon but I think I finally have it licked. HUGE test coming this Friday as it's Star Wars Night at the local minor league baseball team game.
  16. Do you see what I see?

    Well, the past 24 hours I've been searching the globe for the aluminum grips. Let me take you through my journey: First I posted here and at Whitearmor. I received tips that a few people have indeed built these things in the past, but typically it was several years ago. I made contact with Field Marshal and he says he will be looking at making them next year. So that's a dead end for me at the moment. I then managed to join the Facebook group linked above for Bapty builds. They referred me to an admin named Felix who has an accurate Bapty. He got his grips from a gentleman off theRPF forums, and gave me his contact information. I emailed him and also created an account over there. I also posted for help on RPF and got a tip on a forum member that molded some. I have a message into him as well. So that is where I stand at the moment. I'm hoping either the forum member or the contact Felix provided to me gets back in touch. Contingency plans? Use the stock grips until Field Marshal comes out with his grip? Sand down the stock grips so that they look smooth like a bapty grip? Not sure......
  17. *done* TD-10475 Requesting Deployment

    Congrats! That's three new deployed troopers (including me) in the last month or so.
  18. Out of helmet head cover/hat

    Just need the 501st to clear up this stupid merchandising drama so we can get a smaller patch made.
  19. Out of helmet head cover/hat

    Not a fan of the white bucket. I really think it should be a boonie. I favor Coyote but I'm not opposed to allowing choice of coyote, black, or green.
  20. Out of helmet head cover/hat

    I also saw this and it looks terrible.
  21. Do you see what I see?

    The problem is that I’m not sure how to ensure the shape is correct if I try to melt one down myself.
  22. Do you see what I see?

    Just requested to join. I answered my own question on the aluminum grip. My only problem now is... where can I get one?
  23. Do you see what I see?

    I have questions about the bapty if anyone knows. Now that I have the basic frame welded back, I need guidance on a couple things: the grip — was the grip on the actual bapty props replaced with an aluminum grip as I’ve seen done on other builds or did they use the actual grip? I see that there is no trigger, so I’m puzzling through how to do that. the barrel— did they leave the barrel out completely or did they replace it with a wooden dowel or something similar? the receiver—- on another build I saw where an aluminum tube was inserted into the length of the shaft to replace the receiver. That that also correct? the counter—what version of the Hengstler Eagle Counter is the right one? I see numerous versions out there
  24. Do you see what I see?

    Thanks! I can't take credit for the welding though -- my brother's friend spent 6 hours getting it lined up perfectly. I'm putting in the time grinding and sanding the welds down which is also taking time.
  25. Do you see what I see?

    Guys. 6 hours of welding. It's still deactivated, but now it's time to grind and sand the welds to make smooth and then build this into a bapty blaster!