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Ok so I'm on the way back into armour. Step 1 so far has been my attempt to make a T-21 that is as screen accurate as it can possibly be. Certainly to be better than my previous T-21.

I've been using Pandatroopers templates as a rough guide to start with as they are excellent, however I have had to modify many of the features to gain more accuracy. As I work through I will show you where things have been modified.

But to start here are a few shots of how it stands at the moment. The body is my second attempt, as is the receiver, as I found little things wrong as I was working through and so wanted to redo them.

Here's the main body. I have cut out the breach and I will make the slideable covers that allow the cocking handle to be interchangeable one side or the other.

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Here again showing what I have used to simulate the bolt inside. Will look much better when painted up.

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Instead of cutting my fins too short and having them meet a flat plate at the barrel shroud I have made my fins extend into the cooling barrel, makes it look loads better.

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Correct shaping on the top of the barrel shroud that will eventually extend down onto the feed plate.

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Inside the barrel I wanted to recreate the fins that extend all the way along. Although I haven't gone all the way through I have simulated the finned barrel here. It looks a bit rough but will be great when inside and painted. The effect as you can see when it is inside is pretty great.

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For the feed plate I wanted it to look as accurate as possible. So I covered the MDF with 1mm styrene and then got that engraved with the proper Lewis stencilling. The result is stunning.

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So that's it for now. I'll come back and show you how it all looks in coming weeks when I get it all done.

Look sharp for an armour WIP soon too and an attempt at an uber accurate Bapty and pack.

Regards to all

Nick

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Awesome job so far Nick and thanks for the tips.

Are you thinking to update the templates ?

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If I get access to a laptop later in the year then yes I will certainly update the templates.

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Looking amazing Nick great job on them fins, they were fiddly on mine & Dave H's

Looking forward to seeing this in the flesh & maybe upgrade mine with your templates

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@ Nick - Outstanding work, Brother! This is going to look fantastic! :td::thumbsup:

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Ok so a few small updates here.

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Managed to get most of the body details sorted now, I just need to run a bit more filler and then concentrate on some of the details like the scope etc.

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But overall I'm really happy with it. It weighs a ton, but I like that real feel in a blaster. I bet it'll probably weigh just as much as a real one once I'm finished.

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Outstanding job on the imprint, bro. How did you manage to get the punching letters so precise? Looks even more precise than the original ;-)

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I took it to an engraver. I was going to stamp it, but my trials showed that I couldn't be accurate enough or deep enough.

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Wow, they have that? I'm not sure you could find anybody like that even in the yellow pages around here. I don't know what you paid him but it was definitively worth it :)

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It was £20 for the one off. The guy literally just designed the wording, messed around with the engraving machine and....sorted.

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Ok so I've got some more details done.

Here showing my front scope. I'm a little unhappy with the height so might extend the tips with some green stuff. But I'm happy with the details.

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Nick

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So I used some green stuff to extend the tips of the sight, which looks much better.

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Also I got around to finishing the rest of the cooling fins that are inside the barrel shroud.

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Ok so I've got the body sprayed in the metallic finish. Painted it with Plastikote Anthracite Metallic which gave a tremendously realistic metal finish. Hope you like, there are still some details to add and finish, especially being the rear sight and the barrel details, but they will come in time.

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Gas plug handle was 3d printed.

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Cleaning brush was 25mm tube and on the top part 2x 10p coins glued together and the top one dremelled smooth on top

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Cooling fins extend into the barrel

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Stock and handle sides are real wood varnished.

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Cooling fins painted with brass spray paint

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Still a few details to finish on the stock as I said

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Thanks for the kind words guys.

Got some accurate looking plastic drain pipe for the ribbed section. Very happy with the result.

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Very close to finishing this now, I have my slings which I will show you when I have the mount installed, but for the mean time getting closer with the barrel details thanks to Anthony for the greeblies.

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