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Greetings fellow Troopers,

A few months ago, I finished a T-21 scratch build using templates from Pandatrooper.  He did an amazing job on both the templates and the instructions.  I was looking for something similar for the DLT-19.  As many of you know, there are some blueprints available.  These schematics do a nice job showing scale and detail, but they didn't provide piece by piece cuts.  I guess I was looking to be spoonfed.  Using these blueprints, I made my own simplified templates that can be applied to wood and PVC pipe/couplings.  My goal was to construct a sturdy DLT-19 using standard hand tools with parts that are readily available.  You will notice that there are some details missing, such as a trigger, sights, T-tracks, and other small greeblies.  I left the trigger and sights off because I plan to troop with this thing and it will get thrown around.  I was afraid those parts would snap off or get caught on something.  If you decide to construct a DLT-19 with these templates, perhaps you can improve on the design.  I've seen a few other scratch builds out there that are much better than mine.  I guess you can consider this a simplified version.  If you find ways to improve the build, please share with the class!

Before we jump in, I'd like to give a shoutout to Astyanax over at whitearmor.net.  I used some of the ideas from his build (found here).  Specifically, the mouthwash cap for the endpiece, and shelving brackets for the bipod.  The trooper that drew up the MG34 blueprints is also a member on whitearmor.net.  If you are reading this WizardOfFlight, thank you for the blueprints!

Instead of writing up a bunch of steps with photos, I made an instructional video.  It gave me a chance to play dress-up and incorporate some cheezy special effects.  It's a DLT-19, there's a lot going on, so the video weighs in at 30+ minutes :( Here is the video:

 

Here are a few pics of the finished product:

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Here are the ingredients:

DLT-19 Wood/PVC/Plastic templates http://wp.me/p6OqN2-1se FREE

1” x 10” x 6’ (actual: ¾” x 9-¾” x 6’ ) premium board http://low.es/2kW8vw5 $10

1-¼” PVC pipe (2 feet) http://thd.co/2lCSM43 $4

4 x 1-¼” PVC couplings (Home Depot couplings were more uniform on outside) http://thd.co/2kz0yMo $3

1” x ¾” PVC adapter http://low.es/2l3hUnX $1 (Lowe’s has wrong pic on the site...product number in the link is correct)

⅞” wood dowel http://low.es/2kksX7O $4

Plastic sign http://thd.co/2l3qALi $5

Shelving brackets http://thd.co/2kGRszu $6

½” type LB conduit body http://thd.co/2kki7Pc $3

¾” corner braces (2 packs) http://low.es/2hID3hB $4

Mouthwash cap (large) local Grocery/Pharmacy ~3$

1-½” PVC conduit clamp http://low.es/2l8Uj4Z $2

½” #8-32 flathead machine screws and nuts http://low.es/2iIIyOZ $1

2” #8 wood screws http://low.es/2kksAuj $1

2” #10-24 round machine screws and nuts http://low.es/2kgC3ra $1

¾” #12 oval-head sheet metal screws  http://thd.co/2kH4pJV $1

¾” #6 oval-head sheet metal screws http://thd.co/2kktXJa $1

#6 finishing washers http://thd.co/2lEocYK $1

½” mending plates http://low.es/2lCRczh $4

#10-24 rubber well nut http://low.es/2kWn9Dv $1

⅜” #6-32 round machine screws w/ washers & nuts http://low.es/2kgDxl9 $1

½” #4 pan head sheet metal screws http://thd.co/2h4Ikox $1

¾” chicago bolts x 4 http://low.es/2kH3EjY $4

½” chicago bolt x 1 http://low.es/2kkq1Z7 $1

⅝” or ½” #8 oval head sheet metal screws http://low.es/2l7O8yd $1

1” #6 oval head sheet metal screws http://low.es/2lD7zfr $1

½” #8 machine screws, nuts, and finishing washers used to fill the holes in the shelving brackets $1

Approximate cost of materials: 66$

 

 

Finishing Materials
Bondo

E6000 adhesive

Elmer’s Wood Glue

Sandpaper (60, 120, 220, 400 grit)

Friction tape

#0000 steel wool

Graphite powder http://amzn.to/2lFq4R7

Rustoleum Painter's Touch gray primer spray

Rustoleum Painter's Touch flat black spray

Rustoleum Painter's Touch metallic aluminum spray

Satin clear spray

Polyurethane in satin finish

 

 

Tools

Jigsaw http://amzn.to/2klqxGd

Dremel http://amzn.to/2lFpfrB

Drill http://amzn.to/2klyStp

Drill bits http://amzn.to/2kluKtE

Hacksaw http://amzn.to/2l8Vl0R

Files & rasps

Screwdrivers

Lexan scissors http://amzn.to/2klB5Fi

Star Wars pencils! http://amzn.to/2l4wHz0

Airbrush (optional) http://amzn.to/2l4x7VV

 

Hope you guys can improve on the design. If I add any additional templates for the build, I'll put them in the zip file in the d/l link. Thanks for looking! This build does take some time and patience. Your hard work will pay off in the end, the DLT-19 is a beautiful weapon!

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Great project! Nice job with the video and templates, I've got them printed out. This would be a fun project to build with my boys. Thanks for sharing!


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Looks amazing, I love how it's broken down.  You make me want to go and make this one now too.

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I own a hyper firm, but I might just need to build one of of these as well.

Outstanding templates and supply list - righteous job on this Imperial.

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Thank you all for checking out the video and for the kind words.  I'll be scoping out this section for some new DLT-19 scratch builds!  I'm sure you guys can modify it to get it more screen accurate.  See you all out on the battlefield!

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Cool, i'll look into it thanks. Thanks again for posting this, I'm building it with my sons and we're having a good time with it.


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Ok, so I finally watched the entire video - you pretty much inspired me to build one.  I think once I get my TIE armor built and approved, this will have to be my summer project.  Thanks again for all your work on this, it turned out amazing!

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On 3/5/2017 at 1:44 PM, swtnam91 said:

Thanks for sharing this idea. Just a question of about approximately how much weight this turns out to be.

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It weighs approximately 5.5lbs.  I like to think of it as offsetting my 20+lb field pack :)

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On 3/9/2017 at 2:05 PM, LoveMonkey said:

Ok, so I finally watched the entire video - you pretty much inspired me to build one.  I think once I get my TIE armor built and approved, this will have to be my summer project.  Thanks again for all your work on this, it turned out amazing!

Thanks for watching LoveMonkey, I applaud you for making it through 30 minutes.  Can't wait to see your finished product, if it will look half as good as your field pack build, it will be nothing short of spectacular.

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Since I have about 5 weeks to wait until my RS kit comes I thought I would do this build. Other than adding T tracks is anyone aware of any other modifications to this plan that would be required for approval?

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5 hours ago, Bartonajb said:

Since I have about 5 weeks to wait until my RS kit comes I thought I would do this build. Other than adding T tracks is anyone aware of any other modifications to this plan that would be required for approval?

For PO Approval and above, you will need wires around the T tracks too. 4 in total, to make it look like their holding the tracks in place.

I don't think it's necessary for basic approval though.

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I used E-6000 to glue my T-tracks on and it did not hold at all to the rubber tracks. Any ideas what kind of glue would hold well to the rubber tracks?

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