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Dengar´s Bapty DLT

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Dengar´s one of my favourite bounty hunters. Looks badass, has a cool (and romantic:sweat:) backstory going on, wears a pack... and you might have noticed that in some of the behind-the-scenes pics, he is armed with a DLT, but have you realized that it´s actually the Tunisisan Bapty variant carried by us Sandtroopers in ANH? Many of you probably have noticed but I found it worhtwhile sharing anyway.

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For ESB they have obviously added some greeblies to make it look more interesting, I think one can identify the same greeblie as on Boba´s EE-3.

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Enjoy your weekend, cheers!

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Dengar is great. And if i don't had a beard, a costjme for me ...

A great character!

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Oh no worries mate, I've got no problem getting rid of my beard, have done it sveral times before. ;)

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That’s cool!!


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I am simply going to continue this thread. I have actually almost completed my Dengar costume, the only thing missing is the backpack (here´s a pic of me in it:peace:)

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 and since I have sold my old Sandtrooper Tunisian Bapty DLT, it was time to build a new one. This one will remain missing the T-tracks until I have completed the backpack, then I am going to add the tracks and convert it to Sandy-style again. :)

I have started my build making the wooden buttstock (I was actually building several of them at the time as I was also making one for a mate and another one for a later project), I just like working with wood, even if it´s a hell of a mess every time.

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I got a kit for the front MG 34 parts from a friend in the German Garrison, Lars Boller. It consists of aluminium tubes and some resin parts, I wanted to have black resin and Lars was so kind to make that happen. 

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I then cut some material off of this part to get the same shape as seen on the original MG 34:

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and added a notch for it to sit in when attached to the wooden buttstock:

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Great work, Urs

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Unfortunately there were some large air bubbles in the cast obviously and Lars had already tried to fill some of them with bondo but the one in the flash hider was just too big underneath, so it was very brittle and I opened it up to fill it with some black epoxy. The result was far from perfect but at least it was very sturdy and definitely sturdy enough for trooping. I considered using bondo to fill the last visible flaws as well but then decided against it and just came up with the plan that - should anyone ever complain about the flawed appearance - I would just come up with a story that I used it to fight off a Rancor and it got stuck between its teeth... battle damage and rust was the anwer, so keep that in mind when you see the final pics of the flash hider. ;)

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Added another layer of epoxy

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Here´s a pic of the final product

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Then I started working on the details, a lot of the little nooks and crannies had to be scratchbuilt, I am not commenting each and every pic now, should you have any questions, feel free to contact me. 
I am so fortunate to have another Bapty with a real genuine MG 34 front end, so I could use it as a reference:

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At this stage of the build before the black staining began, it looked like one of those environmentally friendly wooden kids´ toys:D

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But that look didn´t last very long

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I then used some special black acrylic coulor wich has polyurethane added to the mix and is really strong.
I have also purchased a role of rubber door mat which I cut to size and glued to the grips for the right look:

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here´s another picture of the reference picture I was mainly focussing on:

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27 minutes ago, bigwam said:

Great work, Urs

Thanks Thomas!:salute:

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Have found some time to continue this thread, so let´s go on:
I tried "blueing" the aluminium barrel parts using Birchwood Casey´s "Aluminum Black" but wasn´t overwhelmed with the results. It took several layers to get it black and it stinks. Furthermore, it isn´t durable at all, so I gave up that idea and sanded it down again and decided just to spraypaint those parts gunmetal to get a consistant colour scheme which fits in with the painted resin parts too. 

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I then had to come up with a way of assembling and attaching the legs of the bipod to the barrel, I have chosen to build this part out of wood and some metal stuff, trying to emulate the look of the original while not being functional on my blaster, just want it to be sturdy enought to take it out trooping. 

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I also used wood to build that little thing where the bipod legs are attached to the barrel at the back towards the buttstock.

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to be able to disassemble the blaster into two halves for ease of transport, I cut a thread into the the main aluminium rod which the barrel is slid over. 

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And finally this thing started to look like a DLT:

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Now it was time to start painting.
I have used gunmetal spraypaint and then gave it several layers of a watered down mix of black and burnt umber acrylic paint.
On the resin parts, I highlighted the edges with rub´n buff silver leaf, on the aluminium parts I have just used some 400 grit sandpaper. 

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And then I could finally assemble it all and take some pictures.:)

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time to fill the empty slot in my gun rack again.

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I am going to post an update as soon as I have added those T-tracks.

Cheers mates

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In the meantime, my new Dengar costume has been 501st approved and here I am sporting the Bapty DLT-19 in the "Dengar-Version".
Thought it is okay to post these pics here as Dengar is a Sandtrooper at heart - he has so many Sandtrooper armor parts. :D

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