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TK560/Luke Warmwater Hardware DH17

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 2:50 pm    Post subject: TK560/Luke Warmwater Hardware DH17 Reply with quote

Pictures of exact items needed and construction. Links to resin parts you can purchase from the site as well.

Short Version:

This is Luke Warmwater's version of the Rebel Fleet Soldier's DH17 Blaster. Based on the Sterling L2A3 machine gun with lots of modifications to the barrel and magazine, this blaster is first seen in the opening sequences of Star Wars.This tutorial includes the basic instruction for constructing your own version from common hardware store parts, including the "aimpoint scope". Some of the parts like the endcap and pistol grip are resin castings from a real gun, but these parts are easily made from plywood, and PVC endcaps. Use your creativity and make your own version! Its easy, and here's how.

1. 15.5 inch length of 1.25 inch diameter PVC pipe for barrel
2. 15.5 inch length of 1 inch pvc pipe for bolt
3. two 10 inch lengths of 1 inch wooden dowel
4. Resin Sterling endcap and grips (available here)
5. Scrap 3/8" plywood
6. 10 inch length of U channel for top rib
7. 1.25" conduit clamp for the trigger guard,
8. 6" furniture leg for the nozzle.

1. Drill a 1 inch diameter, .5 inch deep hole in the endcap and placed in on one of the dowels. I used a screw to attach the cap onto the dowel (instead of gluing, so I could disassemble if required), along the long axis of the dowel.
2. Mark the centerline of the tube by using the bottom of the endcap. Mark locations for the grip, trigger assembly and ejection port (right side) and magazine well (left side). I used the MR pictures for reference. Cut out the mag well and port using the tool of your choice. [coping sawe, dremel, rototool, etc. and file to get the right contours]
3. Place the dowel into the small pvc pipe, then that into the large pvc pipe. Drill a pilot hole down into the dowel where the bolt pullback would be on a real Sterling. Insert a screw into the hole to hold the tubes together while you work.
4. Cut the shape of the trigger group using the tutorial at the PVC Blaster Builder's Club. . In fact, you can scratch build the whole grip if you want to. Drill pilot holes through the center of the plywood laminate into the PVC tube and use long screws to attach the group to the tube.
5. Drill and attach the U channel to the top of the barrel, one end flush to the endcap.

Here is the breakdown for the Scope fabrication

1.3 1 to 3/4" Copper Pipe Reducers
2. 3/4 inch wooden dowel
3. Hair Spray clear cap
4. Scope Mounts

Made the scope out of copper plumbing parts with a 3/4 inch wooden dowel inside to hold it together. The clear tip is a cap from a chick-grooming product. The scope mounts are from Bass Pro. The two red caps I found. I cut one of them to make the ring in the front. This ring holds the clear cap on. I drove a nail into the dowel front which will be the orange sight when painted. The scope rings are standard stuff I found at Bass Pro.

Final thoughts

A conduit mount is the metal piece near the endcap. A brass hook, filed down, is the trigger. I've cut out the mag well and used chrome tape on the inner bolt. I also dremeled the spiral grooves in the bolt. I've also glued plasitc sheeting [garage sale sign] onto the plywood.

Use some artistic liberties with this for your own personal aesthetics. Besides, if it was supposed to be truly accurate, he wouldn't have used PVC.

Here is a price list. Obey Wannn's trip to both HD and Lowes. Here goes:

6" Round taper leg: $1.84
1 1/4" end cap: $.55
Package of 4 1 1/4 EMT Straps (trigger guard): $.78
With tax: $3.41

Home Depot:
Package of 25 3/4" flat type drive straps (look like triggers and I bought enough for the FF): $2.96
#4 size CND Hangar (End piece at rear of blaster): $$.99
7/8" x 48" Dowel: $2.57
1" x 48" Dowel: $2.99
3 1 to 3/4" Copper Pipe Reducers: 3@ 1.59 = $4.77
1"x10' PVC: $2.28
1 1/4" PVC: $3.19
Mitre Box with saw: $15.49
HD total with mitre box: $38.01
Without: $22.52 Total so far: $25.93

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

awesome thanks
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