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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:52 pm    Post subject: Time to get busy... Reply with quote

Well, it's time to stop thinking and start doing. I really dig the Endor Commando, so that's where my efforts will focus. I'll be taking stock this weekend and seeing what I physically have to work with. I picked up an airsoft M-4 for a song (guy said he'd stripped out the gears and possibly cracked the piston head) and was thinking about building an Endor rifle. And while that will be a project in and of itself, THIS pic really got me inspired...



This pic is from the upcoming RPG by Fantasy Flight. It made my think... Commando, operating behind the lines in hard terrain. Why lug a big, heavy armor piercing blaster rifle? Why not have a blaster carbine? And wouldn't it work in my best interests to be able to scavenge e-mags from Imperials? My mind was made up.... I need an E-11! And since I have access to drill presses and mills, why not start tonight!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice! I really hope that, that! is aprovable!

cause that would just be awesome! I really can't wait to see this
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 3:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, ya gotta have a blaster, so I started on my E-11. I started with a length of 1 1/4 steel pipe. I went with metal so as it picks up dings and scratches it'll look properly weathered.
Next task was finding a template that fit one and a quarter inch pipe. From there life was good. All I had to do was cut it out and tape it on the pipe.







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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 3:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Next came the machining. I clamped the pipe in the mill and used a 1/4 inch drill bit for my pilot holes. I should have taken my time and started the holes with a punch. I'll do that for the next one. After the pilot holes, I switched to a 1/2 inch drill bit and drill the final holes.





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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 3:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Next came the ejection port. I used a three-quarter inch mill bit to cut the hole. A couple of passes adjusting the width and it cut out very nicely. For the cocking mechanism I switched to a one-eighth mill bit. I made several slow passes each time cutting a little deeper. At the end I adjusted the width of the hole again to allow for the cocking lever. A quick pass with a die grinder rounded off the edges. And then a trip to the bandsaw shortened the pipe to what I needed. Not bad for an hour. It's not perfect but I can say I did it myself.







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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please keep the progress pics coming! I'd love to see how that blaster is coming along! Awing
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This update's going to be brief. I was pressed for time, so I didn't have time to take step by step pics. The short version is this. Printed out templates for a couple parts of the folding stock and got to it. The arms I'm ok with, the center plate I'm not overly thrilled by. I'll probably grab som thinner stock next week and remake it.





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