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Storing and transporting a bowcaster

 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 4:05 pm    Post subject: Storing and transporting a bowcaster Reply with quote

I finally got my bowcaster to complete Chewie......




Now - how do I store and transport this thing???????
Unfortunately, it does not come apart (I don't know if anyone else's does either). I though of getting a hard case for a hunting crossbow, but I don't want to break off any parts (even if it's padded inside).
Anyone with ideas, suggestions, or even pictures would be MOST appreciated!!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just chuck mine in the back of the minivan and try and keep stuff packed sorta tight neat it. My bowcaster is pretty tough, so I beat the hell out of it. When I'm entering a troop, I just sling it over my shoulder.

It is truly one of the most awkward and cumbersome weapons in the Star Wars universe.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 2:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I almost never troop with mine. Way to many kids at waist lvl... too easy to hit them if I lower the weapon... so I leave mine at home. I only use mine for formal pics.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 2:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Which is a shame because it looks so freaking cool, but that's probably not a bad idea Bob. I did find if hard to hug the pretty girls when I carried it - so it went into storage pretty early in the night last night!! Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 2:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another reason I dont use it... it weight a friggin ton.... its made from an original crossbow ( vintage)... so its a bit heavy to hold on too for hours on end.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Someday when I get around to scratch-building a bowcaster I plan to make the bow detachable, then use a gun case or something. I also have an MG-34 kit to complete for the "Chewie on the Death Star" look. I figure that gun will split in half and I can store both weapons in a rifle case.

One of the things I love about Chewie is that you don't need a blaster. Both of your hands are free and you can do hugs, choke holds, head locks, noogies, etc. Guns tend to be a pain. Without one you don't have to worry about con security or police or TSA. Its just a lot less hassle.

Besides, Chewie has a nice pair of "guns" on either side of him.

I also recommend not using real crossbows when making yours. Bob isn't the first or last to complain about the weight. It sucks.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried to get the guy who made it for me to make it come apart, but he couldn't find a good way.
Believe me (and you veteran Wookiees know what I'm talking about) I didn't need it!! Wink Dance Chewie
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is the funny part about the bowcaster and its weight... you love this. I wear ankle actuator stilts that bend like there is an actual foot. With the extra weight that the bowcaster adds... it actually tilts me foreward ever so slightly... so I have to work my legs to prevent me falling foreward... at all times. If I use the bowcaster for the whole event I have such nasty cramps in my legs and back from countering the listing issue, I can barelly walk.

However accurate my bowcaster may be ( or not...lol)... scratch-building is the way to go. Really focus on making it lightweight if you can... you will feel it otherwise later!

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