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Bronze Webley -> RotJ EE-3

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    Bronze Webley -> RotJ EE-3

    A while back I picked up one of Hand Shaub's bronze webleys from a member here in the cargo hold. Here it is next to my Hyperfirm EE-3:



    Soon as I got it, I imediately started begging our own ElvisTrooper to make one last aluminum barrel. A couple of cheesburgers changed hands, and a couple months later, I get a thing of beauty!

    I also hit up a member of the RPF that made the stocks for these puppies back when they were first done, and got him to make me a walnut stock.

    This is all just rough-fit together. Nothing is permanently attached yet...









    To fit it on, I had to saw off the barrel of the Webley, then grind the stump, inside and out, to get them nice and smooth. I went really slow with a dremel on the inside and an angle grinder on the outside, trying the pieces regularly. It's a nice snug fit... I can put the pieces into postion without whacking them, but just barely!

    Next up is permanently connecting it all and mounting the rear scope block.

    Speaking of... anyone got an original ASI 4x20 they want to unload? I've got a tasco, but I really want the right one. No resin... real scopes only
    Last edited by stormtrooperguy; Jul 12, 2007 at 12:28 AM. Reason: forgot one of the pics!

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    Re: Bronze Webley -> RotJ EE-3

    Wow! Excellent blaster. It looks like it will turn out very well. I'm going to have to keep an eye on this thread.

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    man....good thing my HS webley doesnt have to be cut up...but Brian....your rifle is gonna rock....bout as hard as mine...but it will rock for sure

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    Gilmore of OK said: View Post
    man....good thing my HS webley doesnt have to be cut up...but Brian....your rifle is gonna rock....bout as hard as mine...but it will rock for sure
    yeah, taking a sawz-all to it hurt a bit. but after the first cut it got easier.

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    Re: Bronze Webley -> RotJ EE-3

    Looking good!



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    Brian, I'll be sure to take that off your hands for free if it's bothering you too much to cut into it.

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    webchief said: View Post
    Brian, I'll be sure to take that off your hands for free if it's bothering you too much to cut into it.
    hahahah! i think i'll be ok.

    i went down to my basement workbench this morning to grab the ipod that i left there yesterday.

    just about every surface is covered in metal dust from grinding the base to fit.

    that's gonna be fun to clean up!

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    Awesome! I think that's the first HS ROTJ conversion I've seen to date and it's coming along beautifully. For an ASI check out "kurtyboy" over at RPF as he sometimes has one, or seems to find 'em easier. Be sure and specify the rings too as they are also a pain to get too. I picked up both from him a couple years back.

    Steve

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    I'm soo jealous......very nice...
    Last edited by Spideyfett; Jul 1, 2007 at 10:07 PM.

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    DL44 Blaster said: View Post
    Awesome! I think that's the first HS ROTJ conversion I've seen to date and it's coming along beautifully.
    Thanks!

    I'm not surprised this doesn't happen often... I really wasn't so sure about the sawing off the barrel part of things. But it will be worth it in the end!

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    Re: Bronze Webley -> RotJ EE-3

    the barrel is now permanently attached! and, the tasco scope is on. aside from the scope rings, the tasco actually does look really good.





    and when i say permanent... i mean PERMANENT! i coated the inside of the bronze with JB weld, then fitted the aluminum barrel in. i lined everything up straight and let the JB weld set. once it was secure i drilled 2 holes through the bronze and aluminum and set 2 rivets in. this is NOT going ANYWHERE ever again!

    the collar then slips over this area and a small set screw holds it in place. the heads of the rivets stuck up enough to make it a really snug fit anyway, so i didn't bother to epoxy this. i'll trust to pressure and the set screw.

    the 2 scope mounting blocks came identical. this ended up with the scope out of level with the barrel. i carefully ground away the underside of the rear block with a dremel, test fitting often until it sat right.

    the front block screws into a tapped hole in the front that ken did for me. the rear is a nut and bolt. i put a bit of jb weld on the underside of the rear block to make up for the fact that it didn't sit perfectly flush with the surface of the gun.

    now i need rubber track and greeblies!

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    I got to hold this bad boy on Friday night and I wanted to take it home with me. Awesome piece!

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    Looking great. I'm drooling!

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    today i ordered the rest of the greeblies and the fins for the barrel. so once they come in, the buildup part of this project will be done, and it will be on to painting!

    well, done until i replace the scope (rings at least!)

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    the t-track from http://blast-tech.com/ came in, as did the greeblies from sidewinder.

    and here it is, my assembled blaster!



    sorta funny looking being all different colors. and like the cleverly layed out TDH shirt? i needed something to make the gun stand out against the black box, and what could be more appropriate than that?


    closer shot of the front:


    closeup of the stock:


    straight on side shot:


    next up, primer!

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    I helped at SDCC '08 Jimmy BufFETT's Avatar
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    Re: Bronze Webley -> RotJ EE-3

    Whew ... that is really starting to look very nice! Is it heavy?

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    it's a lot heavier than the hyperfirm, but much lighter than my demiled sterling E-11. it's also balanced better, since i'm holding it in the middle rather than the back end.

    the barrel is aluminum, with walls about 1/2" thick. substantial, but still pretty light.

    the E-11 i carried for about 20 minutes before i wanted to cry. i think i'll be ok with this one for an hour or so before needing a break from it.

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    Re: Bronze Webley -> RotJ EE-3

    here's where i show off just how lame i am.

    i went to bed, but something felt not right.

    i got back up and looked at it again.

    i realized that the short fins here:


    were too short, and that the gap was thus too large.

    fortunately, i got spare t-track, just in case!

    so i went down and cut more of it, and replaced the bits that were too short with a better length.


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    Re: Bronze Webley -> RotJ EE-3

    Umm, you've got the grips positioned wrong in relation to the scope block.

    See here, posts #70-74
    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/showthread.php?t=12449

    SAS

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    Sweet Jesus that's smooth!!! Good job, Brian!

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    Sidewinder said: View Post
    Umm, you've got the grips positioned wrong in relation to the scope block.

    i'm not seeing it... what part isn't right?

    mom / where science meets imagination pics:



    my blaster:



    what am i not seeing?

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    Re: Bronze Webley -> RotJ EE-3

    This diagram shows the fins laid out flat, note the scope block is 'between' two of the fins:


    The below is how you have placed the fins in relation to the block (I think):
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails ribpatternwrong-jpg  

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    Re: Bronze Webley -> RotJ EE-3

    aw crud! i see what you mean now.

    pics of the MR EE-3 back that up too.

    looks like i'm getting more rubber track!

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    Re: Bronze Webley -> RotJ EE-3

    Sorry bud.
    All you need is another 4" strip and reposition the others and its done!

    SAS

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    Sidewinder said: View Post
    Sorry bud.
    All you need is another 4" strip and reposition the others and its done!

    SAS

    hey, better to catch it now than after i start painting it! thanks for the catch

    and of course, i don't have 4" left. cuz that would be too easy. on the flip side, i won't have time to work on it til next week, by which time rubber part 2 should be in hand.

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