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Official: ESB 'Flash Tube' Barrel Thread

  1. #26
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    Merged: Re: ESB Heiland-Blaster set-up info

    Whoa, even more info!



    I was happy to have the inner "fins", but hadn't thought of keeping the hex nut innards as well!

    Only thing that keeps distracting me is the "Heiland" in script and the Extension- Shutter- Extenstion on the barrel.
    But, I suppose that's the way it goes...

    I'm further assuming the "barrel extension" goes in w/ the middle set of two holes on top?

    Thanks for all the help guys!



    take care,

    -Rex

  2. #27

    Merged: ESB blaster stock connection

    I'm shooting for the ESB blaster. Any suggestions/advice, on how to connect the stock to the gun handle? Thansk for all your help. I've search TDH but, nuttin. Thanks again.

  3. #28

    Merged: Re: ESB blaster stock connection

    Well,

    One way I was going to try was to trace the stock bracket pattern onto thin plastic, cut out several peices and glue them together until they are about 3/8 to 1/2" thick. Once sanded and painted, you could never tell that it was layered. Should be strong enough, probably even better than resin cast.

    Or, you could just pick up thick sheet of plastic and just cut it out.

    Just a thought. Hope this helps,

    Chris

  4. #29
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    Merged: Re: ESB blaster stock connection

    I agree. Do several layers and make them as close to each other as possible. Them glue them together and sand them down with a really rough grit paper. If you sand enough they will end up looking like one solid unit. Wood glue works, and when u are letting them dry after being glued....put them in a vice really tight, or else they will buckle and there will be gaps in the wood.

  5. #30

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    There is a member here who was making metal brackets, very nice ones at that. I have one and I'm very happy with it. Let me shot him a PM and see if he's still making them or not.

  6. #31

    Merged: Re: ESB blaster stock connection

    thanks Boba Fettish. Please PM me when ya find out.

  7. #32

    Merged: Re: ESB blaster stock connection

    Here's his reply:

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    Actually I am not making them any longer. I had about 40 done at a machine shop about 1 year ago. That was their minimum to do the run. I only have 3 left and they are spoken for. I decided not to do another run because 90% of the people who might have wanted one have already bought one. I don't think I could unload another 40 of them.

    I guess a simple no would have done though

  8. #33
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    Well .. . what would be the odds of getting a blueprint for it. I've still got some toolshop contacts.

  9. #34

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    I will try to dig up the blue prints I used. It was about a year ago but it was in CAD. If someone just wanted one, they could go to home depot and buy an aluminum plate and some blades for a jig saw and cut it out themselves.

  10. #35
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    Merged: Re: ESB blaster stock connection

    is it really that easy? what kinda metal and blades?

  11. #36

    Merged: Re: ESB blaster stock connection

    If you have a jig saw, you can buy blades for around $2.00. It just takes a lot of patience and a good clamp. It doesn't hurt to have a metal file handy as well to smooth out the cut. If you use 1/4" aluminum, you will probably go through one or two blades per bracket.

  12. #37

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    Wow, I didn't know I could cut one myself out of aluminum! Thanks for the tip Spidey!
    Did you be any chance send me the template for the bracket with the kit?

    Cheers,
    Bobo

  13. #38

    Merged: Re: ESB blaster stock connection

    No problem Bobo, I will try find the templete on one of my Back-Up CD's. I had to rebuild my computer a few weeks ago because of a nasty virus.

  14. #39

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    i doubled up on 1/8" sintra.it came out great and it didnt cost me anything.it took a little work but it was well worth it.it was less flimsy than i thought it would be also.

  15. #40

    Merged: Re: ESB blaster stock connection

    I can cast a bronze bracket if your hand-made one is less than you expect

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    Merged: Re: ESB Heiland-Blaster set-up info

    Ummmm....someone with the flash tube correct me if I'm wrong, but if memory serves about taking the bulb release off (that silver knob on the black triangle), that's the only thing holding the guts in the tube. If you unscrew it, and you give the tube a good flick, the guts start to come out.

  17. #42

    Merged: Re: ESB Heiland-Blaster set-up info

    A Heiland and an MPP are two completely different flashes, methinks.

    I don't follow sabers at all, but I believe Vader's saber in ESB was an MPP. I believe there is no product stamping on the MPP. It only had a name plate, which was removable.

    Fett's ESB blaster had an MPP in the barrel. I'm not sure I have caught the thread were they thought the guts were still inside the tube. I'd like to see to link or pic where they claim it is visible. Off to search the RPF!

  18. #43

    Merged: Re: ESB Heiland-Blaster set-up info


    tylerdurden wrote:

    A Heiland and an MPP are two completely different flashes, methinks.

    I don't follow sabers at all, but I believe Vader's saber in ESB was an MPP. I believe there is no product stamping on the MPP. It only had a name plate, which was removable.

    Fett's ESB blaster had an MPP in the barrel. I'm not sure I have caught the thread were they thought the guts were still inside the tube. I'd like to see to link or pic where they claim it is visible. Off to search the RPF!
    yeah - what tylerduran said...

    But since MPPs are so damn expensive - Heiland has become the 'standard' in the prop community. Perhaps when Parks makes an MPP replica we can switch over.

    A funny observation I made the other day was that a 2 cell fit really snug in the bronze barrel while a 3 cell fit just right in the same barrel. Is there any evidence besides this that would show a 3 cell having a smaller diameter or are my tubes messed up?

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    Merged: Re: ESB Heiland-Blaster set-up info

    Just to clarify the MPP 3-cell tube was COMPLETELY GUTTED.
    I didn't see the thread at the RPF where this was discussed, but I bet the photo they had was the pic of Fett and Vader in the red hallway on Bespin. If that pic is reduced small it could look like the insides are intact, BUT what could look like the hex nut is actually light showing through the big hole left from removing the MPP trigger.


  20. #45

    Merged: Re: ESB Heiland-Blaster set-up info

    wasn't the Bespin shot a 'production' photo as well and they may have put a cap on the barrel for just the one shot? I heard that somewhere...

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    Merged: Re: ESB Heiland-Blaster set-up info

    The red hall photo was shot during filming, the blaster is the final version. It's quite clear that the tube is empty. I have a big 11x14 lobbbycard of the photo.

    The white hallway shots of Fett standing around posing have the cap in the barrel.


  22. #47

    Merged: Re: ESB Heiland-Blaster set-up info


    lonepigeon wrote:

    The red hall photo was shot during filming, the blaster is the final version. It's quite clear that the tube is empty. I have a big 11x14 lobbbycard of the photo.
    OK, Chris, don't be a tease. Share your picture to the rest of the class.

  23. #48

    Merged: Re: ESB Heiland-Blaster set-up info


    lonepigeon wrote:

    The red hall photo was shot during filming, the blaster is the final version. It's quite clear that the tube is empty. I have a big 11x14 lobbbycard of the photo.

    The white hallway shots of Fett standing around posing have the cap in the barrel.

    ah - thanks... I knew it was something like that.

  24. #49

    Merged: Re: ESB Heiland-Blaster set-up info

    I can't find a heiland on Ebay for my ESB blaster
    So I'm just gonna get a chrome tube and drill some holes in the end.
    All I need to know is the thickness of the tube, and most importantly the outside diameter...can anyone help? Spidey?

    Bobo

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    Merged: Re: ESB Heiland-Blaster set-up info

    Here's a detail from it:
    <img src=http://mywebpages.comcast.net/lonepigeon/fettesb_lobby1.jpg>

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