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    Jul 3, 2013, 1:40 PM - Scratch built ROTJ EE-3 #1

    This is my ROTJ EE-3 scratch built blaster. Started out with a 2" diameter PVC pipe and went from there. The vast majority of the construction I did using pepakura. I used a number of photo references, WOF templates, & a google sketchup 3D drawing by Charles Rhodes.


    I used a layer of cardboard over the 2" diameter PVC to get the diameter needed.


    The handle, trigger, hammer, & stock attachment are all done by laminating .060" architectural cardboard together with some internal reinforcements. Then all sanded and filled.


    The stock I drew up in 3D in cad. Then used that to create a pepakura file. I used this as the template to make the hollow shell. Then I cut pieces and created layers within the shell to make it solid using the architectural cardboard. Filling the radius in each layer to make this one solid piece. I did this in halves and glued both sides together. When compoleted I coated everything with a layer of smooth cast to create a hard shell. The stock attachment was also screwed & glued to the stock. The greeblie pieces were made of the architectural cardboard in layers to give depth.


    The chamber, lock piece, & nose cone were done in pepakura & then filled with smooth cast to make them solid pieces.


    There is a 5/8" diameter PVC tube running through the barrel which is attached to the nose cone and the cap at the end of the barrell. The chamber prior to being filled with smooth cast was bolted to the barrel using a 1/2" bolt that threads into the 5/8" PVC tube. Then the pistol grip assembly was screwed and attached to the chamber. When this was all assembled the chamber was filled with smooth cast to make it solid and to hold everything together. Then I attached the locking mechanisim.


    The right side grip was hand made using layers of the architectural cardboard using the insert from a Crossman 357 pellet gun to fit.


    The T-tracks were all hand made using 3/4" strips of the .060" architectural cardboard. I scored them in 3 spots and folded them into the shape. I glued them into shape using superglue. When I had them into shape I some clean up and them took 110 pound card stock & created a shell over the cardboard to give it a cleaner look. I used a wood glue for this. I have found that the wood glue bonds excellent with the paper & cardboard. It works really well for doing the pepakura.


    The greeblies on the chamber were made from cardboard pieces.


    After the barrel assembly, chamber, & grip were assemble i did a coating of smooth cast to give it a hard shell. The smooth cast actually absorbs into the paper & cardboard as well as penetrating any small holes, it really seems to bind things together making them really solid.


    The scope is a Simmons which I am going to modify. I need to lengthen it some. I also have "Stunt" version scope mounts to use as well.


    I have started the painting of this and it is in process.


    This turned out to be pretty light as well, weighing in just under 4 pounds. Pretty happy with my first attempt at a scratch build so far. I have to say it has been very time consuming.
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    Jul 3, 2013, 3:01 PM - Re: Scratch built ROTJ EE-3 #2

    Very nice
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    Jul 3, 2013, 3:24 PM - Re: Scratch built ROTJ EE-3 #3

    Amazing work, incredible detail. Great job Brother
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    Jul 4, 2013, 12:14 PM - Re: Scratch built ROTJ EE-3 #4

    Wow. Great eye for detail.
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    Jul 4, 2013, 1:29 PM - Re: Scratch built ROTJ EE-3 #5

    excellent job
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    Jul 4, 2013, 2:47 PM - Re: Scratch built ROTJ EE-3 #6

    Wow, what an incredible thing to do, pep a EE-3! Well done!
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    Jul 4, 2013, 2:58 PM - Re: Scratch built ROTJ EE-3 #7

    great work bro, is nice to see more builders and not more buyers jejejje, for me have a costume is better is you build some parts..........................good luck
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    Jul 4, 2013, 3:24 PM - Re: Scratch built ROTJ EE-3 #8

    I'm generally not a fan of scratch builds, but this is a job well done! Worlds better than a Hasbro blaster! Keep up the great work!
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    Jul 4, 2013, 7:18 PM - Re: Scratch built ROTJ EE-3 #9

    Thanks guys for the kind words, I like the challenge of making things it is a great creative outlet for me. I have tried to make it as accurate as possible, needless to say there are a few things I wish I had done differently, but that is the way things go. I will post some pics as I get it painted up. I have some time this weekend so hoping to get some of that done. Mentioning the Hasbro blaster I was initially going to modify one of those but wasn't happy with the way it looked, and I think I made the right choice.
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    Jul 4, 2013, 8:04 PM - Re: Scratch built ROTJ EE-3 #10

    You definately did!
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    Jul 4, 2013, 8:37 PM - Re: Scratch built ROTJ EE-3 #11

    That's pretty. Well done.
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    Jul 4, 2013, 9:01 PM - Re: Scratch built ROTJ EE-3 #12

    Would you post the pepkura of the stock in Jpeg form? Everything looks amazing!!!
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    Jul 6, 2013, 12:48 PM - Re: Scratch built ROTJ EE-3 #13

    Here is a PDF of the pepakura stock & nose. I used this printed out at 100% for Letter sized sheet.
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    Jul 6, 2013, 6:41 PM - Re: Scratch built ROTJ EE-3 #14

    awesome!!! Thank you, I just started work on mine,perfect timing brother!!!
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    Aug 12, 2013, 10:41 PM - Re: Scratch built ROTJ EE-3 #15

    I haven't done much on my Boba project of late cause I was focusing on getting my wife's Boushh completed which had an awesome debut at the Chicago Comic Con this weekend. I plan on getting going again on my Boba I so want to get it done now after watching how much fun my wife had this weekend. Plan on getting some paint on this here this week.
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    Aug 12, 2013, 11:06 PM - Re: Scratch built ROTJ EE-3 #16

    Can't wait for the paint, awesome work!
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    Aug 16, 2013, 8:43 AM - Re: Scratch built ROTJ EE-3 #17

    Thanks for all the kind words.

    Started painting and got a base coat to start getting the layering done.

    I also got the Simmons scope I had bought modified. I had to lengthen it 1.5 inches. I got a .750 inch diameter aluminum tube and used a .500 inch diameter copper tube sleeved inside. I used epoxy to hole everything together. Plus I was able to keep it so that the scope was still functional. This had to be done because I also had purchased the "stunt" style scope ring & they wouldn't work without lengthening the scope. I went with the Simmons scope because it looked close in accuracy. I wanted to get this done prior to starting the majority of paint. Need to get this sanded down and in primer. Plan on getting some more painting done this weekend.
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    Aug 16, 2013, 11:17 PM - Re: Scratch built ROTJ EE-3 #18

    Dropped by for my scratch EE-3 build fix not bad at all! Love your patience and attention to detail keep it up !
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    Aug 18, 2013, 6:48 PM - Re: Scratch built ROTJ EE-3 #19

    Well I have been busy this weekend and got my EE-3 painted. I went for the real look of having the rusty weathering. I am pretty happy with the way it turned out. I know that most people go with a cleaner paint job but I like the severely weathered look which is what I went for. Spent alot of time looking at the reference photos. I think I captured it pretty well. This complete my first attempt at a scratch built ROTJ EE-3.
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    Aug 19, 2013, 2:02 AM - Re: Scratch built ROTJ EE-3 #20

    Wow, I've seen this post before and it still blows me away every time!!! ToolGuy301 you rock Brother. build, paint, weathering, all of the details you nailed it's just amazing!
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    Aug 20, 2013, 1:26 PM - Re: Scratch built ROTJ EE-3 #21

    Thank you for the kind words. The end result was well worth the time & effort I put into it.
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    Aug 20, 2013, 2:28 PM - Re: Scratch built ROTJ EE-3 #22

    I did the rusty look on my own blaster as well. Yours came out great!
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    Aug 20, 2013, 8:00 PM - Re: Scratch built ROTJ EE-3 #23

    That looks incredible, i cant believe that this was scratch made. I see you put " first attempt" i call dibs on this one when you make the second one, lol. Seriously great work!!
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    Aug 21, 2013, 9:13 AM - Re: Scratch built ROTJ EE-3 #24

    Thanks, makes me feel good to hear the compliments. I put a lot of thought into making this cause I wanted it to look authentic. I am my own worst critic and there are things that I would like to improve. Plus I have been mulling over possibly making a budget kit of this if I can come up with a good way to make things & if there would be any interest. You can say things are always a work in progress.

    I am also thinking about doing a ESB version. Cause I will need a new challenge.
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    Aug 21, 2013, 2:42 PM - Re: Scratch built ROTJ EE-3 #25

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