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    Mar 26, 2009, 6:04 PM - Jango Rubies Westar-34 Mod #1

    I recently had an event with the 501st. The only aspect of my costume that I wasn't pleased with happened to be the Westars. Kids want to hold them and when they see your Rubies Westars they know that they have the same ones. Takes something away from it. So, I did a quick mod until I can get some quality pistols.

    One thing I did was take them apart and add weights to the inside of the grips as well as a steel bar inside the brass tube. This mod alone really gave these toys some added weight which makes them feel more realistic. Some chrome paint, a brass intake tube, a little sand paper, and Bob's your Uncle!

    Keep in mind these are in no way going to replace a set of MR's or something that has been made to spec. I did this entire mod in a day and was pleased enough with the finished product to think that I might actually take some time and try to produce another set with better quality results.
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    Mar 26, 2009, 6:37 PM - Re: Jango Rubies Westar-34 Mod #2

    they look pretty good dude!!! nice alternative at least... so what Chrome paint did you use? I want to paint mine so I don't ruin my resin ones.
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    Mar 26, 2009, 6:37 PM - Re: Jango Rubies Westar-34 Mod #3

    they look good
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    Mar 27, 2009, 8:00 AM - Re: Jango Rubies Westar-34 Mod #4

    It's more than just new paint. I'm surprised that no one else has picked up on this yet.

    The brass pipe that you inserted into the barrel makes a huge difference. Another mod that you could consider doing is to add a bit more length to the barrel section, as I find that the Rubies blasters look a bit stubby/short to me.
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    Mar 27, 2009, 9:03 AM - Re: Jango Rubies Westar-34 Mod #5

    I did use the Dremel to gut the barrel and the orange cap on the end of the barrel. Even with that it really was a pretty easy mod. I'm not sure the barrel length is off so much as the bulbous end piece makes it look short. I could be wrong. Anyway, these made a pretty decent replacement for the Rubies on short notice.


    Quote Jango72 said: View Post
    It's more than just new paint. I'm surprised that no one else has picked up on this yet.

    The brass pipe that you inserted into the barrel makes a huge difference. Another mod that you could consider doing is to add a bit more length to the barrel section, as I find that the Rubies blasters look a bit stubby/short to me.
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    Mar 27, 2009, 10:13 AM - Re: Jango Rubies Westar-34 Mod #6

    what chrome paint did you use?
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    Mar 27, 2009, 10:15 AM - Re: Jango Rubies Westar-34 Mod #7

    The barrels are between 1 to 2 inches shorter than the resin and MR Westars, with the resin versions being the longer of the two.
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    Mar 27, 2009, 11:36 AM - Re: Jango Rubies Westar-34 Mod #8

    Great! Thanks for the specs. I will see about adding in an inch or so and give that a try.

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    The barrels are between 1 to 2 inches shorter than the resin and MR Westars, with the resin versions being the longer of the two.
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    Mar 27, 2009, 11:37 AM - Re: Jango Rubies Westar-34 Mod #9

    It's a Rustoleum paint. I can get the exact number if you wish?

    Quote TLobe00 said: View Post
    what chrome paint did you use?
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    Mar 27, 2009, 12:11 PM - Re: Jango Rubies Westar-34 Mod #10

    If you're willing to wait until later tonight, I can post up a comparison pic of my resin Westar next to a Rubies.
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    Mar 27, 2009, 12:24 PM - Re: Jango Rubies Westar-34 Mod #11

    Sounds good, thanks!
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    Mar 27, 2009, 12:33 PM - Re: Jango Rubies Westar-34 Mod #12

    yeah, a part number for the paint would be awesome... I have been looking for a good chrome, since r-n-b'ing blasters is a pain in the patookey.
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    Mar 27, 2009, 12:43 PM - Re: Jango Rubies Westar-34 Mod #13

    It's Rustoleum Metallic Finish 7718 Chrome.
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    Mar 30, 2009, 9:01 AM - Re: Jango Rubies Westar-34 Mod #14

    I love how it turned out, the brass tube in the barrel is the kicker. Without that, it wouldn't look this good, even with paint. Does this one make the blaster sound and light up?

    My custom mando is going to have a single Westar, and I was thinking of putting a high power LED into the barrel to give it a nice blaster effect. It shouldn't be too hard to work around the brass tube in the barrel, I assume it's got a decent diameter?
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    Mar 30, 2009, 7:41 PM - Re: Jango Rubies Westar-34 Mod #15

    Hey do you know where they are doing resin runs? Or do you suggest the non-resin?
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    Apr 16, 2009, 3:11 PM - Re: Jango Rubies Westar-34 Mod #16

    Hey Rup, I also forgot to ask, what kind of 'weights' did you use in the hilt?

    Thanks dude,
    Tony
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    Apr 17, 2009, 12:27 PM - Re: Jango Rubies Westar-34 Mod #17

    The addition of the brass tube in very nice... May have to try that as well with mine.
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    Apr 17, 2009, 12:33 PM - Re: Jango Rubies Westar-34 Mod #18

    I went to home depot and bought some large nuts (insert joke here). Then I just glued them with epoxy inside the handles.

    Quote TLobe00 said: View Post
    Hey Rup, I also forgot to ask, what kind of 'weights' did you use in the hilt?

    Thanks dude,
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    Apr 17, 2009, 12:45 PM - Re: Jango Rubies Westar-34 Mod #19

    Cool, I actually thought of that right after I had replied
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    Jan 22, 2010, 3:25 PM - Re: Jango Rubies Westar-34 Mod #20

    They look great ! Im going to try this out ! I think i will file out the Made in China and words on the pistols ! Thanks Rupidupe !
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    Jan 22, 2010, 8:21 PM - Re: Jango Rubies Westar-34 Mod #21

    Just a thought, Alclad makes AMAZING chrome paint. nneds an airbrush, and it stinks... but the results are the closest thing to chrome than the real deal. I will say nice mod though! Looks a lot better.
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    Jan 30, 2010, 7:49 PM - Re: Jango Rubies Westar-34 Mod #22

    very nice work on those~
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    Feb 1, 2010, 1:45 PM - Re: Jango Rubies Westar-34 Mod #23

    The more I look at these the more I realize how much further I could have gone. They were ok for a 1-day turnaround but with some effort I think I can make a very nice pair of blasters. I'll post more pics as V 2.0 gets rolling.
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    Oct 7, 2011, 10:03 PM - Re: Jango Rubies Westar-34 Mod #24

    Those Westar's look great. Makes me wanna think about getting a pair for my Kal Skirata costume. They only cose like $10 each on amazon so they're cheap in case they break.

    Christopher
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    Oct 12, 2011, 2:29 PM - Re: Jango Rubies Westar-34 Mod #25

    Hi there Rupidupe, here is my work with the rubies blaster, works well to me and I have not doubt, thats is a good alternative........

    check this out:

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