Model of The Month TWO!: Battlestar Galactica TOS Colonial Warrior Blaster 1:1

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Revell-Fan, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    Coming! Coming! (Hope to start the textured version within this month!) :thumb:
  2. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    So, this is a little update on the muzzle. It will consist of transparent sheet with the detail parts glued on. The SketchUp renderings show how it is supposed to look in the end. If everything works you'll see the black backs of the glued on parts through the transparent areas which will make the whole muzzle appear completely black. When the trigger is pulled, the muzzle is lit from the inside and the light is shining through the transparent parts. This is the exact way the original prop was designed; the only difference is that they used a completely transparent muzzle and painted the detail parts black from the outside.

    Build pics are coming soon. Have a nice weekend! :wave:

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  3. Big Al

    Big Al Member

    Where did you get the ref info on the blaster?
  4. ekuth

    ekuth Active Member


    Want now.
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  5. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    Hi, AL!

    I've been a veery big BSG fan for almost 28 years now and have collected everything on the series and stars I could lay my hands on. Unfortunately there were very few sources available in good old Germany before the Internet became popular. The info on the blaster came mainly from the Colonial Warrior Tech Manual. Since the CWTM drawings were not symmetrical I decided to use all the photos I could get from the www and the series and to construct the blaster "by eye", so there is a little artistic freedom involved in this project. My goal is to come as close to the film used prop as possible.

    However, I found out that there is no ultimate blaster; there are many variations featuring different trigger styles, backs, front areas, detail, colour, crispness and so on. Some appear to be recast from the original prop, some seem to be made of rubber, others are completely rebuilt according to the original prop and sold as resin model kits. Even in the series you see at least a half a dozen different blasters (some made of rubber, some with electrical cord on its end, some are missing detail like Red-Eye's blaster, some are completely black). The resin kits differ from each other, too. Some are very good and look almost better than the original gun, others don't. The main disadvantage of the common resin models is that the muzzle is completely made of non-transparent resin, so it is not possible to put a flashing light in there. I did take the dimensions from the resin kit though.
  6. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    Just chalk it up to the manufacturers. I am sure that each one of the colonies had their own manufacturer and there for made their own variant of the blaster. It is kind of like the AR-15 (M-16). There are a few companies (like Colt, Bush Master,and Daewoo, and the list goes on) that make it and even though they are all compatible, each one is slightly different.
  7. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    "Muzzle"-toff! (Pun intended!)

    Here comes the muzzle. After two unsuccessful attempts I finally managed to assemble the plastic sheet parts. I was about to quit the sheet and build the muzzle of acrylic plastic (from CD jewel cases) because the parts wouldn't stick together. Then our fellow warrior Rhaven Blaack opened my eyes: I simply used the wrong glue. Thank you very much, RB! :curse:

    You literally saved my day (and an essential part of the project)! :thumb:

    BTW, the edges are intentional for three reasons: They serve as alignment marks for the greeblies, the greeblies can be glued onto a flat surface (no bending around round corners) and if you build the light & sound version the light from the LED is reflected by the edges which makes the whole muzzle flash. :rolleyes:

    Well then, according to the principle "if I can build it, you can build it, too", I only have to test-build one last greeblie before I switch to the textured prototype. The pictures show the part in CG and unfolded (still unedited and without flaps). Yee-hah! :twisted::twisted::twisted:

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  8. Rissa

    Rissa New Member

    Wow. That is looking very nice. How in heck do you score the plastic sheet, without cutting through it!!

    *Talk about steady hands!*

    Build is really looking sweet. I've just started trying to learn how to work 3d software to make my own stuff, I hope to figure it out one day.

    But still, good work.
  9. ThunderChild

    ThunderChild Active Member

    Lookin good RF! Can't wait to see it textured and built! Will you be adding lights to your testbuild?
  10. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    You are more then welcome, what are friends for.

    BTW, this blaster is looking really good. I am sure that any self respecting Colonial Warrior would love to have one at his/her side.

    Keep up the GREAT work. I am greatly looking forward to building it.
  11. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    Try SketchUp (if you are familiar with vector graphics) or Metasequoia. Both are very easy to use and intuitive. Blender is for the (far more) advanced users.
  12. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    I'll try! I'm not sure if I still have an ultra-bright blue LED in my spare part box.
  13. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    I score it VEEERY gently with the sharp edge of my cutter. Then it can be bent like normal paper.
  14. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

  15. Gidster

    Gidster New Member

    I want one! This is simply amazing!
  16. Rissa

    Rissa New Member


    I think we all are happily awaiting this projects final show. Now..if I can just get a decent uniform pattern....hah!
  17. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    Stay tuned, everyone! I'll be starting work on the textured version soon. CU! :wave:
    To Rissa: Yeah, right. I'd love to wear one at the next Halloween or Carnival party. Is there anyone out there with a pattern?
  18. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    I found a site where a guy is offering the pattern for free. Here is the site:
    Now I do not know how good it is, but it is a "free pattern" none the less.

    Here are two sites where you can buy the uniform all ready made (as well as other uniforms and props):

    Either way, good luck with it.
  19. Rissa

    Rissa New Member

    Thanks!... :mrgreen:

    Im already aware of the first site. Some guy did offer them..then he up an vanished, without a trace. Never did post anything. Someone else has picked up the ball...and Im hopping SOON...they will come up with some pattern. *crossing fingers*:thumb:

    The other two... I'll pass. Rather make my own. But thanks anyway!!

    Meanwhile, I will continue to drool at this fantastic project, and await a pattern, so I can warp my little fingers off!! And the RPF folks just came up with a helmet... Hmmmm.

    I tried the helmet listed here, but I had issues trying to put some parts of it together. I wish it had numbers on the parts. Or photos showing it put together. I will have to give it another try soon.

    But thanks again!
  20. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    Try contacting Ekuth about the helmet. he is the one who designed the kit. I am certain that he will be able to help you out.

    Good luck with the pattern.

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