|SUBJECT: BLASTER RIFLE from FORBIDDEN PLANET - SIMPLIFIED INTERPRETATION|
KIT MAKER: SCRATCH-BUILT SCALE: 1:1
SPECIAL FEATURES: Light and sound effects.
|The original blaster rifle props were metal, my interpretation / replica of the props is polycarbonate pipe, styrene plastic, and |
The blaster replica side vents light up just like the on-screen props' did - there are just fewer vents. The replica's emitter also
flashes blue when fired.
|SUBJECT: SIMPLE BLASTER from FORBIDDEN PLANET|
KIT MAKER: UNKNOWN SCALE: 1:1
SPECIAL FEATURES: Clear cast resin emitter cone & tip.
ADDED: After hollowing out a compartment inside the main body and drilling holes through to the grip so I could
install a working trigger, a battery holder & flashing blue 10mm LED were installed to provide lighting effects.
|The blaster began as an unpainted cast resin garage kit. It came with no instructions & no maker's name.|
|A battery holder, working trigger & bright 10mm blue LED were added to produce a pulsing light effect inspired |
by the on-screen visual effects.
|SUBJECT: STAR WARS - DH-17 BLASTER.|
KIT MAKER: BLASTER MASTER SCALE: 1:1
SPECIAL FEATURES: 3d printed parts. Working spring-loaded bolt mechanism (not used in my buildup).
ADDED: Red laser.
|Added visual features include a metal plated bolt in the ejector ports and a red pointer in the laser-scope. The |
kit's movable selector switch was made functional & switches between two sound effects.
|The cocking levers are movable, even though they aren't connected to the bolt. The spring mechanism for the |
bolt had to omitted to make room for the electrons (sound board, speaker, laser wiring).
|This is a full-scale prop-replica built from a 3D-printed kit made by Blaster Master productions. The kit is excellent and easy|
to assemble (only 30 parts). I modified the kit by removing the built-in 'return spring' for the trigger & replacing it with a
push-button switch & 3 small metal springs. I also improvised a makeshift set of electrical contacts behind the selector switch
and wired it up to change the sound effects (2) on the blaster. I had to leave out the bolt's return spring and cut the bolt
down to make room for a sound board & wiring inside the main firing chamber. I also installed a red laser in the tapered
NOTE: This is a great kit. It is easy to assemble (Blaster Master instructions are provided by a YouTube video) - however,
if you've never done a 3d-printed kit before, be aware that it will require a lot of work to sand down the parts to remove
'texture' left over by the 3d printing process (I spent over 2 hours sanding the main parts & elected to leave a few parts
'rough' because I was in a rush to get this beauty put together).
FOR DETAILS on my build-up of this DH-17, see my full-length video on YouTube. For a qucker look at the parts & assembly
click on the Direct Video Link, above.