Keyboard Control Stick

Research: X-wing Control Stick

This “Keyboard Control Stick” as I have dubbed it is like the hero control stick. You only see it on screen for a few seconds in one shot, the rest of the time the other control stick is used. It’s kind of like in Return of the Jedi most of the time Luke is using the V2, but that one shot where Darth Vader is holding the Hero Lightsaber a.k.a ISYHCANL. Maybe it should be called the “It’s away” Control stick.

Hales 1

I will not be defeated by Hales 1

I have a hard time accepting defeat by an inanimate object. But Hales 1 as pretty as it is on the outside was a nightmare on the inside. After trying over and over for a month and a half to get the neck off I had to accept that it was not coming off. The bottom plug was the same story, it would not budge. But the bottom plug is

MG81 before

MG-81 Flash Hider Restoration for Nick

I’m officially geeking out right now. Another stellar commission project to work on. And another one that I thought I’d never see in person. It’s surprisingly heavy and solid feeling for how rusty it looks. And of course I’m going to compare my replica to the real thing, take a look at this. Mine is one of the very early Todd’s Costumes, which has some inaccuracy around the scalloping. Other

Hales 4 for Ninja

Hales 4 for Ninja

Time to get cracking on this beast. It’s easily in the worst shape of the four Hales grenades. Not only is it pitted from excessive rusting it has also been painted…. even the brass is painted. I have no idea why someone would do this, but don’t paint your grenades. The caveat to that is if you have to use JB weld or some filler that is not going to

Hales 3 for Ninja

Hales 3 for Ninja

Ok, Hales Number three is in progress. The main obstacle is that collar is stuck on the neck, preventing the windvane from being unscrewed, the side pins from coming out, and the firing pin from being removed. This thing didn’t want to budge. I had to make a quick jig out of wood to hold it while I worked on it. The next issue was the frag body, it isn’t

Flex Shaft Tool

Dremel Replacement

Congrats you’ve found my blog by one means or another! This tool is called a flex shaft, it’s basically a heavy-duty Dremel. I stumbled upon this while looking for a replacement Dremel on accident and went down the rabbit hole of finding out about these tools. I discovered that a Company called Foredom is pretty much the top-end brand for flex shafts, and they command quite a price. Looking for

Hales 2

Hales 2 for Ninja

Here is the 2nd Hales I’m restoring for Ninja.

Browning Barrel Jacket

Removing a Browning Booster from the Barrel Jacket

Wow! I wasn’t sure that I’d ever get to see one of these in person, too bad it doesn’t belong to me though, I’m jealous Ian. I’m going to be removing a browning booster from its barrel jacket. The plan is to use the Dremel Cutting Wheel to cut through the edge of the rivet where it has been welded all the way down to the barrel jacket. I should

v2 clamp close up

Quick-ish Fix: Luke ROTJ Clamp Lever

My Luke ROTJ V2 Lightsaber tried to commit suicide by rolling off the shelf and broke the clamp lever. I install a new one.

Magnetic Millennium Falcon

Quick-ish Fix: Magnetic Millennium Falcon Feet

In this episode of Quick-ish fix I’m going to fix the broken landing gear feet that I magnetized for my Finemolds Millennium Falcon. I had this on the wall of my cubicle at work, and some jerk decided to move it while I wasn’t there and broke two of the landing gear feet off. To be fair I had broken them myself a couple times. But that doesn’t excuse randos