JoeG Hales

Hales Frag Body Refinish for JoeG

JoeG sent me his beautiful frag body to refinish. It’s in pretty good shape, just some surface rust and paint that needs to be removed. And of course re-blueing and a coat of Barricade. And since it’s in such good condition I decided that I would not do electrolysis or any chemical paint or rust removers. Cleaning off the rust I started off using the flex-shaft with wire-wheels to clean

My MG-81 Flash hider

My MG-81 Flash Hider Restoration

I never thought I would ever see one of these MG-81’s in person, they are that rare. Then Nick sent me his to restore and I thought that would be the last one I would see. I definitely didn’t think that I would ever own one. Someone tipped me off about this one being for sale and I jumped on it. Coming soon a written blog post.. whenever I get

Hales and Booster

Hales and Booster for Kevin

We’ve a got a two for one, a Hales and a Booster for Kevin. For the Booster, the weld has been cut already, I just have to remove it but it’s stuck on. The Hales frag body only needs the paint and existing rust preventative coating removed, I’m not going to re-blue it. So neither piece needs a full treatment. The Hales Frag Body There wasn’t any rust on the

Cutaway Hales

Cutaway Hales

Here is something a little different, a cutaway of a Hales grenade. It never dawned on me to make a cutaway of anything before. But I took this on because it looks like a really interesting project. Before I can start cutting I need to do a little housekeeping on this hales. First there are little burrs all over the frag body that need to be trimmed off. This is

Microflame torch

Quick-ish Fix: Microflame Torch

The microflame torch is kind of an obscure prop that was recently discovered and has come into a lot more popularity. It’s that thingy that the Jawa use to attach the restraining bolts to our two beloved droids R2-D2 and C3P0. I have the Model B which is pretty much identical to the version that is accepted as the correct one. Unfortunately it’s a little dirty and rusting in places.

ROTJ EE3 Parts

Boba Fett’s ROTJ EE3 Blaster

Ok, it’s time to pick this project back up from where I left off, and that is right at the beginning. I started a thread for this build on TheRPF six months ago, but had other priorities. Let me give a quick run down of the parts and their sources. Brass cast Webley – Handschaub Original Model 7 4×20 scope – the real deal Aluminum Barrel assembly – Dave the

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