Please Note: All of the Pieces below were Meticulously Molded and Casted....in Plastic...
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"1 1/2 Wave" Magazine is Complete!
The Hollow Magazine is a difficult piece to make. Spent a month reworking the Manufacturing Process and the results were amazing! Used this new process to make the more popular 1 1/2 Wave Magazine. Really turned out nice! Check out the Video on my Facebook site!
....3 months in the making...NUMEROUS iterations, numerous calculations off accurate Pictures, recalculations, numerous trials with different types of plastics....and Finally....Finally...I am happy with the results. If you hear utter frustration in my writing, you're hearing correctly...
I have never spent so much time trying to get something right, but it was important that this......"be right".
Good News. My measurements do not match any of the other quality track on the market. It is unique. (I was a Math Major, and ran my calculations Numerous times...) Hopefully one day we get our hands on an original piece and see which of us was the closest to the correct measurements! That will be a good day!
The T-Track was definitely a challenging piece to get just right. MANY, MANY iterations. I think it is Perfect now! Measurements are Perfect!
Barrel is Done!
Barrel is done! Really finishes the Front end of the Sterling!
Sterling Bolt is Done!
Finally finished up the Bolt. It turned out really nice. One thing I like about this Bolt is that the Sterling Serial Number is present on the Bolt and it can be seen through the Sterling Ejection Port!
Here are some close up pics. If you zoom in, you can see the serial number on the top of the bolt through the Ejection port.
Mod to the Folding Stock
Playing with the Folding Stock all day yesterday to ensure all was good. Noticed one thing, which I fixed this morning. Video has all the details. The original Sterling Stock had a spring in the Pole. The purpose of the Spring is to apply pressure on the pin in the pole which causes the grip on the stock to remain locked in the folded position. I place a spring in the same spot. Didn't think I would need it....I did! Now it is 100% Accurate! Think it is completely done now. Let me know what you think!
After a few weeks of figuring out how to disassemble and mold the Folding Stock, I am finally seeing some results! I have 8 pieces molded now, 2 to go. Turned out really nice!
Here is a picture of the original Folding Stock disassembled:
Here is the first piece to come out of the Mold:
Tunisian Style Magazine Clip
After a few weeks of research, molding, etc, the Tunisian Style Magazine Clip is finally done!
Few things I want to point out on the Clip:
1. The original clip used on the Tunisian Style Blaster used the TOP of the original Sterling 9mm clip, not the bottom of it. I have see the bottom used throughout the popular Prop forums. Unfortunately, this is not accurate.
2. Duck Tape was used to cap off the clip, and it was not perfect. Several "ripples" can be seen on the original.
Below is a comparison of the original clip (top) and my replica clip (bottom)
1942 WW2 M38 Sherman Tank Scope
FINALLY...finished the 1942 WW2 M38 Sherman Tank Scope...hollow with optical lenses. See my "Accessories" page for more details on this specific piece.
Grip/Trigger Frame and Trigger Guard are Complete
Well, after 10 hours of prepping and molding, the Grip Frame and Trigger Guard are done.
The Grip frame was without a doubt the most complex part I have ever Molded. The prep work alone was 6 hours and Setting and Boxing it up to mold...another 2 hours. BUT, the finished cast products ARE AMAZING!!!
Some highlights of these pieces
1. Grip is attached to the Grip/Trigger Frame with a Hex Screw, just like the original.
2 The Trigger Guard "Hooks and Snaps" into the Frame, just like the original!
Sterling Magazine Clip is Complete
Finished Replicating the Magazine Clip. Clip is Hollow and has been cut to size for the Stormtrooper Blaster. Clip fits nicely into the Replicated Magazine Housing!
Numerous Sterling L2A3 Parts Complete: Cocking Bolt, Housing Lug Nut, Trigger, Trigger Changing Lever
Finished up some "Boring, but much needed..." Parts yesterday. Here are some pictures of the finished Plastic Parts:
Sterling L2A3 Grip Assembly is Done!
The Grip assembly has been replicated and the results are amazing!
I am currently working the Sterling Grip and Trigger Assembly. The Grip will be done this weekend, Trigger Assembly by the end of next week. Pictures of the Replica Grip will be posted this weekend.
The Grip Assembly includes: The Grip The Grip Pin The Grip Hex Screw
Pictures will be posted this weekend!
The Trigger Assembly is in the works. Lots of pieces. I plan on including the following parts: The Trigger Housing The Trigger The Trigger Pin The Trigger Guard The Trigger Guard Pin
This will be the most detailed Sterling Trigger Assembly Replica ever produced! Trigger Assembly will be done by the end of next week! Pictures will be posted at this time.
Sterling L2A3 Muzzle and Foresight Replicated
Muzzle and Foresight are casted and have been attached to the Sterling Housing Tube. Results are amazing!
Sterling L2A3 Muzzle and Foresight
Worked the Muzzle and Forsight today. Not an easy task, but the results are amazing!! Pictures below show the pieces and how I attached the Forsight Base to the Housing tube.
Sterling L2A3 End Cap Ring
The ring for the End Cap is finally done!!! Turned out perfect.
Sterling L2A3 Flash and Ejection Guards
The Flash and Ejection Guards are complete now. They fit nicely on the Sterling Housing Tube.
Sterling L2A3 Backsight
The Sterling Backsight is complete. Yards on the sight are set to the correct Yards for the Stormtrooper Blaster.
Sterling L2A3 End Cap
Still working the End Cap Assembly. End Cap is complete, but still working the Oval Ring for the End Cap. I was surprised when I torched off the O-Ring. The Oval Ring is actually a 2-piece Ring. The back side of the ring, the side that gets inserted into the end cap, has a male/female connector! I was able to separate the two pieces and I am currently in the process of molding them.
The Journey Begins...
Since the Original Blaster used the British Sterling Submachine Gun as its "base", I acquired two complete, but demilitarized, Submachine guns. Both met current ATF requirements. One was "Extremely" demilitarized, while the other fit together like a glove. Between the two kits, I have a great stash of parts to choose from to begin the "replication" process. My goal is to make this gun an exact, light weight, highly detailed "all plastic" Replica.
Sterling Housing Reciever Tube
The Sterling Housing Reciever Tube: ...the housing tube of the original Sterling SMG had the following dimensions: 1.5 inch OD and a 1.384 inch ID. The housing Reciever Tube was 18 inches long. My goal was to make this Blaster using plastic material so the hunt was on for a Screen Acurate PVC tubing. Luckily, I was able to secure the accurate tubing. The tubes are amazing! The Machine Gun Bolt fits perfectly! The Sterling Bolt fits "snuggly" into the tube. Propably grease it up once it is complete.
Sterling End Cap Receiver Ring
The replication process of the Sterling has begun! All the parts are now off the Sterling and have been cleaned and degreased. Removing the pieces from the Machine Gun was close to impossible and not recommended. I had to use a $1,000 torch to remove all the pieces attached to the Housing. Most of the pieces were destroyed. Glad I bought 2 guns!
Started the painstaking process of molding every nut and bolt on the Sterling....
My first molded piece below! This was the most difficult piece to remove from the Sterling. It is the End Cap Receiver Ring. I have never seen this piece off the Housing Tube of an original Sterling. I understand why now! It is very thin and even with a torch, the Ring shape quickly deforms. Glad I was able to remove it and cast it. Turned out perfect:
Sterling L2A3 Magazine Housing Kit
The Sterling Magazine Housing Kit is done! It turned out Perfect. Each piece was molded separately to ensure the highest level of detail! All the replica pieces screw together nicely.
The Kit has the following parts:
-Sterling L2A3 Magazine Housing
-Sterling L2A3 Magazine Catch Assembly
-Sterling L2A3 Magazine Catch Button Screw
-Sterling L2A3 Magazine Catch
Here are some pictures of my Plastic Replica Housing Kit. Note: This Is not 3D Printed. This is an exact molded replica!
Here is a Picture of it sitting on the Sterling Housing Tube. Fits like a Glove!