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DLT-19 Heavy Blaster Rifle  

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Paul Silverlock
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02/09/2018 3:36 pm  

Not so much a build as such this one, but more of an exercise in detailing.

I bought a very good Resin cast DLT-19.  It is moulded directly from a real MG34, and even has all the original markings in the cast.  It also breaks down into component parts the same as a real MG34.  The barrel shroud is an aluminium tube for strength.

It really is a great reproduction, and here are some pics of it straight from the box.

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Whilst it is very good, I wanted to do some additional work on it to improve it further.  First up was an over all paint job.

Normally I would start with a coat of Halfords plastic primer, however this already had a coat of semi gloss black on it from the maker, so I decided to just rub that back a little with fine sand paper and then apply my own paint over the top.  I used Halfords semi gloss black as the base colour and a steel grey colour for the barrel.  Here it is broken into its parts for painting, and after it has had a coat of paint.

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Next I dry brushed the gun with Tamiya flat aluminium to represent wear and tear, and after that it had an application of Mig Dark brown model making wash.  This adds a patina and dulls back the dry brushing making it look more realistic in my opinion.  It then had 2 coats of Tamiya flat clear coat to seal in this weathering.

Here are the parts drying

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And here are pics of the blaster resembled after these painting steps.

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I was pretty happy with things after this, however there are still some issues to address.

First is the T tracks.  This comes with 4 per barrel section, but the accepted norm is 6 per barrel section.  The T track is also a solid plastic, and there should be some wires used to hold the T track in place which are also missing.  

I thought I could live with all this as it still looked very good, but it turned out I couldn’t.

This meant removing the supplied Track which was glued in place, which in turn meant stripping the aluminium barrel shroud back to bear metal and repainting it.

I then used rubber T tracks applied using double sided tape and then fixed the the barrel shroud using 15A fuse wire.  Six pieces were applied to each barrel section in the accepted patterns.  I say accepted patterns as I have been unable to find any clear pictures of the T tracks on screen used DLT-19s.  All the pics are very grainy and in my opinion do not show enough detail to definitively say how the T track was positioned.  Given the method of fixing the tracks I suspect that they may also have moved during use.  But there is an accepted pattern so that is what I have used here.

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The next part to get attention was the sheet metal box which covers the feed tray.  I bought some sheet aluminium and made up a box in the way described for the originals.  Its made in 2 parts and just clips into position over the feed tray.  On this model there is a moulded feed tray box which again i thought I could bare but couldn’t.  Its the wrong size and shape.

I an fairly happy with the new box I made, but the radius of the bends seems to big for me making the folded edges not look sharp enough.  So I have some more sheet metal on order which is thinner, and I hope should solve this problem when I have made up a second box.

But for now here are some pics of the Mk 1 box.

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Lastly I have just managed to source a more accurate circular greeblie for the left side of the hand grip.  Once I have received this and fixed it in place I will add some more pictures.

The best way to show you just how accurate a copy this is and how it comes part etc. is with a video.  So here is one I made before I replaced the T track and amended the feed tray cover.

DLT-19 Video review

As always please do ask any questions and I will try my best to answer.

Thanks for reading this far.

Paul


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HRHKatiejane
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02/09/2018 5:22 pm  

It’s amazing how much of a difference a bit of extra work can make, looks awesome 

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Ross8008
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02/09/2018 5:30 pm  

Very nice and great job on the mods. this is one of my favourite BFGs 🙂 . I have one of Steve Honeywills ones 🙂 


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Paul Silverlock
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02/09/2018 9:12 pm  

Thanks everyone,

I love this blaster, so glad i decided to get it now.  The detailing does make a difference, but this is a really good base to work from.

I have seen some of Steve Honeywills work, they are very nice indeed.

Glad you like this one, and I will update with more picks when the final bits are done.

Paul


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steve9565
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03/09/2018 7:25 am  

veery nice 

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Paul Silverlock
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03/09/2018 8:39 am  

Thanks steve9565,

Glad you like what I have done with this one so far.  I should be adding more pics in its final state later this week I hope.

Paul


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Paul Silverlock
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03/09/2018 4:43 pm  

A quick and minor update.

The thinner aluminium sheet I ordered arrived today, so I have made up my Mk2 feed tray box for my DLT-19. I am happier with this version, as the folds look less radiuses and more like what I see in pictures of screen used items. It is once again just wedged into place over the feed tray as per the originals.
Sprayed matt black, and then weathered by scratching of paint with a variety of implements.

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Thanks

Paul


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Paul Silverlock
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04/09/2018 10:13 pm  

More minor details added on my DLT-19.  
This time it is the two spring clips which sit under the barrel shroud on an MG34 that secure the Bipod and anti aircraft mounts etc. once they are in place.

 

They are around 65mm long and made of spring steel on the originals, and secured to the barrel shroud with 2 machine screws for each spring.

As these clips on both the mounting points were missing on my DLT-19 I fabricated some from the sheet metal I had left over from making the feed tray box. I used some spare screws I had lying around to secure them.

They aren’t spring steel, so they are less springy than the originals would be but they do spring a little due to their shape.

The first 2 pics are the front mount spring below the front sight, and the second 2 the back mount at the opposite end of the barrel shroud.

 

Minor details again I know, but I love all this stuff.

 

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Thanks

 

Paul


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Paul Silverlock
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05/09/2018 11:31 am  

OK,  So The disc greeblie I have been waiting for arrived this morning and is now painted and fitted.

 

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This was a difficult piece to track down and a big thanks must go out to Ian at Sandie Comms for supplying this:    https://www.facebook.com/groups/240273392991782/?fref=mentions&__xts__[0]=68.ARDb_GWMz26ao7xzHKFon85QLM2pCsudnaUwjTO6PzEst4K_bpSIt-nhKR9x1PDmy8FYmWetJVb8wOAd6zm13efn-jEvAODOPNbXVvBNQi2I-0NY3wI5BH2MKq2SDbXHMLBacdKM9DFlbxlFmiAsFJZe6BVLIN12z_BG15b7FSrc41A4mO0kXQ&__tn__=K-R

 

This now completes this build (well for now at least, who knows what I will find to change in the future!!), so here are some pics detailing the finished blaster rifle.

 

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Hope you like this and as always any feed back is welcome.

 

Paul


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