Han Solo DL-44 Complete Blaster, Battle Worn Finish

£508.65
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SKU:
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Expected release date is 30th Nov 2021

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OUR FIRST RUN OF 2021 IS NOW SOLD OUT. THANK YOU!

NOW TAKING PRE-ORDERS FOR OUR SECOND 2021 RUN DUE FOR COMPLETION NOV 30 2021.

 

Features include:

  • Custom made Hensoldt-Wetzlar scope made of all original materials, and real optical lenses! More than 27 individual parts!
  • Grille made of 3 hand-cut Veron model kit cylinders
  • Denix C-96 Mauser replica customized especially for this prop
  • Steel bull barrel complete with threads for the rifle barrel extension (as seen when the original gun appeared in "Naked Runner")
  • Custom made steel MG81 flash hider and mounting collar
  • Steel scope mounting bracket and hardware
  • Barrel greeblies made of PVC and ABS plastic
  • Functioning hammer, trigger and bolt!
  • Real walnut grips, stained and weathered
  • Brass grip escutcheons and blued steel screw
  • Trigger, hammer, and bolt are stripped and finished grey. 
  • Bolt extractor shape is blued onto the bolt
  • Raised bosses on the Denix sight mounting pin are removed and proper countersink added
  • Top of rear sight bar is milled flat to remove the added Denix "lump"
  • Entire Denix is stripped, polished, and reblued before aging
  • All seamlines are ground off

Now THIS is a good blaster to have at your side!  Perfect for display, conventions, collecting, or just because it's cool!

Our Han Solo DL-44 Blaster is the result of a years of fanatical research. We've procured all of the original elements that are currently available including Veron model kit cylinders and pushrods, Hensoldt-Wetzlar scopes, and MG-81 flash suppressor and adapter. We've spec'd them all in minute detail. We've searched out the best manufacturers for each of the parts required to duplicate this prop, down to the screws. What we're offering here is incredibly close to the real prop.

How fanatical?  Well, we've reproduced every detail that can be reproduced, even those details you will never see. Such as the bull barrel threaded at both ends (the original custom Mauser was made for a Frank Sinatra spy movie and had a detachable rifle barrel.)  Such as a COMPLETE Hensold-Wetzlar scope with ALL INTERNAL PARTS, painted or left bare exactly as the original scopes. Such as using 3 Veron cylinders to construct the "grille" instead of making an easier, simpler (and cheaper) one piece grille. We've duplicated every scratch and chip that is visible in the few reference photos that are available.  The scope mounting nuts have straight knurls. The scope tubes are real steel, not cheaper and easier aluminum. The scope adjustment knob has a hexagon pattern knurl. 

We start with a zinc metal model gun made by Denix in Spain.  We completely disassemble it, and saw off the barrel.  We drill a perfectly centered, perfectly aligned hole for the new barrel using a milling machine and custom jigs.   Then we mill the face of the receiver perfectly flat and perpendicular, and thread it with real gunsmith threads. The zinc gun parts are all hand polished to remove all of the Denix finish. The barrel extension is then machined to remove the raised bosses around the rear sight retaining pin, and the holes countersunk like the original. The Top of the rear sight bar is machined flat to remove the lump that shouldn't be there. The inaccurate firing pin is ground off of the bolt retaining rod, and re-blued, The rear edges of the frame are radiused like the original. In preparation for the new, more accurate walnut grips, the brace in the center of the grip frame (for the plastic grips) is cut away and filed smooth. All seamlines are ground away and faces flattened. The scope bracket mounting holes are then drilled and tapped. The frame, barrel extension, and rear sight are then re-blued. The bolt, trigger, and hammer are tumbled to a gray finish. The extractor shape is added to the bolt with bluing. The blued parts are then hand aged with steel wool. All zinc parts are then sealed with dry oil. Then we hand-chip the paint on the ends of the scope and elevation adjustment knob. The scope is tumbled to introduce random dings and scuffs. The scope mounting bar is silkscreened to reproduce the chipped pattern on the original. The scope bracket and rings are tumbled and hand-aged with various abrasives. The thumb screw for the bracket is tumbled and sealed with dry oil. The gun is reassembled and a tumbled "bull" barrel is hand-matched to it and installed so that it rests at the perfect angle of rotation without any gap. We pre-assemble the thumbnuts and studs with thread locker, we tumble them then grind away the blued finish on the outer face. We mount the scope bracket with the thumb nuts. To match the angle and details of the scratches of the original blaster, we use a masking template to paint them while in place. We add the distinctive scratches to the rear outside of the scope, and burnish the flash hider to a dark grey finish.  A flash hider mounting collar replica is fitted to the barrel, and the flash hider installed. The Veron cylinders are cut, assembled in a custom jig, hand shaped, then glued to the magazine well. The rear sight is glued to the top of the gun to hold it down (real Mauser sights have a strong spring to hold them down. They don't "flip up"). The greeblies are assembled and glued to the top of the barrel. New walnut grips are hand sanded, stained, the brass escutcheons aged, then installed on the gun. Done! It's a crazy, crazy amount of work, but we are always striving to make the "battle worn" version the best replica we can make.

Grab one of these beautiful props while we can still make them available!

Please note that this replica does not hold or fire real ammunition.

Disclaimer: Despite copying the lenses from real original Hensoldt-Wetzlar scopes, they unfortunately do not focus for distance.

 


QUESTIONS ABOUT INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING

 

Do you ship internationally?

Yes, we do.  But we do not know if these are legal in your country.  That is for you to find out.

What about customs?

Paying the import duty your government imposes is your responsibility.  Import duty is determined by your government after the shipment arrives in your country.  We have no idea what your government will charge you to import anything we sell.  We will not refund you the shipping charges if the parcel is returned because you refuse to pay import duty.

How much is shipping to the UK?  Finland?  Botswana?

Add the item to your shopping cart, go to your cart, then enter your shipping address.  You will see real time quotes from USPS and UPS with the available service options and prices.  These are the ACTUAL charges with nothing added.  We make no money on shipping.  

Do you ever have trouble shipping these to another country?

Occasionally, yes.  We do sometimes experience delays with blasters going through customs, since they are difficult to classify.  It is not unusual to experience delays up to two months in customs.  USPS shipments are delayed more often than UPS shipments.  About 80% of our shipments get through as expected.

Do you offer tracking?

Yes, both USPS and UPS offer tracking.  USPS tracking is quite limited.  After the parcel arrives at your country, your government's customs department takes possession of it.  USPS can't track it beyond this point.  After customs has  inspected, classified, and taxed it,  it is handed over to a local delivery service.  This agency will collect the import duty and arrange delivery.  You may be required to pick it up.  UPS offers better tracking because they handle the package from door to door, including collecting the import duty.

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  • 5
    Absolutely Stunning

    Posted by Ben Thompson on 17th Oct 2021

    Without a doubt, this is THE premier replica for this blaster. As a devout Star Wars fan and collector of WWI/WWII memorabilia, I can absolutely attest to Todd’s attention to detail on all fronts. His commitment to excellence is matched only by his communication throughout the process. If you are looking to have a quality blaster at your side, look no further.

  • 5
    Solo DL-44 blaster, battle worn finish

    Posted by Andre Dhont on 17th Oct 2021

    Beautifully done replica. All parts look like they're accurately sourced with original manufacturer names and serial numbers, the finish is spot on, as is the weathering. Excellent display piece. If you're lucky enough to obtain one, you definitely will not be disappointed.

  • 5
    HAN SOLO DL-44 BLASTER, BATTLE WORN FINISH

    Posted by Mike on 17th Oct 2021

    The best out there! When you get it in hand, it's like you are in the movie. The details are amazing. Thanks Todd for making a piece of art.

  • 5
    DL 44 battle worn blaster

    Posted by BENJAMIN SCHMIDT on 5th Oct 2021

    Simply could not be happier! Worth the money and the wait. With the way it looks, feels, and the weight, it seems like it could have come from the movie set. Also Todd was great with communication which was appreciated.

  • 5
    Closest you'll ever get to the real thing!

    Posted by Chris Lobao on 4th Oct 2021

    Well worth the wait! I have bought several of Todd's products in the past, but nothing prepared me for this blaster. Todd's attention to detail, craftsmanship, and overall professionalism is unparalleled. This blaster feels like it came right off the set in 1977. I am thrilled to finally have my very own smugglers sidearm!

  • 5
    Han Solo DL-44 battle worn blaster

    Posted by Robert Lukach on 4th Oct 2021

    This is an absolute masterpiece! Todd has really done his homework researching this iconic prop. Anyone looking for the finest and most accurate Han Solo blaster, this is it. The weight of this alone lends credence to why this is a very fine prop. Now, I just need a movie accurate holster, which I’ll probably get from Todd’s also. Check out this prop and all the other fine accessories he has. Wonderful stuff!

  • 5
    The best there is!

    Posted by Jonathan Conklin on 29th Sep 2021

    This has to be the coolest thing on the market. The amount of esoteric detail of this blaster is amazing, and it's well worth the pretty penny. Todd clearly has done his research, and it shows in the beautiful piece. Thanks so much!

  • 5
    The best there is!

    Posted by Johnny on 25th Sep 2021

    I'm speechless as how awesome this thing is. No detail is spared, and it is a real work of art, so treat it as such. In terms of accuracy it goes way beyond what any other company produced; it also has some serious weight to it. Thanks a bunch for the awesome piece.

  • 5
    DL-44 Blaster

    Posted by Russ Stridacchio on 25th Jan 2021

    Excellent replica in appearance and weight. Well done!