Han Solo’s ESB Hoth DL-44 Heavy Blaster Pistol

I just finished a project that has been keeping me busy for a while (which I will write about soon) so I thought I would come back to my DL-44 blaster and make the hero version used on Hoth. Not much has changed from the Bespin version; the only real differences in the two versions are in the mount for the scope and the details on the flash hider.

For the scope mount, the bracket dimensions are just a little different and the knurled knob is replaced with a metal disc of some sort with three machine screws attaching it to the gun body. The flash hider goes from the three knurled stripes on the base to just one narrow stripe and one wide stripe, and the transition to the flared part is a bevel instead of a bullnose radius.


More versions of Han Solo’s DL-44 to come.

Han Solo’s ESB Bespin DL-44 Heavy Blaster Pistol

ESB Bespin DL-44After my last starship project was finished, I thought I would do some small and I decided on modeling a version of Han Solo’s DL-44 blaster. There were quite a few versions of the prop used in the original Star Wars Trilogy but all were German Mauser C96 “Broomhandle” semi-automatic pistol based.

I decided that I would model the version used by Han in the Bespin scenes of The Empire Strikes Back. While not as iconic as the “Greedo killer” version Han Solo uses in the Cantina scene in A New Hope; rather it is the one that he fired at Darth Vader before being disarmed. I plan to model the other versions in the future and thankfully the tough part (the Mauser) only needs modeling once because it will not change.

The parts that turn the Mauser C96 pistol into The Empire Strikes Back Bespin version are a WWII era US Army M19 Tank/Artillery gun sight, a machined bracket for the sight, a knurled nut, a custom milled flash hider and various parts from the Revell 1:4 Visual V-8 engine model kit in addition to various screws.

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