Carrie Fisher passed away on 27 Dec 2016. She was most well-known as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars Trilogy, a character that I have loved since when I was five when I saw A New Hope in the cinemas. When I heard of her passing, I was greatly saddened and wanted to do something to commemorate her when I chance upon a 3D model of the Leia Sporting Blaster on Thingiverse.
I printed the parts within a day with 2 3D Printer, the Flashforge Dreamer & the Trinus 3D. The 3D models were well designed and the parts printed very well hardly any support. I applied a raft when printing the barrel due to its curved surface.
To remove layer lines, I sanded the surfaces down with a small file followed by more sanding with different grate sized sandpaper ( 150, 240, 600 ). This was the most tedious part of the project and it took a few hours out of my busy weekend just to complete.
I glued the parts together with Superglue (Zap-a-gap) but for some parts that have little contact surface, I pinned them together with a small piece of 0.5mm long paper clip. Without pinning, the part will just fall right off later.
When the sanding was done, I primed the entire blaster with Krylon Fusion to prepare the surface for painting. I had to leave it in a well-ventilated area to dry completely. After that I painted the entire blaster black. I also weathered the blaster with some old hobby paint from Citadel ( Boltgun metal, Chainmail ) with a wash of Nuln Oil.
When the paint is dry, I sprayed the entire blaster with Mr Hobby Gloss Varnish to give it the shiny metal look. I applied 2-3 layers altogether. I also added some Citadel ‘ardcoat to certain parts of the blaster that requires more shine before calling it a day…
Farewell Carrie Fisher, aka Princess Leia. May The Force Be With You.