3D Printing – Leia’s Sporting Blaster

Carrie Fisher passed away on 27 Dec 2017. She was most well-known as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars Trilogy, a character that I have known since when I was 5 years old in 1977 when I caught A New Hope with my Dad at the Lido cinema. When I heard of her passing, I was greatly saddened and wanted to do something to commemorate her and then I came upon this 3D Model of the Leia Sporting Blaster on Thingiverse by AprilStorm.

I printed the parts over a day with 2 3D Printer, the Flashforge Dreamer & the Trinus 3D. The 3D model was very well made and the prints came out very well even without support. I did use a raft for the barrel due to its curve surface.

With any 3D printed parts, there will be layer lines on the surfaces. To create a more convincing replica, I sanded the surfaces down with a small file followed by more sanding with different grate sized sandpaper ( 150, 240, 600 ). This is the most tedious part of the project and would have took hours if I wanted everything perfect. Instead, I picked out a few prominent parts of the blaster like the barrel and the body and gave that the full works and left the rest with just minmal sanding to remove the obvious uneveness.

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 to dry for a few hours in an open area to dry completely.

To expedite the project, I went with Acrylic paint ( because its odourless) and painted the entire blaster black. I also weathered the blaster with some old hobby paint from Citadel ( Boltgun metal, Chainmail ) with a wash oh 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.

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