For Star Wars über fans, Tested.com released a video late last week showing Adam Savage and Norm Chan doing a build of Han Solo’s DL-44 blaster. Documented on the Replica Prop Forum and summarized in Norm’s article, How Obsessive Fans Built a Better Han Solo Blaster, the replica kit comes straight from the machine shop of Tormach PCNC 1100 owner Dave Chalker of North Massapequa, New York.[Not a valid template]
With over three decades of machining experience, Dave formed Dark Energy Creations a year and a half ago and focuses on general and specialized machine work, 3D solid modeling, CAD/CAM, and 3D printing. He calls the Han Solo Blaster Replica Kit one of his “cooler projects,” selling the kit in a full-scale production version as well as a 1/3 scale key chain size. Dave did all of the milling and engraving for both kits on his PCNC 1100.[Not a valid template]
The kit is featured starting at 8:58 and the bulk of the build starting at 10:02:
“When you get into the accuracy of a Hans Solo Blaster your delving into an area of esoterica and specificity that I have never even traipsed into. This is a level of detail oriented fandom that’s actually beyond me. I mean, I am totally gobsmacked by what people know.” ~ Adam Savage
For more information about Dave Chalker, Dark Energy Solutions, and a back story on his decision to purchase a PCNC 1100, read the full Tormach Owner Story posted on Tormach.com.