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Han Solo -My First Cosplay

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Han Solo -My First Cosplay

If you read anything on my blog it should be obvious I love Star Wars.  More specifically, I love the Millennium Falcon and its scruffy pilot Han Solo. I've wanted to have a Han Solo outfit since I was a little kid. I recently made a DL-44 blaster and that got me thinking, why not a Solo outfit. When my son reminded me Blerdcon was in a couple of weeks that's all the motivation I needed. I mean, how hard can it be to make a costume??? Yeah.... So, this blog post is going to be less of a how...

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Lego Millennium Falcon Landing Pad

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Lego Millennium Falcon Landing Pad

After getting the Lego Millennium Falcon table built, I decided to build a landing pad.  Most people go for Docking Bay 327 from the Death Star. I decided to go with my favorite Star Wars backdrop, Bespin.  The scene where the falcon flies through the clouds to the landing pad at sunset has always been a favorite.   I got the idea from a RPF build you can see here.  That one was a stand alone so I need to make some changes.  I needed the bottom to be flat so it would go in the table.  I decided to make...

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Millennium Falcon Electronics Update

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Millennium Falcon Electronics Update

My original plan was to put to lights and sounds in the Lego Falcon. However, I got sidetracked.  I started working on the 29" Hasbro Rebels Falcon conversion.  I finished up the CircuitPython code and it works well.  The electronics will go in the Hasbro Falcon first but a similar setup will also go in the Lego Falcon. The completed code currently has engine lights only because there really isn't a good place on the Hasbro Falcon to put gun lights.  The script has engine start, guns firing, hyperdrive, flyby and hyperdrive failure sounds.  I saw one of the commercial...

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Han Solo's DL-44 Proffieboard Blaster Build

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Han Solo's DL-44 Proffieboard Blaster Build

I just finished up building a DL-44 blaster with a Proffieboard. I'm not even sure how this project got started, which is a weird thing to say.  I love Star Wars and I'm a huge Han Solo fan.  If you have never researched the DL-44 props history do it.  Even if you have no intention to build one its, fascinating and hilarious to follow the history of the prop.  It's based on a C96 Mauser but it changes from movie to movie.  My build is NOT screen accurate and is somewhere between a A New Hope hero and Star Wars...

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Customized Lego UCS Millennium Falcon Coffee Table

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Customized Lego UCS Millennium Falcon Coffee Table

My wife bought me the Lego UCS Millennium Falcon (75912) for my last birthday. Its a beast!  7541 parts and an absolute beauty when complete.  It took me a few weeks to assemble it.  For something this big, I needed a proper place to display it.  I've seen it hung on walls, set on shelves and even suspended from ceilings. For me, I feel the only thing that does it justice is its own display table.  So I decided to design and build one. I also wanted it to be customized since it was going in the basement where the...

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