BLASTECH DLT-19 HEAVY BLASTER RIFLE

General Info
The "BlasTech DLT-19 " is one of several large weapons carried by desert stormtroopers as well as other characters in both ANH and ESB.

The DLT-19 was created using a German MG 34 machinegun, a number of rubber strips, a small, conical disc and a crude metal box. The rubber strips were attached to the vented barrel and held in place via wire. The concical disc was glued to the top of the left hand grip. The crude, sheet metal box was attached to the ledt side of the feed plate.

To the best of my knowledge there were at least four "DLT-19s" used in ANH. All appear to be assembled in a similar fashion. However, as with all the weapons used in Tunisia, the DLT-19 used on location in the desert scenes and possibly in others, has a very crude resin receiver and stock. This same, or a strikingly similar partial-resin DLT-19 appears again in the hands of the bounty hunter, 4-LOM, on the deck of Darth Vader's Executor.

Replica BlasTech DLT-19
DLT-19

Screen-Used Blastech DLT-19
Screen Used DLT-19

The MG 34
The German MG 34 is the base gun for the "DLT-19." A non-firing display gun made from all original parts is readily available from IMA-USA.com There are two key features to note. The first is that all known screen-used MG-34s had bakelite stocks, NOT wood stocks. The second thing to note is the bipod on the MG-34. There are several variations.

Original, unmodified German MG 34
Original MG 34

Wood stock vs. Bakelite stock
MG-34 Stock

Conical Disc
A conical disc, similar to those seen on Chewbacca's Bowcaster is attached to the upper left handgrip of the MG-34. The disc is 1" in diameter and the top has a very slight, conical taper. There is a small hole drilled through the center. I had this piece custom machined from aluminum, then painted it gloss black. It was weathered and finally attached via high-temp hotglue. Below is an image of my replica followed by a somewhat grainy picture of the screen used DLT-19.

Replica DLT-19

Screen Used DLT-19

 

Feeder Tray Cover
A crudely built box was constructed and wrapped around the left side of the MG-34 feeder tray. The box appears to be made of two parts. the first part wraps horizontally around three sides of the tray. The secons part wraps vertically over the first, completing the box-like shape. You can see from the front view that this box is not well built. I can't help but wonder if this is some sort of legitimate MG-34 item... perhaps a dust cover for the MG-34. However, I built my own and will have detailed blueprints available soon. Once assembled, the box pressure fits over the feeder tray and snaps into place. It was painted flat black and then weathered. Below is an image of my replica followed by two somewhat grainy pictures of the screen used DLT-19.

Replica DLT-19

Screen Used DLT-19

Screen Used DLT-19

Barrel Fins
There are a number of "fins" attached to the barrel of the MG-34. They are divided into two sections; rear and forward. Each strp is beveled at ether end and is held in place by a thin metal wire which is wrapped around the barrel and the fins at both ends. While the fins are not in exact alignment, there is a definite patten which is different for the front and rear sections. To maintain a screen-accurate look, the fins should not be in perfect alignment. Below is an image of my replica forward fins followed by a somewhat grainy picture of the screen used DLT-19. This is not the best image for proving the fin alignment. I hope to have better pictures available soon.

Replica DLT-19

Screen Used DLT-19

Below is an image of my replica rear fins. I currently do not have a good picture of the screen-used rear fins to prove the alignmentbut hope to have them soon. Note that the fins at the bottom of the barrel are cut into two pieces due the the bipod locking stud.

Replica DLT-19

Below is a diagram showing the correct alignment of both the forward and rear fins.

Fin Alignment

This page was assembled in a bit of a rush. I hope to revise and update it later. Please be patient.

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