Welcome fellow Imperials! Let’s take a closer look at one of the best looking weapons in the Star Wars universe: the BlasTech DLT-19 Heavy Blaster Rifle! This weapon was based off of the German MG34 machine gun used in the 1930’s and 40’s.
I am not the first person to scratch build a DLT-19, there have been many before me that have taken on the challenge…and have put out a much better prop. I did have trouble finding templates for this weapon. A member on whitearmor.net: WizardOfFlight did draw some blueprints of the MG34, which are spectacular. I took his drawing a step further and drew up my own templates that can be applied to wood, PVC, and plastic sheet. My objective was to build a somewhat accurate and simple DLT-19 using readily available parts and standard hand tools. I plan to “troop” with this prop at 501st events. Because I will be putting some mileage on this weapon, and hauling it around, I did not want parts that would snap off easily. I did not include a trigger or gunsights. I also did not include T-racks along the barrel. You may find other items that are missing/different. If you see areas that can be improved, don’t let my build/plans hinder you! Please make your own improvements and build a better blaster! 🙂
The instructional video weighs in at 30+ minutes…indicating that this is a fairly involved project, take your time and have fun with it. To get started, check out the video and parts list below:
Fellow prop builder: Luddite1967 had a great suggestion for making more accurate/circular holes in the barrel. Rather than using a dremel to carve out the circles, use a hand drill with a step bit. Thanks for the helpful tip!
DLT-19 Templates FREE
1” x 10” x 6’ (actual: ¾” x 9-¾” x 6’ ) premium board $10
1-¼” PVC pipe (2 feet) $4
4 x 1-¼” PVC couplings (Home Depot couplings were more uniform on outside) $3
1” x ¾” PVC adapter $1 (Lowe’s has wrong pic on the site…product number in the link is correct)
⅞” wood dowel $4
Plastic sign $5
Shelving brackets $6
½” type LB conduit body $3
¾” corner braces (2 packs) $4
Mouthwash cap (large) local Grocery/Pharmacy ~3$
1-½” PVC conduit clamp $2
½” #8-32 flathead machine screws and nuts $1
2” #8 wood screws $1
2” #10-24 round machine screws and nuts $1
¾” #12 oval-head sheet metal screws $1
¾” #6 oval-head sheet metal screws $1
#6 finishing washers $1
½” mending plates $4
#10-24 rubber well nut $1
⅜” #6-32 round machine screws w/ washers & nuts $1
½” #4 pan head sheet metal screws http://thd.co/2h4Ikox $1
¾” chicago bolts x 4 $4
½” chicago bolt x 1 $1
⅝” or ½” #8 oval head sheet metal screws $1
1” #6 oval head sheet metal screws $1
½” #8 machine screws, nuts, and finishing washers used to fill the holes in the shelving brackets $1
Elmer’s Wood Glue
Sandpaper (60, 120, 220, 400 grit)
#0000 steel wool
Rustoleum Painter’s Touch ray primer spray
Rustoleum Painter’s Touch Flat black spray
Krylon satin clear spray
Varathane polyurethane in satin finish
An Imperial brother from Ireland sent in a few pics of his DLT-19. Take a look at Sean McGrath’s DLT-19! Because Sean is in Ireland, not all of the building materials were available at his local home improvement store. He improvised on a few of the parts AND made some additions of his own. Check out the the gun sights, “T-Tracks” on the barrel, and the MG34 grips. I asked Sean about the T-tracks and grips, he said he was able to find them on eBay. Because he didn’t have shelving brackets at his local hardware store, he custom-built the bipod using 15mm plastic rods and used a heat gun to make flat ends. Instead of painting the inner barrel silver, he covered it with silver heat duct tape. This is the kind of build that I LOVE to see…improvisation and customization. Sean has the heart of a true prop maker. Thank you for sending these pics Sean, well done trooper! Hope I can join you for a stout one day in Ireland.
Fellow YouTuber: Sillyrunner, completed his DLT-19 and added a nice looking scope on top. Excellent job on your build, thank you for submitting your photo!
Dennis Moorman REALLY went all out with his DLT-19. He has implemented a trigger, complete with blaster sounds, AND LEDs in the barrel that can be set to red or blue. In addition, he has a working ammo counter that shows the ammo number decreasing as shots are fired. EXCELLENT job Dennis, very impressive. Glad to see you add your own personal modifications on there! The bipod in my video is stationary and not functional…for decoration only. Dennis put a working bipod on his DLT-19.