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Once upon a time I purchased an E-11 blaster from Ebay. It stayed in my possession for about a day. Now while I don't wish to be impolite to the guy who produced it, the blaster really wasn't very good at all.

I then bought a solid resin cast from an infamous caster. This was much better but needed a lot of work to clean it up and then you have the painting and finishing. It wasn't hollow so it was very heavy. However, because of the casting quality, you can create a stunning blaster with this kit. Still not what I wanted though.

This all got me thinking about a way to produce a really awesome lightweight trooping blaster. I know these blasters had been made many times before but I felt I could improve on the humble pipe blaster. My approach is about detail, accuracy and finish. I guess that is what I am known for.

I wanted my own blaster to have a bright light (that can be turned off for trooping) and a good quality blaster sound. Oh, and it had to run for 30 hours (plus) from one set of battery cells.

So, I made this:

The 501st Creations E-11 Blaster displayed on our blaster stand.

Finished to the highest standard with first generation casts from a Sterling SMG, the blaster really does look like the real thing. It also has a multi-coat, multi-paint finish with an intermediate laquer. The base coat has a mottled crinkle finish to replicate the Sterling SMG finish. Finally, it is finished with matt black and silver paint where required.

The scope has an exact replica of the E-11 reticle graphics with a gloss varnish to the front lens so it reflects the light to appear like glass.

It comes with a digitised blaster sound sample (from Star Wars) and a red 1 watt Luxeon high power LED mounted in the muzzle. It operates on 4 x AAA cells fitted inside a rapid access battery pack complete with snap connector. Estimated battery burn time is 30 to 50 hours. Not bad. The LED can be switched to OFF as some garrisons do not allow light effects while trooping.

E11_mag_3_4.jpgConstructions is upwards of 20 hours and every detail is carefully considered. It is very difficult to create a truly movie accurate E-11, but, I think this comes very close.

The electronics system only adds a small amount of weight to the blaster - around 100g extra. The overall weight is 810g so it is suitable for trooping and can be easily carried or holstered during a full days trooping. The sound is loud (enough) and can even be replaced with your own recorded sample using the built in microphone (I wouldn't recommend it though).

I used to offer an electronics kit to fit to a pipe blaster. This comprised white LED's, UV LED's and a laser. I have stopped making this due to the laser being potentially harmful. So now it operates with a safe 1w red LED.

movie1.jpgGreat sound and a great price for these blasters that are available directly from me here or via Ebay (higher price on Ebay to cover their exorbitant costs).

NEW! TKVox PicoAmp - microscopic amp power.

pico_powerpack1.jpgIncredibly small and lightweight 17mm (0.7") x 32mm (1.3") x 67mm (2.6"), the TKVox PicoAmp amplifier is a new addition to our family of compact comm kits.

Mounted in a custom fit case, this one breaks the mould of big box comm systems. This is the smallest and lightest amp (33 grams) we've made! It can be used in all types of helmet, Stormtroopers, Fetts, Clone Troopers etc.

pico_pp3_1.jpgThe modular PicoAmp system is offered on a continuous production basis (amp, mic, hovi speakers, powerpack and accessories). As with all our amps, it can be driven to a high volume considering the size of the speakers! The microphone is pre-amped so no need for an extra box of electronics or batteries to pre-amp the microphone.

If you require a PicoAmp, powerpack and microphone only (no hovi-mix tip speakers), just drop me an email. I can create a custom order for you. This also applies to any of our amps.

Check it out in our store.

Vortex Cooling Fan available now...

I've noticed that some troopers are using the "squirrel fan" design or "blower fan". They are larger (51mm x 51mm x 15mm) but they do pump out more air and are very power efficient.

vortex_powerpack.jpgSo, I thought it was about time to launch this type of fan coupled with my high build quality and design features. I'll still provide my smaller fans which are of the highest quality and fit into smaller spaces.

The Vortex fans operate from a 9v battery cell and are very easy to fit into your lid. They come equipped with all wires spiral wrapped for protection and glued for strain relief. They will even run from 4 x AAA but you do have to give the fan a little nudge to get it started. I recommend the 9v cell solution purely because the extra voltage helps the fan to run faster - faster fan, more air! The PowerPack is the standard switchable type - great with flight gloves!

The only downside is the cost. They blowers are four times the cost of the smaller 40mm fans! So, you get more air but they cost a little more.

Run-time report
Run-time is about 3.5 hours at high output but the fan was still running at 6 hours with a lower output. This is less run-time than the Micro Fan which I have had running at around 12 hours. Two Vortex fans would work well - one switched on for 4 hours and another as a backup for a long troop. Or one Vortex and a Micro in combination.

Available now in our Store or on Ebay...

Clone Trooper Aerator Speakers

clonetrooper_aeratos.jpgTKVox Clone Trooper Aerator Speakers: NEW!
NEW! I don't know of anyone else producing these. They are aerator speaker tips designed for Clone Trooper helmets like this:

The same design schema with Feedback Reduction Technology (FRT) as my Hovi-mix tip speakers but produced exclusively for Clone Troopers! On sale through my store in limited numbers so grab them quickly.


TKVox NanoAmp

nano_in_hand_289.jpgTKVox NanoAmp
NEW! The limited edtion NanoAmp is now availble in a tiny enclosure - 15mm x 47mm x 62mm @ 44 grams. I have also added an extra jack plug input (very difficult in this tight space) should you wish to connect an additional speaker, possibly in your in your chest or back plate. On sale through my store.

See and hear it in action on YouTube by clicking here.

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