Han Shot First: Tormach PCNC 1100 Owner Machines Han Solo Blaster Replica Kit

by: Julie Henning

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.

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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.

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The kit is featured starting at 8:58 and the bulk of the build starting at 10:02:


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“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.

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Julie Henning is the Tormach Technical Writer. She has a ten year background in technical documentation and marketing communication in the medical device and printed circuit board industries. Julie holds a BS in Technical Communication from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and a MS in Technical Communication from Colorado State University.

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