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Author Topic: Art Deco Ray Rifle  (Read 3635 times)
Herr Döktor
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« on: August 03, 2014, 12:32:10 am »

Ever since I saw the Grordbort's Pomsom 6000, I've been wanting to make an At Deco raygun, and finally, about a week ago, the parts collection hit critical mass, and late Monday evening I had this:



From the stock up: bandsawn 1" MDF stock, random plastic dome clock dome, spun stainless steel bowl, same again kitchen container, three steel bowls, a steel eggcup, and the emitter is a chrome plated pomade sprinkler- as used by gentleman's barbers in the 40s, 50s, and 60s.

The following evening, I added a ridiculous fin, routed a curve around the stock, and refined the join between the dome and steel bowl, using sheet styrene plastic and strip:


 Close up of the join:


Of course, it needed a trigger, so a cardboard template was made:


Which was used to make a sandwich of styrene and acrylic sheet, with a sliding trigger:



I've added detail to the trigger guard, and replaced the acrylic trigger with an aluminium one, as paint would keep scraping off the acrylic one!



I decided to put a gauge on one side, this being from a broken airbrush regulator:


And a switch on the other:


I also started adding detail to the fin, and also to the stock:


And this is how it all looks this evening:


Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2014, 01:12:30 am »

Hmmmm, GOOD WORK!  It looks utterly fantastic, you have done a good job so far.  It is looking a bit Art Nouveau, if you know what I mean, I would add a few pieces down the side of the barrel to direct the eye and make it appear straighter.  AND it needs to be all shiny and gold.
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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2014, 02:40:09 am »

Looking good.  The barrel seems to have gone from chrome to brass.  Is it just the photo?
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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2014, 04:24:33 am »

Fantastic. Beautifully proportions and totally Art Deco.
Looking forward to seeing progress.
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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2014, 12:43:56 pm »

Beautiful work sir. I may have to steal your trigger design.
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« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2014, 05:51:47 pm »

Most excellent Smiley

Reminds me of Flash Gordon !!!

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« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2014, 06:02:06 pm »

I'm liking that fin very much, somehow it just sets off the entire piece.
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« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2014, 11:16:42 pm »

Trigger design is up for grabs, and it's not the size of the fin, it's what you do with it...

Right, onwards and upwards:

at about five (ish) this afternoon, I decided it needed a springloaded slidy thing, as that's what rifles seem to have, and this is what i came up with:


Made it out of some ABS tube, three hemispheres, and quite a bit of car body filer, and here it is pulled back:


It springs back in a most satisfactory way!

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« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2014, 08:54:31 am »

Beautiful work as always Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2014, 06:55:05 pm »

Nice. You can't beat a bit of body filler. well only with a lot of body filler.
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« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2014, 10:13:50 pm »

I love the smell of resin in the morning- smells like VICTORY! *Cough, cough*

Continued polishing the slide mount, and added a handle:


Another view:


Which was made out of this:


The top from a Mars Celebrations acrylic bottle, left over from Xmas!


Just sawed it off, filled it with resin, drilled and tapped a hole, and it screwed straight on!

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« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2014, 10:14:56 pm »

Having made the slide, I decided that I needed some symmetry, so I've added a vent on the other side:


I just used the offcuts from the oher side, don't know why I didn't think of it sooner...

Also received some stainless catering salt and pepperpots in the post, and added them as emitters/dissipaters on the middle section:


Just waiting on some washers of differing sizes to stack on the top of them, and finish them off with either a dome nut or an acrylic sphere with a tapped hole.

Now, you would tell me if this was getting too silly, wouldn't you?

Huh

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« Reply #12 on: August 06, 2014, 11:23:46 pm »

Nice, very Atompunky (or is it Raygun Gothic? I never know anymore). Have you decided on a colour scheme yet doc? That's a design that would suit any number of Deco-y hues.
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« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2014, 12:29:11 am »

Going with a suggestion from a very clever young lady, I'm currently going with a Bakelite finish.

In the meantime, here's how it looked before it's trip to Geekfest over the weekend:


The washers have arrived, and I'm now waiting on some threaded steel balls to finish off the pepper pots/emitters.
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« Reply #14 on: August 12, 2014, 03:14:16 am »

Fantastic!! Shocked

You have such great vision! Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: August 12, 2014, 06:16:13 pm »

If this was mounted on my wall I'd have this music constantly playing in the back ground.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MS4_Z84-rRE

Hell yes.
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« Reply #16 on: August 13, 2014, 06:33:35 am »

Thanks for all the progress notes. They are very encouraging in my capability of adding to my future designs, what ever they may be.

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« Reply #17 on: August 20, 2014, 09:53:08 pm »

Righty-Ho!

Basecoat, of Rover maple brown, leftover from a previous project:


Followed by acrylic black, light brown, dark brown, yellow and red all wet blended, and blown around with an airbrush full of water:


More soon!

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« Reply #18 on: August 20, 2014, 10:35:07 pm »

Looking very authentic. This actually inspired me to start Googling around as I've wanted an old Bakelite telephone for a while. I never realised what a dedicated group of vintage plastic collectors are out there.

Apparently this is believed to be the largest Bakelite object ever cast, not an easy finish to replicate I'd wager, but bang up job so far.

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« Reply #19 on: August 20, 2014, 10:49:44 pm »

If I remember correctly, there's an example of that in the Science Museum...
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« Reply #20 on: August 21, 2014, 02:44:21 am »

A Ray rifle.  Nope, I can't use one of those.  I only know one "Ray" and he has never done anything to me that would warrant a rifle use on him!    Grin
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« Reply #21 on: August 21, 2014, 10:43:42 am »

I must confess I thought " no he's lost it this time" then I remembered no he's going for Bakelite!
A perfect choice I might add.
However I'm not sure we're getting the paint effect in its full glory. Is there any chance of a close up?
I'm sure many of us would like to see a tutorial as well if that's at all possible?  Grin

By the way I like it a lot.
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« Reply #22 on: August 21, 2014, 11:16:37 pm »

that whole symmetry thing, way over stated. are airplanes symmetrical? ships? tanks? zeppelins? hmm... ok. yeah.

anyway, If I was Ming and you pointed this at me? I would probably pinch off a nugget involuntarily.

very nice. (you still got it!)
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« Reply #23 on: August 21, 2014, 11:52:48 pm »

All paint dry, so a dry run:



Looking good to me, though I might add some more paint here and there.

Also, this thing has FOUR settings:



Admittedly, setting 'I' is "OFF", but that's still a setting, ok?

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« Reply #24 on: August 22, 2014, 12:44:14 am »

I'm assuming the paints are liquids not aerosols for the wet blending? It's extremely effective.
It gives me the impression that there is a "safe" insulated end to be on, and a not so safe shine end to avoid being on.
Dose it have a name yet? It says HMA Laviathan on the box in the first photo.
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