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Author Topic: Steampunk/ Retro raygun WIP  (Read 15151 times)
Darth Saber
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« on: October 06, 2007, 08:25:01 am »

Well, I've decided to get back on the horse and take on my first prop project in over 2 years.
I liked Dr. Grordborts retro rayguns so much that I decided to try my hand on creating a similar style raygun. I actually wanted to see how cheap I could create a similar type gun.
I figured I'd write a little WIP diary on the RPF during the progress.
 
So last week I went to a local junkshop in town . The place is huge and looks like a giant barn...Make sure you have your tetanus shot before you walk in, there's rusty stuff everywhere.
I looked around for things which matched the style I needed and looked at every section of every piece of junk to see if it would come close to what I was hoping for.
 
I ended up picking up an old brass chimney andiron and a brass candle holder. (Andiron - $10, Candle holder - $5 )
The andiron looked very similar to this -

 
I then took home the two parts I picked up and began sketching out different raygun designs using the elements from the items I bought.
 
Here's the final design I ended up with -

 
I then took a trip to the hardware store (ACE) and looked through the lamp parts section. I picked up several different kind of spacers, some finials, brass nobs, and a couple of lamp threaded rods (luckily these threaded rods are compatable with nearly every screw on lamp part, which makes my job a bit easier.), and got some screws and washers and a small piece of PVC pipe. (15.00)
 
I then went to the hobby shot and picked up brass rods, brass tubing, and a sheet of brass metal. ($11.00)
 
 
 
 
I then needed to pick up some decent thickness guage wire so I stopped by Micheals a got some. ($8.00)
 
Next stop was to get a CO2 Cratridge. I figured it would be easy enough to get a CO2 cartridge from Walmart (paintball gun section) , but as luck would have it , I needed an 8 gram cartridge and all that was sold at Walmart were 12gram cartidges.
 
I then stopped by Bed Bath and Beyond to see if maybe they sold CO2 cartridges for whip cream makers or soda chargers...No such luck. I finally asked my wife where I might be able to find these cartridges. She said William Sonoma should carry them...Sure enough, the had them -

 
I then went in search of test tubes...Harder to find than I thought. I didn't want to go with glass (which was all I could find) because it's a bit too fragile..I finally found a website that sells different assortments of test tubes for cheap -
http://www.testtubesonline.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=207%2D0029W&CartID=0
 
Im all set to go!
 
More updates later.
 
DS
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Commander Obadiah
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« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2007, 10:22:22 am »

Anyone would think you were a professional concept artist or something...

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« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2007, 12:00:47 pm »

I think the concept sketch could be more realistic ....  Tongue

Seriously though, can't wait to see the results!

DB

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« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2007, 12:11:58 pm »

Haha, only just realised you were powering this by Uranium. Good show, good show.

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« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2007, 01:29:20 pm »

Haha, only just realised you were powering this by Uranium. Good show, good show.

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Let's hope the greyish color is due to the copious use of lead shielding!

DB

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« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2007, 02:18:49 pm »

Ah, behold the wonders of uranium... but lead... I don't think he should use that. Lead kills people =P
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« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2007, 05:01:14 pm »

I then went in search of test tubes...Harder to find than I thought. I didn't want to go with glass (which was all I could find) because it's a bit too fragile..I finally found a website that sells different assortments of test tubes for cheap -
http://www.testtubesonline.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=207%2D0029W&CartID=0
Wow!  Seven cents a peice, now that's some pricing I can get behind.  Cheesy  Good find.
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« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2007, 07:16:14 am »

The CO2 cartridge is finished (Aside from the "U-238" label)
First I wacked a nail through the tip to let the CO2 out (Scared the crap outta my cat!)
I then sanded off the greyish metal paint job ,that it originally had, and exposed the natural metal.
I then wacked the cartridge a few times with my plyers to give it some scratches and little dents.
I moved on to some Alluminum Black, and poured some onto a paper towel and crubbed it on the cartridge (for a more weahtery feel).
Then I grabbed my Wild Wire from Michael's, and wrapped it in a spiral fashion around a steel rod I had.
 
After I finished with the wire I stuck it through the hole in the CO2 cartridge.
 



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« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2007, 07:18:07 am »

Went ahead and unscrewed the andiron and used the top, cup looking portion for the body of the raygun. One small problem...The body isn't quite lenghty enough.
I've decided to cut the body in half and use a piece of PVC pipe to extend it a bit.
After inserting the PVC pipe I took my sheet of brass and cut a portion to cover the PVC piping.
I then moved on to the barrel. This was actually pretty simple. Just toop one of the threaded rods I picked up, attatched a nut to one end, slid it through the hole on the body and then screwed on the spacers on the oposite in to tightly hold it in place. Between each spacer I put a washer (to simulate the heat sink rings seen on the illustration). There was still rome threaded rod exposed on the outside so I just slid one of the brass pipes over it.
 
I then worked on the little contraption that holds the CO2 cartridge in place using a dremmeled sheet of brass.
 

 
More updates later.
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« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2007, 07:35:12 am »

looking good.
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« Reply #10 on: October 07, 2007, 08:50:01 am »

You're making such excellent progress! I'm really excited to see how this ray gun evolves from design to finish.
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« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2007, 05:07:03 pm »

Shiny!

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« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2007, 10:40:05 pm »

Gorgeousness and gorgeosity, my good man.

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« Reply #13 on: October 07, 2007, 10:56:54 pm »

Its coming along well. I am excited to see a finished product.
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« Reply #14 on: October 07, 2007, 11:35:52 pm »

Thanks everyone.

More updates -

I finally recieved those test tubes I ordered. I went ahead and cut one down to about 1" 3/4" in length. I then poured some sepia ink inside (To give the illussion of some kind of dried gunk inside) and let it drip around for a while. I then removed the cap and let it dry .

Then I weathered the copper coil a bit with some Aluminum Black.

I then decided that the screws holding  the CO2 grabbers were a little too big so I replaced them with smaller screws. I also added the bolt on the side (which is actually part of a grommet , a cut down section from a keychain and a screw.






Mor updates later




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« Reply #15 on: October 08, 2007, 12:00:45 am »

Good god, man!  This raygun is shaping up to be nothing short of astounding!

I am inspired just watching you work!
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« Reply #16 on: October 08, 2007, 12:20:30 am »

How are you putting the U-238 label on? Are you using spray paint and stencils?
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« Reply #17 on: October 08, 2007, 06:18:58 am »

Actually, Im not sure how Im going to add the label just yet. I'm considering a stencil with maybe spray paint, or Aluminum Black.


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« Reply #18 on: October 08, 2007, 07:09:04 am »

If you use the spraypaint, I would suggest applying masking tape and cutting the design out, or using a printed sticker. It's devilish to get stencils to wrap properly, as I'm sure you know.

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« Reply #19 on: October 08, 2007, 09:50:46 am »

this is coming along brilliantly!
do you frequent conceptart.org by any chance? your illustration style is so familiar (admitedly, i only hang around in the sculpture board, so rarely get to see any illustrations...)
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« Reply #20 on: October 08, 2007, 11:07:58 pm »

The original design sketch you posted looks like something out of American McGee's Alice (not at all a bad thing). Looking forward to the finished project....
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« Reply #21 on: October 09, 2007, 02:27:41 am »

Thanks guys...Still working away. More pics soon.


this is coming along brilliantly!
do you frequent conceptart.org by any chance? your illustration style is so familiar (admitedly, i only hang around in the sculpture board, so rarely get to see any illustrations...)

Yes, I frequent Conceptart.com all the time.




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« Reply #22 on: October 09, 2007, 07:00:43 am »

I was a bit tight on time today so I couldn't get much done.

What I did manage was to dremel the head off of the candle holder I picked up (which was supposed to be solid brass, but upon cutting the head off I discovered it was filled with concrete).
I then drilled a hole inside the holder (for the threaded rod to slide into)
I filed down the roughly cut end and screwed the candle head on to the barrel.



I also went ahead and dissasembled the gun to clean up some shavings which were inside -



More pics later.

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« Reply #23 on: October 09, 2007, 07:44:32 pm »

It's looking really nice dude.

One question I've been wondering about: How did you discharge the soda cartridge safely?
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« Reply #24 on: October 09, 2007, 08:00:23 pm »

Is safety a strong criteria?    A PVC compressed gas rifle comes to mind for some reason.  :-)
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