Okay, so I haven't made any props before, but I really wanted to have an Evil Dead II Ash costume for Ohayocon this January, so here goes:
First, I bought what I thought was the right chainsaw on ebay for about $14 plus shipping, which as it turns out is the wrong model. What I wanted was the Homelite XL and what I bought was a Homelite XL-2. Small difference, but it's enough different that it threw me when I noticed.
The biggest difference is that the XL has the handle on the top only, while the XL 2 curves around to the back part, where my hand will go. The only problem I can see is that because of this design the back part might taper to a smaller area than the original, which gives me less room for the hand-hole. Still shouldn't be a project ruining issue, though.
This won't be 100% accurate, or 100% good for that matter, because of my inexperience and starting off with the wrong saw, but hopefully it turns out alright.
So here's the saw before I did anything, note that it's missing the bolt(s) to attach the bar (which is bent) to the engine, and the saw doesn't work anymore, according to the seller on ebay.
This cracked me up when I saw it. It's pretty hard to make an anthropomorphized chain, but by god Homelite tried:
And finally, I got the engine and whatnot out, and decided to stick my arm into the hole where the exhaust was to see how it looked. It's a bit cramped:
Will post more as I do things.