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    Sep 21, 2011, 10:47 AM - Beneath the Planet of the Apes - Gorilla Machine Gun Sctrach Build Prop weapon #1

    New project:

    " Beneath the Planet of the Apes " - Gorilla Machine Gun

    Full Scratch build.

    Progress so far.

    Long way to go.

    What do you think? Comments?

    Anyone else build this one?

    Thanks.

    Gordon

    ( like the Rifle - SEE the build with the pistol - LINK: http://www.therpf.com/f9/planet-apes...2011-a-126557/ )
    Last edited by Harada357; Sep 21, 2011 at 10:53 AM.
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    Sep 21, 2011, 11:04 AM - Re: Beneath the Planet of the Apes - Gorilla Machine Gun Sctrach Build Prop weapon #2

    You need to make that clip a Banana clip.
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    Sep 21, 2011, 11:32 AM - Re: Beneath the Planet of the Apes - Gorilla Machine Gun Sctrach Build Prop weapon #3

    apollo said: View Post
    You need to make that clip a Banana clip.
    bahahahaa



    Good luck! I'm working out ideas on a Chimp for next year.
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    Sep 22, 2011, 2:21 PM - Re: Beneath the Planet of the Apes - Gorilla Machine Gun Sctrach Build Prop weapon #4

    New pics -

    Nuff said ......

    COMMENTS please - full scratch builds - lots of love and TLC.

    Gordon
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    Sep 22, 2011, 2:34 PM - Re: Beneath the Planet of the Apes - Gorilla Machine Gun Sctrach Build Prop weapon #5

    Very nice, I love them.

    Are you going to do a run of them for us

    Kelso
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    Sep 22, 2011, 3:53 PM - Re: Beneath the Planet of the Apes - Gorilla Machine Gun Sctrach Build Prop weapon #6

    kelsobrooks said: View Post
    Very nice, I love them.

    Are you going to do a run of them for us

    Kelso
    I would LOVe to offer a run on all three Apes weapons - but each are hand crafted and all the parts are hand made. There is no practical way of making a run like a resin cast. Each would have to be patterned and cut from scratch. The time and cost would be prohibitive. $$$$$$$$$$$$$ Sorry.

    If someone is DYING to get one - I could use mine as the pattern and make another - but is would be expensive.

    So this is likely a one time shot.

    Gordon
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    Sep 23, 2011, 5:49 AM - Re: Beneath the Planet of the Apes - Gorilla Machine Gun Sctrach Build Prop weapon #7

    Great job again Gordon.

    You certainly don't hang around on these!

    So what's next? How about a man catcher and an original turkey leg club?






    There's always the Alfa Omega (full size).
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    Sep 23, 2011, 7:52 AM - Re: Beneath the Planet of the Apes - Gorilla Machine Gun Sctrach Build Prop weapon #8

    did you fashion the machinegun body from scratch, or did you work to a plan/ blueprint? I appreciate you won't be doing it as a kit, but if you had a plan for the wooden parts I'd love to get someone this side of the pond to fabricate.
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    Sep 23, 2011, 9:36 AM - Re: Beneath the Planet of the Apes - Gorilla Machine Gun Sctrach Build Prop weapon #9

    Jeez, buddy; those things look like a monkey made 'em.
    Oh...
    ...that's the whole idea.
    Nevermind.

    Seriously,
    really nice work producing a viable prop replica out of commonly available materials!

    Mike
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    Sep 23, 2011, 10:16 AM - Re: Beneath the Planet of the Apes - Gorilla Machine Gun Sctrach Build Prop weapon #10

    Wow finished already?!

    You don't monkey around!

    Beautiful work on all three!
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    Sep 23, 2011, 12:59 PM - Re: Beneath the Planet of the Apes - Gorilla Machine Gun Sctrach Build Prop weapon #11

    I like it, too!!

    -Rylo
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    Sep 23, 2011, 2:11 PM - Re: Beneath the Planet of the Apes - Gorilla Machine Gun Sctrach Build Prop weapon #12

    somerset fox said: View Post
    did you fashion the machinegun body from scratch, or did you work to a plan/ blueprint? I appreciate you won't be doing it as a kit, but if you had a plan for the wooden parts I'd love to get someone this side of the pond to fabricate.
    The measurements and patterns are from scratch. I had one reference photo and an M76 S&W Machine gun for size. The Machine gun - is definately the BEAR to make. Lots of cuts and rough hand tooling carving out the details by hand. The construction is rugged. The barrel is copper tubbing. I wanted it to stand up to handling.

    Thank you all for the kind comments. I would be willing to share information on the sizes and build.

    I love the RPF and its members. A few kind words of encouragement makes the work worth while.

    I will share the infor for anyone who wants it.

    Gordon
    Last edited by Harada357; Sep 23, 2011 at 2:19 PM.
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    Sep 23, 2011, 2:22 PM - Re: Beneath the Planet of the Apes - Gorilla Machine Gun Sctrach Build Prop weapon #13

    apollo said: View Post
    Wow finished already?!

    You don't monkey around!

    Beautiful work on all three!
    Thanks for the taking the time to respond !!

    Gordon
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    Sep 23, 2011, 8:58 PM - Re: Beneath the Planet of the Apes - Gorilla Machine Gun Sctrach Build Prop weapon #14

    Those babies are gunna sing when you put the slings on Gordon, great stuff.
    The only replica i ever wanted from the original is that magnificent survival pack repro put youve put some "whitlin" and "sandin" on my mind.

    As a kid, snuck in my bros car at the drive in, the thing that scared me the most were the scarecrows, might have a go at a 1/16 version.
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    Sep 23, 2011, 10:13 PM - Re: Beneath the Planet of the Apes - Gorilla Machine Gun Sctrach Build Prop weapon #15

    Ape awesomeness. I luv it.
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    Sep 24, 2011, 2:37 PM - Re: Beneath the Planet of the Apes - Gorilla Machine Gun Sctrach Build Prop weapon #16

    Jessica said: View Post
    Ape awesomeness. I luv it.
    Thank you for the kind comments. Jessica I would like to see photos of the Apes costumes you have !!!!

    Since there is a lot of interest - I decided to make a couple of machine guns or Apes pistols or rifles for those who want them. I have the set up to make the builds before I go back to my Yamato Pistol project. I can't do many - I have already promised one Machine gun. Each will be unique scratch builds and no two will be the same. But - Apes armorers outfitted a whole army the same way. It reminds me of Orcs gearing up in the Lord of the rings - fast - rough - and effective.

    I will open a thread in the junkyard for the Apes Machine gun. But I work full time - have kids - and very little time. I don't want to commit too many as I can only crank them out one at a time. I will paint and finish it the same way mine is done in the photos.

    Thanks for all the support.

    Anyone with good pics of Linda Harrison - PLEASE share them! Jessica had some awesome ones. When I saw planet of the apes I was kid and fell completely in love with the silent beauty in the films !!

    Gordon
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    Sep 25, 2011, 2:14 AM - Re: Beneath the Planet of the Apes - Gorilla Machine Gun Sctrach Build Prop weapon #17

    I don't have any other ape costumes except for the one I always wear:



    And the ones I made for my kids:


    Here's a box of raw appliances:



    And the apes I had to hide in my bedroom so party goers would not touch them with their filthy human hands:


    I do have a brass replica of Julius's cage key, and it's boxed up somewhere. I keep forgetting to take a photo with it when I am in costume because there are way too many things going on when I have to be in costume that I'm lucky if I remember to bring drinking straws with me.
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    Sep 25, 2011, 5:25 PM - Re: Beneath the Planet of the Apes - Gorilla Machine Gun Sctrach Build Prop weapon #18

    The submachine gun that they used was a Madsen M50: Modern Firearms - Madsen m/46 m/50 m/53

    In the 60s and 70s it was a very popular weapon in movies and tv. It is still used in modern productions.

    David.
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    Sep 25, 2011, 7:09 PM - Re: Beneath the Planet of the Apes - Gorilla Machine Gun Sctrach Build Prop weapon #19

    Jessica said: View Post
    I don't have any other ape costumes except for the one I always wear:





    I do have a brass replica of Julius's cage key, and it's boxed up somewhere. I keep forgetting to take a photo with it when I am in costume because there are way too many things going on when I have to be in costume that I'm lucky if I remember to bring drinking straws with me.
    Jessica,

    THANK you for sharing the picks - The costume is AWESOME !!! I love it !! The appliances look like they are right out of the film !!!

    Too bad Zira was NOT the gun weilding type - but Taylor managed a kiss !!

    Taylor was too cool in those days.

    Gordon
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    Mar 25, 2012, 12:22 PM - Re: Beneath the Planet of the Apes - Gorilla Machine Gun Sctrach Build Prop weapon #20

    awesome work on the machine gun. Its such a great build it looks right outta the movie or Tv series. yea each weapon would look differnt as each one a stock would be carved from hand for each set of gun parts until it was a functional weapon.
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    Mar 25, 2012, 7:41 PM - Re: Beneath the Planet of the Apes - Gorilla Machine Gun Sctrach Build Prop weapon #21

    Excellent job! I don't think I've ever seen a replica of the gorilla machine gun before!
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    May 2, 2012, 9:21 PM - Re: Beneath the Planet of the Apes - Gorilla Machine Gun Sctrach Build Prop weapon #22

    guy in san diego who did own a original machine gun ,made a few copies from the original. did a great job.

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