Battlestar Galactica (2004) Season 1 Colonial Pistol

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  1. chinbeard

    chinbeard Active Member

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    I was tapped to build a Battlestar Galactica Colonial Pistol for a Halloween costume. I much prefer the season 1 version that was based on the Smith & Wesson Model 686 revolver and I was given leeway to pick the version, so that's the one that I went with. I whipped up a vector for this and printed it out to get the party started.
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    I made the center layer out of 3/8" foam PVC and each layer outward out of 1/8" foam PVC.
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    The grenade launcher bit was made separately and attached later.
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    As the pieces were attached to the main part they were shaped with a Dremel.
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    With all of the pieces attached and roughly shaped, it's time to start sanding and filling to get this puppy mold ready!
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  2. DrewSmith007

    DrewSmith007 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Pics aren't showing up on my end...

    EDIT: Stupid work filter.
     
  3. terryr

    terryr Sr Member

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    Clever use of foam.

    I prefer that version as well.
     
  4. Solochaser

    Solochaser Well-Known Member

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    whoa this is fantastic. Do you have templates or is this mostly trail and error?
     
  5. Noeland

    Noeland Sr Member

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    The version you made is based on the colt python, which if I'm not mistaken is not screen used, it's Matsuo's build. But IMFDB is wrong all the time. The trigger and trigger guard are the giveaway. Those are not a smith 686 I'm afraid.

    Impressive scratch build non the less though!! Love scratch builds.
     
  6. epilepticsquirl

    epilepticsquirl Sr Member

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    what! :eek Please please please tell us you have the templates some where. I've been trying to put together an armory full of these guns, but it can get costly...

    This is just amazing! I applaud your fine work good sir!
     
  7. Sean

    Sean Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    That is fraking amazing!seems every time I come here I learn something new.and materials new to me.thanks for the post. that's a great build.
     
  8. chinbeard

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    Thanks for all of the great feedback! For a template I just used a side view image of the gun from imfdb. I also nabbed a bunch of front and 3/4 views from screen grabs of the show. Using those and some guesswork, I was able to come up with a good estimate of the thickness.

    I smoothed out all of the seams and edges with Bondo and Magic Scupt. The gun got a good priming, sanding, and more priming. Now it's getting wet sanded so that it'll be ready for mold making!
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  9. Sean

    Sean Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Looks better than the one hanging on my wall.were would I look for this pvc foam?
     
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  10. chinbeard

    chinbeard Active Member

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  11. Sean

    Sean Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Cool ! thank you...
     
  12. Legion

    Legion Active Member

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    I have one of Matsuo's newer clamshell blasters, and I gotta say that this in an incredible build. I'm truly amazed what you got out of foamboard and a dremel, not to mention the great coloring job.

    Beautiful work!

    Cheers,

    Guy
     
  13. PhoenixVader

    PhoenixVader Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Very nice work.

    thomas;)
     
  14. chinbeard

    chinbeard Active Member

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    I'm making a silicone mold of the gun, hooraaaaay!
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  15. epilepticsquirl

    epilepticsquirl Sr Member

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    So clean, I love it. Will you be pouring a couple of extras? :love I'd be down for a kit. :thumbsup
     
  16. sycor

    sycor Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I've always loved this gun so of course I had to get Matsuo's build when I found one available a few years ago. Your's look like a great representation of the gun. You should be proud. :thumbsup
     
  17. chinbeard

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    I should be able to pour as many extras of this as necessary if there is interest! =) I'll let you know how the mold comes out when it's done.
     
  18. Sean

    Sean Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I think it's fantastic.I would be interested.shoot I would be interested in the original master.how were the different layers created to cut the foam by?any special software .or sketched out by hand.
     
  19. chinbeard

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    @Sean: The layers were cut from 1/8" and 3/8 foam PVC with a scroll saw and exacto knife. I also used a power drill and disc/belt bench sander.

    I started pulling plastic resin casts out of the mold!
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    Here is one of the pulls after the first round of paint.
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  20. Sean

    Sean Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Sweet! do you plan on a trigger...
     
  21. chinbeard

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    This particular one is for a Halloween costume, so there isn't much need for a trigger. I've had trouble casting triggers in the past so I omitted it in favor of adding one later if needed.
     
  22. epilepticsquirl

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    Hard to tell from the pictures but those casts look uber clean! One might even say you've done this sort of thing before.... :lol
     
  23. chinbeard

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    Here is one of the pistols, finished and painted!

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    And here's me with the guns... hehee. =)

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  24. Mercury

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    Yeah, that resembles Matt's older "puzzle" builds. I actually like the way the Python looks compared to the screen accurate S&W.

    Looks great by the way! You should consider doing a run sometime. :cool
     
  25. Sean

    Sean Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Totally awesome from start to finish.Great work....
     
  26. chinbeard

    chinbeard Active Member

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    Thanks for all of the great feedback!

    @Mercury Forgive me for being a total noob, but what do you mean by "consider doing a run"? Are you telling me I need to get in better shape? Maybe run a 5k? =)
     
  27. Mercury

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    Trust me, I'm in no shape myself to tell someone they need to exercise. Lol. The term "run" here means as in to make casts available for sell to other members. I already have one of Matt's but this model of BSG blaster is kind of popular and I don't believe he still makes them. I know he doesn't make the Python version anymore. Just a thought. It might not be something you'd want to take on anyway. ;)
     
  28. amish

    amish Sr Member

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    Great scratch build, looks like a fun project. Something I might have to try :)
     
  29. Interceptor6

    Interceptor6 Sr Member

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    Definately have to give that a try! Great looking gun!!
     
  30. chinbeard

    chinbeard Active Member

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    Awesome! I'll totally do a run of these!
     
  31. epilepticsquirl

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    Looking forward to it! :thumbsup
     
  32. franz bolo

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    FYI, That pic you based it on was Matsuo's Fan made gun and not a screen used one like that site mentioned. It's not screen accurate.

    Nice work though!! :thumbsup


    FB
     
  33. HeroWorship

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    Great scratch build. Thanks for this enjoyable thread.
     
  34. CB2001

    CB2001 Master Member

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    They look totally frakkin' awesome!
     
  35. Zendragon

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    Outstanding. I can't believe what can be made from foam
     

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