Envy Thread: Mal's Pistol from Firefly

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by philippes, Jun 12, 2005.

  1. philippes

    philippes Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    And here it is complete:

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    Here's a project a friend of mine has been working on using all original source material that I helped provide. The side bolts are currently missing, but they'll be added shortly.

    This is an all-metal version made with the original base gun and the same bronze castings employed to make the screen-used weapon:

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    Nice, eh?

    Phil
     
  2. adamata

    adamata Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Holy crap. That looks great.

    What is the base gun, etc? Can you share that info?
     
  3. Kerr Avon

    Kerr Avon Master Member

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    Some Dragoon pistol I thought..
     
  4. Birdie

    Birdie Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    The base was a cheap modern revolver (not sure which). All the rest was custom.
     
  5. Quinn Merrick

    Quinn Merrick Well-Known Member

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    Simply amazing. I would also like to know what the base gun is that was used.
     
  6. Osmotic

    Osmotic Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    :eek Very nice indeed, IÂ’m going to have to have a chat with your friend.
     
  7. jakob2121

    jakob2121 Well-Known Member

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    I thought it was a modern BR blaster (fitting, considering who this discussion was started by), in that there's a modern pistol inside, which is why the curve above the trigger is so odd...there's the smaller pistol frame inside the panels.

    The grips look like a S&W Model Two:

    http://www.armchairgunshow.com/images/11m2TU45012-46447.jpg

    imagine if they'd put custom panels on top of the frame, ala the PKD.
     
  8. Soundwave

    Soundwave Sr Member

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    Ditto, I'm no gun expert, but I'd sure be interested in learning more.

    That is looking totally sweet. One envious prop fan here.
     
  9. philippes

    philippes Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    The base gun is a Taurus 65.

    Phil
     
  10. DavidS

    DavidS Sr Member

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    what does one have to do, or whom would one have to bump off to get one of those?
     
  11. Zendragon

    Zendragon Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Amazing.... and did I mention that I need one? :D
     
  12. philippes

    philippes Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    This is one obsessed man's project. No others like this one are going to be made.

    Even the source for the original body castings refuses to make any others, as they're very complex to produce.

    Phil
     
  13. philippes

    philippes Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Here are what the raw parts look like (not including the base gun):

    [​IMG]

    Phil
     
  14. DavidS

    DavidS Sr Member

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    Dear god...........
    hmmmm
    So theres NO way??
    hmmm
     
  15. Endless Wonder

    Endless Wonder Sr Member

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    That's the most beautiful prop I've ever seen. :eek Simply gorgeous.
     
  16. Apollo

    Apollo Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Man is that Beautiful... Congrats Phil.. :)
     
  17. Noeland

    Noeland Sr Member

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    Thanks for the picture, I have wondered what the heck that gun looked like. What are the specs for the hero gun? Was it somehting they fired blanks in, or flash caps? Or, for that matter, they probably could have done digital flashes.

    Njc---------------------------
     
  18. Briareos

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  19. moffeaton

    moffeaton Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks for the pics - will help to make mine accurate. Can you show the other side? I know those details along the top of the pistol do not mirror the other side the way everyone assumes.

    I assume you/your friend knows that there is a mint to be made by selling even static resin copies of this pistol. I would be in for one. And I have about 5 friends who would as well.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Any LeMats or Jayne pistols?
     
  20. moffeaton

    moffeaton Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    From a few things I've seen, the other side is like this:

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    Dunno if that is a change made between Firefly and Serenity (since your friend's source shows the parts differ from my pic), or if it's indicative of the stunt pistols... but any way you slice it, your friend's gun is gorgeous.
     
  21. philippes

    philippes Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    If a picture of the other side becomes available, I'll post it.

    Yes, we're aware that a market exists for the castings of the pistols from Firefly and Serenity. Unfortunately, due to my relationship with providers of the source material, I can't make any castings available.

    Phil


     
  22. moffeaton

    moffeaton Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Understood... well, thanks for sharing even pics. Pretty slim pickings out there.
     
  23. philippes

    philippes Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I don't have Matebas or Jayne pistols to show--yet.

    Mal's pistol was indeed modified for Serenity. I can't remember all of the differences right now, but a detail on the magazine is one I clearly recall.

    Phil
     
  24. Kylash

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    I have a very reliable source for the Serenity pistol and the main difference is the part right under the barrel, cant post much until the movie comes out im afraid.
     
  25. moffeaton

    moffeaton Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Well, thanks for sharing that you can't share.
     
  26. Kylash

    Kylash Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    youre welcome :D

    Hey, id like to share more, just cant right now, just trying to help the little i can.
     
  27. moffeaton

    moffeaton Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Ah. Is this one of those "PM me for details" kind of things? Or are you seriously just saying "I know, but can't share"? I can PM you for details if you want me to...

    I think I add the "sly wink" emoticon here, somewhere...
     
  28. moffeaton

    moffeaton Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I've got 143 gigs of unpublished Star Wars pics. Sorry, can't share.

    I've got props from studio molds from a few cool sci-fi properties. Sorry, can't say what.

    I've got prototypes of unreleased and forthcoming props and toys from two major companies. Sorry, can't say what.

    ...so, can I join the club?
     
  29. philippes

    philippes Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Whoa boys. Calm down now.

    There are plenty of people on this forum that have things they'd like to share, but can't. Let's all respect each other's situations.

    Phil
     
  30. moffeaton

    moffeaton Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    It's a lot easier to get along when you don't get a carrot dangled in your face. What could he possibly have to contribute to the discussion by chiming in with "I have things to share but cannot share"? I just don't get it, and it's highly irritating.

    I respect those situations - but you don't see me taunting others do you? I share when I can, and when I can't I keep the fact that I can't to myself...
     
  31. Kerr Avon

    Kerr Avon Master Member

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    This started off as such a nice show off thread. :(
     
  32. moffeaton

    moffeaton Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Yeah. Bummer.
     
  33. philippes

    philippes Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    It's still a nice show-off (envy) thread. Moffeaton is simply a little frustrated because he's having a hard time rounding up information on a prop he obviously loves. I feel his pain.

    I was in a similar situation when I tried to get data on all of the "Minority Report" weapons. Eventually, after 2 years, the data came pouring in. Patience pays off.

    As my father always said, "It's a lot easier to catch bees with honey than with vinegar."

    Phil
     
  34. Kerr Avon

    Kerr Avon Master Member

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    A lesson a few could learn, Phillipes.
     
  35. Birdie

    Birdie Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Phil, does your friend's pistol have a removable mag? Working trigger?

    Did your friend measure up the hero piece, or was photo reference used?

    Incredibly gorgeous piece, I could happily give up props with that in my collection :)

    Moff, there's a couple of really nice resin repros of Mal's series pistol out there.

    PM me if you need a lead :)
     
  36. Darkknight0667

    Darkknight0667 Sr Member

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    It's not so much that Jason's frustrated at the lack of information regarding a prop he's interested in as the posting of "I have information but I can't tell you" serves absolutely no purpose whatsoever. If it's a secret, then keep it that way and don't say anything. The"Nah-Nah-Na-Nah-Nah" kind of post is so grade school playground.
     
  37. philippes

    philippes Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    If one assumes that folks are being malevolent, you're right. On the other hand, if people are benevolent (as I believe most are), they're sharing what they can. I don't think the alternative you suggest (total secrecy) is preferable.

    Phil
     
  38. philippes

    philippes Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Birdie,

    I believe the magazine is removable. I believe the trigger is functional. All of the parts come from original source material. No photo reference was used here; except for the cosmetic details.

    Phil


     
  39. Darkknight0667

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    How does saying "I have information, but I can't share it", regardless of whether your intent is malevolent or benevolent, serve any purpose? I agree that sharing of information is a good thing. It's what this place is all about. But, a post like this doesn't share anything, so why bother?
     
  40. philippes

    philippes Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    The point of this thread is to showoff the work of a friend, so he can get feedback for the 220-plus hours he's put into this project.

    In the end, those who build props often do it for the respect, awe, and enthusiasm it engenders from their peers.

    If I'm being foolish, and this thread irritates you, I'm sorry.

    Phil
     
  41. LZeitgeist

    LZeitgeist Well-Known Member

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    If you can't share something, STFU.

    The only thing that 'I could share but won't' does is stroke one's own ego... if you gotta blow your own horn, chances are people don't care for your brand of music.
     
  42. Kylash

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    wow, sorry for sharing the small amount of information i did, which seems to have been overlooked, the fact that the magazine is the main change for the movie pistol...ill remember not to mention it again.
     
  43. moffeaton

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    I do love this thread, and it's answered a question I had regarding the TV vs Movie versions of Mal's Pistol. So a big thanks to Phil for that. :)

    I'm patient enough to wait to do things right... and I have no problem waiting on material, and respect people needing to time-delay things. I guess I have little to no patience for "nyah nyah" posts, and Kylash probably didn't intend it as such, but that's pretty much how I took it. So apologies of that wasn't the case. At the very least, he outed himself as having material that's still verboten for public consumption, and now I know he's someone to badger and tempt, heeee.

    Kerr, I'm always interested in bettering myself, so if you have some pointers, I'm all ears.

    Thanks.
    Jason
     
  44. dr_slurpee

    dr_slurpee Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I just want to say I LOVE that gun. I hope that at some point resin kits are available for a reasonable price...or better yet more detailed photos of that gun so I can make my own ;)
     
  45. Kerr Avon

    Kerr Avon Master Member

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    Well since you asked, I'll ask you to work on hypocrisy.

    Yeah, I saw that. ;)
     
  46. moffeaton

    moffeaton Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    So I'm a hypocrite for posting that to my off-board blog? How is that the same?

    Glad you read my diary, I'm flattered.

    :)
     
  47. Watson

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    Kerr WTF? Do you have to Sh*t in every thread? How is someones personal webpage even remotely connected to this?

    JDH
     
  48. Mookie

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    I believe the distinction he was trying to make is that in a thread asking for details on a prop forum, there is little to any advantage of touting pictures you can't show off, or saying you even have them yet can't show them.

    As opposed to a blog which is by whom it may be found.

    No hypocrisy there.

    Mookie
     
  49. moffeaton

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    Pre-emptive comeback:

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    "NYERMMMM. PEN MISSILE...."
     
  50. Treadwell

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    Phil, I believe moffeaton's frustration was directed at Kylash, not you.
     

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