First Ever Attempt: SW:TOR Blaster Pistol "Flashy"

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by DarthGM, May 21, 2012.

  1. DarthGM

    DarthGM Member

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    Good Morning, RPFers!

    Long time lurker, first time builder here sharing the work that I've been doing for the past 6 weeks. I probably should have posted this up a while ago, but I was shy and somewhat intimidated by the fantastic work many of you are doing in the world of "Fantasy Gunsmithing". But after a lot of work and a few discussions with some of my local 501st brothers, I'm sharing with you the progress of my first ever prop build.

    (Well, not my FIRST ever, I took a stab at a DC-15A Clone Trooper rifle a while ago, but that went no where fast...)

    I've been detailing my build progress on my Blog, Fragments from the Rim. Instead of just copying and pasteing it all here (which probably wouldn't work), I'll just share some highlights and progress photos and link to the related posts.

    I've been playing SW:TOR from the beginning, and something about the gun that's most known by the nickname "Flashy" really appealed to me. It looked "Star Wars" to me. It also looked like something that could be replicated, molded, and cast in resin. I'd been looking for a project to cut my crafting teeth on, having seen and been ever-so increasingly jealous of the work folks have been doing in prop-making, and decided that this would be where I wanted to start.

    Flashy Build Prelude: Reference Photos

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    I grabbed a bunch of screen captures of the gun (the model is used by many characters in the game) to try to get as many angles as possible.

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    I figured this was a good place to start, and helped me get an idea as to how to proceed with the process of Conceptual design. It's a simple design, but it has some odd angles and interesting details about it.

    Flashy Build Prelude Two: Design

    Here's where I show my level of expertise; that of an utter novice. I used graph paper, a ruler, and a pen to mark out the approximate dimensions of the gun. I originally used an old NERF pistol to get the rough size and dimensions of the pistol grip, and sized the rest of the gun off of that. It seemed to work out well, and I was pleased with the proportions.

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    The scope is in the front-on picture for size. I decided that I would work on the scope as an extra, possibly even just using a rifle scope on some sort of side-bracket that I would figure out later. I wanted to focus on the pistol to start.

    The design down, it was time to move on to cutting some wood.

    Flashy Build Part One

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    Again, just some "highlights".

    On to Phase Two...

    Flashy Build Part Two

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    I thought she was really starting to come together at this point...

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    Still more details, still more work. Now we move on to the part I've been dreading; details and filling.

    Flashy Build Part Four

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    And that's it for the officialy blog posts. I've been updating the rest on my Google + account, but I need to do a part 5 post for the "official" build progress on the blog...

    ...which I'm gonna do right now, and share it here.

    The plan is to be able to pull molds of this gun. I like the design, and I know a few people who would like to have one if I can get the mold thing to work.

    That will be another story to share, I'm sure...

    But yeah, that's my work. I don't think it's too bad for a first attempt. I know that if/when I do this again, I'm going to plan and think a few things out more throughly, like how to mold it to leave space for lights and maybe sounds.

    Thanks for letting me share with you, folks!
     
  2. OdiWan72

    OdiWan72 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Nice start!

    Markus
     
  3. sjorsjo91

    sjorsjo91 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    looks great. love that design and the nickname. Almost like a trusty sidearm/dog name.
     
  4. DarthGM

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    And here's that blog post I meant to do long before now...

    Flashy Build Part Five

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    First coat of primer...

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    Followed by the first round of sanding and filling and sanding.

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    Next round of sanding and priming is tonight...weather permitting, of course.
     
  5. SofaKing01

    SofaKing01 Master Member

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    Great start! Having worked with fiberglass I can tell you the toughest part of any build like yours is the sanding... it feels like it never ever ends!

    I'm really looking forward to seeing the final prop!
     
  6. Tom Starkiller

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    Agreed, great start. Personally never liked that blaster much, still stick to the one you start with.

    Good luck with the project.
     
  7. jedimika

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    From one smuggler to another you're off to a great start. You've really nailed the look of "Flashy". Can't wait to see the progress.
     
  8. NexusFX

    NexusFX Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    looks awesome! I absolutely love scratch built blasters, good work!!
     
  9. Rysjin7717

    Rysjin7717 Well-Known Member

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    I'd love ta see where this goes don't play TOR but love SW!!!!!:cool:cool
     
  10. AZNmastermind

    AZNmastermind New Member

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    Very nice!
     
  11. DarthGM

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    In case any of you were ever curious what it looks like when you don't use enough mold-release between two halves of a Mold-Star 16 rubber mold, here you go.

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    I was less than thrilled.

    Really.

    I probably did a dumb and went to town with a boxcutter, trying to cut the master out of the mold. Ended up with this.

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    I dunno. I'm going to try to pour a mold it tonight, see if I can get it to work. If not, I guess I start over.

    That's $200 in Moldstar 16, tho...

    *sigh*

    What an expensive hobby to fark up on...
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  12. DarthGM

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    Well, after three attempts and a lot of work, I actually got the mold to work.

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    It needs a good amount of cleaning, but all and all I feel it worked out. It was my first attempt at making something like this, and my first attempt at casting.

    Rather pleased, I am.

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    Next step is to clean it up, slap a coat of paint and detail on it, and share the results with the rest of the class.
     
  13. Ki Djowac

    Ki Djowac Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Very nice work there !!:thumbsup

    Big fan of SWTOR and got some screens of the 'flashy' blaster myself on my hard drive i believe among other print screens. Still haven't decided yet how to proceed on a prop, but i'm thinking 3D printing will come into play with mine. One of those things on my 'things to do' list :love

    Eager to see more progress, keep it up (y)thumbsup
     
  14. king of spades

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  15. Snow Builder

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    Congrats on your first (successful) build.
     
  16. jedimika

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    Very cool!
     

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