poor man's M40's - inspired by another

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by Noeland, Aug 12, 2006.

  1. Noeland

    Noeland Sr Member

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    I posted this over on the legacy boards for the boys and figured some of the folks here who don't subscribe there might enjoy seeing these pics and method.

    The method of construction was an idea I saw posted here. I have not seen anyone use metal tape much though, and the finished effect is pretty nice looking. I'm making a handful of these for a new pulse rifle/prop room display I am currently working on.

    I kept nimmot's aluminum grenades handy for photo ops and reference.

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    The metal tape can be tricky to use, but with some practice (or lots of practice) and plenty of patience it yields pretty good results. I finished the grenade off with a 1 1/8" washer on the bottom, and a gold painted "primer" and it sounds the same as the all metal grenades when set down on a hard surface. Which is cool.

    It's not somehting that could ever be chambered into an airsoft of real remington.

    They are much lighter than all metal grenades too. I know there are some nice resin grenades out there, and I do have some unfinished. I am planning to try the metal on those next. Results will be posted, so stay tuned and thank you.
     
  2. Darth Detroit

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    i would lightly sand them with a fine grit sandpaper to give them that machined look. Looks nice, great job. :thumbsup
     
  3. Noeland

    Noeland Sr Member

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    I'm not sure the metal tape can be sanded, that might be an interesting experiment. :love
     
  4. James Kenobi 1138

    James Kenobi 1138 Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Use #00 steelwool, lightly done it will not dammage the metal tape and produce a great effect.
     
  5. Nexus6

    Nexus6 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Very ingenious.

    I <3 cheap, yet good-looking props. :thumbsup :thumbsup
     
  6. Noeland

    Noeland Sr Member

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    Thanks for the suggestion, I'll give it a shot and post my results.
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  7. TheSt.LouisKid

    TheSt.LouisKid Sr Member

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    A fine show show of problem solving and enginuity.

    Hope this inspires others on their projects.
     
  8. tommin

    tommin Sr Member

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    Looking good, Noeland. As always. That foil tape idea is going to come in handy for another project of mine. :)

    Question though... which one my old shells got cycled through the Franchi?
     
  9. Noeland

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    Being sick sucks. It's late and I'm getting over food poisoning. The Siege is on cable though, and I haven't seen it since it came out like 10 years ago. It's odd hearing Tony Shalob now, after watching him on Monk for the last few years studdering and stammering.

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    The red tipped one. I don't have the digital camera this weekend, my girlfriend is at an editors conference in Akron with it, but come monday evening I will post a pic of the "fired" primer for you to see. Has two hits on it, and plenty of scratches. I don't mind the scratches, but that dimpled primer irritates me to no end.

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    Thank you. I appreciate that very much. Since I was inspired from the work of another here on the boards, I hope so too.

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    You know, I've used this stuff for all sorts of things now too. You learn the limits of the foil tape just as quickly as you start to see other applications and uses for it in making props and set dressing. It fold and creases very easily, but can also be stretched just slightly enough to be applied cleanly.

    The tape I am using is almost a mirror finish. I picked up some dulled looking foil tape on wednesday that has what looks like milling lines on it. I'm going to use this on my next couple of home made M-40's.

    Mmmmm. More pepto. Pink...
     

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