Pulse Rifle scratch build

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by LukaFilm, May 5, 2012.

  1. LukaFilm

    LukaFilm Sr Member

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    Hi!

    I'm a new member to this forum, but I've been visiting it for over two years now! I've followed a lot of great builds from you guys and finally decided to join and start my own... so lets go!

    As the title plainly says it's gonna be a pulse rifle build. After a couple of weeks of research and reading through every pulse rifle build on RPF I decided to do a scratch build since i cant afford the real thompson replica and other stuff.. especially since i live in Europe so i figure the taxes and shipping would kill me :lol

    Ah, I also should mention I want to do it as realistic as possible, so i'll try to make all parts separately and then assemble them, just like you would on a real parts build.
    OK, enough talking, now pictures:

    I started by cutting the basic form for Thompson
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    next I made the simple trigger mechanism
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    added the upper part
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    I also made the spring mechanism inside the gun so when i pull it back the spring pushes it forward, kinda like the real thing... kinda...
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    filled the space between the pipe and plastic with car filler and dremeled the hole
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    then roughly shaped the handle
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    these lines were somehow tricky to do, and I can still see they're not perfectly even but i figure it's close enough.. :)
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    then I started to make side covers from thin plastic
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    finished shaping the handle
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    I got some more pictures but imageshack is not cooperating:) Anyway i suppose this is more than enough for the first post :lol

    Feels good to be a member finaly, Ill post the rest tomorrow, byy
     
  2. MrPinski

    MrPinski Well-Known Member

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    NICE WORK MAN! Looks like a gun already!
     
  3. zanderwitaz

    zanderwitaz Well-Known Member

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    excellent! Im glad to see this isnt based on a pre-made m1a1 for once!
     
  4. Jonny B

    Jonny B Active Member

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    Impresive! Keep that attention to the details because it's awesome so far. Don't rush it and this is going to be an epic build.
     
  5. cavx

    cavx Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Very good work.
     
  6. gyoung2993

    gyoung2993 Sr Member

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    VERY NICE........WOW.......Great work to detail so far.......
     
  7. quest

    quest Member

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    awesome! Definitely be keeping an eye on this one ;)
     
  8. madmax

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  9. LukaFilm

    LukaFilm Sr Member

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    Thank you everybody!!!

    As I promised i'm posting the rest of the pics today..

    this part was tricky to cut out.. i don't really know what it's for? some kind of reinforcement maybe? or just design - to look cool?
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    i applied a coat of primer over it all
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    hard to see in this picture, but i painted the handle too. first i sprayed it with grey primer too, and i intended to spray it with black later. but then i started thinking... when prop guys were making these for aliens they used real thompson submachine guns, and their handles are just wood painted with red wood paint. and on that they sprayed black. so black paint could chip from usage, right?
    so, i scrached off most of grey and painted it with wood paint too, and then ill put black over it and chip it.


    this picture is my main inspiration for aging the rifle. i like the worn and dirty stuff so I can't help it :lol
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    ok after the grey primer i spayed everything with silver/metal paint.
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    and then the black!
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    the reason for that is I'll try to make realistic paint chipping, so when I scratch the black silver would come through. I sprayed one coat of hairspray on silver hoping it would make chipping easier.. i had some good experiences with that before!!

    thats it for now. Thanks again for the support, and more pictures coming tonight..
     
  10. lharles

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    Wonderful! :) I'm impressed!
     
  11. Canobi

    Canobi Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    This is a great build, and I love the attention to detail your putting in. I'm watching with much interest :thumbsup
     
  12. DocBlizzy

    DocBlizzy New Member

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    Wow man that is very impressive! Looks great, looking forward to the finished product.
     
  13. Chaank

    Chaank Well-Known Member

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    Sweet!
     
  14. LukaFilm

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    hi, I've aged the thompson using that hairspray trick.. I'm satisfied with how it turned out. especially because if you look really close at the damage you can see that silver is under the black paint. It has the "layers" the real paint would have.

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    I'm trying to do the details as close as possible to the real thing, but i just don't have all sizes of rivets like the real one has, so i'm using screws and whatever i find. it will have to do...
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    for example the two levers for single and auto shooting are made from something that looked similar :lol I just put the screw in it and cut it to length. improvising... improvising...
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    since I didn't think about the magazine slot before i had to make something up at this stage :lol i dremeled a bit of wood, and screwed a thin piece of aluminum over it.
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    the part of magazine that goes in the slot is also made from aluminum, so it wouldn't break...
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    the magazine, of course, is really just a piece of wood with styrene around it
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    it really fits very tightly in the slot and everything seems strong
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    that's it for today. I hope you like the progress and thanks for watching!!!
     
    Last edited: May 7, 2012
  15. Gigatron

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    To heck with the pulse rifle - you should just make replica thompsons :love.

    I have a resin thmpson (cast from a real one) in my pulse rifle, and it isn't nearly as clean as yours. Great job :thumbsup.

    -Fred
     
  16. Felgacarb

    Felgacarb Well-Known Member

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    Very nice- I think I need to learn how to do this styrene over wood method- your work looks great!
     
  17. Noeland

    Noeland Sr Member

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    Incredibly impressive and wonderful work!!! Thanks for sharing it, can't wait to see more.
     
  18. bryan603

    bryan603 New Member

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    This is looking awesome so far. I can't wait to see this finished.
     
  19. superfreak1000

    superfreak1000 Active Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    looks awesome!! i love the weathering you did on it!
     
  20. Filandrius

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    I'm in love with that thing. Styrene-covered wood: genius. It looks absolutely real, incredible work. I'm stuck to that thread, can't wait to see that completed rifle. :)

    EDIT: Oh and that part you were wondering about? It's called the "pivot plate". It's basically what holds all the levers from the other side in place. :)
     
  21. Interceptor6

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    A true work of art in the making!
     
  22. CaptainVermont

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    I have the utmost respect for someone that can work with wood as a medium. Excellent job!
     
  23. LukaFilm

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    Oh my God guys! Thank you so much for your kind words! :lol

    Thank you Filandrius about that info on pivot plate! And I don't think that styrene over wood method is such a big thing, you just glue the styrene on wood! :lol :lol

    I did some work on the stock these days, so I'll put some pictures on tomorrow, hopefully. I dont know how much time will I have for the build during next couple of weeks because of a film project I'm working on, but I'll try to work as much as I can. I think the next part I'll do is spascage, but I am still not completely sure how it actually works so I may have some questions.

    Anyway thanks again and I'll post soon.

    by!
     
    Last edited: May 10, 2012
  24. Faroth

    Faroth Active Member

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    Looks great! I've wanted to have one of these for years but the kits all look so expensive (at least for the decently detailed ones.) This post gives me hope that it isn't impossible to just build one.

    I find that many modelers have never considered the plastic over wood approach. I use this for some of my small scale tanks by layering 1mm thick plastic over balsa wood. The plastic gives it a good finish and the wood gives it a solid sturdy base.
     
  25. madmax

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    I always use plastic over wood and even card,so much easier to make details with and no sanding is a plus.This build is coming along really well and is an inspiration,my pr build has been dead in the water for a year or so,i may have to restart
     
  26. Chrisisall

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    This is really excellent work!!! I just discovered this thread. Wow.
     
  27. ralphee

    ralphee Sr Member

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    Agreed, that really is fantastic work, that Thompson is one hell of a prelude to what will be an awesome rifle!

    bests............lee
     
  28. Farlito

    Farlito Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Couldn't agree more, maybe you should do one of each side by side :)
     
  29. scottcoates

    scottcoates New Member

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    can't wait to see the next pics
     
  30. Idaho Jones

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    Excellent can't wait to see more, makes me want to add a pulse rifle to my collection!
     

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