Star Wars - Tarfful's Rifle

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by Zaxmon, May 3, 2012.

  1. Zaxmon

    Zaxmon Well-Known Member

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    Tarrful's Rifle

    After being comissioned by a friend to build Tarfful last year, I wanted to build a wookiee weapon to match. As a Chewbacca costumer myself, I generally don't carry around my bowcaster, but I thought that a rifle for Tarfful would complete the image in a way that Chewie doesn't necessarily need.

    This is the long rifle that is used in the Promotional Images.
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    This is the shorter version used in the "Where Science Meets Imagination" touring exhibit. I wanted to use this version because I had my own high res images that I took when I went to the exhibit in Alabama 2010.
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    The build is mainly wood and plastic, with a lot of bondo and sanding. Here is what I have so far.

    A little wax turning to get the barrel tip
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    The butt made with wood, foam, and bondo.
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    I built the ball section, but later had to remove it to make more of the curve exposed. I made the rail thinner.
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    This is the trigger assembly. I fabricated it in plasitc, made a mold, then cast it in pewter to give it a bit of strength.
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    More small parts that I will create separate molds for.
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    The barrel is PVC pipe heated to widen the end, then I used MDF for the cap. The round end is foam covered with bondo. The button is a stainless steel doorbell switch.
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    MDF, styrene bits, bondo, and a solid plastic ball that I stole from my dog. :) The start of the handle is PVC pipe with metal pipe fit snugg inside. I was going to use this as an attachment for the handle that will be cast in a separate mold.
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    I couldn't get a real clear image of the round rod shown here, but I turned this out to get the basic outlines that I could see in my photos. I know it isn't 100% accurate, but the profile is very close.
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    More bits on the underside.
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    The handle, which was formed by heating a PVP pipe. It could be better, but I wanted to move forward and save time.
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    Here is where some of the small cast parts will be placed.
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    Here you can see the metal post that the barrel will be mounted to.
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    Getting ready to mold.
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    OOMOO from Smooth-On. I think I'll use Mold Max 30 next time so I can thicken it better.
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    Very crappy fiberglass jacket.
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    The rifle cast turned out fairly well. Some of the undercuts tore the silicone, but nothing I can't work with.
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    Size comparison. My wife *really* didn't appreciate me taking a photo of her in her pajamas, but she managed to smile anyway :)
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    First pull. It warped a little because I pulled it out of the mold while it was still green. OOps. :)
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    I will be painting and putting on the final details (small cast parts and leather strapping) this weekend.

    I hope you enjoyed what I have so far.

    If you are interested, I have a Facebook page where I make frequent updates on all my projects, including this one:
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    Cheers!
     
    Last edited: May 3, 2012
  2. darthwhitey

    darthwhitey Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I'm not a Tarfful (or Wookie weaponry) expert but the quality and level of detail on this build is just amazing!!

    Thanks for sharing!
     
  3. Fuzzual

    Fuzzual Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Excellent build sir. Attention to detail is great. Thanks for posting.
     
  4. Zaxmon

    Zaxmon Well-Known Member

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    Thank you! I am looking forward to showing the final painted rifle soon. My order of paints will not be in until Tuesday :(

    But I am optimistic it will look better than what I have shown so far :)
     
  5. Prefect42

    Prefect42 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    That's quite impressive. And I really appreciate the build photo's. Always good to see how someone approaches a build.

    Ted.
     
  6. Zaxmon

    Zaxmon Well-Known Member

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    Here are some quick iPhone photos of the paint job:
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    If there is any interest, I am putting together some kit versions. I will post in the junkyard soon.
     
  7. Zaxmon

    Zaxmon Well-Known Member

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    Scale reference:

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