Toy Klingon Disruptor upgrade mod


freelanceraz

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I got a toy disruptor as a gift a few years ago and decided to paint it. I applied the standard weathering techniques (dark paint wash and wipe for added detail, dry-brush silver paint for "scratches" etc). It looked alright but I could still tell that it was a toy. That bothered me but I let it go. Until about a week ago.

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Here is the disruptor. You can see some of the weathering I've done. I'd already started to sand some of it off by the time I took this picture.

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Here is the other side.

I'm pretty far with the build now but I am going to spread out my pictures over a few posts.
 

freelanceraz

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Here are more pictures of the build so far. I've only downloaded a few off my camera's card so more pictures are coming...

3Dis_BarrelTip.JPG

Here you can see I've been working on the tip of the barrel. I'm going for a ground metal look. I imagine the Klingon that owned this wanted to make his disruptor even more deadly. I used a flat file and some needle files.

4Dis_Trigger.JPG

You can see here how overboard I went on the dry-brushing. Also, you can see how I'm starting to work on sanding down the seams.

5Dis_BarrelTipDetail1.JPG

More detail on the tip of the barrel. I've added some more scratches with my needle files and I'm still going for that grinded metal look.

6Dis_RtSideBaseDetail1.JPG

Detail on the body of the disruptor. I'm starting to add dents using a Dremel 8220 and a rounded stone grinding bit.


More pics coming!
 

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7Dis_LftBarrelTipDent1.JPG

Needle file and round file provided the scratches, grinding marks and dent on this side of the barrel tip.

8Dis_LftBarrelTipDent2.JPG

Added some dents with my rounded stone bit. Also, used a flat file to file down some of the corners.

9Dis_LftBaseDentDetail.JPG

More dents with the rounded stone bit. Good picture of that annoying speaker hole on the side. I will deal with that later.

10Dis_LftTrgtHumpDentDetail.JPG

I call this the targeting hump. I've added some denting. You can still see my heavy handed weather from before.
 

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11Dis_RtTrgtHumpDentDetail.JPG

More Target hump dents.

12Dis_RtBaseDentDetail2.JPG

More dents! Those plugs though...

13Dis_PomelDentDetail.JPG

My thought here was that the butt of the disruptor has probably been used more that once to crack some skulls. I used the rounded stone bit.

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I'm dealing with the plugs! That is super glue in the process of drying. I was out of accelerant at the time. Feels like it took forever to dry.

I have a ton more pictures but I haven't gone through them yet. I'm working on it and will be back on soon with more updates.
 

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15Dis_BarrelTipDents.JPG

Barrel tip detail. I kept messing with the dents with my rounded stone bit. I added some dents to the corners and deepened the big dent on this side. I also deepened some of the grooves and used a round file to add some different character to the grinding marks.

16Dis_GripPlug.JPG

I covered up the plugs on the grip with Bondo filler putty. I then sanded it down flush with the rest of the grip.

17Dis_HumpLftDents.JPG

I added more denting to the left side of the target hump. I also sanded off most of the horrible weathering I did.

18Dis_HumpRtDents.JPG

Right side of the target hump has more dents and less weathering. Yay.

19Dis_GripSeamGlue1.JPG

I used superglue to seal the seam on the grip.

20Dis_GripSeamGlue2.JPG

More grip. More seam. More superglue.

21Dis_GripSeamGlue3.JPG

Again.

22Dis_GripSeamGlue4.JPG

Again.

I'm almost current with my pictures. One maybe two more posts before this is up to date.
 

mrwax

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I've always liked this disruptor, and I love that you're telling a story with the intentional weathering this time around. Looking good so far!
 

freelanceraz

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I've always liked this disruptor, and I love that you're telling a story with the intentional weathering this time around. Looking good so far!

Thank you! I love this version of the disruptor. I think giving a prop, especially one as generic as a disruptor, a backstory is essential in order to bring the prop to life or at least gives me a way to justify my aesthetic choices.

Also, here are more pictures:

23Dis_WornTrigger.JPG

A good detail of the trigger. I decided the Klingon that owned this had used it so much the trigger was worn down. I used my rounded stone bit to provide the wear and tear.

25Dis_BodyPlugs1.JPG

Remember that super glue that was drying earlier? Well it dried and then I sanded it down using my needle files. Once it gets painted you won't even notice.

26Dis_BodyPlugs2.JPG

Same thing here.

27Dis_GripSeam.JPG

I sanded down the super glue on the grip seam here.

9Dis_LftBaseDentDetail.JPG 29Dis_SpeakerHole.JPG

Before and after the liberal application of needle files, super glue and elbow grease. It's not perfect but I am happy with it.

30Dis_ButtDent.JPG

I added some more dents to the butt of the grip.


That's it. That's the build so far. Next step is prime and then paint and then weather! Yay!
 

freelanceraz

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I had to move this project down the list for awhile but it is back on my work table and I'm getting ready to work on it again. Last thing I did was hit it with a layer of primer so I will get it sanded up and start painting here pretty soon.
 

Prefect42

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I did a toy conversion a few years ago. Fairly simple weathering job compared to yours. BRILLIANT, by the way.

What really helped it was drilling a small hole in the handle and a second one in the body. Then filling the cavities with liquid resin. It gave the disruptor a really satisfying heft.

Either way, excellent work here.

Cheers,

Ted.
 
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