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Retro Steampunk Raygun montage

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Hey guys,
apparently some members of DA were wondering about little details that weren't visible on the first retro raygun image, so I went ahead and did a montage of different angles of the gun, along with some more info.

Inspired by the retro Flash Gordon , Buck Rogers , and Weta rayguns style weaponry.

The gun is about 90% metal, with the exception of the wooden grip, and the acrylic test tube on top.
The main tools used to make the gun were a hand drill, a dremel, screwdrivers, file , sandpaper , metal epoxy and a LOT of screws.

The main body of the gun is a section from an old brass andiron.

The flash hider is a section from a brass candle holder.
the test tube is....Well, a test tube.

The pressure guage is a ladies watch which was customized with new face graphics, and removal of the lugs.

heat sink rings on the barrel are washers which were spaced apart with lamp spacers.

The saddle ring was a lamp ball finial with a grommet base.

The uranium tube was an 8 oz CO2 cartridge.

The antenna was a hand made steel coil (along with the tesla coil on the CO2 cartridge.

The trigger, trigger guard, trigger housing, grip plates, plating on the body, plate on the rear of the grip, and co2 cartridge holder here custom cut from brass using a dremel.

All other knobs and greeblies attached to the gun were just odd screws and things I had in my old tool parts box. (allen screws, knurled thumbscrews, coin edged wheels, grommets, vintage camera parts, etc.)

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cinemajay's avatar
Wow! Fantastic work! It looks like it genuinely belongs to the turn of the 20th century. :)
plasticcactus's avatar
THIS GUN. When I saw your WIP thread at the RPF, it was your gun that inspired me to make my own.
Unbelievable. I love the use of found materials and staying true to the original design.
This is the quintessential ray gun in my opinion. Awesome work!
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thanks man!

whats your user name on the rpf?
plasticcactus's avatar
I'm pretty sure its the same as on here - Plastic Cactus

Haven't been on there in a while. I used it to flesh out ideas for my raygun project.
blyef's avatar
Nice! So creative *-*
RexRat's avatar
This is fantastic. Love the look and texture. Everything flows. The handle is exceptional; like the shape!
WesThorburn's avatar
This is a finely crafted piece of work. :)
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OliverBrig's avatar
Very cool, I like the design and i really like that you went with mostly metal instead of plastic. I'm looiking forward to seeing more of your work:)
Lust4Fun's avatar
Love it!
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The-Ethan-YazelStudent General Artist
That is great.
Asmodeus88's avatar
It looks like alien blaster from fallout
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AngelusNoirProfessional General Artist
ooh,my mouth is watering!!These are awesome!!:love:
Nolmac's avatar
I'm doing something similar, I was wondering how did you color the raygun? Is it possible to tell me the medium and the technique? Thank you


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Oh, mix some water with the acrylic.
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Hi Nolmac,
Here's the process I used -

I masked off any areas that I didn't want painted with masking tape (The face of the guage, antenna, etc.)

The handle was made of wood, so I had to seal the wood (Wood has pores, which can effect the paint). For this I took some superglue and applied it to the entire handle. I basically dipped my finger in the glue and rubbed it on the handle.

I then prepped the gun for painting by sanding it.

THen I primed the gun with a dark flat primer.

After the primer was dry, I gave it a second lighter coat of primer.

Then I used a bronze brownish colored paint and coated the gun. (Can't remember what kind of paint it was, but it was some kind of antique bronze stuff)

THen I lightly sprayed it with metallic silver (Just enough to give a metallic look.)

Then another coat of the bronze stuff...And then a light second coat of the brown stuff.

After it was dry I lightly used steal wool on the gun. Then I buffed it with a rag.

For the rust and verdigris I used acrylic and applied it with a brush.
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Thank you soo much hope mine will turn out well ><
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Ishmakey Photographer
Really cool !
I love creating maipulations too !
Feel free to check my gallery and leave comments ;)
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caesaraugustusHobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL just try getting that through airport security :lmao:
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BarbaraBarracudaHobbyist Artist
how much did all of the supplies cost to make this? it looks amazing.
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Can't remember exactly how much each individual item cost, but the total was about $70.
celrdwelrmyk's avatar
GREAT WORK,very interesting .....
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