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Re: Vera; Showtime Gun

Postby Birdie » Tue Dec 01, 2009 12:00 am

If it's a solid rubber casting, I can't see how it's relevant


It really isn't :)

Just musing, studying pics and wondering how the original went together. The flash hider is gonna be my major headache to reproduce, guess I'm fixating on it right now.
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Re: Vera; Showtime Gun

Postby Badger » Tue Dec 01, 2009 12:12 am

From my experience making things of all kinds I can tell you that the two muzzle brakes made, one on the Hero and one for the gas gun, are cast metal, which is then machined for the final finish.

It's a tough piece to get right.

I will be very interested to see what QMx come up with, it'll be even tougher in miniature.

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Re: Vera; Showtime Gun

Postby Joatrash » Tue Dec 01, 2009 9:43 am

Whoa... that little tidbit of info is very interesting. It certainly explains why so many machinists I (and others) have spoken to about the piece have been scratching their heads over how to do the holes. (I've had several different possible methods explained to me.)

So, perhaps the muzzle was done up as a 3d model, rapid prototyped and then cast from that? Seems like they went through an awful lot of effort just to get non-circular vent holes (even if they are very cool).

Also seems like the prop makers liked doing cast metal. I mean, not to go off topic here but why do a cast metal handle for the Lassetter when a silver sprayed toy handle would do just as well? Makes me wonder if the Jubal Early pistol was cast metal as well...



Badger wrote:From my experience making things of all kinds I can tell you that the two muzzle brakes made, one on the Hero and one for the gas gun, are cast metal, which is then machined for the final finish.

It's a tough piece to get right.

I will be very interested to see what QMx come up with, it'll be even tougher in miniature.

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Re: Vera; Showtime Gun

Postby Badger » Tue Dec 01, 2009 11:05 am

Joe,
You need to understand that spraypainted plastic isn't up to the rigors of on-set use.
The Lasseter was a rental prop, from a company that specialises in sci-fi stuff. It was a stock item, and had to last years. So, they built it tough. Same with Jubal Early's pistol, same with Inara's, same with Burgess' Laser.

If you look at the pics of Vera, you can just make out the rougher texture of the metal inside the eye-shaped features on the muzzle brake. They couldn't get in to finish the surface there, so it stayed rough.

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Re: Vera; Showtime Gun

Postby Joatrash » Tue Dec 01, 2009 11:35 am

D'oh! Wasn't thinking about The Lassetter being a rental prop. :oops: I suppose it'd have been different if it had been just for the one episode.
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Re: Vera; Showtime Gun

Postby Badger » Tue Dec 01, 2009 11:43 am

Had it been made for the episode, out of plastic and spraypaint, it probably would have gone the way of the 'message' recorder....

It's still in good shape because it was built to last. I'm grateful.

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