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Jayne Shadowbox Display

Postby pennausamike » Fri Sep 30, 2011 3:30 pm

I already posted part of this in the 2011 BCB thread, but that isn't really where it belongs,
especially now.
For Jayne, I'm building a rather large shadowbox to display his Firefly and BDM Serenity weapons, patches and a few pertinent pictures.
This will be stained in a near clear to show off the light wood,
and I'll use aluminum posts for the weapons and aluminum push-pins to hold the patches and pictures.
The MP5K is just a place holder,
I'll be building a more accurate one for Jayne's, "Let's be bad guys", rig.


The Jayne shadow box display is coming along nicely.
I built the main box with a machined groove to glue the panels in
and a machined groove for a removable (lifts up and out the top) Plexiglas front.
I also mitered the corners with the miter saw I rented to do the dining room.


The thing is super sturdy and I'm building it to be hung up like a painting.
The current challenge is to design a post/holding system that will retain the the display items
without covering them excessively or being obtrusive and taking away from the items themselves.

My Firefly/Serenity Collection:
http://fireflydvd.com/phpBB2/viewtopic. ... sc&start=0
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Re: Jayne Shadowbox Display

Postby AZSneed » Sat Oct 01, 2011 7:21 pm

Mike, great idea and build on the shadow box, it will look beautiful when done, as I see it. I have had similar thoughts too, to display each character's stuff together.
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Re: Jayne Shadowbox Display

Postby Dorian Gray » Mon Oct 10, 2011 1:32 am

Looks great Mike!
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Re: Jayne Shadowbox Display

Postby pennausamike » Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:13 pm

The post by dsears looking for a Boo pistol brought to mind the one I let go on eBay years ago for $280.
I found an archive site that saved my original listing.
http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/f ... stol-lemat
Sold Date: Jun 27,2007 (Wow, that is like forever ago....)
Mine is more similar to the Sidewinder version, in that it doesn't disassemble.

Up for auction is a fan made replica of the LeMat based pistol carried by the Hero of Canton,
Jayne Cobb, in the Joss Whedon science-fiction-western TV series, Firefly.
Actor Adam Baldwin said in an interview that all of Jayne's main weapons were named;
Binky the knife, Vera the Callahan Fullbore Autolock rifle, and his LeMat revolver based pistol, Boo.

This replica of Boo is based on the Denix cast metal LeMat replica.
The Denix replica was disassembled and modified in a machine shop to accept the Pietta LeMat Cavalry trigger guard
and the machined aluminum components that make up the conversion to the fictional future Firefly 'verse pistol.
The plastic grips have been painted to represent woodgrain and are the only non-metal parts on this prop replica.

The hammer cocks, the cylinder rotates and the trigger releases the hammer.
The actual cocking mechanism of the Denix replica is die-cast and shouldn't have the action worked repeatedly or roughly.
So the pistol isn't a wise choice for 50 quick draws a night to impress your friends!
Also, no or limited "dry-firing" (letting the hammer slam down) as noted by the original manufacturer, Denix.
You want to learn how to ease the hammer forward with your thumb as you pull the trigger.

Having said that, a die-cast LeMat has a heft and basic handling sturdiness that a resin display pistol can't match.

This replica does not disassemble.

The lanyard ring post is screwed into the frame with a rather over-sturdy 5/16-18 UNC thread, so if you actually wanted to attach a lanyard, you could.

This is a beautiful static display piece that will feel authentic in your hands.

NOTE: The Buy-It-Now price represents the cost to purchase the (now out of production*) Denix LeMat replica,
the Pietta cavalry trigger guard, the aluminum material, hardware, paint
and the necessary machining figured at a bargain rate of $50 per hour
(assuming you took a complete set of mechanical drawings to the shop to replicate the Jayne pistol add-ons).

*Information about Denix and pictures of the fire that devastated the company
can be seen on their website, http://www.denix.es/welcom.htm

Note to eBay: This is not a firearm nor is it a modern replica firearm by BATF definition.
This is a fantasy prop based on an antique weapon, cannot be made to fire in any way,
and is NOT subject to BATF regulation.

General Info:
All items are sold "As-Is" and all sales are final.
No international sales to avoid violating regulations governing prop weapons.
Please ask all questions before bidding.

Payment Info:
All payments are to be made ONLY by Money Order or Certified Check payable in U.S. funds.
Contact must be made within 3 days of auction end and payment received within 10 days,
or the item will be re-listed.
Email for the address to send payment and for actual shipping costs.
Buyer will be emailed upon receipt of payment.
Item will be shipped upon clearance of funds and buyer notified that the item was shipped.

Shipping Info:
Buyer pays all shipping costs.
All shipments will go by United States Postal Service.
Actual cost will be calculated based on destination Zip Code.
Signature delivery confirmation required to ensure seller AND buyer peace of mind.
Insurance highly recommended, but not required.
I cannot be responsible for uninsured items after they are shipped.

I'll never forget the time some clown on theRPF said my obviously incorrect and unfinished Boo certainly wasn't worth any $280.00.
He was lambasted by myself and others for criticizing a prop he didn't know
(and yet still felt qualified to bust on the builder)
and for his total lack of understanding the time, tooling and machining necessary to produce the replica.
Of course, most folks DO know and appreciate the work necessary.
Which leads to my second regret; the eBay purchaser didn't really seem to care,
and I regret that my one-of-four replica has just sort of disappeared.
Every now and then I get a request or consider building another run,
but as soon as I think of the work involved in the context of how overwhelmed I am with real life responsibilities
and hobby projects I ALREADY don't have time for, that consideration fizzles.

Oh well, enough of that trip down memory lane.

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Re: Jayne Shadowbox Display

Postby Miker » Wed Feb 17, 2016 2:19 am

Great stuff, very pretty. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Jayne Shadowbox Display

Postby dsears30 » Tue Apr 19, 2016 10:41 pm

Wow, kind of leaves a guy speechless! This is some talented work it's clear to see your heart was in it. Also love the grenades (still looking for a metal one)
This is going to make one hell of a shadowbox!
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