Ok... wow. Again, guys... thank you for the kind reception of this project and for all of you who have expressed an interest in assisting. I will be in touch.
As it currently stands, I will need to prep some footage onto DVDs to be farmed out by those who've offered.
So the ETA on those DVDs is probably the 12th, Monday. I won't be able to put them in the mail/post till said Monday.
Mequellios wrote:What I meant was how you did it in a basic overlook. Like, did you put resin casts over exsisting weapons?
Well... the M41A Pulse Rifle has been an obsession of mine for nearly 15 years. So long before there were sites on the net on what the components were we had to search and reverse engineer it all.
Boy that sounds cocky, doesn't it. I don't mean to.
I just want you "kids" to know how lucky you that this information is so available now.
Back in the day we collected every piece of literature, freeze-framed the laser discs and disected every photo available.
Barrel vent is inserted backwards in this picture. Also barrel's tip is too long and the magazine is missing.
Or did you find a site that showed you many of the orginal pieces and you copied them into molds?
...for which I apologize.
No need to apologize.
If you don't want to go into anymore detail than that, its cool. WARNING: Costume/Prop-Geek Reply follows...
Hmm... well, the Pulse Rifle is made from an M1A1 Thompson Submachinegun, Frachi Spas-12 shotgun and a Remington 870 shotgun (.12g).
You also need to realize we made two versions... STUNT (which wasn't very simple and is almost a Hero) and HERO versions.All Versions
- We took a real Thompson M1A1 and made molds for resin castings. So the rifles are resin copies of the real Thompson as are the magazines with attached PR butt plate.
- Because the resin Thompsons are directly off of real thompsons... we were sick
and put real thompson triggers, selectors, charging handles, springs, mag-release, etc on them. You'll never see the detail of course but the actors appreciated it.
- The barrel vents and stocks were farmed out to a machine shop and a big run of them was done some time ago. (Black Anodized Aluminum)
- The rifle and grenade launcher barrels are aluminum tubing. Stunt
- Resin spas cage with aluminum barrel in place when cast.
- Resin Spas pump that worked but I made them inmovable for the film. hee hee.
- Vacuum-formed shrouds to cover the fact that it's a Thompson.
- Static Ammo Counter displayHero
- Real steel Spas cage
- Working/Racking resin spas cage
- Aluminum piping configured cleverly to resemble a Remington 870 inside the spas cage.
- All 3 Hero props had working LED Ammo Counters which counted down when the trigger was pulled.
- 2 had Resin PR shrouds, while the heavy airsoft Hero had a vacuum-formed shroad, similar but bulkier than the Stunt rifles. Note
- one of the Hero props had an Airsoft Remington 870 in the spas cage and a working airsoft Thompson M1A1.
Thanks for your reply.
Your welcome. I hope I didn't sound like an arse or worse. I also hope you liked the answer, though I did blather on a bit.
Did I mention I'm a recovering
- keep in touch.
Us local guys gotta stick together. Rogolo
- Wow. I had no idea that was an option. I will definately look into making that happen for the DVD release.
- Thank you for the kind words.
And here's a taste of another raw Storyboard for you.
Keeping the Crew in line on Set.
There's just not enough red lights...P.S.
- Please note... all these cool pictures and effort is wasted if there is no finished product or if the finished product does not live up to the sum of all it's parts. The cat is not in the bag yet... got lots more to do, so if I ever sound like I'm patting myself on the back.. please disregard it. Because I'm sure afterward I crawl into a fetal position and cry for hours.
LOL...but so true.