This project is inspired primarily by Malcolm Reynold's pistol in Firefly butI also had Han Solo's DL-44 in mind. Of course the Blade Runner gun is always somewhere in there.
The Captain's Sidearm is designed to be big and impressive. Not only is it a physically bulky weapon, when it is fired it creates an inordinate amount of light and noise. A powerful blaster in it's own right it will intimidate enemies and mutineers alike. No Space Cowboy should be without one.
I started with the shell of Nerf Hammershot. I cut off the bar that holds the cylinder in place since I wasn't going to be using it. Instead I had piece left over another gun I had partially disassembled. I hot glued the barrel in place. Then I took a couple pieces from the inner workings of some other Nerf gun to use as a 'scope'.
Since this prop isn't going to fire I glued the body together and filled the screw holes with plumbers epoxy. I also filled the slot on the back where the hammer would normally move back and forth.
There was a large hole on the bottom of the handle that proved to be problematic. I had tried filling it with epoxy but didn't like the results. So I molded a piece of sculpey to round out the bottom. I glued that in place and filled the gaps with epoxy. Then sanded everything smooth.
I ground off the faux wrappings on the handle while I was at it. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with the handle but even if I'm going to be putting fabric over it, grinding it down makes it less bulky. I did accidentally grind all the way through one spot. It was small and I fixed it with epoxy.
I also ground out the end of the barrel piece so I could insert of piece of PVC as a another barrel peaking out from under the cooling shroud.
With the handle finished it was time to finish priming and get to painting. This is the first pass of Rub n Buff. As you can see I've cut the PVC part of the barrel a bit shorter and removed part of the scope. Things were starting to come together. I needed to decide what I would do with the grip.
I went with wood graining the entire handle figuring I could always wrap it if it came out crappy. It didn't, though! I also think the oversized wooden handle makes gives it that rustic feel that all the best space cowboys are going for these days.
As a finishing touch I put a red bead in the front of scope (actually a 'blood bead' from the Vampire LARP I occasionally play in). Finally, it was time for a little weathering, dry-brushing and sealing and the Captain's Sidearm is ready to quell a mutiny or liberate a cargo.