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Retro Steampunk Raygun montage by PReilly Retro Steampunk Raygun montage by PReilly
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 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016
Wow! Fantastic work! It looks like it genuinely belongs to the turn of the 20th century. :)
SteveMarriott Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
plasticcactus Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
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!
PReilly Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
thanks man!

whats your user name on the rpf?
plasticcactus Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
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 Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
Nice! So creative *-*
RexRat Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011
This is fantastic. Love the look and texture. Everything flows. The handle is exceptional; like the shape!
WesThorburn Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
This is a finely crafted piece of work. :)
Captain-Paulo Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
MinorThreat85 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
Just great!
OliverBrig Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
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 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
Love it!
The-Ethan-Yazel Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Student General Artist
That is great.
Asmodeus88 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010
It looks like alien blaster from fallout
AngelusNoir Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
ooh,my mouth is watering!!These are awesome!!:love:
Nolmac Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
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


PReilly Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
Oh, mix some water with the acrylic.
PReilly Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
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.
Nolmac Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
Thank you soo much hope mine will turn out well ><
Ishmakey Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010   Photographer
Really cool !
I love creating maipulations too !
Feel free to check my gallery and leave comments ;)
caesaraugustus Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL just try getting that through airport security :lmao:
BarbaraBarracuda Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
how much did all of the supplies cost to make this? it looks amazing.
PReilly Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009
Can't remember exactly how much each individual item cost, but the total was about $70.
celrdwelrmyk Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
GREAT WORK,very interesting .....
Timeship Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Professional Writer
This is excellent!
kaliclown71 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009
This is a great Prop! Excellent work.
Do you sell them?
Hart1000 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009
friggin' COOL!
RaygunRobyn Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009
That is so cool!
Captain-Libris Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
This is really cool! I love the combination of concepts.
redfeatherraven Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
there is so very, very much awesome in this. it's spilling out over the edges and flooding the room.

i salute you, sir, and you earned yourself a watch. :3
TheCoconutGuy Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008
I hope I can finally find some time to assemble the raygun parts I have lying around at home. ^^

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Acorncupcake Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing :)
NeroAngelus Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Awesom prop dude.
Misread-anger Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008
I'll say its awsome. You'll think "oh, thats nice'. But you will not understand its absoloute splendidity and grandeur.
I'll just sit back and bask in its awesomeness.
Astalo Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Great craftmanship. This is probably the coolest raygun design what i have ever seen in DA. :)
Internet-Cancer Featured By Owner May 29, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
its very impressive. although I'm confused.
where is the tesla coil you were speaking of in the description?
I'm not trying shooting your work down with critisism, I'm just wondering.
so cool..
Cresciangirl Featured By Owner May 25, 2008
erinmid Featured By Owner May 12, 2008
that's awesome. really creative use of items : D
Bixtin Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
That is insane. You did a phenominal job on it.
RIVERKING Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
sweetcorn Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008
the candle holder is genius
Noli-Noli Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008
This is beyond brilliant, I'm completely amazed, it looks great!
gibsart Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008
Brilliant work,that raygun looks totally convincing !
quarkhopper Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm wondering, because this is so impressively done, do you collect or MAKE cinema props? I've always been an admirer of prop production, but I haven't tried too much of it. I've made a couple pieces for a theater company I work for, but nothing as exciting as this.

Question 2: How heavy is that thing?
PReilly Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008
Hey Quarkhopper,
Yes I do make and collect film props . I've been into this hobby for about 12 years now.
quarkhopper Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used to have a fantasy in high school about going into the prop business. It didn't really mature into a serious ambition, but I've retained a fascination with all the physical elements of movie special effects. I used to love reading about how ordinary things could be turned into really magical items with the right angle, light, acting and imagination. Really glad I saw your work there; it's made me think about it again! :)
Stacie-Yuriko Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008
That is really cool.
Blasterkid Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008
that's really cool.


poppikun Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008
It looks as if you could really shoot lazers from it.
disscordia Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Absolutely gorgeous work and attention to detail. You've definitely captured the spirit of steampunk and the retro-futuristic fiction of the Buck Rogers era in this piece.
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