Lots of progress pictures after the jump.
A few months ago, Akira found a website that sells replicas of toy guns from the mid century. The seller has molds for making the parts, and happened to have a Mare's Leg. The catch is he only had the plastic parts, and the full toy gun had some metal pieces. Over the past couple weeks, we've worked on making a full prop gun out of these pieces.
At first we wanted to have some moving parts, but in the interest of time (and reliability) ultimately decided to make it a single solid plastic piece.
First, we had to make the missing pieces: we traced photos of Zoe's prop onto thin wood planks, then cut them out and smoothed them to look like the metal pieces. We filled the inside of the toy gun with modeling clay, and used that to attach the wooden pieces.
|Trigger and loading mechanism|
|1 hour later...|
|Glorious foam board mold box|
The next step was to remove the clay and clean the master again... Then more pouring of silicone.
|Another hour of cleaning. That pile of clay was inside the mold box.|
|Second half curing|
Continues in Part 2...