After a few weeks of visiting Steampunk blogs and sites such as http://steampunkworkshop.com
and http://brassgoggles.co.uk , I got a bit caught up in the whole thing. Some of the items that have been made under the steampunk banner are phenomenal pieces of high craft, they employ a vast variety of skills and are often very witty and clever.
So here is my first effort. A light Imperial officer's sidearm, issued to the Admiral of the Airship Fleet upon his promotion.
I wanted this to be an elegant piece above all, but I also wanted it to look functional and tough, able to survive years of service on an Admiral's hip.
Please let me know what you think...
Step 1: Looking Through the Bits Boxes...
Step 2: The Scope
I invested in a mini tap and die set for this project, it really makes a world of difference. I was convinced that I wanted this to look as "real" as possible, so I have tried to avoid lots of unreliable glue etc when it comes to fixing the metal components together. This only real alternatives are soldering, (which can get a little messy) or fixing with small screws/bolts etc. So I went down to Maplins and spent some money on the mini tap and die set. Most of the screws and bolts incidentally came from a broken SLR camera I took to pieces.
Step 3: The Trigger
The trigger itself is a finger holding ring from a cheap brass candlestick.
Step 4: The Barrel
The barrel for the pistol is made from a brass tube taken from the same telescope I used for the scope, along with the wind shield from an old WW2 (ish) trench lighter. Both these pieces were attached to a 15 mm diameter steel tube (to add some weight) Then all three were screwed in to the wooden "cradle" .
Step 5: Fitting the Different Parts Together..
I spent a while with a chisel and dremel making the hole to fit the trigger mechanism into, then drilled some corresponding dowel holes into the body and the barrel pieces, then used thick, strong wood glue to stick them together, then clamped them over night.
Step 6: The Handle and Grip
I then covered these pieces of cork with thin garment leather, a nice brown colour that complements the Walnut.
The next thing was to cut a recess into the handle to accommodate the cork and leather grips.
The grips were then attached to the handle with contact adhesive.
Then the handle and the rest of the pistol body were doweled, glued and clamped.
Step 7: Finishing...
One thing worth mentioning here is the old brass uniform button that I have set onto the body of the pistol, It's possibly from a Fireman's dress uniform, maybe military? I'm not sure but I have about 6 of these so I'm using them as the "Admiral's" badge of office. I plan to fix one to the holster I will make for this sidearm, and I have also set one into an old leather bracer/cuff which complements this pistol nicely, see the final picture of the "Admiral's desk" to see the leather bracer.
I hope this hasn't been too wordy, thank you!