Steampunk Shotgun


Introduction: Steampunk Shotgun

Well here's my first attempt at an Instructable so all constructive comments will be greatly received :)

I started with a AirBlasters Double Shot soft dart gun by Buzz Bee Toys. I was going to use a Nerf Barrel Break but the Double Shot just made a better base for victoriana / steampunk gun. The Double Shot also features auto-ejecting shells which are frankly amazing. 

After disassembling the Double Shot (they are no where near as well engineered as the Nerf ones) I sprayed all the parts with a matt black spray paint. Just for fun (and to check I could actually remember how) I put the gun back together to see how it looked in flat black. 

Now here's the bit I forgot to take pics of, but there is a combination of nut brown and brass paint for the stock and pewter spray paint for the barrel. After two layers in most places I attached the three valves. 

The valves are stuck into three copper pipe brackets that I cut into so they would slot into each other. The whole lot were then mounted onto the side using a combination of screws and hot glue. 

I also glued on a nasal spray bottle with a glass bottom. If I get time I might put a light in there as well. 

Finally I added some brass coloured raised transfers (normally for cards and scrapbooks) to give it a bit of style and covered the finished product in some clear spray paint for protection. 

Future changes / next model - I need to find a better way of attaching the valves, hot glue just doesn't cut it. Add a light / LED to the glass bottle of the nasal spray. 



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    flippin' SWEET make more please

    Those aren't valves, they are vacuum tubes. If you can energize them, they should glow.

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    Oooooh, hadn't thought of that.

    Will have to have a go, any ideas what voltage vacuum tubes normally work with? DC I'm hoping?

    I know you were saying something about putting lights on it and I had a halfway decent The double shot has that stock that opens so you could put batteries in that and run the wire through the gun itself

    Using nerf guns as a starting point for steampunk...great idea!. I thought your shotgun looked like the one in bioshock :)

    This looks amazing! I actually recently did the same thing to a very similar nerf gun (On sale at walmart for $3 and I just couldn't pass it up!!!). I started using hot glue for some of the do-dads and realized they weren't going to stay, especially after a day at the renfest! I started using superglue on the pieces that would be less likely to get knocked around, gorilla glue on parts and a model car brush on paint I found in the garage....not sure where it came from, but it was strong. 3 trips to the renfest and a 4 year old playing with it and only the parts attached with the hot glue gun came off....I hope you don't mind if I borrow your idea about the transfers! I was concidering painting by hand, but I like the look yours has better than what I can do! Thanks for the idea!

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    Thanks for your comments! :D
    Feel free to borrow the transfer idea, I'm sharing it so other people can use the same ideas!

    I could and I do actually have a barrel break ready to be converted, but sadly I've just not had the time of late :(

    But you're right. I should get on with it!

    great job, i never would have thought of turning that little toy into something awesome. is there a specific type of valve you should use though?

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    Since the valves on this are for show / artistic use only then any valve will do.

    The vavles I used are actually old 1960s valves that I got from eBay. As long as the valves fit whatever braket you are using to hold them to the gun you should be fine..

    Pretty cool. Btw, did you get the idea for the valves in any way from the CoD Wunderwaffe?

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    Thanks for the comment.
    The idea for the valves actually came from Bioshock and some of the original designs they did.

    I have to confess to actually never playing Call of Duty.

    at band camp, we have a nerf war every year, and now i think i know what i am going to use...

    Good work on the paint job.I think it would be nice if you put lights in the valves as well.

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    Thanks, the paint job did come out nicer than I expected.

    It was a toss up between the valves and some old filament bulbs running at low power. In the end the valves were easier to get hold of so those went on instead.

    Purely from a personal steampunk aesthetic I'm cautious about having too many lights / LEDs etc in an era that didn't feature that much light. On the other hand if I can find the right bulbs or find a way to fit lights to the existing valves it'll probably happen :)