Introduction: The Sunstar Pistol - Remodeling a Masterpiece

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One of my original triumphs was my Original Handgun It was a good project, and despite many further attempts, i never replicated that nice unique design.

The new version i have dubbed 'The Sunstar' it fires a live flare of fusion material from the small star at its core. The star itself is held in a Tri-directional gravity field, keeping the gun light and accurate.

Most things that come into contact with the blast will melt, including most metals.

If needs be the gun opens to fire a pulse of sun matter, which can take out a small army (read a few hundred)

The original was not very well thought up, so i decided to 'Mod' it, using these various fine materials.

  • Some nice upholstery leather
  • Some fancy wood veneer
  • Some lenses
  • A variety of small cogs
  • A few new nozzle sections

Obviously if you want to recreate this, you will have to use a bit of common sense to merge this Instructable with the Original Handgun.

Step 1: Reworking the Opening Section.

Picture of Reworking the Opening Section.

I decided on a slightly different mechanism for it to open, give an optional 'sun blast' mode.

Firstly i removed all the the section where the 'vial was before' (see first picture)

Next i replaced this with various parts to give more of an 'internal barrel' feel, it took a bit of playing around, and these items were held in places using both epoxy resin and superglue.

Next to work on the top. The bottom hinge would open just as before, but the top needed to open upward. First i had to file the gap to allow for a more heavy duty bolt, this through the back hole then made my hinge. The original magnets hold it closed perfectly.

I then used an old motor from a CD drive on one side, an old clock provided me with some small plastic cogs. These were all glued in place using epoxy resin.

Finally, an old perf wheel from work fitted perfectly as the barrel.

Step 2: The Handle. (part One)

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Ok, i decided the first thing to go would be the handle.

It HAD to be done. I wanted to keep the shape, but did not want the old scrap leather and exposed card.

So, i ripped it off.

I had decided the power for the gun was going to be a star or sun, so i needed to fit this into the handle. I started by taking the bare handle, marking a rough centre then drilling out a hole at the top, it only needed to be deep enough to sink my lense into, so i didn't go all the way through.

I then made a simple paper template, and used this to cut out both sides.

I then glued these two sections onto either side. A simple rig used a vice and some floppy discs held it all in place while it dried.

Step 3: The Handle. (part Two)

Picture of The Handle. (part Two)

Next i need to add the lens and the leather.

Once the Veneer is dry, i re-drilled the gap for the lens, you may need to use a Dremel to make it a bit large, and it also helps to smooth it off.

I got a small lens left out of a camera, the lens still had its metal surround, using these i google some pictures of the sun, found one i liked, and printed it out onto some glossy paper. I cut this out and stuck it in the hole.

Place the lens in place, and hold it stuck with a few blobs of epoxy resin or super glue.

Finally cut few strips of leather, and carefully glue them over the exposed sections of the handle, i find that if you spread PVA glue onto the leather it make it slightly wet which allows it to 'mould' around the handle better, Cut the leather where needed, and fold around the bottom of the handle.

At this stage i also slid an extra slip of metal onto the trigger.

Step 4: Finishing Touches.

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I need to redo the paint job, the original wasn't as dark I had hoped, and was done using a silver marker instead of proper metallic paint. Mask off the sections you want to remain 'virgin'. Give a nice even spray using black 'direct to metal' spray paint. As always, many coats, patience, and long dry times are the key.

Once this was dry, i then dry brushed the metallic paint on, a light coating all over on this one.

Remove the masking.

I needed the wood on the handle darker so, i go myself some wood varnish.
Re-mask the gun ready to varnish the veneer. Give the varnish a good stir, and apply to the handle, i gave mine two coats, which worked great.

Leave it to dry, and remove the masking tape.

Last thing to do, was to drill a few small hole in the handle, and put some little screws in.

Step 5: Completion

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So there we are, finished, share any comments, and all that jazz.

- gmjhowe


GylfieGaming (author)2014-03-23

This thing is epic! I am thinking of making something like this myself. I'm lucky because I have these hinges on my cupboards so I have extras.

nemo13 (author)2013-08-04

Thanks for the inspiration:

The Bandogge (author)2013-03-08

Will it melt captain America's sheild?

ZachFejes (author)2011-11-16

gmjhowe, I think this is brilliant!

Just a thought in case you make a future model (or in case I decide to do something similar for that matter :P ).
For the sun, it should be possible to get one or two little screens (from an old cellphone store) and put in a rechargeable battery to run a video of a living star. The gun would suddenly look even more believable, and if you were to pull it out to show someone, they would do the biggest double take in history!

Either way, amazing, amazing project!

Kimbly107 (author)2011-09-15

What kind of hinge did you use? Ive been trying to find one my self, they're so cool?

Benson1 (author)2009-10-14

I like it, but something about the handle looks blocky to me.  Isit just my imagination or is that thing kind of awkward to hold?

Other then that I really like it, good show!

j3tripp (author)Benson12011-03-10

I am the owner of this gun now I bought it. and to be honest I like the feel of the handle. It fits comfortably in my hand. I feel like Captain Melcom from firefly when I pull it out of my holster

gmjhowe (author)Benson12009-10-19

 I agree, at first the handle felt ok, but over time I realised it was not quite the right angle, something that I have taken to fixing with more recent projects!

Thanks for the comment.

Benson1 (author)gmjhowe2009-10-20

Well that's a shame, at least it looks incredibly awesome.  I hope to see your improvements at some future date.

gmjhowe (author)Benson12009-10-20

 I sold this model a few months ago now. I am planning new props.

kellykell (author)2010-06-28

can i buy one from you

gmjhowe (author)kellykell2010-07-01

Sure, how much were you looking to spend?

kellykell (author)gmjhowe2010-08-05

ill pay between $20-$14

swilus (author)kellykell2011-03-03

Your comment is a slap to the face...

gmjhowe (author)kellykell2010-08-06

I sold this exact model for £160 thats $254 of your USD. For $20 dollars, your best looking at some of the mass produced steampunk stuff, Nemisis Now do some very affordable models!

imagigadgets (author)2011-02-12

If you had a lot of money and wanted to add that extra touch, it would be awesome to put a small screen in there that played a video of the sun so it looked like a star was really churning. Just an idea...

adamc90 (author)2010-03-05

this looks just amazing you really could picture it ina film

TheMaker888 (author)2009-12-24

 Hello Gmjhowe its me TheMaker888 form youtube and i must thank you for suggesting this sight to me and i hope to make some of my own Steampunk
guns and Goggles soon..
Btw where do you get your Materials ?
like Brass and Mechanical parts?

gmjhowe (author)TheMaker8882009-12-28

 second hand stores, and diy stores are the best!

TheMaker888 (author)2009-12-24

 Hey i noticed you used a CD motor... you know what you could have done, is you could have made it Spin and then when you pull the trigger the ammo falls on top of the Spinning Spindle and is flung from the Gun, or if you had two then one on top and one on bottom, or Right side and Left side, them when the trigger is pulled the two spindles pinch the ammo
( a spear like projectile ) 
gets thrown from the Gun...
have you ever seen a Hot wheels track?
you know those Track Boosters?
well this is Generally the same Basic Idea
*Fling one Object from One Point to another*
Let Me Know If You Are Interested...
Then I Will Draw A Digram For You Ok ?

steampunk-punk (author)2009-11-21

u should make some more and sell them on ebay ide buy it

fireman115 (author)2009-10-05

I Love V for Vendetta Love the gun too nice job

gmjhowe (author)fireman1152009-10-19


red-king (author)2009-10-18

 very nice!

tjk94 (author)2009-10-04

I love the fact that you not only create awesome weapons but you think up how they work and you add moving parts! Subscribed!

gmjhowe (author)tjk942009-10-04

Thanks, all it takes is a little idea, and a few moving bits, and it makes the prop more realistic.

tjk94 (author)tjk942009-10-04

Opps! I wanted to say faved!

Gun Fun (author)2009-04-18

Wait so this actually fires?

gmjhowe (author)Gun Fun2009-04-19


volquete (author)gmjhowe2009-06-08

what does it fire?

corey_caffeine (author)volquete2009-09-24

concentrated awesome

al9595 (author)2009-07-10

wat does this thing shoot?

um nothing. Its like a model. But interactive, in a way. THAT"S WHY ITS FUN!

O WAIT! i hadn't really looked. It really fires? COOL! different from your other projects!

RobswattonVFX (author)2009-06-29

bolts of pure imagination! but seriously, nice build, interesting shape and well excecuted, should definatly think about designing a similar rifle

gmjhowe (author)RobswattonVFX2009-06-30


galenorama (author)2009-04-18

Where did you get the leather? I need some for my gun, but I can't find any!. Heh, just sneak down to dad's jacket in the middle of the night...

ekobor (author)galenorama2009-04-18

Try a Micheals or equivilant craft store (even Wal-Mart) they have little 1' squares, or bags of scrap pieces that you might like.

galenorama (author)ekobor2009-04-19

Awesome, Thanks!

noremakk (author)galenorama2009-05-03

Another good source for leather (especially if you want some that looks older) is the goodwill store. You should be able to find some old leather things (jackets, boots, gloves, whatever!) for less than 10$-a-yard. Of course, they're in the shape of the things from which they came, but it's a good source nonetheless.

Lt. Duct Tape (author)noremakk2009-06-19

Even better? Grab an old leather couch off of Craigslist and skin it, then haul the remains to the dump. You get a ton of leather, just make sure that it's real leather and not vinyl. Even then, make sure it's thick enough to be worth something. This is how a lot of armor for our Amtgard group is made, because high-quality leather is god-awful expensive.

gmjhowe (author)galenorama2009-04-19

i got mine on ebay, alot of people sell scraps.

sypher (author)2009-05-12

I am still, (sadly) working on mine... AND, working on another model for a local steampunk clothing company, fun stuff... Not sure which I will finish first...

gmjhowe (author)sypher2009-05-12

I can't wait! be sure to get a slideshow up when you finish them.

billybobo3 (author)2009-03-15

That looks as if its going to be one hell of a gun. I wouldn't like to be on the receiving end of that.

gmjhowe (author)billybobo32009-03-15

haha, yes it is! The middle actually extends open.

billybobo3 (author)gmjhowe2009-03-15

Awesome, I can't wait for the finished model to be put up!

sypher (author)2009-03-13

yipee! even sexier than before.

rohxas (author)2009-03-11

Very nice! I'm always impressed with the quality of your work. I just wish i had the skill to actually follow the instructions on some of your projects, but i always screw it up somehow.

gmjhowe (author)rohxas2009-03-12

I wasn't always this good. I did use to be rubbish once, i just kept at it, and kept learning. Its only since i got to about 20, that i've perfected my skills. The most important thing to learn is to take your time, most my time is sat thinking things through in my head!

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