Introduction: Tommy Gun

I made this for a gangster themed Halloween next week. All made from scrap cardboard, newspaper, string, hot and PVA glue. 

The stock & grips were traced from a picture then four copies were cut out of corrugated cardboard and glued together to get the required thickness and strength.

The main body is corrugated cardboard folded and taped into a rectangular box .

The barrel is single shets of newspaper, rolled up until the desired thickness is achieved and hot-glued into the body.  The detail on the barrel is made by winding thick string around in a spiral.

The muzzle was just a piece if cardboard wrapped around the barrel and glued and a sight added.

The rear sight is a flat 'U' of cardboard glued onto the main body.

The Bolt handle is a strip of newspaper rolled into a tight cylinder and glued in.

The Magazine is two circles of cardboard with a used 1/4in tape inner glued inside to get the thickness and cereal packet card glued around the perimeter

All of the pieces are then hot-glued together, the front grip has two plastic rods (from a coat hanger) glued on top and then glued into the main body for strength.  Where the front grip ends, there is a small - 1/4in - pad glued in place to keep the grip off the barrel

The whole thing is then covered in strips of newspaper covered in PVA glue and left to dry.

Once completely dry it was primed with aerosol grey primer then hand painted black and brown.  It has since had a few layers of aerosol clearcoat, which has made it far too shiny. Doh!

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RossB5 (author)2015-08-23

I like the look of this and it has inspired me to get started on a project I've had in mind for a while now. Will post an I've made it once I have.

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mward007 (author)2011-09-29

Sweet.
I am being Dick Tracy for halloween, this is perfect. I am just a bit confused about the front handle. Is it made up of just plastic coat hangers? how is it attached? could you be a bit more specific.
also, some more detail photos in brighter light would be greatly appreciated!
thanks a lot!!

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average joe 1999 (author)2011-01-06

quote "The barrel is single shets of newspaper, rolled up until the desired thickness is achieved and hot-glued into the body. The detail on the barrel is made by winding thick string around in a spiral."

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see-saw (author)average joe 19992011-01-06

That is supposed to say sheet, I have now corrected it and republished.

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bobwaffals (author)2010-06-12

how did u get the pic to it cut out

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see-saw (author)bobwaffals2010-06-13

I used the photo at http://www.flatearthtrading.com/catalog/20thcentury-22-1092.jpg" and zoomed in to about lifesize on my monitor and put a sheet of A4 over the monitor and traced it. Hope that helps

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bounty1012 (author)2009-12-03

Very nice model, I love how it looks. 5/5

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lemonie (author)2009-10-28

Looks good, I guess showing how isn't a possibility now?

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see-saw (author)lemonie2009-10-28

I wish I'd taken some photos whilst I was making it, but I just got a bit carried away - I finished making around 4am, then painted it next day.

I could describe the process, but it's not the same without pics...

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lemonie (author)see-saw2009-10-29

The slideshow works for me. You could say a few more words about how you made this in the description, but I can imagine it.

L

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