This instructable will go over the process of making a prop replica of Vash the Stampede's revolver. I plan to make molds of these pieces and cast them so I will make a second part that will go over that process later.

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1.) I made Vash the Stampede's revolver from the anime Trigun. I made this using mostly MDF and styrene because they are cheap and easy to work with. To cut the pieces I used tools such as my band saw.

2.) I got the idea to make this because I've always liked the anime and I thought it would be an easy prop to start with. Most of my know how comes from seeing how other prop makers, like volpin or punished props, make their props.

3.) I made this in my workshop down in my basement where I have plenty of tools to work with. I often have a lot of time on my hands after school so this really didn't interfere with anything.

4.) I learned to think outside of the box when encountering a problem to help overcome it and move onto the next step. But more importantly  i learned to always keep a reference photo on hand when building or you might forget a few details like how I dint originally have the gaps in the front of the barrel or how the strips of styrene on my used to go to far back.

Step 1: Materials

Here is a list of materials and tools that I used to make this. However, you don't need all of them, some of the tools can be improvised from others and you can use different types or sizes of wood.

   - MDF (medium density fiberboard)
        - You can get MDF at places like Menards or Home Depot in a few different sizes, but i had some 3/4 inch (about19mm) laying around.                   
   - 1/16 inch styrene plastic
        - This can be bought from hobby stores or online in larger sheets.

   - 1/8 inch acrylic plastic
        - Another material i had lying around, but it can also be bought from places like Menards or Home Depot.

   - (optional) 1/4" Balsa wood sheet
        - I had some spare balsa wood laying around  that is fit for the trigger and the hammer (H4 & H5) but you can use anything.

   - Wooden dowels
        - 1/4", 1-1/8", 7/16", 1/2", 3/16"
   - Bondo Spot filler
        - This is nice for perfecting the smaller holes and gaps because its a bit easier to get it into the smaller cracks than normal bondo is.
        - You can buy this from most auto stores.

   - Filler Primer
        - You can buy this from most auto stores.

   - Misc. Machine scews
        - I ended up just using random sizes that I had.

   - Wood glue

I am fortunate enough to have some old tools in my basement from my grandpa to make things easier, but you can probably think of other ways to get the same use out of other tools.


   - Dremel
        - This is probably one of my favorite tools, you can buy attachments to make it do tons of different things. A nice Dremel set with sanding bits is great for this.

   - Drill Press
        - This can probably be replaced by a drill, a drill press is just nicer.

   - Band saw
        - I used this to cut out all of my pieces and instead of a planer. A scroll saw could work too.

   - A Miter box and saw
        - A handy thing I used to cut all of the dowels.
   - Drill bits
       - 1/4", 1-1/8", 7/16", 1/2", 3/16", 1/8"

   - Sand paper
        - You'll need 1000 grit and sheets from at least 400-700 grit. I ended up using 400 grit emery cloth that I had for sanding large imperfections and Bondo.

   - Router
        - I used a 45°, 3/4" roundover, and 1/4" round nose bit.

   - Clamps
        - You'll need clamps to hold pieces together as they dry.


   - Remember to always wear safety goggles when cutting pieces. I also highly recommend you wear a respirator while cutting or sanding MDF, it comes off in a fine powder that stays in the air for a while and isn't good to breath in.

This is cool I think I'll add it to the list of things I want to make :D
<p>Amazing, great job</p>

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