the client making the build so much easier, allowing for a speedy collation of
parts and assembly. The basis of the weapon is a Steampunk version of the Lawgiver sidearm from the Judge Dredd graphic novels and comics rather than from the more recent movie adaptations. The starting base of the build is a plastic automatic pistol
toy. This was re-painted and, as the grips were moulded-in to the toy, they were painted with a wood grain-effect to make them look as if they were screwed-on separately from the body of the pistol. This was all done using simple acrylic paints. Once fully dried, the paint was burnished to a soft silky sheen. Two small brass gears were applied as decoration in the circular recesses moulded into the grip plates.
The brass muzzle/barrel assembly is made up of four main components. A 33mm
diameter brass tube with a screw-top obtained from an old grease syringe, which had to be marked out and drilled with over 100 evenly-spaced vent holes! The barrel itself is simply a short length of 12mm diameter brass tube soldered to the cap of the syringe. The conical terminal of the barrel was made from the plunger grip part of an old fire extinguisher – I have many of these parts in the workshop but never found a suitable use for them until now! I had to remove the two lugs and drill out the barrel before soldering it to the 12mm tube.
4mm copper edging tube was cut to length, bent to the correct radius and then split
along the length of the internal radius using a Dremel cutting disc, so that it could be fitted and soldered into place on to each of the end plates. The rear/inner plate was covered in thin antiqued goat leather before the edging was applied. Once the edging was in place, a central brass strip was cut and soldered into position onto the front dial plate only. A small filigree decoration was then soldered across the top of the arch. A movable copper pointer arm was then riveted to the dial plate. The dial graphic and clear acrylic ‘glass’ could them be shaped, drilled and riveted into place. Lastly, the leather-covered side plate could be soldered into place.
The final details to add were to make and apply the small amount of copper and brass pipe work to the outer face of the gun and then any visible screw holes on the plastic gun were covered using brass rivet caps.
brass pipe reducer and some custom-built parts. As the base uses a garden sprayer, the first thing to do was solder a thin brass disc over the sprayer holes (now the base cap of the grenade). The cap was made by using the pump end of the sprayer fitted with a brass pipe reducer. A slot was then cut into the top of the reducer to receive the pin-lock and hinge pin assembly. At this stage, the grooves were cut and holes drilled into the cylinder
The hinge pin assembly is simply two short lengths of 12mm x 2mm brass bar stock
soldered together, shaped and drilled at each end. One hole for the hinge pin, the other for the grenade’s release pin. The hinge pin is 3.2mm (1/8”) brass rod. Once soldered into position, this left the release arm to complete. The release arm was made from 2.5mm brass plate, shaped and formed into the correct bends. A ‘Π’ shaped section was then soldered inside the arm and drilled to accommodate the release pin. The pin itself is a 3.2mm brass rod hammered flat at one end and drilled to take the 2.0mm wire ring.