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Making of Kirika - Part 3 / Weapons

It's hard to imagine a small thing like how she hold the gun and what gun she holds can be the source of so much work, but it turned out so.

 
The original kit comes with 3 right hand each holding a different gun (Desert Eagle 50AE, Walther P38 with long barrel, and a 38 Smith and Wesson) , and the left hand holds the long rifle. Of the 3, the Walther looks the most like Kirika's Beretta M-1934 (pardon the sloptitude ya'all gun freaks), so I shortened the barrel and she has some sort of automatic handgun (lower right). I'll try to remember to add that little handle flap that is characteristic of her Beretta.

The rifle has to go since she only has one left hand, so I used the dremel to remove the handle of the rifle. At first I wanted to go with the revolver on her left hand since it's the easiest way, so I dremeled the right hand off the revolver and get a free gun that can be attached to the left hand.
... but it's not true to the episode, and the difference in bullet counts makes very little sense for an akimbo configuration. The evil voices (you know who you are ;) ) suggested casting the automatic and eventually thinking about it too much I decided to just try it. Thanks to a tip from a HK newsgroup, I got some cheap Lego blocks and build the casting chamber that way. Surrounding the piece with some Klean Klay the top part of the mold is ready to be cast.
The top part of the 2-part mold was pretty successful. This casting sequence just shows the general procedure is done (and how I screwed up :) ), if you want details please refer to sites such as Dan Perez's. I use Smooth-On's sampler package. I never like casting but in this case it's inevitable. Anyway please don't ask me any casting questions because as you shall see I ain't no expert on this.
After spraying some mold release on the top half of the mold I fill the bottom half with more RTV rubber which are used for molds...
The tragedy began when I didn't seal the top half of the mold thoroughly and apply enough mold release, as a result the halves got stuck and I had to break them up. Fortunately the areas surrounding the gun was preserved pretty well, so the mold could still be used.
I tied the halves together with rubber bands and poured the mixed resin into the mold. My mixing was really bad and had a lot of suspended air bubbles in it.
In the end it took me 3 tries to get a reasonable cast. The first time (left) I didn't even try to get accurate ratios on the resin 2-part mixtures, as a result the resin cured really badly and resulted in a soft gooey transparent cast. In the 2nd try (middle) I was more careful but then I decided to heat the resin to drive ou the bubbles. Big mistake... the resin cured really quickly, so I didn't have time to finish pouring before the mixture solidfy. The third time (right) was a charm. Actually it wasn't, as you can see the cast is pretty rough and the surface details were pretty soft, but it was sufficient for my purpose. In the episode (16 - Heartless Assassin Part II), her second gun is a random handgun from some random dead guy, not the Beretta, so as long as it looks like one then it'll work.
After dremeling off the right hand that held the automatic, I glued the left hand onto the handle. There's a lot of heating and bending of the fingers in order to "mold" the palm into the right shape, but the result was near-perfect.
But why stop there? In akimbo the shooter fires the left and right guns alternatively, so it'd even be more cool to have one of the guns firing! Blame it on watching too many times the scene in ep. 16 :) Here some brass rods are used for the exposed barrels, and the top of the automatic is sawed off and glued back in a retracted position. I used the Noir ending song sequence for reference in this case.
Don't forget her Beretta-1934 has this characteristic hook!

But the MS-made hook was too thin, and not to mention it broke ^_^;; so I made another using SSP-HG. In the end however the MS version above was actually more correct with some minor adjustments, but ah well.

I opened a hole in the retracted gun so that I can dangle an ejected shell casing off it. I was debating for the longest time on this inclusion because I hate the artificial support. But in the end curiosity wins out :) It works very well from some angles but not so well from others.

The exposed barrels were painted with Mr. Metal Color steel and buffed to a dull steel shine. I didn't like the left hand; the hand has some very unnatural curves because I heated it and bent it to conform to this gun. To alleviate this problem I spent a little more time to shade the hand to give some illusion of well-formedness, such as highlighted knuckles.

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