Thundercats Sword of Omens

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I have always loved the Thundercats. when I was a child I owned some of the toys but I never had the sword of Omens. well as a fully grown man who can’t let things go, I decided that I must do something about this.

I found the original drawing for the sword on the internet. (just google image search for ‘sword of omens drawings’ and its the first thing that pops up)

I then blew them up on the photocopier to A3 size. then blew them up again to 210%
I wanted it this big because I searched the internet for the average long sword length and picked a size I thought would be about right. (It turned out a little too big but I won’t complain)

I then used that template to cut out some foamboard details. the horns and the centre plate as well as the skull shape ( I know its not a skull but that’s the only thing i can think of when I see it)

I stuck the horns and the centre detail to some MDF and cut around them. I used MDF simply because that’s just what I had laying around. it was leftover from my BTTF hover board which I use as a shelf in my room

 

I then cut the tops of two plastic disposable cups because I wanted there to be a ring around the eye of thundera. and the plastic cups just happened to be the exact size. 7cm or about 3 inches

I put the foam pieces together and used resin and body filler to make them hard.
I bought two toilet plungers from the pound shop (dollar store) one was wooden. which I would use for the handle and the other was plastic which had a cool pommel shape on the bottom which i would cut of and stick to the bottom of the wooden handle as my pommel.

I then bought some plastic gems from the market here in Birmingham. which looked roughly the right shape. they where blue/teal in colour and only cost £2. there where two sizes in the bag I would use the big ones for the handle and the small ones for the pomel.

I then used elastic bands to measure out where i wanted the ribbing on the handle to be so that i wouldnt have to keep erasing pencil lines.

 

I then used Milliput to put on the ribbing details as well as the pommel details. the details on the pommel where hard to discern, I looked at pictures on the internet as well as trying to see the details on YouTube clips and this is the best I could come up with.

I then made a template for the handle detail. I wrapped a paper strip around the handle and trimmed it to size. I then pulled it off and drew on my pattern.The pattern is two arches with a squared off point on top. I then used the template to cut out seven of them in thick card. Then used pva glue to stick them on. Using elastic bands to hold them in place while they dried.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the sword blade was made from a strip of wood. I used the dremel to sand down a groove along the wood. I admit I didn’t do the best job at this.

 


I then made the collar that goes around the base of the blade and holds it to the sword hilt. but since this isn’t a real sword this would just be made from a scrap piece of wood laying around. I again used the sword template I made earlier and just drew around it twice. once I cut out the shape I sanded it down and used the dremel to sand out a ‘u’ shape in the back of it for the blade to slide into.

I then had to make the blade details that go above the collar. I made these out of styrene sheets bought from the art shop. using the template i cut out four triangles. and glued them together. I then had to file out a small triangle notch at the base to fit against the collar

I then painted primer on the whole thing and painted it Toyota lucern silver from a spray can. I painted the blade and the eye of Thundera rings using chrome spray paint I bought from a supermarket called Aldi. The can is labeled ‘DecoStyle Metal effect spray paint’ and the company is from Germany.

 

I then cut a groove into the hilt and inserted the blade. I glued it in place using a mixture of body filler and fibre glass resin that I mixed into a muddy paste so that I could pour it into the hole i had made. Then i slid the collar down the blade into position and glued that. the blade details then went on.

the eye of Thundera was made using two plastic circles which I cut out from a off-cut sheet of Fluorescent red plastic which I found on ebay. buying a whole sheet was way too expensive. but there is a company that sells they’re random sized off-cuts. I was lucky. I found a piece that would let me cut out exactly four circles. which is all i needed. the Thundercat logo was made from a thin piece of black styrene which I bought from the art shop. I pushed the ‘eye’ into the rings and they fitted perfectly so I didn’t even need to glue them in. this was my one moment of easy victory in the whole thing. it was the one piece that went right first time. I felt like a rock star.I then super glued on the gems and added a small red one to the base of the pommel. I hung it on my wall using string until I can come up with a better way to display it. I hope you like it. some parts turned out better than others but its all part of learning.

if your interested in prop making I recommend you visit http://www.therpf.com

THUNDER…THUNDER…THUNDERCATS HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

 

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Krull Glaive

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krull was the first movie I saw on VHS. My Dad bought a VHS machine second hand from someone at his work and also borrowed a movie for us all to watch. The movie imprinted itself on me as something very exciting and now as an adult I finally decided to make my own Glaive.
First I drew out the design to scale then cut out layers on art board.


then I Glued them all together. Making sure to cover all the cardboard with the superglue so they would be hard and waterproof.

Then I used ‘milliput’ to add material to the sides and added a bevel. I cut up the barrel of an old pen and glued it to the insert on the ends of the arms. I then glued plastic red gems to them.

I painted the whole thing gold with silver and black accents. as well as adding the glyphs to the arms . I then gave the whole thing a clear coat. the blades go into recess’s. the Blades are made from strips of plastic covered in foil tape. the kind used for insulation. I then scuffed them up to take some of the shine off. I glued a large plastic clear gem in the centre. This is a temporary one as its 30mm and it really needs one that is 35mm. but this will do until I find one.

 

 

 

Batman 1989 Speargun

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While getting hyped up to see the Dark Knight Rises I found myself getting nostalgic for the 1989 Batman movie and I got fixated on the Bat-Spear which was Batman’s grapple gun. I searched for as many pictures of it that I could find but they all seemed slightly different designs so I picked one which seemed like a good middle ground and got started.

grapple gun parts

 

The first thing I did was print the picture out to the size I wanted and made measurements from it. I then went on a supplies run. I brought a metre of 3.5mm steel cable from Homebase for under £3.00. Some washers . Milliput from the art supply store called Spectrum here in Birmingham and some tent pegs from the pound store.

grapple gun template

I glued two pieces of MDF together that I had spare from my Hover Board project and traced out the design. Then I hacked out the pieces.

grapple gun parts cut up

I needed something to make the barrels out of so I scavenged the work shed and found the handle of an old telescopic magnet that I had bought from the pound shop. Which I cut the magnet of and used for something else. I found a jumbo marker pen and a piece of copper pipe. I then assembled them using the Milliput to form the details.

Milliput is a two part sculptable substance thats sets hard enough to sand,cut or drill

I had never used it before so this was a bit of an experiment for me. It starts of very sticky. After a couple of hours it dries and has some rigidity so you can cut it with a knife and it goes completely hard over night. So you can sand it and cut it with a saw.

Making the large barrel was going to be a problem so I just went on Amazon and bought a cap gun for £2.60 it was the perfect diameter. It was lust about half a centimetre too long so I put it in a vice and sawed off the excess.

donor parts. a toy cap gun

the barrel was cut up and the toy thrown away

I then took a small file and added some more detail.

file work

my only vice

For the top barrel I fixed the sculpted Milliput barrel to the MDF section I cut and then inserted a tube. The tube came from the telescopic magnet which I was also using for the other barrel.

upper barrell

I then used my Dremel to bore out a circle in the handle section for the cable to go into . I had to cut a small lip into it as I thought this would help hold the cable in. as the project moved on I realised there was no way I could bend the cable tight enough to go around the circle. I t was just too springy and keep jumping out and whipped at me. So in the end I cut it into three sections and glued it into place. I didn’t need for the cable to go all around the drum anyway as you can only see half of it.

raw coil section

In hind sight I wasted a lot of time realising this. I then set about making the enclosure for the cable drum. I made this out of artists board that I had lying around my room. It is in a few sections . The top plate which is split into two halves. A piece which is glued under it to hold the two top sections together and the last piece is the spinning disk with the holes in it so you can see the cable. I then put a hole in the handle for a nail to go into.

In the next picture you can see what it looks like altogether . The top two sections . The spinning disk and a spare piece.
To make the disk spin and also look like it does in the movie. You take three washers of decreasing size and glue them together. This creates the look you want. You then get a nail that is small enough to fit into the cavity made by the washers. I had to grind a bit of with the Dremel so it wasn’t so tight.

details

grapple gun details

I then painted the whole thing as I knew once I assembled it all I wouldn’t be able to paint it was well as one piece. While waiting for the paint to dry I cut the head off ten small screws. I would use these later for details on the face plate and on the back handle. I also scavenged a small button sized piece of plastic from an old pen to use as the trigger.

screw heads

I realise that I haven’t mentioned the back of the hand piece yet. Oops. As you can see from this picture the back has a fold out handle.

the two sections of the grapple gun

It fit’s the hand piece so that it doesn’t stick out when folded. I made a small centerpiece made from an off cut of wood and filed it into an oval shape. I then drilled a hole right through it. This would act as a hinge. I slide a small metal rod through it. And glued it in place. The fold out handle was cut by using the hand piece as a template to get the shape and size right. I marked it out on the same off cut of wood that I make the hinge from so that it would be the same width. I drilled a hole in each of the arms all the way through . I then put it in place. The metal bar is slid through the arm holes and the centre block. Once in place I used body filler to fill the top of the holes. Locking the folding handle onto the hinge. I then glued the screw heads in place and set about assembling the whole thing.

handle made from wood

haven’t forgot about the dart. Do you remember that I bought tent pegs? Well I also picked three disposable knives from a canteen. They are usually made from cheap plastic but these where made from wood. Have you ever tried to eat using a wooden knife and fork? Its about as pleasant and as stupid as it sounds. Anyway using a photo scaled to size I the tips of the knives off. I took the Milliput and sculpted it into shape. Then used body filler to stick the blades on. When the Milliput dried over night it was hard enough to drill. I drilled a hole in it and stuck the tent peg in. I then sawed of the tent peg so it was the right size. Done.

I do have a confession. The middle barrel is too long. I selected a piece of copper tube for it that was the right size. But during the build the wrong one was glued on. I should have checked but I didn’t. So now the centre barrel is too long. Right now I don’t feel the need to cut it of and reset it as I kind of like it. I just wanted you to know I’m aware of the mistake. I’m hoping Batman would forgive me and not hunt me down and dangle me of a roof top.

close up back section

close up handle side

close up hero side

close up front view