Blade Runner is without a doubt my favorite movie of all time. One of the many reasons why is the gun used by Harrison's Ford's character Deckard. It's so iconic that it has appeared in numerous video games, including Fallout: New Vegas & Saints Row 4. But genuine replicas of the gun are super expensive, sometimes costing as much as $1000. So I decided to make my own, and thought you guys might like to see how I made it.
I found on Amazon a cheap plastic toy gun (about $10-15) that uses the same mold as the Blade Runner blaster, and decided to use that.
Once it arrived, I immediately disassembled it, making sure to save all of the screws for when I put it back together. I then scrapped all of the inner wiring for the lights that the gun used. My original intention was to replace them with new LED lights like the ones on the original blaster, but it turned out to be a more difficult task than I anticipated. I ended up using 3mm LED lights as decorations. Perhaps I might try to make another model in the future with working lights. We'll see.
To glue everything back together, I used liquid cement, which pretty much melts the plastic together. Then I put all the screws back into their rightful places, so the gun is pretty sturdy. After doing some sanding down of the edges & other parts, I started to used basic modelling putty to fill in gaps and other holes that weren't on the original gun.
For the new revolver barrel, I went to Lowe's and bought a 1" PVC end cap for less than $1. This turned out to be perfect (You might have to do some sanding in order to fit it in). Once the glue dried, I filled the area around the end cap with even more putty, sanding it down into the desired shape.
It was now time to start painting the gun. I used black gloss spray paint as primer, since much of the gun was going to be painted in black gloss anyway. You can use any color primer that you want and then paint over it with black gloss modelling paint. There's really no difference. The same goes for the rest of the painting. You can paint it by using a normal brush or an airbrush. I used a normal brush because I don't have the money to buy an airbrush, most of which are pretty expensive. I would recommend using an airbrush for the best possible finish.
And here it is, 90% finished. I'm going to give the handle grip a more orangy coat of paint to look more like the one in the movie later this week, as well as give the receiver a black ink wash to darken the metal finish, but for the most part, I think it turned out very well! Keep in mind that this toy gun isn't 100% movie accurate (Example: The original gun has 2 triggers while this only has one). Even so, it's hardly noticeable, and makes for a great prop for anyone looking to cosplay as Rick Deckard. If anybody wants to try and make their own, I'd be happy to answer any questions!