M1 Thompson Machine Gun prop/replica

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Project by kevlights posted 10-04-2014 05:41 AM 3534 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

prop for re enactments, weddings and engagements,party hire;

It was requested to be a early drum pistol grip prohibition 30 s model.

look the part from a distance but up close for legal reasons it had to an obvious fake/replica

the rear sight, is made from a cut down tv Aerial bracket
front sight is a cable lock , for twist lock wires ,used to open garage tilta doors. Shoulder Stock is a direct copy ,off an replica m1 stock, from a replica BB gun
Drum magazine is a cut down coffee tin ,i did have some 18mm projector film canisters originally but they as rare as the mags !
all put together with CKD twist snap fittings .
1/2 water galv steel pipe for barrel.eproxy glued into wood
the matt black paint over silver spray paint is steel wool polished to effect brushed steel finish , the wood is Oak /Rimu or mahogany.
a total of five made for the drama society then 5 more for customers for Weddings and engagement parties

A carry case was made up from thin ply ,in the shape of a violin case.

plus one more,,extra special one, with all the bells and whistles for a 1939 Willy’s Jeep.

-- Kev, Hobby/home repair/woodworker .Timaru .NZ

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#1 posted 10-04-2014 07:18 AM

Looks so realistic! Beautiful work!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 10-04-2014 09:01 AM

Great work Kev

I want to see a pose with the Willys Jeep please as I see two spare photo spots!

Now a days if you even as much as thought about making something like that in QLD you would be arrested!

Many a time I have wanted to build a replica 50 cal and mount it on my ute just to keep crazy drivers away!!

Keep up the good work!

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 10-04-2014 02:57 PM

COOL looks like the real thing,nice work Kev.


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#4 posted 10-05-2014 01:56 AM

Super cool! I have a couple of kids that will love to make some of these. Thanks for sharing!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#5 posted 10-05-2014 03:25 AM

Looking good !! almost there now where are you ? ......and dont take the shot outside a bank !!

-- Regards Rob

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#6 posted 10-05-2014 02:59 PM

Nice Job, I made a bunch on these. Great job

-- Ray

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#7 posted 10-05-2014 06:57 PM

Looks great and very authentic. However, may I suggest you paint the end of the barrel fluorescent orange so the authorities can’t mistake it for the real thing.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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