Phryne Fisher Derringer Replica

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Project by Underdog posted 09-06-2018 01:26 AM 1526 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife wants to dress up as Miss Fisher for a local costume parade this fall, and needs a prop.
After a good bit of research I figured out that Phryne Fisher uses a gold plated (and in one case engraved) Smith and Wesson .38 cal “Chief’s Special”.
I found a Sketchup model of the frame, and from that took dimensions. Then, using photos off Google images, I modeled this S&W .38 Chief’s Special in the now defunct ArtCAM. I machined the two halves from of Maple on my CarveWright, glued ithem together, and then sanded and sanded and sanded. It would have been a smoother process if I hadn’t accidentally bumped the size on one side bigger than the other. (oops- maybe next time I’ll get it right.)
I had intended to machine the grips on the CarveWright as well, but lost access to ArtCAM before finishing the models. And since AutoDesk successfully bought ArtCAM and then killed it off before I purchased a copy, I decided to hand shape the grips out of some white Corian. I actually had a couple of S&W buttons on some old grips I found and inserted them into the appropriate hole. I used some gilding paint to simulate the gold plating. I passed on creating the engraving… If I had it to do over, I’d definitely get the sizes right, do a better job of sanding, definitely model the grips to overlap the frame, and probably spray the gilding on.
But…my wife reminds me that it’s been two years since I started this project. So I decided not to make it perfect, just get it done.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#1 posted 09-06-2018 01:43 AM

I had to google the character, but the replica you have made looks quite realistic.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 09-06-2018 02:21 AM

Don’t wave that around any armed people. liable to get shot. Until I read the post I thought it was gold plated, and you had made new grips for it.

For a prop gun, everyone will just assume it’s real, and hopefully unloaded.

Nice job.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#3 posted 09-06-2018 02:46 AM

It definetly is a good replica. Nice job.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 09-06-2018 02:50 AM

I thought it was real WOW …. GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#5 posted 09-06-2018 07:46 AM

Nicely done sir,
BUT in the Great Southern Land even a replica that doesn’t work would cause the constabulary to take exception

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#6 posted 09-06-2018 09:39 AM

that is beautiful work

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#7 posted 09-06-2018 04:13 PM

WOW….....That is a great replica!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 09-07-2018 01:49 AM

Would have fooled me at a glance. Great job.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#9 posted 09-07-2018 05:51 AM

That is really well done.

-- Don't tell me it can't be done.

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#10 posted 09-07-2018 11:18 PM

super work on the model

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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