August, 2006: The original hero prop Blaster was publicly displayed for the first time. Mr. Karl Tate took many photos.
March 2007: The Tomenosuke replica project began from Mr. Tate's photos.
Mark for the magazine housing.
Karl's initial "K" is engraved on the receiver.
I welded a small piece to the left side of the receiver and modified it.
The wings of the grip frame are modified.
The bevel of the grip's buttplate is altered.
The new bevel (right) compared with the original.
Changed the outline of the right grip.
Changed the way the trigger guard is attached.
I moved the front trigger forward and also moved the trigger guard up.
Added a tool mark to the surface of the front cap at Mr. Tate's request.
This is Mr. Tate's illustration of the front cap, showing his observations made from the Worldcon photos.
New cylinder latch is on the right.
New binding post on the right.
Two optional parts, the slot head screw seen in the film or the Weaver knob seen at Worldcon. New versions on the right.
Top to bottom, Housing screw 1, Collar and LED cover, along with the Ejector Rod. New parts shown to the right.
Top to bottom, Housing Screw 2, Housing Screw 1. New parts shown to the right.
Hook added to the Front Trigger.
When the Front Trigger is squeezed, the rod extends forward as shown.
The Rod's purpose is to switch the green LEDs of the Laser Sight on and off.
The Switch Cover is attached to the Pistol Frame using a grub screw.
Assembled Switch for the Laser Sight LEDs.
The cylinder is made of Delrin, a type of plastic.
The Cylinder is Zinc coated.
The Cylinder is polished and then dyed with Gun Blue.
The Cylinder after being polished with a cloth.
The Cylinder is clear coated and then roughened with sandpaper.
After polishing with abrasives.
The pistol frame is made of Polyurethane, a type of plastic. Here is the frame after having the same polishing treatment as the Cylinder.
I reproduced the as-yet unidentified round marking that appears on the left cylinder cover of the prop.
In the following photos the Special Blaster is on the left, the original Tomenosuke is on the right.
In the following photos the Special Blaster is on the right, the original Tomenosuke is on the left.
April 04,2010: Tomenosuke Blaster was given to Mr. Karl Tate with appreciation.