|Ebony and Ivory|
These 2 are a piece made as a favour for a friend of a friend as part of a cosplay costume. I had a really tight budget of just £10 for the two so unfortunately I knew they would end up looking 100% authentic but I sure as hell gave it my best shot in the time I had.
Unfortunately I could not find any toy Colt 1911s within the budget so I had to make do with a couple of Berettas, which in hindsight I regret doing as they took a lot of work to convert to look near a 1911 which then had to be modified again and in fact probably cost more to make than if I had gone for a desert eagle or colt at over twice the price.
First step was to reduce the size of the trigger guards and straighten them out, I did this by heating a knife and pushing it into the plastic to deform it.
The handle needing more work.
My friend Matt gave them a coat of black each.
He also found some wood which I promptly maked out and cut to size as the middle of a 1911 slide sandwich.
The 'bread' being 2 strips of MDF cut and sanded, also with a black base coat.
On tut gun.
Dimples were dremeled into the mag release buttons.
The customer wanted Ivory's handle brown so it got a quick coat.
Both slides assembled and sprayed, still in need of smoothing.
The slide and magazine releases got a lick of brass paint.
Also the grooves of the forend were marked out.
I hot glued on the slide locks.
Ivory compared to the Beretta base gun, what a long way we've come!
Engraved and brass painted.
I was going to add screws to the forend but it would mean cutting through them all and as I was already late I chose to use a wood drill to just touch the surface which gave the desired effect. Then a grinding bit in the dremel cut in the groove baby.
£5 over budget but all in all after 42 hours I am happy with them and hopefully the customer was too.