Below is my airsoft conversion of a Thompson sub machinegun into the iconic weapon. The first piece of customization is the serial number base plate. While not movie accurate, is a more realistic touch to the weapon and a piece that allows it to stand out among others.
I chose realism over convention by placing the plate on the left side of the weapon similar to how modern weapons are serialized.
The next piece is completely non-canon. It is based off the idea of the M41A1 Pulse Rifle from the movie. It's what I refer to as the Pulse Carbine. There have been video game adaptations of this idea but nothing canon.
My starting base was a Nerf CS-18 with the 18 round count magazine.
|Step 1 was to grind off the Nerf logo on the sides. I used a dremel with a sanding wheel. I then touched up by hand sanding it smooth. Once this was complete I blasted the back of the butt-stock with rubberizing paint for cars.|
|Step 3 and 4, I painted the small parts which in the picture are covered in paint. I used a flat matt black model paint except for the "jam cover" which again was the rubberizing paint for cars. I then covered these parts with painter tape.|
|Step 5 was to cover the main body with a green paint. I used a spray paint marked as camouflage foliage paint. It was much lighter than I expected.|
|Step 7 was to add the first pieces of customization which I did with an engraving tool. I did a dead smiling face, and "Bug Hunter" on one side, a direct nod to the phrases and little details from the movie.|
|Step 7 (part 2) On the other side the face returns, but I also added a kill count with tally marks.|
|Step 9 was to add fine detail. I covered all the black parts with another coat. Then the safety and magazine release got a red coat to stand out.|
|Step 10 was to go over the engravings one last time to stand out again.|
|Step 11 was to add more fine details. I never ground off the Nerf warning sign, so I took a red sharpie to the warning exclamation mark. I think it looks nice with the rest of the gun.|
|Close of skull and engravings.|