Blade Runner Deckard blaster pistol mdf scratch build
Let me start by saying I LOVE the iconic Rick Deckard / Blade Runner blaster pistol (the PKD or PDK as some say). It is one of my favorite movie guns and I’d always wanted to own one, sadly the kits are crazy expensive and I just don’t have the money, so I thought I’d give it a try and build my own out of wood scraps, this is the result, the Blade Runner PKD mdf scratch build. This took me a fair few hours, if anyone wants to commission one they can, or you might want to make your own, so I thought I’d do a little write-up in case it helps you should you want to try it.
Please keep in mind my woodworking skills are that of a beginner, I haven’t built many mdf scratch build props and I’m learning all the time, so please take this ‘how to build your own Blade Runner PKD blaster’ post as helpful notes as opposed to an A to Z tutorial.
What you’ll need for your Blade Runner PKD build
Wood scraps including one piece at least 30cm long and 20 cm wide, a good depth also (around 2.5cm). All other scraps can be varying depth and sizes.
Rivets and or screws
Bondo / putty
PVA wood glue and other strong adhesive
Washers / screws
Tools: Saw, sander, rotary tool, screwdriver, rivet gun (optional).
Cut out all the PKD shapes you'll need, right down to the bolt, safety etc
I got a picture of the official Blade Runner Deckard PKD prop pistol and drew out the main shape on the thick wood, this isn’t ever going to be perfect as you’re working with wood scraps and they are flat, but so long as you’ve got the main shape including the double trigger, you’re good to go.
Once the main central piece is cut out as shown (including where the barrel will slot in), I used that as a template to draw around for all the other pieces, so they fit over it as perfectly as possible. The ‘slide’, both sides, the grips and the plating that surrounds the LED area. Make sure the slides overlap the gap you’ve made for the barrel, just a few mm, likewise with the bottom piece (with the LED area). This makes the barrel look like it’s inside the gun. Hopefully the image speaks more clearly than me trying to explain.
Make sure they fit
Don’t glue anything until you’ve checked all the pieces fit where they’re meant to go (also do a quick sanding of all pieces to remove jaggy edges). Once you’re sure everything is going to fit, start by gluing the dowel barrel in the gap you’ve made, this should fit in there snuggly and stick out over the end. Also drill out the end of the barrel before you glue it in place as it will just make it harder to do so afterwards.
The more perfectly the edges match, the less bondo / putty work you will need to do to clear up seams. Once you’re sure everything is going to fit (make sure you’re certain!), glue and clamp. I started with the grips, then slide, then smaller pieces.
Just a quick word for safety purposes, I cut myself when shaping the tiny pieces and didn’t even realize I had until it was all over various pieces, so take extra care there, also always wear a filter mask and safety glasses when cutting mdf, the dust from that stuff is nasty. Glue and clamp, glue and clamp, glue and clamp, making sure you leave the clamps on until the PVA has totally dried, giving a nice strong seal.
Sand, clean, putty, sand, clean, putty
Now for the boring part, sand, sand sand sand. You really want any seams perfectly smooth. Even with great sanding you’re still going to need to bondo parts, that takes time and again you will need to sand it when dry, re-apply, sand, repeat, then add on the detailing parts with styrene, don’t add the LEDs (do that right at the end). This was a laborious process, but worth it before you use spray putty or some other priming substance on the entire thing prior to painting. Add in either rivets or screws for effect on the grips and other places you’ll see on images of the official Blade Runner blaster prop. Some washers for detail underneath and you’re almost there, with your very own PKD Blade Runner blaster prop for your shelf.
You want it smooth all over before you paint it!
Time to hit it with some paint. You could do anything here, but I went with the orange / amber grip (4 shades or orange dry brushed, though this image doesn’t show the depth of color sadly) and black gun metal. You could personalize yours though with any colors you like.
Blade Runner pistol from scrap bits of wood, finished!
That’s all folks. I hope this write-up and images helps you with your own Blade Runner blaster pistol build, of course if you can’t be assed with all those hours involved, you can always commission me to build one for you
Till next time funsters, happy prop making!
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