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Old 19-07-2011, 03:15 PM   #1
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Default B7 Liberator guns

Hi Guys,

Just thought I'd post this...

I've always loved the design of the Liberator guns, very iconic.

Here's some pics of what an original one looks like when you open it up !!


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Old 19-07-2011, 03:29 PM   #2
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Hi Andy.

Is it invisible?
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He's at it again, check these images out....
One of the most iconic guns ever made:









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Old 19-07-2011, 03:30 PM   #4
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Hi Andy.

Is it invisible?
Blimey give us a chance
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Old 19-07-2011, 03:32 PM   #5
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I've always loved that weapon.
I used to ignore geography homework on a Wednesday night to watch Blakes7.
Hated geography - loved Blakes7

Thanks for the pics Bernie and Andy.

EDIT: Sorry Bernie - I hit 'New Posts' as I always do and this thread came up.
I've always wondered what the weapon looked like close up.
My dad used to have a Black and Decker drill that had a screw in handle that was similar to the grip.
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Old 20-07-2011, 08:04 PM   #6
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I've always loved that weapon.
I used to ignore geography homework on a Wednesday night to watch Blakes7.
Hated geography - loved Blakes7

Thanks for the pics Bernie and Andy.

EDIT: Sorry Bernie - I hit 'New Posts' as I always do and this thread came up.
I've always wondered what the weapon looked like close up.
My dad used to have a Black and Decker drill that had a screw in handle that was similar to the grip.
Your dads Black & Decker drill handle very probably was the same, that's what was used.

Fantastic photos, I've never seen that detail before, thank you so much for posting them.

Absolutely adore the design, so alien, so unlike any other handgun.

Cheers,

Andy
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Old 28-07-2011, 12:28 PM   #7
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One of the most iconic guns ever made:
Iconic, Elegant, and adhering to the K.I.S.S. principle!

What more can you ask for?
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Old 28-07-2011, 12:48 PM   #8
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It's a beautiful thing, thanks for the photos, Andy!

I've never actually seen how the "innards" fitted together before, it's beautifully engineered. The "barrel" looks like it's milled from a single big lump of Perspex - I wonder how much that would cost??!!

Black and Decker drill handles - I've looked for these on and off for a while, especially on eBay ... plenty of "vintage" metal bodied B&D drills about, but all the ones I have seen have been handle-less!! There is an old-fashioned hardware store near where I work that still sells screw in replacement handles for the old drills, but they are slightly shorter than the originals.

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Old 28-07-2011, 02:01 PM   #9
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It's a beautiful thing, thanks for the photos, Andy!

I've never actually seen how the "innards" fitted together before, it's beautifully engineered. The "barrel" looks like it's milled from a single big lump of Perspex - I wonder how much that would cost??!!
I will try turning one but from sections which fit together as a master part. The new clear resins will make a great job of casting this and I could polish them after.

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Black and Decker drill handles - I've looked for these on and off for a while, especially on eBay ... plenty of "vintage" metal bodied B&D drills about, but all the ones I have seen have been handle-less!! There is an old-fashioned hardware store near where I work that still sells screw in replacement handles for the old drills, but they are slightly shorter than the originals.
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I have seen the old metal cased B&D drills at boot fares on occasion I will be looking more intently now then.
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Old 28-07-2011, 05:01 PM   #10
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It's a beautiful thing, thanks for the photos, Andy!

I've never actually seen how the "innards" fitted together before, it's beautifully engineered. The "barrel" looks like it's milled from a single big lump of Perspex - I wonder how much that would cost??!!

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Well, if you turned it on a lathe it would be easier to make that way...make one part as opposed to several. Probably man hours were more expensive than materials.
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Old 13-10-2011, 07:41 PM   #11
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Hi guys,

In true "Blue Peter" style, here's one I made eariler...

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Old 13-10-2011, 09:11 PM   #12
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I will try turning one but from sections which fit together as a master part. The new clear resins will make a great job of casting this and I could polish them after.
I was thinking the same Captain... MAybe we can make part available... I know I would love a Liberator gun

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Old 13-10-2011, 09:28 PM   #13
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That is a magnificent model.

I made this one a long time ago, but I still display it proudly

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Both Libby guns look great!!

Andy, your photo looks like an advert for an Apple product - "iZap", perhaps???!!!

Kev, that's the photo that made me start scratch-building life-size props.
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Old 13-10-2011, 10:08 PM   #15
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I'm a PC man personally Phil

Maybe I should make one with a clear back, showing the inerds.... hmmm or chrome....

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Old 13-10-2011, 10:33 PM   #16
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Hi guys,

Here's another pic of an original Lib gun ect.
Notice on the back of the battery pack it says "Sally"

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Old 14-10-2011, 06:37 AM   #17
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Kev, that's the photo that made me start scratch-building life-size props.
I'm genuinely honoured.
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Old 08-11-2011, 03:25 PM   #18
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Default B7 Liberator gun handles

Hi Guys,

There has been some talk on here about Lib gun handle length, ahemm...
I've just measured an original and it comes out to be exactly 100mm.
There seems be many variants of the old B&D drill handle...


No.1
Original gun with ruler next to it, I think in the pic there is a bit of lense distortion, but it is 100mm.




No.2
Four candles
Starting from the right !!
Original, still on gun.
Correct B&D drill handle.
One of my cast handles.
An odd B&D variant.




Hope this is of some help.


Andy

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Old 16-11-2011, 11:11 AM   #19
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It certainly is!! Thanks for that, Andy!!
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An odd B&D variant.



Andy
Seems to me that one could be modified...willing to sell? How about castings?
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