|The grips and rear portion of the ray-gun were shaped based on the movie prop's resemblance to a Colt-45 Peacemaker. I |
simplified the area behind the 'heat fins' to make construction a bit easier, but the model captures the overall look of the
original 1936 prop.
|The side panels (brass areas) on the original prop sported far more complex raised detailing. It wasn't possible (or practical |
for a simple fun project) to reproduce this area exactly, but the 'corrugated iron' plastic inserts I fashioned do a good job of
adding a very similar looking detail area.
|SUB-PLOT - While Flash Gordon, Dr. Zarkov, and Dale Arden were trying to stop Emperor Ming from conquering the |
universe, Ming's daughter, Princess Aura was busy trying to conquer Flash. Actress Priscella Lawson played Aura with a
delicious wickedness - Darn, how did the producers ever get her passed the Censors? The photo is a colorized reprint of an
original publicity shot.
|SUBJECT: MONGO RAY GUN from FLASH GORDON (the 1937 movie serial - Buster Crabbe).|
KIT MAKER: SCRATCH-BUILT SCALE: 95-98% Full Scale.
SPECIAL FEATURES: Extremely sturdy, but very light weight (great for COSPLAY or LARP). The ray-gun replica fires a
bright red laser (no sound).