B.A.B.E is perhaps the largest Steampunk gun ever created. Steampunk art encourages scientific creativity with an aim to amalgamate technologies used in the steam engine era with modern technological concepts. Detailed concept drawings by Steampunk artists gave shape to B.A.B.E, a weapon with a wooden barrel that shoots smoke and displays fancy flash lights.
This huge gun was built with a five liter French wine barrel stained with polyurethane. The rifle stock is a replica of a 2 x 12 rifle. The artist used a jigsaw puzzle to get the desired curves on the wooden rifle stock and used an electric chisel to do the carving and sanding. Finally, the rifle stock was coated with polyurethane.
The next step was to cut a door into the wine barrel. The idea was to build a multipurpose smoke gun with storage space within the barrel. This space was specially designed to carry pipes that would form the Whizzer stick for shooting smoke and electronic equipment. Brass hinges were used to secure the barrel door on the outside.
A discarded pizza box was used to create the template for carving a hole in the barrel to fit the Whizzer Stick. The artist cut copper caps and screwed them to the base of the barrel in a circle around a space that was used for fitting the PVC pipe covered with a black plastic coat. Copper barrels were then glued tightly to these little caps. Steel brackets were used to attach the rifle stock to the barrel.
To ornament the Hatton Cross B.A.B.E, the artist fitted the gun with flashing LED lights, a pulley made of candle stands and ceiling fan chains, a rubber hose fitted to the top of the gun with a brass key hook and a rustic shoulder strap. To add to the effect, the artist used colorfully painted plastic bits to create barnacles on the barrel surface.
Via: Steampunk Chronicle