I had started another thread about a section of this but thought I would just post my project in full here as I work on it. I realize its not up to the amazing magic that many do here but I like to contribute at my own level of abilities. You guys are so awesome here with sharing info and being supportive of each other's projects.
So, I have two SD studios cage pistols that are awesome and really accurate replicas of the originals but needed something more casual for cosplay. I had worked on my WNMHGB and Cage uniforms for me and Paula and wanted something reasonably accurate but not so valuable that I would cry if it got damaged during cosplay.
The 97 Playmates Cage pistol is amazingly accurate when held to mine. With a few mods I can get something quite close and feel comfortable taking it out and about. In addition I want to imbed a laser cause it is just fun.
This photo above is the '97 playmates against the STstudios unaltered. I am going to tackle the WNMHGB first. Thanks to @Nicksdad I have the gears needed for this! You can see the proportions are really good. The main body is squared rather than angled but I am going to leave that.
First I opened it up to look at the general layout and then started getting the buttons off and the print off the one side.
Looks good with all that sanded off and it will be easy to secure the gears from the inside. I gotta find some dodads to replicate the cylinder and rectangles. I got in music wire and will bend it in to a belt clip thanks to the advice from @PKaneProps
Also looking at the end of the barrel. So tempted to rework the end and place the three proper nozzles on there. Interestingly the actual Laser pointer barrell fits pretty good. Really tempted to grind off the threading and just use that for the nozzle in this job as the original was painted black anyway. Gotta ponder making a new blank disc that will fit for putting in the 3 proper nozzles per the original.