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M1A1 Thompson (1:1)
My latest version of the WWII Tommy Gun!
About this creation
Like the MP-40, the M1A1 Thompson is a weapon that I built around three years ago as one of my first gun MOC's and have now revisited; my new model is a vast improvement on the old one, with better proportions, greater strength, and more realistic features. The receiver is now more appropriately sized, with an improved cocking handle, ejection port, and fire-selector switch assembly. The rear sights have been edited, the shape of the stock refined, and the barrel resized (the barrel on my old version was HUGE for the .45 caliber one it was supposed to represent).

[Overall Dimensions: 32" long, 2" wide, and 10.5" high (from top of gun sights to bottom of magazine).] Total weight: 2.45 lbs. First completed: 6/25/11. Model Status: Currently Built.

























My completed American WWII arms collection.


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Comments

 I like it 
  January 5, 2014
Awesome! You're a pro!
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  November 15, 2013
Thank!
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  November 14, 2013
Quoting Danny Welch Hi, love the Thompson, do you have any tips for me? for I'm in the process of building one similar.
Thanks for the comment! I have three tips to share. 1) Decide which parts of your model will be the hardest to capture and get those done first. 2) Unless a given component needs to be very durable, do not rely on studs-up construction; be sure to experiment with parts angled in all directions. 3) Minimize the number of visible studs. Good luck with your building project! ~Cole
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  November 14, 2013
Hi, love the Thompson, do you have any tips for me? for I'm in the process of building one similar.
 I made it 
  August 25, 2013
Quoting M4A181 95 Where do you get the lego? :p
Everywhere! I've been accumulating LEGO elements for many years and have gotten them from all sorts of places (but, when I need a specific part right away, I typically use Bricklink.com)!
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  August 24, 2013
Where do you get the lego? :p
  February 9, 2013
that's ok, I will deconstruct it and try to make my own model. ps. all your weapons are really realistic, great work!
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  February 7, 2013
I have remade this amazing model. Do I have permission to sell it?
  February 7, 2013
please make a Luger p-08 :D
Cole Edmonson
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Saber Cascade
  September 2, 2012
It's so detailed and accurate.
 I made it 
  June 25, 2012
Quoting Christian Collins @Cole Edmonson: Ah yes, I knew they were big and unreliable, but I didn't know they stopped using them around this variant. Neat! Well I look forward to seeing a M1921 if you decide to make one. And also, I am thinking about making a few life size weapons (Pistols at first)any tips?
Sure! Be sure to base the entire construction process around approximated measurements of the weapon, as getting the proportions right is the most important aspect and will make or break the look of your finished creation. Also, make sure that you know what your top design priorities are; is it more important to make the gun look like the real thing, work like the real thing, or hold up (not break) like the real thing? In each part of the modeling process, you will have to choose between these three elements; the best model designs are the best combinations of these things. ~Cole
  June 25, 2012
@Cole Edmonson: Ah yes, I knew they were big and unreliable, but I didn't know they stopped using them around this variant. Neat! Well I look forward to seeing a M1921 if you decide to make one. And also, I am thinking about making a few life size weapons (Pistols at first)any tips?
 I made it 
  June 25, 2012
Quoting Christian Collins This is a great Thompson! Ever thought of making a drum mag for it?
That's a good question! I'm actually thinking about building the M1921 variant in the future, in which case I'll definitely build a drum magazine for it. The later M1A1 never used a drum, however, as these were awkward and unreliable in the field. Thanks for the comment!
 I like it 
  June 24, 2012
This is a great Thompson! Ever thought of making a drum mag for it?
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  June 23, 2012
wow, do you want to sell the instructions of this amazing weapon? 5/5 bro!
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  May 23, 2012
This is my fifth favorite lego weapon I've ever seen! Amazing! :O..
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  April 2, 2012
Well done!
  February 21, 2012
Excellent replica. Unbelieveably realistic. You do great work. Once you have them built do you go back and glue your bricks together?
 I like it 
  January 22, 2012
Hey Cole this is really an awesome build, not to mention that the Thompson is probobaly one of my favorite guns. Also, I was wanting to know if you would like to sell it. If you don't that is ok but, if you are willing I'd definately buy it.Thanks!
 I like it 
  December 31, 2011
Dang!! Thats nice. this is my fav gun great job:)
Cole Edmonson
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A Dying Breed
  November 27, 2011
An FN FAL or an L86A1/A2? Or an AWSM? I'm looking forward to it nomatter what it is!
Cole Edmonson
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Falco .(CSM)
  November 27, 2011
Excellent 'Tommy'. do you think you could build a Sten MK II next?
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  November 27, 2011
Quoting Falco .(CSM) Excellent 'Tommy'. do you think you could build a Sten MK II next?
I'm hoping to build this gun in the near future but am currently working on a more modern weapon that is used in the UK--stay tuned (and thanks for the comment)!
 I like it 
  October 17, 2011
Cool!
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  August 22, 2011
Great! Thanks! I have a bloody good idea for kar98k's top but I don't know can I tell it to you because I might build it myself too... : >
 I made it 
  August 22, 2011
Quoting Square Box One question: When you order your Lego's somewhere do you just randomly order some amount of bricks or do you design your guns already and then order a right amount of pieces? And your next weapon: Make a modern one!
I usually have a good idea of the different types of elements I need as I begin building and how many of each kind I need, based upon how much I used in my previous models. Thanks for your suggestion; as stated before, I'm currently working on the Mauser 98k, but I am indeed planning on building more modern firearms in the near future...
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  August 22, 2011
One question: When you order your Lego's somewhere do you just randomly order some amount of bricks or do you design your guns already and then order a right amount of pieces? And your next weapon: Make a modern one!
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  August 18, 2011
Awesome!
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  July 7, 2011
A perfect rendition of the world-famous Tommy Gun! I really like your Lego(R) weaponry!
 I like it 
  July 7, 2011
Cole, you're a life saver! Thank you very much! I have to get myself some money now (just got work!) for bricks, because I don't have enough at the moment... I think you can expect the FAL somewhere late 2011 or begin 2012. Thanks again, -Jan
 I made it 
  July 6, 2011
Quoting McJanbo Productions STUNNING! Great job, Cole! I've got a question; do you know how long the FN FAL carbine's handguard is? Also how long the body and stock are. I really want to know, for my last project. Regards, Jan
'Sorry if I've kept you waiting, Jan! Assuming that by the FAL 'carbine', you mean the regular FAL (with fixed stock and standard barrel), here are the approximate dimensions that you asked for: [Data are for FAL variant 50.00] Length of stock: 263.0 mm/10.4", Length of receiver (from stock to handguard): 294.1 mm/11.6", Length of handguard: 235.3 mm/10.0" (from handguard to exposed barrel, including the portion with the front sight post, this is 276.8 mm/10.9" instead). Additionally, the length of the barrel that is exposed (visible) on the outside of the gun is approx. 252.6 mm/10.0". 'Hope this helps! ~Cole
 I like it 
  July 6, 2011
And I thought it was real! great job
 I like it 
  July 4, 2011
STUNNING! Great job, Cole! I've got a question; do you know how long the FN FAL carbine's handguard is? Also how long the body and stock are. I really want to know, for my last project. Regards, Jan
 I like it 
  July 4, 2011
hey cole, awesome gun! Juwst like the real one. do you mind checking out my new gun?
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  July 2, 2011
awesome, but i want to see a FG-42 first edition
Cole Edmonson
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A Dying Breed
  June 30, 2011
Don't tell me you dismantled your M1 Garand! Great M1A1! The sights, barrel, and stock look much better than on your old version. 5/5
 I made it 
  June 30, 2011
Quoting A Dying Breed Don't tell me you dismantled your M1 Garand! Great M1A1! The sights, barrel, and stock look much better than on your old version. 5/5
Oh no, I have not deconstructed the Garand; I merely left it out of the picture. (Every weapon that I have featured on MOCpages right now, excepting the Skorpion, is still built at the time of this writing.) Thanks for the comment! ~Cole
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  June 29, 2011
Quoting Victor ruiz does is it field strippable
Good question! My guns cannot be field-stripped; I could build them this way, but in many instances, I would have to sacrifice both aesthetics and durability, which are two of my greatest priorities in model-building.
 I like it 
  June 29, 2011
does is it field strippable
 I made it 
  June 26, 2011
Quoting Brix Whiz You definitely captured the likeness. Great Moc. One question is where did you get those special pieces from? any specific person on bricklink? A set? Thanks.
Well, my LEGO parts have come from all types of sources; I've accumulated plenty of boxed sets and secondhand parts over the years, but when I really need that certain piece, or just more bricks in a specific color (e.g. brown, dark gray), I usually head to either Bricklink or, if they happen to have what I want, the local LEGO store's Pick-a-Brick wall. (As far as my favorite Bricklink stores go, I find much of what I need at 'Chalet-go-Play.') 'Hope that helps! ~Cole
 I made it 
  June 26, 2011
Quoting Jack Gillis grate creation.only problem is that not all the brown bricks are the same shade 8
This is intentional; I've found that using a mixture of the older brown bricks with the new reddish-brown ones helps the furniture on my weapons look more like wood, with its naturally varying color.
 I like it 
  June 26, 2011
grate creation.only problem is that not all the brown bricks are the same shade 8
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  June 26, 2011
Exellent 10/5
 I like it 
  June 26, 2011
You definitely captured the likeness. Great Moc. One question is where did you get those special pieces from? any specific person on bricklink? A set? Thanks.
 I like it 
  June 26, 2011
Nice 5/5
 
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