The Cigar Cycleman - Thanks. No I don't use a light box...>
...I find them a bit restrictive, but I generally do heavily diffuse my light source (flourescent lamp) to provide a soft light. I use sheets of draughtsman's tracing paper (a translucent flexible plastic material) for diffusion, varying the distance from the light source to provide the degree of diffusion I'm after for the particular shot. The background is a sheet of marbled art paper.
Heh! The trigger is the one part of this Silver Chrome BHP I don't particularly like. It looks a bit gaudy to me, but I wanted a chromed version of the pistol and this is how they come. I originally intended to replace the trigger with a blued one but after shooting the pistol for a few years I came to the conclusion that I can live with it :-)