Thursday, September 3, 2015

Destiny Sniper Rifle build

It has been too long since I have written a build blog, so here is the write up for the Destiny sniper rifle I built last year!

The first thing I did was find some really awesome reference pictures that Bungie was nice enough to release to the general public for us prop makers and cosplayers to use, thanks Bungie ! I took the side view to the local print shop and had a few copies printed to scale to use as blueprints and from that, I cut out the core of the rifle from mdf (medium density fiberboard). Here I have also cut out the barrel from pvc pipe.

The next step was to start layering Sintra and Styrene to start building out the rifle body.This let me built it out in layers and have a much better surface in the end for sanding and painting. In this photo I have also cut out the muzzle and started on the foregrip. Once again, the plumbing section at the home improvement store was a life saver!

I had to notch out the foregrip for a round detail and needed a nice snug fit, So I used the Bondo-Squish method I learned from Bind Squirrel Props! I coated one part with painter's tape and squished it into the other part. I then removed it just before the Bondo set also letting me trim off most of the excess while it was still semi-soft.

I then kept adding layers on it, using patterns I made by cutting up extra copies of the blueprints. I also made the magwell from 6 mil Sintra. It's starting to look dangerous now!

The rear half of the barrel had these 2 raised bits that ran the length, I just carefully hand cut the 4 strips from 6 mil Sintra, sanded the curve into them so they would seat properly on the round barrel, and carefully glued them down after marking the guide lines on the barrel.Easey peasy

I made the ammo clip and added little rare earth magnets inside the magwell and embedded in the clip to hold it in place.

I wish I could find more pictures of the scope build, but that's what happens when you don't keep up with build blogs and wait 8 months to catch up. It is pretty much made from plumbing parts,but that damn black eyepiece stumped me for over a week. One day I was thinking it would be nice to just mold one of my resin mixing cups as it was perfect when the light bulb over my head flickered for a second. I just poured some resin in the cup with a generous helping of black tint and slushed it around until it hardened, BAM! I had my eyepiece !

The scope had this armor plate on it.I took an appropiate size pvc scrap and heated up a piece of Sintra and formed it around it. I made a few prototype patterns from eva foam and used that as a pattern for the finished piece. I was dreading this part but it really went together pretty well! You can also see a better shot of the ammo clip.

Everything else was pretty basic as far as paint and weathering goes,I wish I could find more pictures of how I did the stock and such and I will update this blog if I can find them. Thanks for reading !

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Fallout Laser Rifle AER3

I got a commission to make the AER9 Laser Rifle from the video game Fallout 3, I knew Volpin Props had already made a really nice one so I bought the vectors from his website and had some blueprints made up. I also referenced his build blog throughout the build.

I cut the main frame out of MDF and cut out the empty areas with a band saw and jig saw

I made the box/barrel out of MDF also.

I started cutting and shaping the shapes and raised details to add on to the exterior of the rifle out of Sintra and styrene using the blueprints. I usually have a couple copies of the blueprints made so I can cut one or two up for patterns.

Here I have cut a long strip of 6 mil (1 inch) Sintra and glued it down around the edge of the stock, carefully using a heat gun to bend it to shape. I have also notched out the receiver and turned the power cell out of resin on the lathe.

I made the front and rear boxes out of Sintra also. To get the nice panel lines, I actually made 3 separate boxes, beveled the edges a bit, then glued them together.

I free-handed a pattern out of cardstock to make the part under the front of the barrel, using the final pattern to cut out a piece of thin styrene which I then wrapped around the "steeple" -looking part in the picture above this one.

Here I have cut out a disc from styrene as part of the assembly that holds the power cell. I then sculpted the gray part with Free-Form Earth, which is Smooth-On's version on Apoxie Sculpt.

I cut out the fins for the business end of the rifle. Do not look directly into the business end of a laser rifle unless you are getting lasik !

There are several of these fiddley bits on the rifle, so I made one and cast copies.... Easey Peasey !

The foregrip was made with an MDF spine, sandwiched between 6 mil Sintra, then shaped.  I formed a solid piece of Sintra around it, then cut the stips out. This ensured a good fit !

And, the mock up so far !

The ejection latch was made from styrene, and the raised bit on the lever is half round strene rod which should be available in a hobby shop, or online.

The bottom rod that runs parallel under the barrel was made from a wood dowel shaped on a lathe and a piece of plastic tube .

Here is Boba Fett admiring the bevels I did by hand. I glued some course sandpaper to a scrap wooden dowel to get them smooth and uniform.

The tube on the top was an old drinking tube from a hydration pack. I ran some armature wire though it to hold the shape I needed and filled it with Smoothcast 321, then painted it!

After the base coat of paint, I made the graphics by printing out the designs on paper. I had no access to decals so I had to improvise by glueing them to the body and later coating them with super glue to seal them in. After a few coats of satin clear, and some light sanding, they looked pretty legit !

Thanks for reading !!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Destiny sniper rifle replica

I am not able to post full write ups again until my computer  is fixed or replaced, but i wanted to share my most recent project. I made a replica of a generic version of the Destiny sniper rifle. It is made from a wood frame with pvc, styre e, and acrylic  layered onto it. The scope is removable  and can be seen through  also.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Castlevania Combat Cross

I wanted to make something cool as a gift for my best friend, who has been very supportive and encouraging of my prop making hobby.  A few years ago while trying to decide on a new project, he suggested the Combat Cross as a project, and I finally  made one as a gift for him.

After getting a few reference photos from the internet and figuring out the scale, I souced some of the parts from pvc tubing of the right size and diameter. For the large spikes, I built a box around some pvc tube and filled the negative space with some smoothcast resin to make square tubes.

I then made the pyramid shaped end pieces out of sintra

I put it together and made the raised parts with Smooth On's Free form earth, which is pretty much identical to Apoxiesculpt.

I made a prototype plaque-thing-detail-thing from sintra and cast 2 copies to be more durable and be the same on both sides.

I started on the top part, which detaches from the base and is attached by a chain. I once again made the spikes from sintra and cast them in Smoothcast..

Whenever I cast something in the shop, I often have a little resin left over which I will pour into a plastic cup. I will keep doing  this until eventually the cup is full and when I need to lathe a part, I just peel off the cup and chuck it in the lathe ! I used one of these to make the handle spike, getting the round shape right first and then adding the facets with the belt sander.

     The spike is attached to the handle by gluing a piece of a smaller diameter tube that fits perfectly into the handle, to the bottom of the spike. I then filled the smaller tube with resin, making it able to plug the spike into the handle like a lego.
      Finally, I attached the plastic chain to the spikes, and to a slide that slides up and down inside the handle, stopping at the top.

I bought some leather strap from Joann's for the handle, but it was stiff and new looking so I had to distress the leather. I rolled it, folded it, twisted it, and even whipped a maple tree with it to get it softer and distressed, and it worked !

 I had never tried to do the level of weathering that I tried on this project, I learned some new things and went through at least 5 paint jobs ! I finally came up with a prop I am proud of. Thanks for reading !

Monday, May 26, 2014

BOOKER CATCH ! Bioshock Infinite Whistler (Songbird flute)

I really loved playing Bioshock Infinite, and especially loved the weapons and item designs in the game. This is my 3rd build from the series, the Whistler !

There was very little reference images out there, so it was tough to see how this thing would go together. I started with some of the basic shapes in a mock up and went from there.

I was pretty proud of some of the round parts, no laser cutting here ! All done by hand with sand paper.

I used PEX tubing for the pipes

I added some details and drew a picture of Goku !

A few more details, paint, and weathering, along with sculpting the bird medallion and I had a finished Whistler !

Iron Spawn Helmet

This is a work in progress on my Iron Man- Spawn helmet crossover project. It's not finished, but I wanted to share what I have as this is taking forever!

I started off with an unfinished Iron Man Helmet project that needed help. It was made from a pepakura base of a Sharkmark file.

After looking at a bunch of Spawn faces on Google, I free handed a design for the "mask", Then cut some thin strips of Sintra to make the outline.
It was then filled in with sintra scraps, both to fill in the void, and to maintain the same depth.

It was all filled in with Bondo !
I cut out the Spawn symbol from some styrene
....and put them on some custom ear pucks I made

After tons and tons of sanding, I finally got the basecoat of black paint on, and masked it off for the white

After paint, I put in some green led's and experimented with teeth in the jaw and BLAM ! .... Iron Spawn !