Monday, March 21, 2016

Destiny "Hung Jury" Scout rifle build

With the addition last year of The Taken King DLC for Destiny last year, I quickly fell in love with the Omolon designs, especially the scout rifles. I got the Hung Jury and decided to bring it to real life with a new build!

I used the 3d model on the Destiny app to get a good side view and shared it to my email where I was able to print it to scale. I used this as my blueprint for the build.

I used 1/2 inch Sintra reclaimed from old signage thrown out from a remodel at work. I cut out the basic frame with the intention of building it in layers. (need more clamps!)

I started cutting out some of the shapes/details to add to the frame

I also cut out the same basic shapes as the base frame, but in 1/4 inch Sintra and started shaping with 60 grit paper. I also used a course drum on my Dremel. I had to do the main sanding outside on the deck and my neighbors kept giving confused looks as to what I was doing .

Alot of artist really put their blood, sweat and tears into their work. I just stick to mostly blood. I have the rarest blood so that makes it more valuable right ?

No time for first aid, glue it, tape it , and get back to work!

The side details were cut out of styrene and Sintra. The round parts were molded and cast in Smooth on onyx for the other side. It was pretty cold when I did this, so when I pored the silicone for the mold, I used a handwarmer to help it cure and covered it with a metal bowl. The extraheat helped the silicone cure. Small weiner for scale.

These domed caps on a small tank-like feature on the rifle was done by drilling a small hole in the center and gluing a nail into it. I the chucked it in my drill and shaped it with a Dremel and sandpaper.

I made the side hoses out of Sintra also. I tried all sorts of tubing and wire, and even with armature wire in them, I could not get them into the shape I needed. I started with a blocky piece and shaped it by hand to fit.

Forthe magazine, I built it out of layered Sintra also and after making a pattern to make them magnet placement match, used rare earth magnets to keep the Magazine in place yet allow it to be removable.

Here I have applied primer to most of the rifle and built the base of the butt stock. I have also started of what seems to be a fusion cell like object on the top of the gun, which is removable by just plugging/unplugging it in the cavity on top.. I used clear Christmas ornaments to make the clear domes. I decided not to put fluid on the domes as to avoid a nighmare of leaks and possible fungal growth and discoloration issues.

This part had me worried, but turned out of in the end. I just drew the lines in by hand and cut them in with a Japanese razor saw.

More details ! The round barrel bits and knurled knobby bits were simply cut from the tip of a pvc pipe. The barrel tips were beveled and the knobby bits were finished by a dremel.

I made a cover plate for the front of the rifle and made it so the barrel plate snapped right in. I was a perfect fit and stayed in place on it's own, but was glued anyway during final assembly.

The Stock piece was finished off by the ribbing into strips from styrene. I used one of the strips to ensure consistent spacing and then sanded them to bend into the stock base.

Yay for mock ups !! I made a Piccatinny rail much like I did the ribbing on the stock, and it's functional !

I decided to go ahead and make a tactical scope for the rifle. I cut a pvc pipe length wise and glued in some flat styrene to get the shape. Boba Fett helped make sure the inside was smooth, Thanks Boba!

Painting is fun ! (yeah right) I applied a few coats of satin white to the whole thing, then maske off with shopping bags and did the black part in flat black.

So clean ! The Omolon logos were done in vinyl stickers for me by my friend Chris Gould who did a fantastic job. If anyone needs decals cut I can get you in touch with him. The green grip was difficult to find a color for, I finally found in Valspar, which is a brand I don't typically use.

Here it is lightly weathered and finished ! As far as guns go, I never do too heavy on the weathering, The way I see it, any soldier in is going to take extreme care of their weapon because their lives depend on it.

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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 !!