Tuesday, January 20, 2015
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 made the box/barrel out of MDF also.
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.
There are several of these fiddley bits on the rifle, so I made one and cast copies.... Easey Peasey !
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 .
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