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    Dec 18, 2014, 9:45 AM - Re: Spartan Laser Metal & Fiberglass Airsoft Prop (Fully Functioning Electronic Repli #501

    Originally Posted by Redshirt View Post
    Thanks and welcome back! I just wish I could take it out more. Local airsofting has dried up. It made it out for the Master Chief Collection launch and that's about it lately. I'll make it out for Pensacon. What's your next appearance?

    Redshirt
    Thanks! I'm really hoping to make it D-Con 2015. I'll just have to play it by ear I guess.
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    Dec 18, 2014, 9:39 PM - Re: Spartan Laser Metal & Fiberglass Airsoft Prop (Fully Functioning Electronic Repli #502

    needs a nick name red" little death star or anti hammer gun." lol the frist one came to me while watching spaceballs.
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    Dec 21, 2014, 5:55 PM - Re: Spartan Laser Metal & Fiberglass Airsoft Prop (Fully Functioning Electronic Repli #503

    Originally Posted by vshore100 View Post
    Thanks! I'm really hoping to make it D-Con 2015. I'll just have to play it by ear I guess.
    I don't know where I'll be in August, but making D-Con is also high on my list. I'd love to get pics of this Spartan Laser with you and your costume.



    Originally Posted by foxleader View Post
    needs a nick name red" little death star or anti hammer gun." lol the frist one came to me while watching spaceballs.
    Tempting to go with Sunspot or BB Hose. Vera is already taken.


    OK, time for me to make less talk and show more pictures. Here are some taken outside with the newly finished Frag Grenade.



    Revised loading port reworked to not leak light or BBs. The white hopper is constantly lit to pre-charge the glow BBs. The Frag Grenade (see sister thread) holds just enough for a complete refill.




    Spartan Laser has improved fit all the way around. Push button actuates grenade light.




    I tidied up some of the paint damage and weathering during the refit.




    My current collection of props. The helmet began life as the case for my Halo 3 Legendary Edition. In 2008 I set out during a deployment with the idea to make the LE helmet look decent. I came back with a wearable helmet, full costume, and plans for this Splaser.





    I hope you've enjoyed the update. There are a couple of different photos at the end of the grenade thread. Hopefully I be able to get into the field and get more pics and videos of this in action. Thanks for following.

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    Dec 25, 2014, 3:18 PM - Merry Christmas 405th #504

    Looks like the Master Chief found a crate of Christmas Cheer. That should make Cortana's whining a little more tolerable!




    I got this little crate of liquor-filled chocolates in my stocking and thought that was a perfect accessory for the 13-inch Master Chief figure. I have a gravity hammer I've built for this thing I'll debut in January.

    Merry Christmas everyone!

    Redshirt
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    Dec 25, 2014, 4:05 PM - Re: Spartan Laser Metal & Fiberglass Airsoft Prop (Fully Functioning Electronic Repli #505

    Lawl. Good picture!

    Merry Christmas to you too.
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    Feb 13, 2015, 8:42 AM - Re: Spartan Laser Metal & Fiberglass Airsoft Prop (Fully Functioning Electronic Repli #506

    Just had the Spartan Laser out for a great day of local airsoft. I'd planned to get good video finally, but failed to do so. I got three kills with it during a short play period. The first was a team kill. To be fair, he was shooting at me and the three other teammates holed up around me. He took about 20 BB to his center of mass. Ouch!


    Photo by TheFrog.

    Can you spot the futuristic space weapon among the sea of AKs and M4s?

    Next appearance is at PENSACON with a planned promo video coming in March by a major airsoft manufacturer.

    Redshirt
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    Feb 13, 2015, 9:07 AM - Re: Spartan Laser Metal & Fiberglass Airsoft Prop (Fully Functioning Electronic Repli #507

    That's fantastic, I love that thing. I'm assuming all the other players are crazy jealous?

    That thing's bulky enough that you could attach a GoPro to it and not really notice.
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    2 Weeks Ago - Mar 6, 2015, 11:42 AM - Re: Spartan Laser Metal & Fiberglass Airsoft Prop (Fully Functioning Electronic Repli #508

    Made it out to PENSACON last weekend with the Spartan Laser. Had a good time, but hauling a 22 pound prop around is definitely a fitness program in itself.

    It was very popular. I was only too happy to let others try it on. I only got a few photos of it myself. How do I tell her she has bad shooting form?







    Garrett Wang who played Harry Kim on Star Trek Voyager was eager to check it out! Photo by Ron Smith.







    What do you do with your 22 pound baby when you need to change the battery or use the little spartan's room?

    You use the baby changing table of course!







    Very briefly on Saturday, I suited up. My costume isn't particularly comfortable, so I don't wear it for too long. I prefer to showcase my props. Still, this thing isn't doing too bad for a cardboard costume built in 2008 that makes it out for every Haloween and title launch.




    Thanks for looking.

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    2 Weeks Ago - Mar 6, 2015, 2:25 PM - Re: Spartan Laser Metal & Fiberglass Airsoft Prop (Fully Functioning Electronic Repli #509

    I know how you feel but with the way things are going suiting up is going to be on my list every year now thanks art.
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    2 Weeks Ago - Mar 8, 2015, 12:16 PM - Re: Spartan Laser Metal & Fiberglass Airsoft Prop (Fully Functioning Electronic Repli #510

    You've done very good work, and it's always awesome to show it off!
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    1 Week Ago - Mar 17, 2015, 10:22 PM - Re: Spartan Laser Metal & Fiberglass Airsoft Prop (Fully Functioning Electronic Repli #511

    Very nice work.

    How thick is the fiberglass used for the upper portions of the laser? How many layers of fiberglass mat did you use?
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    1 Week Ago - Mar 17, 2015, 10:48 PM - Re: Spartan Laser Metal & Fiberglass Airsoft Prop (Fully Functioning Electronic Repli #512

    Originally Posted by GuitarMaster157 View Post
    You've done very good work, and it's always awesome to show it off!
    Thanks! It is fun to get out and have people marvel at the amount of work in this thing.


    Originally Posted by SpartanArbiter View Post
    Very nice work.

    How thick is the fiberglass used for the upper portions of the laser? How many layers of fiberglass mat did you use?
    Thank you. Typically, the glass is about two layers thick, all applied at the same time. The front shroud in particular required so much modification to get symmetry and the exact right shape that I had to put additional layers on the outside in some spots and on the inside at others to avoid sanding through. It took lots of filler too. Instead of Bondo on this prop, I used the stuff with fiberglass fibers in it for strength. Because I knew this would get rough handling and hit by BBs, I needed to be sure nothing would chip or separate. I could definitely beat a grunt to death with it and not worry about anything other than wrenching my back. The aluminum zombie smasher on the front is a force to be reckoned with being cut from a single piece of aluminum stock and welded and bolted up with the rest of the metal receiver.

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    1 Week Ago - Mar 18, 2015, 4:26 AM - Re: Spartan Laser Metal & Fiberglass Airsoft Prop (Fully Functioning Electronic Repli #513

    Originally Posted by Redshirt View Post
    Thanks! It is fun to get out and have people marvel at the amount of work in this thing.




    Thank you. Typically, the glass is about two layers thick, all applied at the same time. The front shroud in particular required so much modification to get symmetry and the exact right shape that I had to put additional layers on the outside in some spots and on the inside at others to avoid sanding through. It took lots of filler too. Instead of Bondo on this prop, I used the stuff with fiberglass fibers in it for strength. Because I knew this would get rough handling and hit by BBs, I needed to be sure nothing would chip or separate. I could definitely beat a grunt to death with it and not worry about anything other than wrenching my back. The aluminum zombie smasher on the front is a force to be reckoned with being cut from a single piece of aluminum stock and welded and bolted up with the rest of the metal receiver.

    Redshirt
    Thanks for the info. What kind of fiberglass mat did you use? And how exactly does 2 layers of mat translate into thickness in inches or mm?
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    1 Week Ago - Mar 18, 2015, 8:39 AM - Re: Spartan Laser Metal & Fiberglass Airsoft Prop (Fully Functioning Electronic Repli #514

    Originally Posted by SpartanArbiter View Post
    Thanks for the info. What kind of fiberglass mat did you use? And how exactly does 2 layers of mat translate into thickness in inches or mm?
    I use a standard 3 ounce mat. I don't know what that measures exactly, but it's a fairly heavy mat. There is also 1.5 ounce mat out there--easier to work details, but wants to pull apart easily when trying to work larger pieces. The 3 ounce is basically a double layer of 1.5 ounce. You can pull the layers apart if you need to thin it.

    I use the cheapest polyester resin I can find. DO NOT use epoxy resin with ordinary mat. The binding agent in standard mat corrupts the catalytic process of the epoxy, preventing it from curing. If you want to use epoxy resin (much more expensive than polyester, but no odor), use cloth or find the special mat for epoxy resin.

    For my parts I want to use in airsoft, the double mat gets me a finished thickness of 1/8 to 3/16 inch thick. It's easily a 1/4 inch in the corners, but that's where I need the strength not to chip or splinter. Remember, there is no advantage to using any more resin than it takes to saturate the cloth or mat. It's brittle and adds weight.

    Honestly, the two layers is a bit much for cosplay. I would use only a single layer in a prop weapon or costume. I might double or even triple some narrow (1.5 inch) strips around the interior edges of a costume piece for strength and to allow rounding the edges. For a prop weapon, your target weight should be under 6 pounds if you plan to carry it all day in costume. My Spartan laser weighs 14 to 15 pounds with the airsoft gear removed. I can carry it all day at a con (out of costume), but end exhausted. In a costume, you carry weapons much further from your chest and excess weight is killer. I'm good for only an hour max with the Splaser in costume. On the airsoft field, the Spartan Laser is 22 pounds combat loaded. I run a very light loadout for that reason--a canteen, extra BBs (in my frag grenade), and a small sidearm (good 'ol 1911).

    So what are you looking to build?

    Redshirt

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