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Thread: Noobs MA37 Assault Rifle from cardboard (pic heavy)

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    Noobs MA37 Assault Rifle from cardboard (pic heavy)

    Hi guys,

    I've posted this here because it's really the first time I've posted any type of construction work. I've made lots of props for various things before, but I thought some of you might be interested in this one.

    A friend asked me to build the rifle to complete his Halo suit. I decided to make the entire thing out of cardboard, reinforced internally and with each layer coated in PVA to offer some basic weather protection.

    Stage one, a 20mm sandwich of card, I assembled a set of templates to make this.

    The side elements were cut from dense card, the barrel assembly was made from bits of plastic pipe, card and a bottle top. The grip is a piece of pipe lagging.

    The side pods use a ladder frame construction clad in card.

    The ammo counter (which will be LED backlit was made from two sheets of acrylic and two printed papers. The rear printed paper was scalpel cut to allow more light through in those areas.

    The grip and mag were built up from layers of card and foamies. I will use some spackle paste to fill out the grip.

    The shoulder stock is a three card and two foam tile laminate. carved with a Dremel. the back plate is foamies again.

    Additional foamies were used to create the grip textures, starting to take shape now.

    Test lit counter

    Scope front / battery box built and test fitted

    Scope centre / switch box assembled.

    All the main elements assembled and wired up. With a few additional details and some cleaning up it will be ready for paint.

    I'll post more pics of the finished weapon if anyone might be interested.


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    O: this is the work of no noob! A+ job!
    ευλογήστε το Θεό γιατί θα μας σώσει

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    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    New York by NYC (Orange County)
    Wow this is shaping up to be elite forum material for sure. Looks amazing! Way to join the forums with a bang, enjoy your stay.

    Can't wait for the next update.

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    amazing scratch build. love the ammo counter.
    "One shall stand, one shall fall"

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    Oct 2010
    San Diego, CA

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    holy mother of crap is that awesome!! very well done
    MY SPARTAN FOAM BUILD and some ODST... *Pic Heavy*

    and my Rainbow Dash Pilot Helmet

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    Oct 2010
    South Lincolnshire, UK
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    Hi Si, tis I, Vince :-)

    Nice to see you here and a wonderful build.

    Worthy of elite status I think (I may be a bit bias) but a cracking job anyway!
    Some people dont use their brain first, mine is still in the box.

    WIP -

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    Jan 2011
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    Wow this is major. Very cool indeed.You will make eliet in no time. I look forward to seeing more of this

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    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Near Mainz, Germany
    Wow, this should be stickied as an example for a good first post.
    (Although you forgot to introduce yourself. Shame on you! :-D)
    Work safely! Here's how.
    "A dropped tool can be a workplace hazard. Be more careful next time!" -Seven of Nine; Star Trek: Voyager, Someone to watch over me

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    Jul 2008
    Greenville, OH, USA
    Oh I think we'll be interested . Very nice work on this.


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