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.