This is my first attempt at a prop, but I am not new to creating thing from scratch like this. I have a background in painting, building and modifying figure kits. I also worked in a custom wood shop as well as making other stuff. See pics below. These are things I either built, painted, modified or all or the above. The terminator is an example of a figure kit you buy in pieces and build/ paint it.
Ares, thanks for the link I just saw the commercials after I finished my piece. Now I have more reference material if I make more.