Spartan Laser Metal & Fiberglass Airsoft Prop (Fully Functioning Electronic Replica)

Discussion in 'Halo Props' started by Redshirt, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. vshore100

    vshore100

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    Thanks! I'm really hoping to make it D-Con 2015. I'll just have to play it by ear I guess.
     
  2. foxleader

    foxleader

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    needs a nick name red" little death star or anti hammer gun." lol the frist one came to me while watching spaceballs.
     
  3. Redshirt

    Redshirt

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    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.



    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.
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    Spartan Laser has improved fit all the way around. Push button actuates grenade light.
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    I tidied up some of the paint damage and weathering during the refit.
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    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.
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    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.

    Redshirt
     

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  4. Redshirt

    Redshirt

    Merry Christmas 405th

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

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    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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  5. Master Builder

    Master Builder

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    Lawl. Good picture!

    Merry Christmas to you too.
     
  6. Redshirt

    Redshirt

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    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!

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    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
     
  7. RobTC

    RobTC

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    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.
     
  8. Redshirt

    Redshirt

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    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?

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

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    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!

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    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.

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    Thanks for looking.

    Redshirt
     
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  9. foxleader

    foxleader

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    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.
     
  10. Re: Spartan Laser Metal & Fiberglass Airsoft Prop (Fully Functioning Electronic Repli

    You've done very good work, and it's always awesome to show it off!
     
  11. SpartanArbiter

    SpartanArbiter New Member

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    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?
     
  12. Redshirt

    Redshirt

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    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
     
  13. SpartanArbiter

    SpartanArbiter New Member

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    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?
     
  14. Redshirt

    Redshirt

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    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
     
  15. Redshirt

    Redshirt

    Spartan Laser Game Footage

    I finally shot some decent first-person game footage!

    Here's my Spartan Laser at the Northwest Florida Airsoft Association's game last Saturday. I came a way with five kills during the morning games. Very nice. I just came off of my second major reliability and maintenance upgrade for this game. I added extensions to let me charge batteries in place, eliminated a voltage leak, redesigned the wiring harness for the shroud lift, and reworked the feed mechanism for improved reliability. Looks like I nailed it. Not one missed feed or maintenance issue during the games. As you'll see, I ran around, banged it around, and proved just how solid this thing is. I couldn't be happier with it.

    Enjoy!




    Redshirt
     
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  16. Crimmson

    Crimmson

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    What are some of the reactions people get when they see it in action?

    Do people purposely get in line of to get shot by the laser?
     
  17. transmut1

    transmut1

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    Dude the in action footage is awesome!!!
     
  18. RobTC

    RobTC

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    "Shoot her if you're not sure... We didn't have the redhead on our team, did we?"

    "Nope."

    "Shoot her."

    I lolled.
     
  19. foxleader

    foxleader

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    lol how can you miss at that range.
     
  20. Redshirt

    Redshirt

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    It is a bit of a badge of honor to walk out of the woods having been killed by the Spartan Laser. It makes a VERY distinctive sound as a combo of the rumble motors and the BB winder mechanism when the trigger is pulled to start the countdown and sighting laser. The sweeping laser and the distinct sound keep opponents heads down. It is surprisingly psychological, but no different to how you act playing Halo when the red sighting beam strobes you followed by a strong urge to GTFOOH. The effect was nothing I considered when I built it, so initially, I was as surprised as my opponents.


    Thank you!


    There was no way I couldn't put that into the film. I LOLed as well when I watched the replay. We were actively engaged with two enemy ahead of us when the redhead shows up behind us in a solid flank, but takes no action, so we finished the engagement forward (one killed, one dispersed) before we reconvened our discussion of the redhead. In the end, I walked up on her, just as she realized we were not on her team. I had a big effing laser pointed at her and she had her hands at her rifle don't. She was actually thankful I called a safety kill on her from 20 feet away. I've been drilled by the Splaser from 100 feet, I couldn't imagine the carnage if she tried to draw. She also LOLed at the footage when I showed her.


    I can't (and didn't). The three streams of BBs stay tight for over 120 feet, then start to diverge significantly. The pattern will fully cover a man-sized target at 250 feet. It is like a shotgun that doesn't stop going off. If you sweep it (like the in-game Halo 3 glitch), it will take out a squad. In that middle engagement, I killed four before they got me. Wholesale carnage.

    Redshirt
     
  21. foxleader

    foxleader

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    I bet they didn't think something that big could do that much hosing. now are you going to build an secondery weapon to go with this I know you said something a while ago buy I think br or saw plus ohs that mounting plate coming along? one would be like this...

    [video]https://youtu.be/a_z4IuxAqpE[/video]

    and the other is like.

    https://youtu.be/otCpCn0l4Wo
     
  22. Redshirt

    Redshirt

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    Second (but not secondary) Halo weapon has arrived in the form of the Evike lookalike MA-5B Assault Rifle. It is heavy also. Review coming very soon.

    Charging up the Spartan Laser for an outing this Sunday. Finally got a Go-Pro so I should get more (and better) footage.

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    This follows a third round of updates and spec changes to repair internal damage and improve reliability and consistency of operation.

    So the shroud stopped raising. It would lower just fine. but the servo controller that I had tricked into handling this operation had burnt out. Every time I tested the circuit, it had 5 volts--even when disconnected. Rut-Roh!?

    The first discovery was that the entire receiver had a direct positive source. After a bazillion hour of testing here and probing there with my quality Harbor Freight multimeter, I was still flummoxed and took a break to meditate on the source of the voltage leak.

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    Upon return, I discovered a short in the trigger switch mounting. I can thank of everywhere in an airsoft gun I'd rather have a ground fault in.

    Deep in the bowels of the Splaser lies the trigger switch.

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    The entire weapon had to come apart to gain access. The problem came from modifying the switch to accept a larger diameter mounting bolt. After installation, this wore through to the positive contact and shorted the receiver. Shoddy work on my part. Period.

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    I was never happy with the roller switch for the trigger because it just didn't perform as consistently as I'd like. I decided to use a more robust switch, but that came in a different style and drove a major modification to the trigger assembly. I got to do more welding!

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    I've never looked back. This is how it should have been in the first place. My trigger is now butter smooth and failure free.

    With the voltage leak eliminated, I replaced the servo controller. The shroud actuation is much smoother and positive without the stray signal interference.

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    I took the opportunity to again make changes to the box mag and the feed tubes. I opened up the old M4 mags and removed burrs and really made sure there were no ridges or bumps interfering with the BBs moving from the winders into the tubes.

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    I ground a taper into the ends of the tubes to complete this.

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    I also rerouted the tubes slightly to allow gentler turns en-route to the chambers.

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    The final adjustment was to simply add extensions to the battery balance connectors. For the first time I am able to charge the gun without disassembly.

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    These repairs and adjustments really seem to be winners. We'll see how Sunday goes.

    Redshirt
     
  23. FlyinPhil

    FlyinPhil Marketplace Supervisor Division Staff

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    Really stellar work, Redshirt! As for the trigger shorting issue, I also love having to pull apart an entire project due to one small bug. (As a car guy, sometimes it's easier said than done). I really like your perseverance, and the fact that you redesigned and built a more robust switch as opposed to just replacing an apparently weak link. Keep it up!!
     
  24. Redshirt

    Redshirt

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    FlyinPhil,

    Thank you! As a fellow car guy I can certainly relate. 500 miles into the break in period of the engine I just rebuilt I had to tear in and replace the cam shaft journals due to oil starvation. Seems the new oil banjos bottomed out in the head and severely restricted oil flow. At least the top end no longer rattles. Trivia time: Can you ID my metal mistress?

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    Redshirt
     
  25. reiseman

    reiseman Member

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    Looks like a really sweet and clean xke... 1968?
     

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