Instructables

INTRODUCTION

This is a build like my other builds, the most cost effective way to make something that doesn't need a huge workshop. In this case, a prop Laser Pistol from the game Fallout 3. (also appears in Fallout New Vegas)

The most expense parts of this build will be the paint as the rest of the Build Is done with Foamies Foam,(6mm and 2mm), Foam Board, plastic from a bucket, an empty gift card, some threaded lamp parts, two different sized dowels and a few other miscellaneous items.

I did not take meticulous measurements.I didn't take dimensions from the game, I just made it as well as I could from eyeballing In game pictures. A bit of trial and error and the fact I threw one of these together for last Halloween. I had a lot of mental notes on what I did not like about that build. These notes I incorporated into this build and it took three times as long. Part of that was taking nearly 150 progress pictures. The rest was making templates and building the thing. I had a few problems along the way. I got angry at Gimp and my printer, because when I used Gimp and set the measurement to inches or millimeters when I then printed the template it was still messed up. I messed around for a while before just throwing a 1 inch by 1 inch index mark on the templates. So if you print it out out the index square does not measure up you will need to adjust the printer

On a side note this build actually changed a bit due right during the process due to the Laser competition. I will go into those changes the last few pages. I'm mentioning this in case you notice something off from a previous picture.

If your interested in the build please leave a comment, or any suggestions.

Anyways on to the build.



 


 
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'Scavenge material' In step 3 should be 'Prospect material'
TheGeekFather (author)  MoustacheCat2 years ago
Toe-mate-o, Toe-maught-o
VHIT17172 years ago
Do you just use your dremel to cut out the screw holes? and if you do, what kind of bit do you use?
ascheelar2 years ago
I just commented about tracables

didn't look far enough

I can just take the blueprints and print them out in open office or something right and will it be actual size when I print them out?
TheGeekFather (author)  ascheelar2 years ago
I put 1 inch squares on the templates....If you print it out and it's not 1 inch then you need to adjust the print size. Either in a graphics program or with your printer...some have the option of printing a % of the original size.
doomsdayltd3 years ago
i like this, but it could use some dirty marks not just dry brushed silver. so try and add some darkened dirtiness to it :D
TheGeekFather (author)  doomsdayltd3 years ago
There is more weathering than shows up in the pictures. I believe I took the last few pictures before I did all the weathering stages. I did silver then shoe polish then silver again then touched up with some darker paints. The Camera did not pick it up well so didn't post the pictures.
yea, wish you had pictures of that. Some distressing is hard to do considering the materials, but you could sand down the paint a little with high grit sand paper then touch it up by dabbing paint onto the area's. (but im sure this technique requires like a bondo surface, or something or other thats forged metal like)
TheGeekFather (author)  doomsdayltd3 years ago
I find the easiest method to make something grimy is different colors of show polish. Black and brown. It's basically a colored spreadable wax. Can be applied with fingers, brushes, boot brushes or rags. You can touch up later with paints if needed but I Kinda want the effect the shoe polish gives.
Speedmite3 years ago
Does any kind of foam board work? Cause I found I had 3 sheets of 3 mm foam, all 11.5 inches by 47 inches. I figured 2 was close enough to 3, and 3+3=6 so I think it will work, and its just white foam, without paper.

Also, Will hot glue work instead of rubber cement? I consider myself comfortably skilled in hot gluing, Im almost done with my pepukura MC helmet, and its looking great, and I dont have any rubber cement, and have never used it.
TheGeekFather (author)  Speedmite3 years ago
Foam Core is not the same as craft foam. The Foam Core Bored I was talking about in the substructure has paper on both sides of a rigid foam. The Foam Core is very stiff and makes a really good substructures. You can use other things. some people use cardboard. Like layered Cereal Box Cardboard. Not the corrugated stuff.

As to the craft foam. The reason I used the two different thicknesses is because it defined the edges of the pieces. You Could use different sizes if you want but you will need to adjust your dimensions for the size differnce. The best way to figure this out is to just do it. Learn from the experience. Learn from the mistakes you make along the way. Check out Wasteland Outpost there are a few builds there that you could get inspiration from. Or The RPF forums. Both you need to show you want to be an active member by getting 10-20 post counts up before you can see the whole site. If you want a visiual. Look At Indy Moguls Backyard FX video on the 30 cal machine gun. It's a sweet build using the Foam floor mats.
Speedmite3 years ago
Havent gotten to read the whole thing yet, probably wont well, this morning at least, its 4:15 so yea..... But from what im seeing its great. I think I will actually build this somtime this summer, I got time for it. Gotta finish master cheif helmet first though. This looks great though. Its smaller so its not super hard and easy to store.

I do find foam as an odd material. But it looks good. That made me think of somthing- is it really light? like light enough that you might want to put lead weights in it?
TheGeekFather (author)  Speedmite3 years ago
Since this is a large build I went a head and made a video sideshow of the build. It's 4 minutes so shouldn't take as long to watch for folks who would rather not read the whole build.
TheGeekFather (author)  Speedmite3 years ago
Foam is coming into popularity. Craft foam, Foam fatigue Mats. The Rolled sleeping mats.Look up Vulpin Props. Or EvilFX armor builds With google.
TheGeekFather (author)  Speedmite3 years ago
Yes it is light. I made the original one as a haloween prop. But wanted one a little better after that so made some changes. I Don't know about lead weight. It's heavy enough that it's not like holding one of those foam fingers. Yet light enough It didn't bother me much to carry around
TheGeekFather (author) 3 years ago
I'm currently working on a Sketch Up Model for this that I will throw on when I'm done as well.