In this Instructable I'm going to show you how I, in collaboration with my talented wife, went about building my very own real life Gears of War Digger Launcher Replica
from start to finish. Fortunately it will not actually shoot little exploding creatures so you can sleep soundly at night knowing the children will be safe. Prop building has really taken off in the last few years and more and more people are starting to create there very own versions of digital objects. Everything from exotic guns to helmets to full blown armor. Working in the gaming industry, I like to keep the focus of what I build relevant to what I do during the day. Most of my projects are from various video games that I am a fan of. As a fair warning, A project like this one is very time consuming
so be prepared to put in a lot of hours if you decide to undertake something along these lines. As with my last project, there will be a lot of information in here that has a lot of different applications so feel free to experiment.
Choosing a Gears of War
gun was a risky choice and there are already several professional replicas on the market. A Replica company by the name of Triforce
has been making them for awhile now and have created 4 different guns from the Gears of War games. The quality of there work is extremely high and there props are very impressive. So the bar was already set very high before I started. My final product would inevitably be compared to their work. No pressure.
This instructible should be a great resource
for anyone interested in attempting some replica or prop building projects and most of the methods used in here apply to a wide variety of builds. If you have any questions and would like me to expand on a specific area or idea, please feel free to contact me or leave a comment below.
So let's get started shall we?
Materials and Tools used are broken down for each section.