Another project that is going to my 10 year old nephew, same kid with the TARDIS, and of course a few shots of Caitlin doing the Patty Hearst thing testing it out. It's a jungle out there, be careful.
I don't play HALO, whatever versions there are, but just a shout out to instructables member DJ Radio who does post a few HALO ibles. If you want a HALO gun, you are just going to have to make it yourself. This is my first gun so go easy on me. Please rate and subscribe.
When my nephew asked for a HALO gun, I thought why not just give him a giant Angry Birds slingshot. But he is out of the Star Wars phase and on to HALO. Now, any non-working prop would probably work for a normal kid but I am the one making it. I originally got a Nerf machine gun to modify. Then when I was testing it out - there is no safety and you could take an eye out because the gun could be cocked and loaded without any indication. So when he is a little older, I may make a Nerf HALO minigun because I like the rotating turret mechanism. So then I checked out those ray-blaster guns with light and sound effects. I think that was a better choice to build upon. And besides, they are cheaper since I got a set of the ray-blaster pistol, small pistol and sword for about $30 US. I could use the small pistol and sword to make other props.
And any discussion on arming kids with guns, even play versions, you can refer to our elder statesman from Arkansas, proponent of 2nd Amendment Rights, the honorable ibler non grata NachoMahma. Teach the yungins well and they will act responsibly.
Step 1: Base of operations
You could use an Epilog laser cutter to make your parts but for now use the old method of a pair of scissors.
There are pepakura files to build your model but building it from something other than sheets of paper, layers upon layers of cardboard or styrofoam, will give it a realistic heft.
The pistol is from a True Heros Astro Blaster set.
For the lighting you will need an LED flickering candle and a small flashlight.
For the ammo magazine, you will need a set of magnets and a piece of steel to screw in to the magazine so it holds in place.
Minor woodworking skills are involved. Use of sharp implements needed. Be careful.
Use of various glues - regular school glue, carpenter's glue, polyurethane glue- needed to bond to plastic(use latex gloves and cover work area with newspaper to prevent the foam-over from sticking to anything valuable like carpet)
Paints - I used regular enamel paints and a spray can of olive color for the top part. Get flat black and flat white, you can mix to make various shades of gray to mimic the steel undercoat. I have seen various paint schemes of a grayish top cover and it doesn't look bad with an all black metal color scheme.
I wanted to retain the light and sound effects from the pistol and incorporate that into the magic of the final product. So the HALO rifle design does take some slight deviation to accomodate this.
CAUTION: Scissors, utility knives, saws and pointy things are sharp. Glue sticks stuff together. Paint is messy. Use with care.