How to make a Halo needler for 10 bucks or less.

all right so on to my next halo gun Instructable.
I was aiming for five bucks but this one i noticed was going to be more expencive so it went up to $10.

Please note that this instructible is not finished but will be soon.

I was only going to make one gun to go with my costume but I realized that carrying a BR as the Arbiter would look strange. So I gave my BR to my brother to go with his master cheif costume and decided that I wanted a needler as well as my energy sword.

I also noticed as I searched the web that, not only were there very little decent pictures of the needler, but I could only find one homemade needler but it was the halo 1 model and came with no instructions. So I am going to attempt to make a halo 3 needler replica.

if you could Please leave me a comment telling me what you think of this instructible and how im doing so far that would be greatly apreaciated. (and it would give me more motivation to get this finished quicker) =)

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Step 1: The patterns

The patten I made for the needler.


I had to make my needler from scratch so follow this pattern and you should get a 21 inch long Halo3 needler.

Unless specificly told in the steps, All my messuments are in INCHES.

Anything filled in with light gray is to be cut out and tossed and/or recycled.


One inch is aproxamatly to two and a half centemeters. if you dont have an inches ruler handy.

Speaking from experiance if you start with one ruler to messure Do Not use a different one to messure. Some comapaies skimp the messurements on their rulers and sometimes the space increments are not the same from ruler to ruler. Just a warning.

Edit* If i have made a mistake in any of my messurments that I might have overlooked please dont hesitate to tell me. Im not exempt from making a mistake. I really do apreaciate it =)
Thanks to all who has told me them so far hehehe... I have fixed the problems so don't worry to all the rest of ya. XD
U made dat out if cardboard and stuff? Wow
The Needler is my favorite gun in Halo franchise!
how do you fold the top of the barrel. and where does the bottom barrel part c come in
Does paper matche work good after it dries or is there a better way to make it look good?
not exactly, after you paper mache it i sugest spray painting it then clear coating it for a shiny alien look :)
ok. it's been 2 years now. still no progress? because i was thinking, maybe you could upload some on imageshack and provide links? ;)
AWESOME!!!!! since you cant put in more pictures, do you think you could give us a link to some? like, upload the pictures to another site and then add the link! i'd love to see what it looks like completed!
any success with the pictures?
Nice work!!!, check out mine! I just saw yours in the related box of my instructable. I went about it a totally different way, but may be it will inspire a new cool variant version! <br> <br>http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-Needler-for-your-Halo-Costume/
rellay good<br />
&nbsp;Some of the meshurements are off.<br /> <br /> <br />
&nbsp;You should put some pitures on this page..... I cant make any sence of thease
DUDE ausowme really i love it<br />
These are the best diagrams I've seen on the website so far, thank you, I did a little geometry and made a little one for my elite.
Looking great! a trick for cardboard builds: The finished product for a cardboard or paper mache projects often has a slightly bumpy or uneven texture that shows up uneven (and often more so) when painted. For organic things, that's fine - for a build that's trying to mimic a smooth, machined surface (like say, the metal of an covenant weapon) even thorough sanding may not solve your problems. To fix this, in the future I'd recommend using either celluclay or plaster before painting. Celluclay is like paper-pulp mache that can be sanded like wood when it dries and is very lightweight. Using either, seal it with something (say, a 2:1 mod podge (or Elmer's glue)/water mix) then paint it. You'll get a much more 'realistically' smooth surface.
lol from looking at pic three it looks like at that point it could have been easily turned into a plasma rifle too. Nice job on this Project!
i is teh sexay back
noz, you fail.
WOW! that is a really cool gun. But if we do get the toy gun for the handle how much do we cut off. Just the barrel as the assault rifle or more? Plus is there any possible way to make the blue prints actual size. It would be alot easier for people to download and print the designs, put them on the some cardboard and use a razor to trace cut it. if u cant. Thanks anyway.
You'll have to do some work with your computer to get it life sized. When you hit "print", a box of options should come up on your screen. Among those options should be the ability to change the size it prints off at (i.g. 100%) You'll have to do a little playing around, but you should be able to increase the percentage enough to make it actual sized. Is that what you're looking for? I hope that helps.
sorry, but do NOT do that. the blue prints are for refrance so you can see the aproxomate shape of what the pices are supposed to look like. if you were to print the blueprints i have done now your needler would not look like a needler. or probably it would but it would look like a very Strange needler. to make the needler follow the messurments specified on the pattern images and do not print them out and copy them.<br/><br/>If i knew how to make proper blueprints i would but i dont have the skill or the technology or program to do it. so this as close as i could get to some sort of refrance.<br/><br/>Thanks so much &quot;nomooremr.niceguy&quot; for helping anyways i really do apreciate some (if small) forms of chivilry. =)<br/>
HAHA! I would hardly call it chivalry. But thank you?..You're welcome? (have you ever noticed the awkward predicament you are put in when someone thanks you while simultaneously complimenting you? It's difficult to know what to say. Should you thank the person for the compliment? Or should you let the person know their appreciation is also appreciated? It's a little difficult to do both without looking foolish. :P) Have a good day. Sinisterly, The Not So Nice Guy
with the toy gun i bought i only cut enough to keep the noise making mecanisim working. life sized blueprints.... If i knew how to then i would.
as soon as i saw this, i wished it wud shoot something
how did you go as the arbiter the only halo covenant elite costumes i ever saw were online and for like $200
I never metioned were or when or in what type of situation i would be wearing my costume. I made it myself and my costume, its not quite finished yet, but i hope it wiil be done soon :)
sorry but if i hear costume i instantly think of halloween (i might go a master cheif this year with n energy sword just to sxare the little kids)
lol its okay. _ sword to scare kids, thats evil!!! LoL I'm making it so it can be worn at varrious conventions like ComicCon and VGCon. and Anime Evolution if my friends manage to drag me there hahaha. As for a haloween costume? ehhhh my friends get too drunk for me to wear a costume like that. the morning after it'll be either A) Stolen or B) broken! LoL
A picture of the final product, please. I like the Instructable anyways, though.
why not straws as needles and some friend being stabbed with needles?
well I finished my second needler, it shure is a lot better than the first one. Although I did get some mesurments wrong and made the colors a little two dark it looks great I will post some pictures when I get a chance
i finished step 4 and gunna start 5
I'm getting a little confused with the mesurements for the bottom half. because when I use .5 inches for the bottom it dosent make the sise right.
Wow these are the best diagrams I have seen sense I started looking for them. But I would like to know how to make a handle because I don't have a toy gun I can use and I don't have money right now sooo would you mind putting up some handle diagrams?
nice needler
hey im making one to go with my halo magnum to see a tutorial of how to make the magnum click this link or copy and past this to adress bar<br/> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4l95wBfgxk4">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4l95wBfgxk4</a><br/><br/> be sure to subscribe to me on youtube<br/> NICE WORK!!!!! cant wait for a finised product<br/>
cool. Neat magnum btw :)
very cool. i am attempting to make one out of wood!
sweet. <br/>post it on the net when you finished i'd like to see it! =D<br/>
sorry to say, but I think your measurments are wrong. 4+4+2.5 is 10.5, not 9.5 and is the one on the right supposed to be the handle? cuz I made both of these the other day thinking the right one was the bottom, but it doesn't look like it matches up to your pictures
No no no don't be sorry. Thank you For pointing out my typo. DX<br/>The pattern that you saw before was only the pattern for the top part of the needler. where the needles stickout from and the one to the right was the bottom part of that so it wouldn't have an open bottom. <br/>I don't actually have all the patterns finished and i should have mentioned that some where in that step before. <br/>I should be the one saying sorry. =(<br/>I've fixed everything up now and made some edits to the pattern step to avoid any more confusion. =)<br/>Thanks again<br/>
yeah, the top is 10.5 and the bottom is 9.5
Thanks for tellin me after all im not perfect XD
a plasma rifle would probally be easier, but good job. I can't wait for the rest
yeah it probably would be. but i like to challage myself XD
Here's an illustration of the weapons. The top image is a pistol. The needles always crystalize from a combustable super-solution liquid and make the needles. In the pistol, the needles are in the clear firing chamber, and the chamber moves up as they are fired. The middle weapon is a SMG needler. Using the same technology, the needles grow in a cone-shaped formation and revolve into the barrel where they're fired. The bottom weapon-the one describe in my previous comment has the "needle wheel". The bayonette in the front has it's own solution vial. Note the lovely green laser pointer sights, green LED accents, and the "needle grenade" in the upper left. Here's the costume I want it to match up with (I've posted this dude all over the place here)-
Cool. I think I'm going to make a "needle assault rifle" for a costume. Dyed green plexiglass needles though. Has a wheel in it that has LED lit needles stick out. Has a bigger wheel with holes in it that is pulled by the needles in the inner wheel. Because the two wheels are different sizes, and the centers aren't aligned, when they spin, it looks like the needles are growing from the holes! The part you don't see is that they go back into the ring and come out again, and again, and again. I think I'll integrate it with an automatic nerf gun that shoots glow in the dark darts, or darts with green LED's and button cells in them or something that looks like green needles shooting out. Foamboard body. I'll even get a hallowed out lightbulb and fill it with green liquid at a right angle to a green "needle" (dyed plexiglass) bayonette on the front of it (it won't be sharp enough to hurt anyone). It should go good with the green plaxiglass sword pair and armor that I intend to make. (the costume looks like the robot in my profile image)

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