Introduction: Jaylah Blaster - Star Trek Beyond
This is a quick documentation of my Jaylah blaster I made in November for my local comic con, I'll also be doing an instructable for the cosplay so please check it out :)
What I used:
Cardboard tubes - free
Extendable paint roller pole - £1 poundland
Foam - old gym/ camping mat
cables/ wires: left overs but you can get them from any hardware shop
duct tape - £1 poundland
Silver/ black spraypaint - £2 poundland
Gold paint - £3 craft shop
Silver/ yellow/ blue and red nail varnish - already had but again can pick up cheap.
LED lights - £3 Amazon
Body spray cap
Mountboard/ craft card - craft shop
Cardboard - cereal box
hot glue gun
I bought the extendable pole for the build but I knew it wouldn't be long enough so i glued a carboard tube to the top to lengthen it. This was a ridgid tube for posting documents but could could use a kitchen role tube if you reinforced it.
I kept refencing back to the source image but I wasn't as bothered about it being screen accurate, just as accurate as I could do the week before the con hahaha.
The button panel I used from grey foam, I used toiler roll tubes cut up and taped on to give the detailing on the pole and the mount board I cut to size and scored open to fit on the end of the blaster as that was more geometric in shape. I put the spray cap on the end of it.
I used some black plastic for the cover of the instrument panel then cut the wires of the LED lights (to be used as detailing later) and glued them in to the foam. I then painted them with nail varnish for the lighting details as I didn't have time to fully wire it. I'm actually very happy with the way it came out as the varnish really popped in colour so the lighting detail wasn't needed so much.
This is the blaster fully assembled before painting. I used extra scraps of foam to finish off the detailing and to made a small button panel. As you can see it's pretty simple in it's assembly!
And this is the finished blaster! I used silver spray paint on the majority of it, then a mix of brown and gold paint for the end of it. I used black spray paint and silver nail varnish to distress it and detail it then hot glued the wires from the LED lights on for the final details.
I was so happy with how it came out especially as I did a lot of it on the fly and with what I had in my junk box! And It got a lot of good feedback at my con.
Give me a shout if you have any questions and I'll be uploading the cosplay soon!