I just recently finished Fallout 3, and because of the ending, I ended up wanting more. After seeing a few pictures of some incredible builds on these boards, a friend of mine in the engineering program and I decided to build our own laser rifles; mine's going to be a screen accurate AER9, and my friend is modifying the design to the AEP slightly.
The good thing about working in pairs on this is that we split the cost of materials. We went to a local Home Depot and bought our supplies, and instead of one of us shouldering nearly $40.00 of cost (a huge amount to a college student), we managed to get all the supplies we need (right now) for just under $18.00 USD apiece.
I've begun work on my laser rifle, and the easiest - and hardest - part is the stock; it's easy because it's mostly flat, but it's odd shapes and there are some difficult details which I need to add to it. In any case, I began work on the stock, and it's rough cut at this juncture.
I started by loading NeXxt's excellent blueprints onto a slide and instead of laboriously measuring the lines and angles by hand, we chose to project the blueprints onto a sheet of MDF using a projector; it was very simple to trace the print by hand.
Here's the stock, rough cut:
This is how it looks now, on Christmas Day 2010.
It needs some more work (obviously) and I have some more research to do, but the holes are nearly done. If I decide to make another one of these, I shall invest in a beveller; the hand filing is incredibly labor intensive.
This is a J-Term project; the due-date for this to be finished is February 1. Stay tuned; this should be an interesting job.