So I have a friend that wants to do a Sgt. Calhoun cosplay from Wreck-It-Ralph this fall at our local Comic Con. I get to make the rifle for her, I'm pretty excited because that rifle has been on my "make wish list" since I first saw the movie. I'm using a blueprint that was put together by NefeniCosplay, making a few tweaks based on what I see in the movie and screen grabs along the way, but overall it's a great BP. My friend will be 5'9" in the boots so I scaled the rifle to 40" based on the images I found online. Since the rifle is for cosplay I'm trying to keep it as light as possible. Normally my props are pretty hefty and solid MDF, this time around I'll be using much more plastic and foam than normal. The barrel is made from a light frame of MDF and pink insulation foam was used to fill the spaces in the frame so that I could heat form sintra over the outside. 12 LED lights were wired in to the sides of the barrel as well as three in the end of the barrel. More LEDs in the receiver and scope later! A quick light test for the barrel section before I moved on! There's some textured acrylic and light diffusing material (tissue paper) in the side lights so you can't see in there. I moved back to the grip section since that needed to be sandwiched in the middle of the receiver. I used a spring to make the trigger movable, doesn't function with anything but at least it moves. The grip being solid MDF should help bring the CG of the prop back so that it isn't too uncomfortable to carry around all day too. Blocking in the receiver, making everything hollow to cut down on weight. And then working on the magazine. The magazine is hollow , just a couple rib forms at the top and bottom to give the .030" styrene the shape. I have a 9V battery wired in to a coaxial connector inside the magazine, the magazine plugs into the connector on the receiver and acts as the switch now. Just plug in the magazine and the lights come on, pull the mag and it turns off. With the mag removed you can pull out the battery and replace it when needed! More to come in the next few weeks!