Final Fantasy VIII Squall Leonhart Gunblade

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by sharpworks, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. sharpworks

    sharpworks New Member

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    Ok, so first post on here and first major replica build to date.

    My sister is a huge Final Fantasy fan and since her birthday is coming up I decided to make her her favourite weapon from the series, Squall Leonhart's Gunblade.

    Managed to find an accurate blueprint of the Gunblade, printed it out and traced it onto a piece of MDF, planning on building it entirely out of MDF with some bondo for the finer details.
     
  2. jnjoker100

    jnjoker100 Active Member

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    Should be a awesome build.
     
  3. MooMooEgg

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    Can't wait to see how this comes out. I haven't seen too many accurate gunblade builds.
     
  4. sharpworks

    sharpworks New Member

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    haven't had much time to work on the gunblade so far, but have marked it out on MDF and did the rough cuts with the jigsaw. Plenty more cutting and sanding before the fun parts begin

    yeh picture quality is pretty crap, had to use my phone camera
     
  5. DarkPassenger

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    Loved FF8 and I'm very excited to see the outcome. Don't forget to press R1 when you hand it to her.
     
  6. MooMooEgg

    MooMooEgg Sr Member

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    Nah, don't do that. You don't want to slice her arm off. :lol
     
  7. sharpworks

    sharpworks New Member

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    done a bit more, mainly jigsawing out the last few bits and learning how to use a dremel...makes short work of the finer details such as thinning down the trigger and hammer, bit of bondo to fix a couple rough bits and should look alright
     
  8. d_jedi1

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    loving it :thumbsup
     
  9. elro

    elro Active Member

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    I See you are from Australia too! Hi there!
    If you go to Bunnings, check out the fillers sectionl. There should be a brand in a bright green tin called 'Pro build builders filler'. That stuff will be better than 'rondo' for MDF. Also when sanding it back use some spot putty (and spray putty too if you want), super cheap auto should have some some 3m spot putty in tubes.

    You may need latex gloves with the bog and spot putty(spot putty is more like a liquid). I dont bother half the time with gloves cos its non toxic and is generally quicker by hand and also, - not the washing hands stage though xD
     
  10. sharpworks

    sharpworks New Member

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    yep from oz.
    i have some bondo and stuff from some car mods i've been doing, probably need to give it a thin coat so when i paint it it looks like gleaming metal
     
  11. sharpworks

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    Finally got around to doing some more work on the Gunblade for my sis.

    Tapered the blade edges, added the handle grip and sanded it to shape, now building the cylinder...coated the inside of a coke can with bondo to make it, it'll be capped and I'll dremel out the grooves and finer details
     
  12. jaybible

    jaybible Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Man thats coming along great. Very nice work!
     
  13. Fennec

    Fennec Active Member

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    Looks good! Did you make your own blueprints? Just wondering, because I'd like to make a gun blade myself :)

    Anyway, I'm subscribing to this thread!
     
  14. sharpworks

    sharpworks New Member

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    I WAS on the verge of having to make my own blueprint when i stumbled upon one someone had posted online. Converted it into a printable file and resized it to make it accurate.
    I might try and make some kind of mold from it before I give it to my sister, just gotta make sure the original doesn't get damaged
     
  15. Fennec

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    Right. Well unless I don't stumble upon these prints then I might have to end up making my own :)

    Unless you don't mid sharing them! Haha.
     
  16. G17RDY

    G17RDY Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Yep, looking great indeed.
     
  17. sharpworks

    sharpworks New Member

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    Ok, got the original PDF document, or you can use the shrunk down blueprint at the start of the thread, just resize them to about 98cms if you want it accurate to the game
     
  18. Fennec

    Fennec Active Member

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    Awesome! Thank you so much! I won't share this file with anyone.
    If someone asks me, I will redirect them to you :)
     
  19. sharpworks

    sharpworks New Member

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    ha....no worries. I didn't draw the original blueprint so i'm not phased either way.
    Good luck with the Gunblade, mine HAS to be finished in 3 days for my sister's birthday
     
  20. Zegen

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    Thanks for sharing the Blueprint. Awesome woodwork btw!
     
  21. sharpworks

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    working on the cylinder now, dremeled out the grooves, some touch ups and final sanding to go then it's not far off paintwork
     
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2011
  22. sharpworks

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    near done!......added final bits and pieces, sanded down nice and smooth, attached the chain and after adding about a millimetre thick/thin layer of bondo to the blade I carved the lion emblem into the bondo with a dremel....hopefully the paint won't fill it all in
     
  23. Hazz

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    Wow thats looking great! should try and do a metal one!
     
  24. sharpworks

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    thought about it!
    was actually going to try and make a mold from it, but it's a gift for my sister's birthday....which is in about 16 hours (lol). So it's a one off.
    just started giving it a coat of chrome paint...looking good so far
     
  25. WarMachine

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    This is fantastic. I always loved this weapon (and game). I hope she's as stoked as I would be if somebody gave me one of those. You've put a ton of work into it and the results speak for themselves ... superb work :)
     
  26. sharpworks

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    DONE!!!
    Lacking in sleep after being up til 4am finishing it for my sis's birthday today.
    Many coats of chrome paint from a spray can and a few of clear gloss to seal it.
    Carved the lion head emblem (Grieve I think it's called) out of bondo and added it to the chain.
    Made a simple stand and painted it a few times.

    First attempt at a major prop build and kinda happy with the result!
     
  27. WarMachine

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    Seriously incredible. I LOVE this, especially the engraving work you did on it. Amazing! Your sister is lucky.
     
  28. sharpworks

    sharpworks New Member

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    Thought I'd just put together a quick start-to-finish pic for the Gunblade build.......
     
  29. DarkPassenger

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    That looks great, excellent job.
     
  30. swisscheese

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    That is seriously impressive.
     
  31. nightwing615

    nightwing615 New Member

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    it's sweet that you put a lot of time and effort to construct such an amazing replica of a beloved weapon for your sister (now if I can somehow convince my own brother to do something similar...:love)


    fantastic job! :D
     
  32. sharpworks

    sharpworks New Member

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    thanks :)
    she has it on display above her piano ha
     
  33. Prince NEO

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    That's pretty dang spot on, amazing job. :thumbsup
     
  34. sharpworks

    sharpworks New Member

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  35. progolfercd

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    How think was the MDF that you used? This is extremely well done!!
     
  36. sharpworks

    sharpworks New Member

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    thanks
    the main part of the gunblade (blade/handle) was 12mm mdf, and added a piece of 6mm to each side of the grip
     
  37. nightwing615

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    haha! you know she loves it! :lol
     

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