Grey Fox's Arm Cannon (Metal Gear Solid) COMPLETED!

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Beer_Money_Props

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A friend (and fellow RPF'er Jose Robles ) and I started talking about future build ideas on Facebook one day, and he mentioned he wanted to give Grey Fox a shot. I instantly saw an opportunity to expand on my foam building skill set (I'm terrible at coming up with challenging ideas for my own stuff) so I asked if it would be alright if I gave it a shot for him in exchange for some shout-out style recognition to help build some buzz around my upcoming business, and possibly a few beers the next time we hung out.

Long story short, everyone likes free stuff so a deal was struck. :cheers

He dug up a lot of screen shots and found a picture on Deviant art of a roughed side-view line drawing (Turns out the original artwork is from fellow RPF member Escher. Big thanks to him for that!). Using this to play with I got myself situated in InkScape and vectored the cannon with a little more precision to make it easier for me to understand how it went together...

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From here I printed off a 1:1 scale side view on some cardstock, and went to work cutting it into manageable pieces to build. I had a lot of leftover foam and various fiddly bits that needed some purpose, so I went about using up some scrap foam floor mats.

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Since this is my first scratch build, the picture above is the product of about 3 different attempts to get it right. Angles and hill/valley cuts don't always make themselves readily known to get clean edges when you don't have a Pep plan to work from...I ended up redoing pieces a few times till I finally had a grasp of working with foam in 3 dimensions from a 2 dimensional drawing. Practice does make perfect...Or in my case...Close enough for government work. Then it was just a matter of cutting out pieces of foam, test fitting them, adjusting where needed, and gluing it up...

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Of course, at this stage I couldn't help try it on...You know...Just because...

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With the rough shape done, it was time to start adding all the little bits that make it "pop" (hehehehe...get it, pop! Because it's a barrel...Man, I kill me...).

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...Then I added some 3mm foamies to fill in the barrel bits (and yes, that's a water bottle cap on the end...Budget build yo!), the rear forearm "shroud", and the clip/magazine/whatsit under the foregrip....

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Once I was happy with the overall build, it was time to add some little details with the Dremel and my hot knife.

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Next came two coats of Plasti-Dip to seal it up...

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Another 2 coats of Rust-oleum Hammered finish gloss black is going on now (You really can't tell there's a difference, otherwise I'd post a picture)...Tomorrow should be a weathering and clear coating kinda day and this bad boy is just about wrapped up...


*********EDIT AND UPDATE***********


Paint and Weathering COMPLETE!

Stage one is just a single pass of gunmetal silver acrylic along all the edges (this also helps hide seam issues if there are any...)

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Stage two is going back over all the areas again to bring out the color. I tend to blob mine on and then play around with it with the wrong end of the paint brush in places where it's slightly heavier than everywhere else...

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Which gives it this (IMHO) cool effect

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Then it's dirt and grime time...I make up my own filth color with yellow, brown, and a metallic black acrylic paint concoction. Swirling it all together makes for some pretty convincing dirty spots. A quick heavy brush-on followed by a wipe down with a clean cloth leaves just enough behind to give it that used and abused feel.

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Couple of beauty shots while being worn and static (apologies for the horrible cell phone photos and my kitchen floor back-drop).

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In case anyone is wondering, this one weighs in at right around 6lbs ready to wear. The entire body of the cannon is hollow, and I left the end of the barrel removable to add lights or sound if the person wearing it decided they wanted something like that.

Thanks for watching!
 
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HighlanderFX

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thanks for the cred

Very impressive on how you figured out the shapes so well. I based my blueprint on the action figure by Play Arts Kai, which has a small laser module mounted on the right side, along with some decals of safety/tech gibberish. I think that would make a great addition to what you have if you feel up to making that part
 

Beer_Money_Props

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thanks for the cred
Thanks for pointing it out that it was deserved man. Credit where its due!

Very impressive on how you figured out the shapes so well. I based my blueprint on the action figure by Play Arts Kai, which has a small laser module mounted on the right side, along with some decals of safety/tech gibberish. I think that would make a great addition to what you have if you feel up to making that part
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Thanks!

I did build it with the scope and laser "thingy" in mind though. I left an intentional gap between the body of the cannon and the handle that will allow a piece of 10mm foam mat to barely squeeze through to attach those detail pieces to. I just didn't have enough info or images on those parts to make a good judgement on what they should look like. I also didn't quite get the rear upper detail right, and the front lower piece ended up getting built rounded instead of square. It looks good, but it's definitely accuracy-lacking.

This was a one off, (and more or less just a challenge build) and I've already passed it off to my buddy to do with whatever he wants. At some point I'm going to build another one for myself when I have more room to display it. Right now I'm working out of an apartment with limited wall space and my little garage/workshop isn't conditioned...in the summer I'm pretty sure anything I left out there would melt into a puddle of parts and goo.

I'll definitely have to get (or possibly beg for) more info from you when I start one for myself. It's a cool weapon for sure and it was "a blast to build". :lol
 

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Jose Robles

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Already have a flashlight laser combo for it a while ago. Haven't mounted it on yet. uploadfromtaptalk1391282630239.jpguploadfromtaptalk1391282647644.jpg

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Jose Robles

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And I will buy a scope a Wal-Mart soon. Don't want to use my PSG- 1 scope on it lol

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