Mass Effect 2/3/Andromeda M96 Mattock Heavy Rifle Build V2.5 2017

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  1. zanderwitaz

    zanderwitaz Well-Known Member

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    Yuuuup. Here we go again!

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    So for those of you who don't know, I built this guy already at 28.5 inches long.
    that particular gun had to be shipped to France, so I wasn't able to keep it :(

    This one however, will be made with molding in mind, is 31.5 inches long, and I actually get to keep it! (or two)

    I have to somehow top my last build:

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    I started with the Scope. This one has a few details that my first one didnt have. Still needs knobs n' stuff.

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    Next was the main body.

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    Layering the body/grip, then dremeling the bevels. 60 grit sanding drum, then 60 grit hand sanded, and skipped to 320. This picture has a 120 grit drum on it, but it just burns the MDF and gunks up the drum. Had to switch to 60.

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    bevel complete!

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    next layer, panel lines started

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    I forgot a detail section above the trigger when I laminated that 1/8th inch layer of MDF. I had to use a box cutter and cut a 1/8th in section out, sand it, and install the panel.

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    With that part on hold, I did the main nody side panels. this new gun is half swiss cheese.

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    My scroll saw cuts and bevels are getting much cleaner. Might not even need filler on this build if I'm lucky!

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    Here's how I layered the MDF on the outer barrel

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    More on that later..

    Lower grip!

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    I use my scroll saw to make risky cuts like this one because I usually cant find my hand tools buried in MDF scraps!

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    using styrene for teeny tiny bevel details for where that cut went

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    This part has a double bevel half way down the top. one at 30 degees and one at 45.

    I layered styrene to preserve the detail in the otherswise soft MDF.

    More bevels and detail

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    Lower grip skins. Those oval cuts were annoying!

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    The almost complete grip assembly

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    I'll have more on the stock and carrying handle Next! Stay tuned. (Sorry for the potentially overly long post)
     
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  2. Crynyd

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    Re: Mass Effect 2/3 M96 Mattock Heavy Rifle Build V2

    Floored as always by the Mass Effect arsenal coming out of the RPF. This would be the piece I finally break down and buy, though. About two-thirds of the way through ME3, I would have named my firstborn 'Mattock'.
     
  3. Jeyl

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    Re: Mass Effect 2/3 M96 Mattock Heavy Rifle Build V2

    Does the trigger move?
     
  4. inventorj

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    that looks great.
     
  5. NexusFX

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    great stuff! This is my favorite rifle in the game, i love to see all these me guns getting built. Im working on the scorpion, then a cerberus pistol after..cant get enough right!
     
  6. zanderwitaz

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    Thanks guys! No, the trigger doesnt move for 3 reasons. One, it needs to be casted :(
    Two, some strict cons will ban your gun simply if it has a moving trigger. Three, This is a slide trigger and not on a swivel so its honestly not worth the time invested to get it to move. Ill post some more pictures later tonight or tomorrow morning!
     
  7. zanderwitaz

    zanderwitaz Well-Known Member

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    All right, more progress on the body/stock:

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    And the painful trigger assembly. I had to make a bunch of styrene rectangles and...well I wont get into it.

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    Where this all goes:

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    This part had to be made in two layers:

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    The styrene is 1/8th inch thick, beveled at 30 degrees, etc. and is a quarter inch wide. Pain.

    Here is it installed on the outer barrel assembly (with some progress on the rounds, etc)

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    Carrying handle progress

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    hollow, skinned with styrene on the bottom

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    all together (ish)

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    Onward!
     
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  8. Crank729

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    Holy crap dude.....the stuff you do with mdf....awesome. Nice detail!
     
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  9. Canobi

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    I've got to second that for sure. Pure skills dude :thumbsup
     
  10. NexusFX

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    amazing stuff here!
     
  11. cosmic_x

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    very nice work, still on the fence to get one of these, you making it justice mate
     
  12. zanderwitaz

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    I do love my MDF!(and styrene)

    Thanks for the support everyone. Making good progress on this, just finished turning the barrel this morning.

    heres some more deets:

    Moar brackets. these are the narrower ones that go towards the back.

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    more styrene on the bottom of the carrying handle

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    I just like this picture

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    in parts. you can see the tedious registration keys in this picture

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    Its going to be 31.5 inches long, just like I predicted!

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    Last edited: May 5, 2012
  13. darkchylde80

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    Wow :love Looking great!
     
  14. GeneralFROSTY

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    This is simply an awesome, inspiring and completely jaw-dropping scratch-build! Thank you so much for sharing - certainly one of the better examples as of recently what this forum represents! Rep points coming your way!
     
  15. darkchylde80

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    If I wasn't so worried about getting this through customs once it was finished I would so be sending you one of these to finish up! :love
     
  16. cosmic_x

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    is this the part breakdown of the kit?

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    Hopefully it is :rolleyes
     
  17. zanderwitaz

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    Yes, the stock will be separate as well. That was the point of that picture, good eye!

    Frosty, thanks for the very encouraging words! and to everyone else as well! You guys gotta keep me motivated, this is my second mattock and its tempting to start on something else!
     
    Last edited: May 5, 2012
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  18. NexusFX

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    genius! Now do the Cerberus smg and ill do the pistol. Dual Cerberus builds yo!
     
  19. zanderwitaz

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    errr.... I may have already started the hornet :)
     
  20. NexusFX

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    looks like i need to finish the scorpion and start on the talon quick then!
     
  21. NexusFX

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    dont know if you already have this. Hope it helps!

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  22. cosmic_x

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    Better someone do the Valkyrie too
     
  23. zanderwitaz

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    How do you guys keep guessing my guns?? the Falcon is on my list. (volpin did the valkyrie so that would be no fun :)

    Ironfett, I have that reference but I do appreciate it anyways :) stumbled upon that goldmine of references when I made my DA account!

    Im looking forward to that Talon! I didn't have plans to build one so I'm glad someone is. after the hornet I was planning on doing the locust and the falcon. I have the N7 sniper coming up for someone else so look forward to that too!

    Mass effect overload.
     
  24. C0mmand3rC0dy

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    Will you plan on offering the hornet? That was definitely my favorite SMG of the series.
     
  25. Sluis Van Shipyards

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    That looks sweet!

    Is it going to be true to Mass Effect 3, in that it will be an awesome build, but once you paint it, it all falls apart and pinholes appear everywhere to ruin the experience? :lol ;) ;)
     
  26. zanderwitaz

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    Havent played it yet! so no :)

    Might offer the hornet, who knows! one step at a time people!

    All right, more stuff:

    Turned some PVC down on a lathe. (yes, it smelled great!)
    I wanted the diameter exactly 1.5" like the plans. Yes, I'm picky ok?

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    While I was at it, I turned this too:

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    to make this

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    Then I could start the little cuts in the barrel. (made with a file and dremel. and patience)

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    and some other details

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    Then the grip. There was only so long I could put this off

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    breathe deep!

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    Little detail under the outer barrel

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    Need a registration key at the front of the carrying handle, and a few small details. Then its ready for prime/prep!

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    Many Beers died.....to bring us this Mattock.

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  27. NexusFX

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    looks amazing zander, you gotta do the hornet dude.... i put the talon in illustator and made the vector templates tonight.
     
  28. darkchylde80

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    Looking mighty fine! :)
     
  29. Scandvoice

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    Amazing. Just simply amazing. ;-)
     
  30. Yodajammies

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    Zander, I swear if you finish this entire project before I get the second half of the N7 bucket done, I'm throwing in the towel. :(
     
  31. Volpin

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    * Zander! Between you and Bill, I'm feeling some serious gun-build-withdrawal.

    Beautiful work sir, looking forward to the finished product. Gotta remold my Valkyrie so I can trade ya!
     
  32. zanderwitaz

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    Eric: second half? you mean molding? you're way ahead of me there. And everyone knows I'm currently mold deficient.

    Harrison: Thanks! oh, im sure some more are in store for you. Hey, my guns aren't on TV. So you win!
     
  33. Combust

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    Oh man this is such a nice build!
     
  34. zanderwitaz

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    Thanks Chris!
     
  35. JohnsonArms

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    This has got to be one of the finest scratch-built replicas I've ever seen, Zander. I hope you sell the heck out of them! :) If you sell enough, maybe I'll get my hands on one to paint :)

    Really epic stuff, I'm glad to have found your work. Can't wait to see what else you have in store for the future.

    Brian
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  36. zanderwitaz

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    Thanks Brian!

    All right, I spent 2 days on the hornet and took the last 3 days off. finally a break. But, I made some progress on the mattock yesterday and a little of today.

    So in my first picture I posted I told ya'll I'd be coming back to the scope.

    I wanted some cool details that were true to the concept art so I embedded a little LED in the recess on each side.

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    Then i used an aluminum oxide drum to sand out seats for the top side knobs.

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    The knob is made out of MDF and a thumb tack. I knew I bought those for a reason....

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    Then the most hated part of any project begins...

    First coat of filler primer on MDF. Yuck.

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    light sand, second coat.

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    Moar stuff.

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    The main body was pretty nasty too. Still havent touched bondo. (doing later..)

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    Details:

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    Still a LOT more sanding/priming//bondo to do, as well as a few half rounds near the carrying handle.
     
  37. Sluis Van Shipyards

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    So do you seal it by just putting on several coats of primer or do you use Bondo to fill it and seal too? I haven't used MDF yet, but I've heard quite a few ways to seal it.
     
  38. chinbeard

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    I call all the pistols! =D

    Seriously good work here Zander. Bravo!
     
  39. wolfEXE57

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    how do you make stuff out of that? could you please do a couple of tutorials?
     
  40. Braytak

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    your a great crafts man
     
  41. ZhangC1459

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    So, this thing is awesome. I use the Mattock all the time in ME3 multiplayer and I wish I had the money to pick up a cast (assuming you make copies)...

    Ah well, I'll just watch the thread.
     
  42. zanderwitaz

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    This is your tutorial :p theres already around 100 pictures in this thread!

    and heres some more!

    Panel lines, plus that nasty intersection where the body and stock meet. I took care of it later.

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    Graft complete! I seal this stuff by multiple coats of filler primer as well as sanding inbetween layers.

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    Another panel line. I just use a razor and sandpaper for these

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    little sling mount near the foregrip. we only use the best materials here at Zprops (sections of a safety pin for pinning)

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    installed

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    Hours and hours of prep

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    New detail under the carrying handle. I like how it turned out

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    Top detais. This section comes out for clean casting, as well as being able to dremel out whats underneath to install LEDs etc in the main body casting

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    Its a really tight fit for the carrying handle to mount here. This is a good example of the registration keys throughout the build

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    I knocked this paint job in one day. Dont judge! Its for promotional reasons and will get re primed and sanded before molding.

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    My friend happily holding the gun

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    Thanks for the encouraging words Bill, and others!
     
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  43. Canobi

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    Awesome work bud, very cool :thumbsup
     
  44. Felgacarb

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    "That's right, I won't be needing to bring the redshirts with me this time- I got this!"

    (This is a great build- and going back through this thread does give me a much better appreciation of what it took to do it.)
     
  45. NexusFX

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    soooo good!
     
  46. Sluis Van Shipyards

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    That looks sweet!

    So where do you get your MDF? I've never purposely gone looking for it, but have looked while at Lowe's/Home Depot, but I've only seen it in 1/2" or 3/4" thicknesses like you'd use for shelving.
     
  47. zanderwitaz

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    Thank you sir!

    home depot. I get the .25, .5, and the stuff that's a hair under .125
     
  48. cosmic_x

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    very nice Zander, thank you for making steps to allow LED lighting, this is definetely what I have in mind
     
  49. Sluis Van Shipyards

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    Thanks! I'll have to check next time I'm there.
     
  50. cosmic_x

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    Did you start molding it Zander?
     

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