Mass Effect 3 M-25 Hornet Sub Machine Gun

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by zanderwitaz, May 2, 2012.

  1. zanderwitaz

    zanderwitaz Well-Known Member

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    All right, with the mattock just about done and the weather not being ideal for paint, I embarked on a personal project.

    This is my favorite SMG from all of the mass effect guns so I wanted to give it a go. This is about 7 hours worth of work.

    Complex bevel: 45 degrees to 30 degrees to 20 degrees. no dremel involved!

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    Top rail beginnings

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    Side panel

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    progress:

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    Did I mention the grip is friggin tiny? (yes, this is the correct size.)

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  2. NexusFX

    NexusFX Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    great stuff dude! Looks like i need to catch up!
     
  3. Sluis Van Shipyards

    Sluis Van Shipyards Master Member

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    Nice! That was definitely one of the cooler new guns from ME3. I'm going to have to try out MDF and build a Republic Commando DC17.
     
  4. Hirohawa

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    Nice work!
     
  5. zanderwitaz

    zanderwitaz Well-Known Member

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    Thanks you three!

    all right, day 2. Im seriously considering taking friday/the weekend off. My lungs hurt :(


    Main parts:

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    Middle layer

    (note my uhm... "precise" drafting for the cuts)

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    Little recessed detail thingie with complex bevels around it

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    Test fit

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    With removeable magazine

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    onward!
     
  6. Hirohawa

    Hirohawa Sr Member

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    So cool!
     
  7. C0mmand3rC0dy

    C0mmand3rC0dy Sr Member

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    Will these be offered eventually?
     
  8. Simple

    Simple Well-Known Member

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    Wow - Great work!

    C
     
  9. zanderwitaz

    zanderwitaz Well-Known Member

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    PM replied! I'll make an interest thread about it later. I'm still focused on the mattock, this was just a nice break.

    Thanks for the support guys!
     
  10. NexusFX

    NexusFX Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    you better mold this up dude!! we gotta trade our guns!
     
  11. Dainbramage546

    Dainbramage546 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    That is beautiful. I don't suppose you'd be interested in trading for an m8 avenger :)
     
  12. zanderwitaz

    zanderwitaz Well-Known Member

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    Thanks you two!


    Haha I still dont even know if I'm molding it! I'm not sure if I'll be doing any trades though, I typicaly like to build my own stuff as you can see :) (I'm also pretty * about scale and if I build it, I can scale it to my other guns)

    This thing is gonna take the backseat for a bit. The mattock is just about ready for primer/bondo!
     
  13. Itsanonsense

    Itsanonsense New Member

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    Absolutely gorgeous! :D Your attention to detail is very nice. :D
     
  14. zanderwitaz

    zanderwitaz Well-Known Member

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    Thank you sir! I hope these upcoming photos assist you on your talon build.

    Ok, so avoiding more dremeling and bondo for a while, I did more details. This is day three. (trying to keep track of time more precisely to give clients more accurate quotes)

    did the little bits near the barrel tip, as well as the barrel tip itself.

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    as well as the "spine" of the grip, and the bolt housing.

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    Then I added a few details to the top rail, and enlarged some of the bevels using a dremel to take down the hard edges, and hand sanded 80 grit and 150 grit for the rest. It went rather fast, but I have the whole rest of the gun to go. There are a ton of fillets and bevels all over the place.

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    Thats all folks!
     
  15. C0mmand3rC0dy

    C0mmand3rC0dy Sr Member

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    THIS is something I need to get from you :thumbsup


    Looks fabulous!

    Matt
     
  16. Werstrooper

    Werstrooper Well-Known Member

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    You are an MDF master!

    just insane what you can do with that stuff!

    Just checked out your other thread too, amazing dude!
     
  17. Sluis Van Shipyards

    Sluis Van Shipyards Master Member

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    Wow!

    Seriously though, slow down, you're making me look bad. I've been working on the same gun for about two years. :lol ;)
     
  18. castlegardener

    castlegardener New Member

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    wow..your mdf work is really amazing
     
  19. robram44

    robram44 New Member

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    Looks kool. Can't wait to see it finished
     
  20. Itsanonsense

    Itsanonsense New Member

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    Very nice! Quick question though, did you build up this gun out of layers of MDF of 0.5cm or 0.2 inches thick? The outmost layer is about half of that I guess?
     
  21. echo9

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    I'm consistently blown away by what people can do here! Incredible! And you should totally mold it and make the molds for sale! ;-)
     
  22. zanderwitaz

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    The life of a hornet, part 4.


    I used PVC to make the rounds on the rear of the "carrying handle"

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    and then the voids were covered in styrene.

    Heres some kind of detail made carefully in styrene

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    Finishing up the beveling on the front end:

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    More styrene details

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    The priming adventure

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    First pass, lookin good!

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    Just about done, I left the hard part for last. The little dimples on the sides, and the annoying little circular inserts

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    the dimples seem to angle in on a plain from the back, and turn into fillets as they meet the forward edge of the recess. I decided, of course, to use styrene. I made little risers, and then made little templates to cut the sheets.

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    To acheive the greatest mating surface area, I dremeled the little edge of the styrene to meet the angle it rests at.

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    Heres a view installed, looking down the side

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    Fun.

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    A few more passes. Did this on both sides, mind you. Kind of hard to keep the fillet constant.

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    You can hardly tell the dimple is there (1/8th inch deep, just like the design) but it was worth it. Heres a picture of the first screw plug insert.

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    Masking the grip. Getting much faster at cutting custom masking strips.

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    Orange stripe thingie. If you have one of these near your magwell, you might want to get it checked out.

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    Last circles cut out on a scroll saw, then sanded. The thin styrene ring was dremeled.

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    I've never seen the top of the magazine removed, and I think mass effect guns fire conventional rounds nowadays so I decided to have a modern looking magazine tip. (its removable)

    I modeled it after an MP5. Styrene.

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    Stencil drafting

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    Painted and weathered. I took too much off this side, so I re-did it.

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    CAM aircraft lettering decal set. Works pretty good for the little stuff.

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    Done!

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    My friend Kai who goes by kommissar here connected me with rana mcanear, who you might have seen around the cons dressed up as Samara. They modeled the in game character after her, so its as canon as it gets! I loaned her the hornet for a cross-promotion.

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    On the left is Corey Gaspur, lead combat designer of bioware at sdcc 2012. The next day I shipped it to Eric Jarman so he can cast it and run around nekked with it. Man, everyone gets to enjoy it but me!
     
  23. Streetrocks

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    Is there anything you don't do well? It's beautiful! Just like everything else you have done.
     
  24. C0mmand3rC0dy

    C0mmand3rC0dy Sr Member

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    So the question is when do we get to buy copies of these :love
     
  25. theobeau

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    Very impressive work and with the BW and Rana Mcanear link with a semi-official stamp of approval.

    Well done!
     
  26. twitte0king

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    Yo guys!! i am new to rpf!! i know this thread is a few years old, but i recently got interested in this prop!
    I have seen 2 builds, they are made of MDF and foam respectively. One of which is featured earlier in this thread.

    i saw a foam build on facebook, which featured this pic,
    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/f6/28/39/f628390a54afcfe9d3ed518807d85d78.jpg
    a blue print with a looks-like 16 oz fanta for scale, i assume a fanta to be 212.2 mm tall from this site:
    http://royalvendors.com/186-16-oz-fanta-knob-lw-bottle/

    i scale the blue print accordingly: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/26/1f/a3/261fa318327549dedeea59b97e895af7.jpg

    no money or access to MDF and foam plus their their tools. I wanna do a 3d printed version of this! i started by finding the original game asset, and i did on deviantart, it was so lowpoly. i have rebuilt a high-poly model in blender and maya as seen here.

    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/58/68/66/5868664f4a6df4ff049b1e9873b941ee.jpg

    i have printed a few test pieces in pla, look okay so far. any thought guys? should i open a new thread instead?
     
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