Mass Effect 3 - N7 Pistol Build

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by chinbeard, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. chinbeard

    chinbeard Active Member

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    Mass Effect 3 can't come out soon enough! I really liked the M5 Phalanx pistol from the ME2 DLC and originally wanted to make a prop of that, but when I saw that there would be a DLC with more weapons for ME3, I decided I needed to make one of those instead! I ended up picking the N7 pistol because it is very similar to the M5 Phalanx. There was one image of it online, so I am using that for reference.
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    I used that image to come up with a vector, printed it out and got to work!
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    I'm building this gun similar to my Battlestar Galactica Colonial Handgun. I have a lot of foam PVC lying around from previous builds, so I mostly am using layers of that epoxied together.
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    So far Things are going pretty well, though I had a tough time judging how thick the gun should be. I am using references of the 3D model of the M5 to sleuth it out, but I've had to make some adjustments.
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    I'm building the gun in pieces so that the cast parts will have to be assembled. I figure that this way I will have an easier time of adding moving parts or electronics if necessary. Also, this will allow for the gun to be modded to the M5 pretty easily.
     
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  2. LeMarchand

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    That is starting to look very good. :thumbsup Styrene is such a great material to work with. I'll be following this thread with great interrest.
     
  3. Sluis Van Shipyards

    Sluis Van Shipyards Master Member

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    Looks great so far!
     
  4. chinbeard

    chinbeard Active Member

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  5. MooMooEgg

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    :thumbsup Can't have enough ME props ^_^
     
  6. Sean

    Sean Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Awesome!
     
  7. azn

    azn New Member

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    Great Start
     
  8. chinbeard

    chinbeard Active Member

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    Update! It's been getting too cold in my garage shop, so I got a space heater! I expect to make tons more progress on the gun this week.

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  9. Hass Dardo

    Hass Dardo Member

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    Nice work!!
     
  10. Sandman0077

    Sandman0077 Sr Member

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    I'm so astonished at how people can make this stuff out of foam. Great job so far.
     
  11. zanderwitaz

    zanderwitaz Well-Known Member

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    Mass effect guns are my favorite :p
     
  12. Collektor

    Collektor Active Member

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    Yeah that build is looking very good.

    Foam can be versatile in solving some problems of prop design/repro. I think it comes down to what material you're comfortable working with and how you solve the design problems presented.
     
  13. chinbeard

    chinbeard Active Member

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    Another update! Here's a close up of the front of the gun. I'm starting to get it to a place that I really like.
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  14. Sandman0077

    Sandman0077 Sr Member

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    Looking good!
     
  15. Volpin

    Volpin Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Nice work man, you going to have this done in time for me to take a look at in a few days?
     
  16. Ahura

    Ahura New Member

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    This is looking veeeery familiar... The top portion of my M-5 Phalanx kits (the only part that I can tell are different between the M-5 and N7) is molded separately, and would pretty much drop on to one of these guys. If you're interested, we might could work out a swap!
     
  17. zanderwitaz

    zanderwitaz Well-Known Member

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    I hope you guys made your pistols the same scale! I wish we had a clear reference on exactly how big these ME guns are.
     
  18. Reg B

    Reg B New Member

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    Looking great so far.
     
  19. Volpin

    Volpin Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I have millimeter measurements from BioWare of the N7 rifle - that could be used as a reference, assuming all models in game are built to the same scale.
     
  20. zanderwitaz

    zanderwitaz Well-Known Member

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    if only we had a bunch of side views in game to compare. we're still left guessing quite a bit. Volpin, how long is your avenger? I was guessing about 32"
     
  21. Ahura

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    I had this laying around. Dunno how close it'll be. I just scaled mine to the size of my hand, lol.
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  22. batydave28

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    Nice,very cool
     
  23. chinbeard

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    @Volpin Thanks! I do plan to have this done by the Child's Play Charity dinner. You can certainly check it out then. =)

    @Ahura Once I make a mold of this one I'm going to chop it up and make the master into an M5. I prefer the M5 more myself, but figured people would be more interested in the N7 since it's newer. I may make a mold of the M5 as well. Who knows?! =D I would be interested in a swap, but the odds are that they won't be to scale. I pretty much guessed on the size for this.

    Here's an update from today's progress. I taped the pieces together so that I can see how it feels in my hand. This thing is as big as my face! The hand guard part isn't in this shot. I'm adding tabs and grooves to each part so that they can be slotted together and glued.

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  24. chinbeard

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    I finally have enough of the gun built to put it all together! Here is a shot of the gun plus an exploded view. The little piece that goes over the barrel still has some work to get it to the right shape and I have another little barrel plus the trigger to do. Soon though, I will be getting it prepped for molding!

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  25. chinbeard

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    Another update! The master is just about done. It's all primed up and ready for wet sanding before making the molds. Booyah!

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  26. Sandman0077

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    Silly question. Why no trigger?
     
  27. chinbeard

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    @Sandman0077 About that... I noticed that there was no trigger as I was prepping to clay the part for molding. It has one now. =D

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  28. Tommyfilth

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    I would love a pull of this.

    Tommy
     
  29. OwlByte

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    Seems like a lot of work with the dremel, but what other options are there with styrene. What kind of dremel did you use? and what bits?
     
  30. Volpin

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  31. chinbeard

    chinbeard Active Member

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  32. Yodajammies

    Yodajammies Sr Member

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    Great build! Sign me up for a copy as well.
     
  33. chinbeard

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  34. Tommyfilth

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    Have you thought of selling casts yet?
     
  35. bdohazelnuts

    bdohazelnuts New Member

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    Depending on what you are letting them go for, I might be interested in one for the FemShep I am doing with my wife...
     
  36. Noeland

    Noeland Sr Member

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    Great work. I've never played the game but I've seen a lot of the weapons from it, and I kind of like 'em.

    :)
     
  37. reaper63

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    that looks amazing, very nice work there!
     
  38. MoviefanAZ

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    Same here. Not the FemShep part but price and availability. :lol
     
  39. oxfer

    oxfer New Member

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    Great looking pistol, mass effect weapons are just beautiful
     
  40. MooMooEgg

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  41. DaMan

    DaMan New Member

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    Awesome job!!!
     
  42. darkestknight

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    wow man, really nice work. you certainly make it look easy :)
     

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