Mass Effect II M96 Mattock Heavy Rifle build

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by zanderwitaz, Nov 24, 2011.

  1. zanderwitaz

    zanderwitaz Well-Known Member

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    I just started this baby on monday. should be done by the end of next week. Start:

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    will look like this:

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    Wish me luck!
     
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2012
  2. cosmic_x

    cosmic_x Well-Known Member

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    Re: Mass Effect II M96 Mattock build

    I dont think you will need any luck from what I saw in your blog :)
     
  3. Weaselhammer

    Weaselhammer Sr Member

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    Following your blog now, you do some amazing work !
     
  4. zanderwitaz

    zanderwitaz Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys! I'll have a thanksgiving update today.
     
  5. Sluis Van Shipyards

    Sluis Van Shipyards Master Member

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    Re: Mass Effect II M96 Mattock build

    Very cool, can't wait to see more progress!
     
  6. UnholySpectacle

    UnholySpectacle New Member

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    I just went through your blog too and you do fantastic work. Can't wait to see how this turns out.

    Your TF2 turret was awesome BTW!
     
  7. zanderwitaz

    zanderwitaz Well-Known Member

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    Thanks! I've got quite a few tf2 projects that I haven't posted yet. (Ubersaw, scattergun, force a nature, level 3 sentry)

    Someday.


    heres the update :

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    not bad for 2.5 days of work!
     
  8. Mike J.

    Mike J. Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Re: Mass Effect II M96 Mattock build

    *! Looking good.


    -MJ
     
  9. Sluis Van Shipyards

    Sluis Van Shipyards Master Member

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    Re: Mass Effect II M96 Mattock build

    That looks dead on! What are you using besides a jigsaw?
     
  10. Panzer

    Panzer Well-Known Member

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    Re: Mass Effect II M96 Mattock build

    What a beauty! I love the gun in game. Looking good in the real world too
     
  11. zanderwitaz

    zanderwitaz Well-Known Member

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    Re: Mass Effect II M96 Mattock build

    a sanding block :p my scroll saw is the only cutting tool I have/need. any gun can be made with it as long as the layers are properly worked before being put together. Ive also got about 8 years of solid experience on it so I can make just about any cut. Makes me a stubborn guy who doesn't want to switch tools.

    I've scaled it down a little bit, to match my m-29. I've buit both about 10% smaller than the in game models since I'm a smaller guy. ( 5' 10", 145 lbs.)
    also, in my opionion the in game model looks too big since the design is like a compact assault rifle, about the size of an fn f2000 if it were real. mine is about 28.5 " long. The in game version is somewhere between 31-32 inches. Too clunky and nerf gun-like.

    I appreciate all of the kind comments!
     
  12. Sluis Van Shipyards

    Sluis Van Shipyards Master Member

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    Re: Mass Effect II M96 Mattock build

    Nice. I thought you were using a table router for those angles.
     
  13. zanderwitaz

    zanderwitaz Well-Known Member

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    Thats a good idea. Might save me some time someday.

    spent the day detailing up the front end. Almost done with basic construction!

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  14. Collektor

    Collektor Active Member

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    2.5 days?? :eek

    Now that is truly impressive.
     
  15. Sandman0077

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    Re: Mass Effect II M96 Mattock build

    Looks great so far. Planning to cast in resin afterwards?
     
  16. KMosher

    KMosher New Member

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    A sanding block!!?? Jeez that makes this project with all its angles even more impressive
     
  17. nick daring

    nick daring Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Re: Mass Effect II M96 Mattock build

    I'm with the guys above! How do you get that nice even angled edging with just a sanding block? Especially once the edging starts to curve into a new angle.

    More building technique details PLEASE!

    I've let not having the "correct" tools from starting certain projects. You have proved me completely wrong!

    Nick
     
  18. zanderwitaz

    zanderwitaz Well-Known Member

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    Haha no guys, the angles are made on a scroll saw. They're all by hand though, I havent cleaned them up with any sandpaper. I can usually get a cut exactly down the pencil line I draw. The sanding block is for cleaning up the edges that consist of multiple layers of mdf that were not able to be cut at the same time.

    as for casting, If I cast an m96, Ill have to make it again but bigger. This one is only 28.5 inches long. It will look a little small to most fanatics on anyone who is taller than 5' 9" or so.
     
  19. Sandman0077

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    Personally I would rather have a prop too small than too big. I need to get myself a scroll saw!
     
  20. nick daring

    nick daring Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Re: Mass Effect II M96 Mattock build

    Are you using some kind of fence or straight edge guide when cutting the long straight edges with your scroll saw?

    Honestly I thought scroll saws were only capable of doing freehand type stuff.

    Ya know, stuff like this-
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    :)

    Nick
     
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2011
  21. zanderwitaz

    zanderwitaz Well-Known Member

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    nah, no fence. You're right about it only being freehand stuff. But if you can make straight edges freehand, you can make something like this.

    Today I finished up everything except the organic layering on the grip. Other than that its bathing in primer for the night. Sorry I forgot to take a picture. The scope was tedious.
     
  22. Reg B

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    Re: Mass Effect II M96 Mattock build

    Great looking build. Looks totaly cool.
     
  23. nick daring

    nick daring Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Cool. I guess the sanding block helps fix any little hand wiggles too.

    Ithink I've got some scroll saw projects to try out now.

    Inspiring stuff!

    Nick
     
  24. Yodajammies

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    Re: Mass Effect II M96 Mattock build

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    Great work man!
     
  25. zanderwitaz

    zanderwitaz Well-Known Member

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    I took a 4 day break from working on this thing. Also, the cold weather has considerably slowed down my primer curing time. Hmm. My camera phone seems to wash out my hard-earned details.

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  26. Sandman0077

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    Looks pretty good nonetheless.
     
  27. nick daring

    nick daring Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    We demand detailed photos! Hard earned detail photos!

    Nick
     
  28. zanderwitaz

    zanderwitaz Well-Known Member

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    Re: Mass Effect II M96 Mattock build

    Here was the hold up. The grip is an organic sensation, and needed special attention. I "carved" each side out of MDF with a dremel. Then grafted it to the gun with bondo.

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  29. nick daring

    nick daring Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Re: Mass Effect II M96 Mattock build

    Nice solution!

    Nick
     
  30. zanderwitaz

    zanderwitaz Well-Known Member

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    Thanks! Heres an update. For you only, it seems. :p

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    Started painting. heres a teaser :

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  31. Sean

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    Re: Mass Effect II M96 Mattock build

    That is totally awesome work!
     
  32. zanderwitaz

    zanderwitaz Well-Known Member

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    pew pew pew! [​IMG]

    another day or so....
     
  33. modified

    modified Active Member

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    Re: Mass Effect II M96 Mattock build

    this project of yours turned out fantastic, Shephard would be proud.
     
  34. Volpin

    Volpin Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Amazing what you can do with some MDF! Very nice work man
     
  35. Deathstalker II

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    My sweet gentle Jeebus. When Miranda sees me with this, she'll totally make out with me!
     
  36. nick daring

    nick daring Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Re: Mass Effect II M96 Mattock build

    Started playing with a friend's scroll saw on a simple project. Tricky to stay on target especially for those long straight shots.

    Your work just got more impressive.

    The tool is nice and quiet though. I set it up in my office instead of having to cut out in the cold shed.

    :)

    Nick
     
  37. Tommyfilth

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    Re: Mass Effect II M96 Mattock build

    looks great!
     
  38. Sluis Van Shipyards

    Sluis Van Shipyards Master Member

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    That is sweet! When I played the game the last time I kept thinking that surely that gun would either not be built or it would be a while since its shape is more complicated.
     
  39. Kommissar

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    what kinda of heads have you been using?
     
  40. 22 Stars

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    As a n00b I must chime in and say wow. And I agree, with those above who suggest making a mold and casting a run in resin. I'm in!
     
  41. Deathstalker II

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    Yeah - I'd be in for a cast!
     
  42. LeoFirebrand

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    Excellent build it is truly impressive what you accomplished and I love seeing people achieve big results without thousands of dollars worth of tools.

    On a side note do you have any recommendations on scroll saws. I about to get my first garage and I am looking forward to upgrading from foam and paper builds to MDF. From your work it seems a scroll saw and sander would be an excllent first foray into tools.
     
  43. zanderwitaz

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    Thanks for your compliment! fancy tools? we dont need no stinkin tools! Mine is an older Ryobi. No idea if its good or not, but since I'm used to It I wouldnt trade it for the world. Kommissar, I used a standard sanding drum. (60 grit, I think?) and finished with 90 grit sandpaper.

    Its all done now, after like a 3 week vacation.

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    Full build at my blog:

    Prop Design by Zander Brandt
     
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2012
  44. Thirty Eight

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    Thinkin' of making casts, mate? If so, count me in for one, will ya. :thumbsup
     
  45. Yodajammies

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    Re: Mass Effect II M96 Mattock build

    Very nicely done!
     
  46. chinbeard

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    Re: Mass Effect II M96 Mattock build

    Seriously well done on this build! I especially like the finished paint job and weathering. I just finished a Mass Effect 3 gun myself (N7 Pistol). Anyone else stoked for this game or what?! =D
     
  47. Wastelander

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    Holy crap, something like this would take me >6 months
     
  48. THURSBY

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    That sir is some very impressive wood work.
     
  49. Sluis Van Shipyards

    Sluis Van Shipyards Master Member

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    Wow! This is definitely up there in the top ten of RPF builds!
     
  50. Wes R

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    It's beautiful. I love guns with that style of handle grip for some reason and this tops them all.
     

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