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    Jan 10, 2017, 1:49 PM - Fallout 3 Gauss Rifle #1

    Hi everyone, it's been awhile since I've been online (about 4 years actually) but I finally finished my build of the Gauss Rifle from Fallout 3.

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  2. Josh Jay's Avatar
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    Jan 10, 2017, 1:59 PM - Re: Fallout 3 Gauss Rifle #2

    WIP shots and build notes to come
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    Jan 10, 2017, 2:39 PM - Re: Fallout 3 Gauss Rifle #3

    Looks bad ass.
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    Jan 10, 2017, 2:55 PM - Re: Fallout 3 Gauss Rifle #4

    Josh Jay said: View Post
    WIP shots and build notes to come
    Wow! Looking forward to the WIP!
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    Jan 10, 2017, 7:25 PM - Re: Fallout 3 Gauss Rifle #5

    Very cool!!!
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    Jan 10, 2017, 8:53 PM - Re: Fallout 3 Gauss Rifle #6

    Bravo man! Excellent design work. Looks bulky to carry though, did you manage to keep weight of the prop down?
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    Jan 11, 2017, 12:54 AM - Re: Fallout 3 Gauss Rifle #7

    Freakin' awesome!
  8. Josh Jay's Avatar
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    Jan 11, 2017, 12:06 PM - Re: Fallout 3 Gauss Rifle #8

    LoneWanderer said: View Post
    Bravo man! Excellent design work. Looks bulky to carry though, did you manage to keep weight of the prop down?
    I'll be showing it in the WIP pics that I post this weekend, but long story short; I skim-coated my molds with a roto-casting resin and then reinforced it with Smooth On's FreeForm Air epoxy clay to provide a stable bulk that I could drill into while still being extremely light weight.
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    Jan 11, 2017, 12:13 PM - Re: Fallout 3 Gauss Rifle #9

    LoneWanderer said: View Post
    Bravo man! Excellent design work. Looks bulky to carry though, did you manage to keep weight of the prop down?
    Here's what I mean. Skim coat of resin, mixing the clay, and the clay goes into the mold (it's the gray against the white)

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    Jan 11, 2017, 12:48 PM - Re: Fallout 3 Gauss Rifle #10

    Oh really interesting method. Sorta like glass fibre reinforcing.

    Very cool build, not my favourite weapon from that game but definitely a fantastic looking piece.
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    Jan 11, 2017, 1:08 PM - Re: Fallout 3 Gauss Rifle #11

    VioletSun said: View Post
    Oh really interesting method. Sorta like glass fibre reinforcing.

    Very cool build, not my favourite weapon from that game but definitely a fantastic looking piece.
    Yes, I use fiber for reinforcing things like the casts of my Brotherhood of Steel helmet but the receiver of the rifle needed to have a lot of rigid body so I could drill into it and anchor parts entirely from the outside. Rigid foams didn't seem strong enough and a solid resin cast would have been impossibly expensive and heavy.
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    Jan 11, 2017, 1:19 PM - Re: Fallout 3 Gauss Rifle #12

    Awesome dude nice WIP photos, looks like you put a lot of effort into this and it paid off for sure! Congrats on the incredible build!
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    Jan 11, 2017, 1:33 PM - Re: Fallout 3 Gauss Rifle #13

    thank you!
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    Jan 14, 2017, 4:33 AM - Re: Fallout 3 Gauss Rifle #14

    Wooow!!! *jaw drops* looks amazing!
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    Jan 17, 2017, 4:41 PM - Re: Fallout 3 Gauss Rifle #15

    A true work of art.

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