Category Archives: Sci-Fi

Borderlands 2: Bandit Spingun

My spingun with a spinning barrel! (See Below for Video)IMG_20150305_013742676_HDR

Nerf Alpha Trooper to be sacrificed.IMG_20150212_222452451_HDR IMG_20150222_101443903
The Harbor Freight Drill to be Sacrificed
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Fashioning a new handle for the drill trigger from woodIMG_20150222_163008692_HDR IMG_20150222_163011752_HDR IMG_20150222_163013329_HDRPutting the wood handle into the nerf frame and extending the wiring.
IMG_20150222_173702723_HDR IMG_20150222_173704006_HDRI added a wooden brace to the interior of the gun so that it would not warp with the weight of the drill.
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Beginning to fasten the drill onto the body.  I used sintra bracing, since it was what I had available and it was flexible enough to torque the drill into the right position.IMG_20150222_185802917_TOPIMG_20150222_193714457_HDRTesting the PVC and cardboard drill enclosure.
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Fastened the Sintra cowl over the main body of the gun.

IMG_20150223_221308755_HDR I covered the wooden grip in Worbla to cover over the blemishes and to make it easy to paint.IMG_20150223_222313643 IMG_20150223_223830986IMG_20150223_223401874

I used a Shopbot CNC Machine to cut the barrel spacers, since I didn’t trust myself to make them evenly spaced. The pictures below show pink foam spacers, but I eventually switched to .75″ ply for rigidity and durability.
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I aimed to make the barrels as light as possible so that it wouldnt strain the drill too much.
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Check out my first Spin Test Below

I inserted a 1/4″ steel rod into a dowel and then into the body of the gun for structural toughness and so that I could carry it around without it breaking off.  I also added sintra reinforcements.
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To the paint room!   I used Plastikote first, and then a rust colored base layer.

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The look after Dry brushing.

IMG_20150305_013742676_HDRI added a Nerf Vulcan Ammo box (the night before PAX) to hold the battery.  I’ll post some more pictures soon.

Lightsaber Mk2

Good News!!  I found the SD card that I misplaced with all of the pictures of my Mk2 lightsaber.  This saber was a commission for a friend to give to her little sister for a birthday gift.     I milled the majority of the body from aluminum, and used a sink tube for the main battery compartment.
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Lucidity-3D Model Repair and Print Preparation

As a contract job, I was a little worried that this task would be extremely difficult, but in the end, I learned a TON, had a lot of fun, and have a cool model at the end.   The client sent me an OBJ file of a spaceship that he wanted to 3D print at around 2 feet long.    The model I recieved was HUGE (see dimension line in picture). lucid2

I decided to use Sketchup to repair the model because it was geometrical enough to not have to worry about too many organic curves.  After scaling the model, the original print simulator was terrible.  I downloaded a plugin that let me see the errors, and it was FULL of holes.  A Resurfacing plugin did not do the trick I spent the next week or so repairing all of the holes and then I broke up the model into different parts and hollowed it out so that it would fit on the print bed of a Makerbot Replicator 2.

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I did a test print at 30% size, cleaned up the parts and assembled the ship.DSC_0479 DSC_0480 DSC_0483 DSC_0481 DSC_0482DSC_0484DSC_0489DSC_0485DSC_0486DSC_0488DSC_0487


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Once we get the big version printed out I will post more pictures.

 

 

Borderlands Two Infinity Gun

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This gun was commissioned for a Siren cosplay at PAX East.  It is the Burning Infinity gun.  You can see the gun here:http://borderlands.wikia.com/wiki/Infinity/Variant_Chart?file=Burning_Infinity.jpg Originally I used a small gearmotor, but the shaft was not strong enough and it destroyed the bearing.  I had to cut my first version in half and use a large robot gearmotor drive, with an extended shaft and support in order to make the barrels spin reliably. I will upload a video shortly.

Devil May Cry Guns : Ebony and Ivory- Pink foam and Wonderflex

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This is a commission I received for some cosplay props.   They are the guns named Ebony and Ivory from Devil May Cry

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I was provided with the actual Mesh file of the guns, but I ended up just making a profile in Inkscape so that I could cut them out of pink foam.

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The cutter chopped off a bit of the end of one of them, so I had to add a little on.

After a few hours of slicing and trimming with a hot wire cutter and a long bladed exacto…
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At this point, I tried several different types of foam covering, all of which did not work to my liking.  Due to the number of restarts I had to do, I failed to continue taking pictures.

I eventually ended up deciding to use Wonderflex, which is a thermoforming plastic that self adheres when hot.

These are what the finished product looked like.  The commissioner wanted to paint them himself.  Had I been paid more, I would have added relief details with the wonderflex to create the flowery detailing on the guns.

 

I will be working more with wonderflex in some upcoming posts so stay tuned!

Upcoming projects include:

Pedal Car Restoration

Borderlands 2 Infinity Gun

Duct Tape Slave I

Nerf gun motor replacements

Master Sword and Sting

So, For the upcoming Somerville Open Studios, I am attempting to make a few pieces that adequately convey the types of swords that I like to make for people.  For this project I made a replicaof the Master Sword from Zelda, and a replica of Sting.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Scythe M?

This piece was a commission.  This contains a 1″x.075″ wooden post and two 8 inch long 3/16″ steel dowels for support of the blade.  The point is constructed of closed cell foam.  The rest is entirely duct tape. I used industrial strength for the main shape, and red, tan, black, and silver for the rest.

 

Here is a Pic of M?  at Boston ComicCon!buffyscythe

 

Duct Tape Serenity

This model is made of 100% duct tape.   23 pounds of it in fact.   The armature on the inside is duct tape.   Took me 110 hours over six months.

 

 

Duct Tape Swords

 

 

All of these swords are built on comission.  Each one contains a single 1/4″ steel dowel in the middle.  I build Axes, Maces, Swords, Scythes and more.  If you provide me with a picture of the sword, I can provide you with a quote.

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