Category: Props

Rey’s NN-14 Blaster

Another little side project I wanted to do was some of the Star Wars weapons and along with the Imperial Scout Pistol I’ve already started, I began work on Rey’s Blaster from The Force Awakens. It’s all going to be 3D printed and detailed then cast up.

It’s a pretty straightforward build, the model is sound and can be found here:

This second link below is for several split parts I made from the above files to make them easier to print more on my schedule instead of the 3-6 hours they normally take. Shortening the print time also means there’s less chance for problems to occur during the print. These parts also do not need support which will result in a cleaner print and save on finishing time.

Tomorrow I’ll have more filament and will begin printing the rest of the blaster out and get some pics as I work on it.

Hellboy – Fist of Doom

Well I couldn’t get focused on K9 at first this morning so I decided to take a sheet of EVA foam I had laying around and start crafting a key to open portals so demons and other stuff could enter our world. Imagine the fun !!!

As mentioned, thus far it’s been a really simple build. Rolled the EVA into a tube, glued it, adding the inner cuff around the top, the two bands around the outside then used my hobby knife to add the cracks in it. After that I hit the whole thing with the heat gun to accentuate the cracks. I used my mini dremel to carve the circles and swirls into it then hit it with the heat gun again. After that I sealed it with Plastidip spray then drybrushed it with a house paint I had in the shop called Daredevil by Behr.

Not to shabby for like an hour or two of playing around…

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The Noisy Cricket

As fate would have it the humidity is a bit too high today to be slinging resin in the shop so I decided to do some cleaning around my inside shop/man cave and came across an unfinished project I had printed a while back, The Noisy Cricket from the first MIB.

Looking at it, it’s not entirely screen accurate but it does give a very reasonable appearance that would be readily recognized at a con or show. I think at this point in its construction I was going for a completely static prop so it just needs a bit more smoothing then it’s onto the painting. Don’t know if I’ll get it done today or not, I’ve got work tonight but thought I would start stock piling some projects for rainy days so I can remain productive.

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Jack’s Vortex Manipulator

One of the benefits of having a 3D printer is the ability to make props relatively quickly and easily. Like the vortex manipulator Jack wears then later seen in the possession of U.N.I.T. and used by Klara in the Day of the Doctor.

Here’s some reference pics:

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And here’s what I’ve 3D printed:

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There’s two files I can recommend on Thingiverse, the first is the one I used:

This will be another side project, will probably get finished sooner than anything else simply because it’s easy and I have the leather in the shop already I believe to make this happen. There will be some differences but the overall look will be close.

Gallifrey Guardsman Rifle

Thanks to a post I found on Deviant Art I was able to make a template to start work on making my rifle for the War Doctor.

Here is the project I found on Deviant Art: http://chronosfx.deviantart.com/art/The-Time-Lord-Rifle-No-More-side-534360164

References will be the work Chonosfx has done as well as images from the “Day of the Doctor” episode and the Doctor Who Experience:

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Here’s a couple of other pics I found of another build:

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This is going to be a side project as the work on K9 is taking precedence.

UPDATE 9-14-2016: What I’ve done is taken the drawing that Chronosfx did and made it 40″ long to match the rifle shown on Deviant Art. From there I broke that image down into 5 printable pages and taped them together, and cut them out. I made two copies of this, one was cut to make two layers of the inner core, and the other to make two layers for the outer pieces. I’ll get pics once I get it traced out onto the foam board and start cutting.

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Above is a screenshot of the template based on the line art that Chronosfx did.

With my template printed and taped together, I cut it out and taped it right onto the foam board. This kept the template in place and once I had cut it out, the template came right off and I was able to take the first piece of foam board and glue it down to another. Once the second layer was cut out I did it one more time to get the thickness for the core that I wanted.

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On pause for a while until I get out to the store to get more foam board. At this point I can tell I’m going to want to do 2 more layers on each side in order to build up the thickness so I can create the curves right that go from the core to the outer pieces as seen in the reference pics. I’ve got to go get some blood-work and x-rays in the morning so I’ll grab more posterboard then and get back to work.

UPDATE 9-15-2016 – Managed to go out into the world today and pick up the last of the foam board I needed for this. It’s now 8 layers thick and seems to be a really good approximation of the rifle in the shows. I started cleaning up some of the edges and covering it with fiberglass resin. Still quite a bit of work to do on this. That last pic shows the stacked layer effect, this was done by using the same template but cutting off the grips and other sections. Hoping to do some more work on this tomorrow.

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More work was done today, I just couldn’t leave it out in the shop with fiberglass all hanging off it and junk…. so I now have both sides and the top fiberglassed over and wow, talk about coming together nicely, all the lines are spot on so far and it’s getting some heft to it. Not anywhere near as bendy as it was before either so that’s a major bonus. I was also able to round off some of the edges to match the actual ones used in the shows more accurately.

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UPDATE 9-26-2016 – Got out in the shop this evening and did some more cleanup on the rifle, started cleaning up some edges to get ready for glazing putty and final sculpting… still a long ways to go on this but it’s coming along nicely. Also shown with it is the Alpha Meson Blaster

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The War Doctor Bandolier

One of the coolest props I have made has been the bandolier worn by the Sir John Hurt in the 50th anniversary episode titled “Day of the Doctor”. But…. that’s not where it begins.

In the preceding episode, “Night of the Doctor” the bandolier is worn Cassie who dies and prompts the Doctor to adopt this new form. The Doctor takes this bandolier and says “No More” and becomes the War Doctor as everyone now calls him. He’s a rather odd incarnation and doesn’t seem to fit into numbering system very well as this would be the Doctor 8.5 or some rubbish like that.

Anyhow, onto the War Doctor Bandolier…

I’ve watched both episodes countless times and with each viewing noticed more and more details I could add, the latest rendition has been purchased by dozens of Whovians around the world who have had nothing but kind words regarding its construction and relative accuracy.

It didn’t start out that way though… the first attempt was a passable newbie thing with eva foam plates that barely survived the con. Now I used heat formed lexan plates that are securely glue and then laced onto the leather backing plates to give it the look and durability a Time Lord deserves.

Here are some reference pictures I studied:

And here are some pics of my creation:

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I am still making these and they are made to order. They are one size fits most.

Construction is 4-6oz. Vegetable Tanned and hand stained leather for the bandolier and base plates. The armoured plates are made from painted lexan that is heat formed so they will retain their shape and are laced onto the bandolier with leather cording. There’s ample room to add your sonic screwdriver in the right spot as well as many others as one gentleman did at a convention to show off his collection of screwdrivers.

Turnaround time is presently 3-4 weeks due to my work schedule. If you need it sooner please feel free to contact me and inquire if it’s possible for a quick build. Shipping is free in the US.

The War Doctor’s Bandolier – $120 w/free shipping

House Atreides Sidearm

One of the things I always wanted when I was growing up was a sidearm I saw in the 1984 release of DUNE. Thanks to my 3D printer I was finally able to make that wish a reality. One of the things I really like about this Atreides pistol now is that the colouring of it gives it an almost steampunk look.

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