January 30, 2009
Now that I have the chassis and mechanisms complete it’s all about adding detail and finish. This is where the real fun is, placing textures, creating details and effects.
Today I made the outermost layer of the grip area, this is the bit that has ergonomic details such as finger indents and screw surrounds. This will make the grip both comfortable to use and look realistic. A lot of guns have fairly basic ergonomics, so it’s not a huge challenge to come up with something similar.
Extra details like finned heat-sinks and the safety slide are pretty straightforward. In the meantime, I continue to refine the general finish, cleaning up surfaces, curves and edges, this is time consuming but mostly enjoyable. There’s plenty to do before any painting happens.
January 28, 2009
I spent seven hours in the workshop today, after so long away from this project, it was nice to get back into it.
I finally have -all- the mechanical bits fitted; after some tweaking, the barrel-catch locks nicely, the barrel hinge and triggers are all in place and working properly.
I’ve made the main part of the case shell (paper covered parts), these needed all sorts of internal shaping to fit over the working parts. I also spent a fair while shaping them to match the grip shape. They are 6mm acrylic and are held on to the chassis with 3mm bolts, so that the whole thing can be disassembled if necessary.
I would’ve preferred to build everything from black acrylic but couldn’t source any 6mm at my local supplier. It doesn’t matter much as these parts will have additional 2-3mm pieces clad onto their outer surface which will form the grip detail. Also the gun will be painted black with metal parts and some dry brushed ageing so all the white will be hidden.
I’m quite happy with how it’s turning out, now comes the fun part, where I do the main shaping and detailing to get to the final form. One nice thing I can tell already is that with all the material going into it, the finished prop will be satisfyingly heavy. I might not have to add any weights.
January 21, 2009
Hot weather, Xmas holidays and recent unexpected work demands have brought things to a halt for the last month or so. With some luck (and cooler weather), I should be back on the case with more updates in the following weeks.