Last fall I came across a blog by the name of VolpinProps. A friend had commissioned him to build an AER9 Laser rifle from the Fallout 3 video game. Being a huge fan of the game, I decided I had to build one for myself. I knew I had to wait until I finished up my steampunk keyboard. Earlier this year I finally started on my version of the AER9. It is always important to start with a good set of blueprints.
This set of blueprints is were created by NeXXt. The gun from front to back measures roughly 38 inches. Going into this build I had decided not to worry about documenting my process. At the time I was more interested in just building it. Since I finished, however, I have had a lot of people ask me if I had photos of it in progress. Sadly I always have to say no. Looking back now I wish I had documented it. This is something I will do going forward on future projects.
The gun is made mostly of MDF and various types of sheet plastic with a few other materials for small detail pieces. Plastic is a surprisingly easy material to work with. It can be cut and sanded as well as heated and shaped. The two materials work extremely well together. The gun was built in pieces and assembled after all of the individual parts were finished and base painted. The main pieces were the barrel, the nose cap, the rear cap, the stock, the hand grip, the energy cell, and the lower bar. Believe it or not, the entire thing is held together with glue. Every screw on the gun is cosmetic. After everything was assembled, the gun was ready to receive a very heavy coat of weathering. If you are unfamiliar with Fallout 3, These weapons are supposed to be roughly 200 years old in a post apocalyptic world. As a result they are very worn and dirty from years of use and abuse.
Below are a few pictures of the rifle. To view more photos of the finished gun head on over to my Flickr page!