This is an old project that’s finally getting it’s own page. A shame, because I feel like this was one of my best projects, too.
The AER-9 Laser Rifle from Fallout 3/New Vegas.
Inspired by the work Volpin had done on his Laser Rifle, I set to work on my own laser rifle back in 2010.
I started with making a rough-cut, Laser Rifle-shaped box out of 1/2″ MDF.
Obviously, this won’t work. So I had to next round the edges of the Laser Rifle, as well as add the front grip. The front section of the main barrel was also tapered inwards for vents.
And a nice first person shot.
Next came the primer and wet-sanding…
As well as a slot for the MFC catch.
Raised sections were added for the flaring at the front/back. These were made of Sintra sheets.
The rim of the buttstock is nailed-on styrene strips, giving the weapon a stamped metal feel.
While there were a few extra steps here, I’ve got no photos. The under-slung tube was lathed from a piece of wood, and the drop down at the front of the barrel was added.
Fins were added to the back of the barrel in the control panel…
And at the front of the muzzle.
Raised sections were also added to the grip for depth.
After a second coat of grime, I attached a Micro Fusion Cell (lathed from a block of MDF) and the yellow laser sight cable to the top.
The new grime coat really helped make this weapon look complete.
If you look closely at the fins at the muzzle, it looks like they were welded on. This effect was achieved using hot melt glue.
So there’s my AER-9 Laser Rifle. Took about two months total to complete.
More photos are available on my Flickr.