28th March 2011: Ammo Box Painted Added some detailing to handle and brackets on box to pick them out better.
28th March 2011: Bullets Modded Added silver tips to the bullet belt and secured some of the fastenings with glue.
26th March 2011: Phone Bracket Remade While in storage and through use the bracket that helped keep the phone handset in place was damaged and removed. I have cut another one out of a similar type of wood, sanded it and using wood stain colour matched it.
26th March 2011: Backpack Update After several years of use the backpack was looking a little tired. The straps have been completely repainted. The metal frame has been recoloured and the box has been 'weathered' to suit the new incarnation of this costume.
26th March 2011: Front Gun Sight Added Dremeled two holes into the end cap. Then used a curved piece of metal and inserted it into the holes. Then secured them with glue. Will be resprayed when glue has dried.
18th March 2011: Barrel Cap Using a 110m end cap I drilled a hole and with some difficulty threaded through and secured a smaller pipe. Still needs sanding and painting properly once glue has dried.
18th March 2011: Ammo Box Bought an old ammo box, added some stencilling and a new hinge.
18th March 2011: Range Finder Added In additon the gun sight I added a range finder taken from an AK47.
17th March 2011: Carry Handle and ID number added Added a resprayed brass handle to enable carrying of the Vickers when not mounted on a tripod. Added a brass letter in keeping with the ID theme I started with my Steampunk backpack.
16th March 2011: Colour Scheme Test Added Vickers to newly painted tripod to see how the colours I picked have worked. I like the look a lot. The box could benefit from some weathering so i'll have a go at that at a later time.
16th March 2011: Balence Test Removed a short section off end of the barrel. The Vickers balences better now but I still think it could do with a little off more off the end.
15th March 2011: Tripod Test Fitting Drilled a hole in the bottom of the Vickers to accommodate the pole and filed out the inside so the gun would sit straight. This took a few attempts to get right. As you can see the gun sits well although a little front heavy. As I think the barrel is a little too long right now anyway I will be removing a bit from the end to compensate for this!
15th March 2011: Tripod Using an old heavy duty camera tripod. I cut away what I didn't need, added a strengthening jacket to the top section and a gun plate. This will be painted after I have test fitted the Vickers
14th March 2011: Firing Handles Added After assembley and painting added the metal/wood effect firing handles.
13th March 2011: Barrel Painting Started painting the barrel using "Antique Gold" as I thought Bronze or Copper wouldn't look right.
13th March 2011: Gun Barrel Secured Using more expanding foam I attached the barrel the main body of the gun.
13th March 2011: Barrel Fitted Added the barrel to the to the guide pipe. It is rather long!
13th March 2011: Gun Barrel Cut Cut a length of 110mm to the size I needed in preperation for attaching to the main body of the vickers.
13th March 2011: Guide Pipe Secured Using expanding foam the pipe is held in place. When it has hardend it should be more than able to support the wieght of the main barrel assembley. I used a similar method for my Resident Evil minigun.
13th March 2011: Barrel Hole Drilled + Guide Pipe Added Due to the frame being so thick it created some serious problems. It meant I couldn't directly mount the 110mm pipe i'd purchased. So I came up with a solution. Insert a smaller 'guide' pipe to mount the larger one onto.
12th March 2011: Bullet Feed Added Using a metal loops and some wood added a feed port on the side of the unit.
12th March 2011: Top Sight Added Using an old door hinge which I found while helping my dad, I added it to the top of the Vickers to serve as a aiming sight. Range finder to follow soon.
12th March 2011: Ejection Port Using bits of wood found around the garage, I cut them to shape to form the casing ejection port on the machine gun.
12th March 2011: Main Body Primed So to get an idea of the finished product and to highlight further areas in need of sanding/filling I gave the bodywork a coat of black paint.
11th March 2011: Arm Detail Added two small pieces of wood cut to size for the detail on the offside.
11th March 2011: Cocking Handle + Sight Mounting Added Using an old bike mount bracket. I cut it to shape and attached it to the side of the box. I then used an old hit of pipe cut to size for the handle. The added a piece of wood bracketed by two pieces of metal for the raised sight mount.
9th March 2011: Gun Handles Painted Ordered some metal/wood handles to represent the Vickers trigger handles. Didn't like the brass effect so masked off wood part and sprayed them pewter instead.
9th March 2011: Fascia Completed The fascisa has been completed and attached to the frame. Now requires work with a rasp and sander to get it nice and smooth
9th March 2011: Frame Facia Construction As the wood of the frame is very rough its unsuitable for being used as the outer layer of the machine gun body. So a thin layer of MDF was cut to shape and glued/screwed to the frame.
9th March 2011: Frame Assembly Cut pieces for base frame from junk wood and glued then screwed them together, to form the framework of the main body.
Alias Cosplay - 13th March 2011
Its coming along quickly, great job so far.
Captain_Marvelous - 18th March 2011
Certainly looking the part! really excited for this one! might actually get to your fuckin panel this year!
megil - 24th March 2011
Is the barrel painted, or did you use something more exotic like that metal rub stuff?
Leadmill - 27th March 2011
Thanks guys and gals :)
The barrels was painted was primed then coated with several layers of spray paint. I'm not really used to metal rub so thought it safer to stick with what I knew. This project really was a bit of a test of my abilities.
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